Hmm…. July 23, 2012, North Texas. As is the norm, the temps are at or near 100 degrees, Fahrenheit. No breeze, stifling air, and lots of sweat. Miserable, pissed off, and ready to fly off anywhere in the world, as long as it’s not Texas.
I used to pride myself on being able to do ALL things outside, no matter the challenge. I hunted in rain, thunderstorms, hail, snow and hurricanes, but I am humbled by the Texas weather. It has beaten me down, and then hammered me when I was defenseless. I will forever admire Texas detectorists who plod on through all this, and find treasure. Not sure what they left behind in the way of offensive site damage, but I am appreciative of their durability under the conditions. It is just brutal.
Air conditioning broke down Saturday….hottest day of the year….108. We slept on couches with over head fans and made it through the night. The repairman came early Sunday, and found a bad capacitor (thank you, thank you). We are now back in business, but worried about the electrical grid. The country is lacking in updated and effective grids, and Texas is one of the worst.
Hopefully this heat spell will pass (ROFLMAO), and everyday will be glorius. Then again I just had my fourth glass of Merlot. If you live anywhere else in the US, give thanks that you don’t live here.
THE UK’S 50 GREATEST NATIONAL TREASURES
Thanks to John Winter for all the following articles. I am hoping this show will be shown here in the states at a later date, or at least be available on DVD.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY INVITES DETECTING CLUB
Thanks also to Scott Clark for the following story. I responded that this might be a new avenue for all detecting clubs. Maybe a sharing of meetings? Ask to attend one of the local historical society meetings, and tell about the pastime. Let them know that we do indeed care about history, and then maybe a turnaround invite for them to attend one of your club meetings? Just a thought….
A COUPLE OF VIDEOS FROM KEITH WILLS
Keith Wills is out of the hospital, back home and facing a lengthy recovery. Apparently a lot of the numbness and pain takes time, and the doctors have told him to wait it out, and that it could take a year for many of his routine functions to return. If you would like to send a note to Keith, you can send it to: 1495 FM 49, Gilmer, Texas 75644. You can also email him at email@example.com.
Keith can use one hand and sent along the following Carl Fismer videos. Most everyone here in Texas knows “Fizz”, and I think you will enjoy these…..
SO WHAT DO I DO?
I had hoped that I would be able to share all kinds of tips and suggestions here on my website, especially on a regular basis. That has not happened. Instead I find myself learning more from you and passing that on. Not what I intended but at least it’s something. I have discovered that as I age, the pastime seems to change at a quicker pace, and I am having trouble keeping up with it. Not sure what I expected from the aging process, but it’s seems to be working quite well.
I still look forward to detecting, and I will continue to post here, sharing my thoughts, ancient and sometimes foreign, but if those of you who visit Stout standards tell me you enjoy it, that’s all I need to know.