My dad used to throw around the term “good ole days” a lot, as if “today” didn’t stand a chance of measuring up. I used to laugh at his stories… how far he had to walk to school, how much he was paid each week working at the paper mill, how much his first car cost, and on and on and on. He never tired of telling these stories, and honestly I never really appreciated them until now. Now that he’s gone I would give anything to hear them again (he passed away in 2001).
In a couple of weeks I will turn 72, and I would like to tell you I feel young and alive, but damn I don’t. I am now 25 pounds heavier, a “12 pill a day” guy, and you know what? I too miss the good ole days just like my dad. Funny how that happens….
If you check in here you know I just recently purchased a White’s 6000di, Series 2, detector, which was a favorite of mine back in the 80’s. I could be wrong, but I think I found more good things with it than with any other detector since. I looked back at my finds for that period of time, and they seem to back this up. The question of course is, was it because the detector was that good or was it because I was simply at the right place at the right time? Could it be too that I am older now, not as involved as much as I’d like, and just trying hard to revisit the good ole days?
When I first got the treasure hunting itch, I was fortunate to live in a small town in rural New Jersey, and pretty much had unfettered access to a lot of old sites, and where running into another detectorist was extremely rare. I also remember never having to look over my shoulder. The idea that a town would close a park because of someone with a metal detector was almost unheard of. My biggest dilemma? Deciding which old site I would go to on any given day!
As time went on I purchased other detector brands and models, and all of them performed well for me. I worked hard at detecting, spending every idle minute in the field, pretty much always coming home with a few pieces of very old silver. Today I live in North Texas, and if I find just one piece of silver it’s a good day (an adjustment that I am still trying to get used to).
As I am writing this, the temperature is in the low 90’s, and a harbinger of things to come. Summer in Texas is something you never get used to. At least not this Yankee. The question here is not whether you will have 100 degree days, but how many. I don’t like detecting in this kind of heat, nor do I enjoy “chiseling” out a new penny at 8 inches, but now that I have my old 6000di ready to go I’m hoping against hope that the good ole days just might return.
Okay, so I can dream can’t I?
CONGRATULATIONS WHEAT STATE TREASURE HUNTERS
The Wheat State Treasure Hunters are the first club to take advantage of the “Step Up & Cleanup” challenge, and as a result will be receiving a White’s Coinmaster detector, compliments of White’s Electronics. If your club is interested in participating check out the details in my last post.
Here’s a blurb about their effort, and remember, entering this contest is a win/win situation for your club and your community. Hard to go wrong, and a terrific way to receive a detector for your organization’s future events. Hope you will take the challenge and enter today.
GREAT NEWS FOR THE PAS
“Bubba” Howland sent me the following writeup and I wanted to share it here. The Portable Antiquities Scheme has received additional funding, and it just proves that, given the opportunity, metal detector users can and will be a big part of a country’s heritage. I hope you will take the time to read this article, even if Warsaw Wally has to foul it up by commenting….