By now you surely know that I will on the American Digger Magazine’s Relic Roundup this coming Monday night. I will be debating someone who I have a lot of respect for, yet someone who is not totally familiar with what it is we do. That someone is archaeologist Lisa Hume MacIntyre, from Jacksonville, Florida. If you do a search for her name (lower left column) you will find posts and comments about or from her over the past few months.
I actually like Lisa (did I really say that?) because she “tries” to understand us. She is a breath of fresh air amongst the old school, “our degree is what counts“, archaeologists that we typically deal with. I have no idea where things will go during this hour long session, but hopefully we can tackle a few contentious areas, and come up with ways to improve the tekkie and the arkie relationship. I must say however that I am not optimistic.
Now here’s where I am going piss off a few people amongst our ranks. If there’s ever going to be a meeting of the minds between the tekkie and arkie factions, it will necessitate a very strong organization that represents us all, and as I’ve said in the past, I do not see that happening unless it’s a manufacturer supported and funded, full time group with salaried officers and/or employees.
While the Task Force has made great strides of late (actually hiring attorneys), we still need something more. Meeting once every couple of weeks to take a vote or come to a consensus on something, doesn’t cut it. Sometimes decisions need to made quickly, and actions already taken need to be followed up on and sometimes pushed along. And while I know I am repeating myself, I would also like to see more frequent updates so that members can keep abreast of problem areas, as well phone numbers for the officers.
I am hopeful that the proposed meeting at the FMDAC get-together in October actually takes place, and that all the interested parties sit down, put aside their egos & differences, and find a way to come together.
Okay, now shoot off those nasty emails and comments….. I am used to them).
If you decide to call in Monday night, remember the topic is “Tekkie vs. Arkie”…..
SPEAKING OF THE TASK FORCE….
There’s been an update on the Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights website concerning the situation with the parks in New York city, as well as the one in Cook County, Illinois. Hope you will take the time to read it. Thank you Allyson Cohen!