Draconian Objectives…

John Howland finally emerges from hibernation to expose the everlovin’ folks at Heritage Journal for what they are….dolts and dullards, dead set on eliminating our metal detecting pastime. Continue reading

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The Excavator…


Had a lot of great comments on the Prospect Park situation so I decided to go one more round. For those of you who didn’t bother to read it may you find nothing but hot rocks and pulltabs the rest of this year…. Continue reading

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Too Busy Getting Noticed to Notice…

Folks, we might want to take a step back, leave the video camera at home and think about our image and pastime because right now it’s not all that great… Continue reading

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Saved by Social Media?

Writer’s Block or Brain Dead?

Writing this blog has become somewhat therapeutic in that it gives me a place to vent (bet you didn’t know that) but I’ve somehow gotten to the point where I start feeling guilty if too many days go by without posting and that is something I need to deal with and get over. For five years I’ve pretty much shared all I know about metal detecting and despite claims to the contrary it’s not rocket science. Continue reading

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Q & A with Nigel Ingram

I first met Nigel Ingram in 1988 when I was the director of marketing for Garrett Electronics. We were looking for a new distributor in the UK and scheduled a lengthy trip there to meet with the various candidates. I can’t remember exactly where Nigel was in the sequence but after meeting him I knew he and Regton, Ltd. were the perfect fit. It was a great choice in that he’s still Garrett’s UK distributor almost 30 years later (every once in a while I do get something right).  Continue reading

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Tuesday Trifle…

Working on Nigel Ingram’s Q&A Session and should have it ready for the weekend. Otherwise I’m brain dead so here’s a repeat from June of 2015. Somehow seems appropriate after the last post. Continue reading

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Gawd We’re Gaudy!


Gaudy:  adjective – Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless.

Yup, that’s us!  Glittery, ostentatious, presumptuous and boastful. That of course comes from someone who started in the hobby back in the 70’s when it was hard to be noticed by anyone. Little did we know how good we had it. Continue reading

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Say It Again Saturday…

Still having trouble getting my act together so throwing out another old (and popular) post from February 2014.  Hang in there with me please…
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Another Dose…

In a funk of late and pondering the future of Stout Standards.  In the meantime here’s a popular post (according to my stats) from December of 2015. 

Happy Halloween Continue reading

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How Howland Sees It…

Next to getting married or divorced, buying a decent metal detector is probably the most money many of us will ever spend in a lifetime. If you’ve got the gear but no idea, or, are on the cusp of joining the illustrious band of international treasure hunters, here’s a few pointers. Continue reading

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