Pretty sure by now you know I am not a big fan of forums. Hard to give you an exact reason why, but I think part of it has to do with me just getting older. Those that frequent these sites are much younger, certainly out in the field more, and even have the wherewithal to make a movie at the same time.
At this stage most of my better finds are a silver dime or quarter here and there, and usually not old enough to boast about, or for a “show and tell” session anywhere. I do look at what others are finding, and I am often very impressed (and jealous).
I also get requests to join forums, and I suspect the reason is that the more participants, the more visitors, the better the chances of getting an advertiser or two. Nothing wrong with that, but I’d like to think it was because they liked me or because I might have something worthwhile to offer. Oh well….
I have also been thrown off forums. Banned, exiled, purged, sent to never-never land. This usually happened after I questioned the accuracy of a post, or a forum’s obvious bias (and it’s okay to be biased….just say so up front). I later found out that a lot of respected detectorists were thrown off the very same forums as well, and it was actually an honor to be included in the group.
Don’t get me wrong. I like detecting forums, and try to visit a few each day. I just find it hard to insert myself into a cliquish club of hunters with names like Fatkook, Park Pirate (man that scares me), Smokedaddy, Nickelhead, Scumbag and Snarkie. Then again maybe I need to come up with something equally clever and catchy. You know, something like Cantgetup, Gottagobad, Needabeer, Screwthenickel or Damnihurt? I’ll let you know if I come up with something….
Finally, if you are a dedicated forum fanatic, my name is usually Barnum (he’s my dog…easy name to remember). If you see me post anything at all, it’s probably just an update to my blog or website. You surely won’t find me posting videos (I can see it now….me on the ground, unable to get up, with a camera on my head recording it all), pictures of finds, or talking about my new detector (can’t afford one).
Don’t worry though… I will continue to check in and see what you all are finding (and filming). It inspires me and it’s great theater!
MY USER FRIENDLY LESCHE DIGGER
I found another use for my Lesche digger this past week. I push it into the ground, put my left hand on top, and push myself up into a standing position. Still takes some effort but it’s a help…..shortens the distance somewhat. Never thought I would face the day when getting up off the ground would be an acquired skill (okay, there were a few Saturday nights, but that was a long time ago and under different circumstances).
FRIENDLY REMINDER TO TASK FORCE
Last update to your website was over a month ago….can you just say something, anything, to let folks know you are still alive and active?