Well once again a few people have decided to dump on detectorists and attempt to control what it is we do, even though they can’t offer up a good reason why. They’re apparently coming after us just for something to do. Please read this Buffalo News article and see if you can find the mention of one incident or situation where a detectorist was cited for doing damage? Maybe I am missing something…..
It seems Erie County Parks commissioner Troy Schinzel has way too much time on his hands, and nothing better to do than attempt to limit metal detecting in parks under his supervision. Mr. Schinzel states “I am concerned about that activity occurring in our historic or older parks”. Yep he is concerned about “that activity“, whatever “that acitivity” is, and just what does he mean by “historic” and “older” parks? Either the writer of this article left something out, or Mr. Schinzel isn’t being upfront with his reasons.
The article also states “Schinzel is not alone”, and then precedes to mention other areas of the country where detecting is regulated. Well so what? What does any of that have to do with Erie County? Are generalities or personal agendas all that’s needed? Sorry ladies. but it burns my ass when suddenly someone in local government decides to spend taxpayer money going after a taxpayer’s pastime and enjoyment. Do they not have anything better or more important to do? I have to wonder if this is really Mr. Schinzel’s idea or whether someone else put a bug in his ear. My guess is it’s the latter?
The one saving grace in all this is Mark Schuessler, president of the FMDAC. He is quoted in the article and I’ve been told he’s already on top of this. Mark is experienced when it comes fighting city hall, and hopefully he can talk reason and common sense to the Erie County Parks commission.
Think this can’t happen in your neck of the woods? Hmm, think again….
$4.74 EQUALS BAD BACK ACHING JOINTS
Well the temps finally fell into the low 80’s here in North Texas, and I decided to see what kind of treasures awaited outside my door. I inserted four fresh batteries (thanks Dick Tichan) in my trusty 6000di and headed across the lake to an old haunt that has been known to give up a silver coin or two. Today was no different but after an hour and a half I HAD to leave (only if you have ever had to deal with lower back pain would you understand). It’s been almost seven hours and it’s still hard to straighten up….
The last two coins I dug (clad of course) were recovered only after a very definitive plan was laid out. First I had to take off the detector box (hipmount) and place it on ground, next the stem and coil, then the drop cloth, then the five minute process needed to get down on one knee, and after all of that I prayed that my digger was centered on the target. Getting back to a standing position required a 1-2-3 countdown, a loud groan and ended with pain and strange sounds coming from within. Suffice to say detecting with me now is a “real trip”.
After estimating the silver value of the two dimes, and adding the face value of the clad, I didn’t even have enough to buy a tube of Ben Gay. Jimmy Sierra, what’s your secret?