I was bitten with the treasure hunting bug eons ago and I became obsessed with it to the point where I lived, ate and slept it. I thought every beep was silver, and thankfully in the beginning a lot of them were. I subscribed to and read every metal detecting magazine on the market and then read them a second time. I continually read the owner’s manual, just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, kept my detector ready to go and spent countless evenings passing metal items over the search coil so I could better understand their sounds.
I likewise adjusted my work schedule whenever I could so that I could squeeze in a few minutes of detecting, and started keeping very detailed records, recording what coins I had found, the dates, mint marks, the location, the weather, what detector I was using and yes, if I could remember, even the settings. I would then study these notes as if they were dead sea scrolls. I was obsessed and enjoyed every damn minute of it.
Over the past 39 years I found a helluva lot of coins, some jewelry, a few relics, met lots of great people, got to travel to places I had only read about and spent a couple of years working for a major manufacturer. Today? I’m older, fatter, lazier and enjoy watching you all do those very same things. It’s a changing of the guard I suppose. Oh I still enjoy detecting, just at a less frequent and slower pace.
As I visit the various detecting websites, blogs and forums I can’t help but notice how obsessed everyone is today with their equipment. I know, you’ve heard me harp on this before but it baffles the hell out of me. Detectors, headphones, coils, pinpointers, swingey thingey’s, cameras and so on. I just wonder where in the hell you get all your money for this stuff, and if you wouldn’t be better off if you spent more time looking for places to use it. Kinda like “all dressed up and nowhere to go“. I understand your exuberance…just that I never had the deep pockets you all seem to have.
I look at the price of today’s detectors, pinointers, headphones, diggers, shovels, cameras and I am amazed. In the dark ages all I had to worry about was whether my detector had fresh batteries in it and where I would take it. I had a cheap pair of headphones, a screwdriver and carpenter’s apron, all of which probably cost me around $25. I was also pretty damn good at recovering a coin without leaving a trace and miracles of miracles, I didn’t have a pinpointer. Okay, okay, so maybe once or twice I had to replace the apron.
I am guessing here, but I am willing to bet that most of you reading this have spent “at least” $1,000 on your equipment…if not more. I also understand that times have changed, and that there’s a zillion other pastimes where one can spend the same amount of money and more. I also think that Tiger Woods would still shoot a pretty good round of golf with a set of clubs from Walmart.
A couple Nike quotes come to mind…
“You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for” & “just do it!”
TODAY’S A VERY SPECIAL DAY
As I am sure you know, today is the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, and a day that will always be remembered. Hardly anyone will forget where they were when they heard the news. I know I won’t and I can only hope that those who were too young to remember will learn more about that fateful day and understand the full meaning of it all.
I have to also add that today is my daughter Molly’s birthday and Barnum’s too. I will not share Molly’s age, but will tell you that Barnum turned 12 today, and he is fast asleep next to me here in his “brand new” bed…
POSSIBLE BAD WEATHER WEEKEND
They are predicting cold temps here along with sleet and freezing rain so you all take care, and if you’re planning to do some detecting, dig out the ice pick.