It’s an age old dilemma…who are we and what should we call ourselves? More importantly, how do we want to be perceived? Certainly it’s more macho to be a “treasure hunter” because the majority of people haven’t a clue what the word “detectorist” means. If however you are a “treasure hunter” you become synonymous with Indiana Jones, and it can’t get much cooler than that….
Hey, I’d love to be Indiana Jones. Swashbuckling, devil-may-care, daring, bold, reckless, courageous and best of all, seducer of all things feminine….. Yeah, that’s the ticket…that’s who I want to be, no doubt about it.
Unfortunately while I am somewhat devil-may-care (as in I don’t give a crap about much), I’m sure not swashbuckling (that would involve getting off my ass and moving around), daring (that means getting out in the hot weather), bold (that usually results in getting slapped in the face), reckless (I have nothing to get reckless with), courageous (my wife beats me) and I sure as hell haven’t seduced anything feminine in many years, not even a mosquito.
Then of course we have “relic hunter“, “artifact hunter” & “prospector”…good labels, except if you are an artifact hunter you are a “hoiker” who destroys the entire history of the world and becomes a millionaire in the process (Well at least according to some). Maybe we could simply become “metal detector enthusiasts” or “metal detector users“, or better yet, “history hunters“. Hmm, I kind of like that….
I am guessing that no matter what we decide to call ourselves there will always be those out there looking to discredit us, and they will label us as they see fit. So go ahead, you decide who you are, use whatever name you wish, and the hell with what others think. Want to be Indiana Jones? Be Indiana Jones! Go for it… 24/7.
Do let me know though if the seducing thing works. I could always drop a few pounds, work out some, get a toupee, etc…
ARE WE BRILLIANT OR WHAT?
While I am on the subject of labeling why do we pretend that what we do is akin to rocket science? About the only thing complicated about detecting today is figuring out where to get the $2,500 to buy that top-of-the-line detector. Yeah I know detectors are now computerized, and you can program them, and make them sound like a Buck Rogers space gun, but I am willing to bet a fifteen year old kid (who is already buying & selling stock on his smart phone) can figure it all out in an hour or two.
I can hear you now. This guy Dick Stout sure has a pair of “big ones” to say something like this. The old guy who just likes to turn it on and go, and dreams of a one knob detector. He really is a “dick”!! Well you may be right, but be honest. We push a few pads, swing a coil and “hope” we find something neat, and we all know that if we aren’t in the right spot we might as well be using a couple of willow twigs (and dowsers don’t get on my ass).
The detectorists that I see being successful today are those who know “WHERE” to take their detectors, not those who have the latest and the best, and yes experience counts for something but so does being lucky.
I am being selective here in putting these remarks together, but they were part of someone’s earlier comments (with regards to how critical we are when it comes to detecting shows on TV)….
|“We are all goofballs digging holes for our enjoyment and entertainment and not to save the world so let’s all just relax and come down from our high horses. Everyone should stop taking themselves so seriously”…..|
Not very flattering I know, but it’s so true….. (Man, am I going to get my ass kicked here…)
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Interesting read on Peter Tompa’s great blog. Hope you will take a minute to read it.