I watched the fourth episode of Dig Wars last night, and have a few comments and suggestions (so what else is new huh?)….
First, the editing on this particular show really really baffled me. Why was Ron the only one getting rained on (was not a sprinkle either)? Maybe I missed something but it was just an obvious “night & day”, or in this case, “wet & dry” goof.
Second, is the shop owner, a.k.a, the appraiser, really the shop owner? If so, he might need to have his own show…..he’s one funny guy, and hell if they have Pawn Stars, why not have Relic Shop Stars? Might be an opportunity for all the relic hunting/wannabee TV stars to get their fifteen minutes of fame (and while I am having these brainfarts, how about a Beach Detecting show?).
Next, I would like to see the finds cleaned up and displayed in some fashion at the end of the show. From what I’ve seen so far, most all are mud covered, unrecognizable items. And how great would it be if the show ended up with the cast, cleaned up (sans camo), sharing a beer or two, talking about their day. You know, the winner buying rounds, etc..(now that would fit my idea of reality)
All in all I like the show, and I think it has the potentital to get better, especially if it’s renewed for another season. A lot of the minor glitches could and would be worked out, and just maybe those producing it would take to heart the many suggestions offered by the detecting fraternity.
While I have pretty much sworn off metal detecting forums, the comments about Dig Wars are usually critical, with a few way over the top. It’s one thing to not like a show, but to insult and degrade the effort is just wrong. Folks, it’s a TV show about metal detecting, and it’s purpose is to entertain EVERYONE, not just you.
I have to laugh as well at the “they are hunting sites no one else has access to” and “it’s all about the money thing“, or “no one takes their finds to an appraiser” comments (usually from the same people who say no one would want to watch a group of tekkies digging pulltabs and junk).
I am also amazed too at the number of detectorists who have suddenly announced that they were offered TV shows but turned them down because they wouldn’t do justice to the pastime. Who knew? So many martyrs among us!! To think we could have been watching detecting shows hours on end!
Maybe I am wrong, but I have a feeling a few of us do get items appraised (especially beach hunters), and I know for a fact that a few of us sell an item or two here and there (I have and not embarrassed to say so) . I also suspect the harshest critics of Dig Wars would have jumped at the chance to be on it. Just sayin…..
THE STOUT SCALE
Think most of you are familiar with the Scoville Scale and how it relates to the varying degrees of heat in chile peppers. Well, I have now come up with the Stout Scale, and it’s function is to help me decide when to go detecting. It goes like this:
90 degrees……..Will think about it!
100 degrees…….Hell No!
Tomorrows predicted temperature? 105 degrees, and that requies a “are you shittin me”?
ARKIE VS. TEKKIE
Just a reminder that Lisa Hume MacIntyre and I will be having a shootout July 15th on the Relic Roundup Show, produced by American Digger magazine. Should prove interesting, and given the time we both have to prepare, it could get a little testy. Hate to argue with or berate a lady, but she is an arkie and hey, that changes things!
Just got my latest issue of American Digger magazine….good stuff!!
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