Despite the fact that I am somewhat bored with detecting, I still check the related social media links and try to keep up with what’s going on. I started to wonder however that in doing this I just might be compounding my problem. Forgive me…they are pretty redundant and rather boring.
I am not exactly sure what I expect anymore and just maybe getting older is my problem. Certainly I have heard that diagnosis (and worse) from a number of people, especially my wife. Another possibility is that it may have to do with how long I’ve been detecting and all the finds I’ve made over the years. While I’ve never found a gold coin, or for that matter a silver dollar, I have dug my share of goodies and now find it hard to get excited over finding a common date silver coin.
I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at nugget hunting again, but doubt I will get the opportunity. I also loved hunting the beaches when I lived in New Jersey, and would often come home with a few nice keepers, but what I really enjoyed most about it was just being there, smelling the salt air, hearing the waves and experiencing that end of day tired but healthy feeling.
DETECTING IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA
Just my opinion but today all the TH’ing forums look alike and read alike, as do the websites and blogs (mine included). Ditto for all the home made, self promoting videos. Also now when I sit down with a TH’ing magazine I find myself reading an article that I’m certain I’ve read before, along with photos of finds that look like those on the previous pages, and sorry, no matter how hard I try, I just cannot get excited over old buttons or bullets. I understand why others do…it’s just not my thing.
There also seems to be a lot more one-upmanship, “right here pal”, buy mine not theirs, BS…a lot of ME and not enough WE. Yes I know it’s marketing, selling, self-promoting and the way of the world anymore. I just find it overly repetitive and as of late, unrelenting. We all have ego’s, a need to be noticed and some have a product to sell, but enough already, please! Seems the sky’s the limit when it comes to our wallets, then it’s every man for himself, and all this when our pastime is under attack. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised however…It’s pretty much always been “yes siree, if it ain’t happening to me who gives a rat’s ass”!
The times and the participants are changing, as is the technology….pretty much leaving me in the dust. I don’t like it but I don’t really have a problem with it either. It too is just the way it is. I will still continue to dig holes here and there, looking for that first silver dollar or gold coin. I would also like to think the hobby will be around for my grandkids when they get older, but honestly if things keep going like they are, I have serious doubts. Hope I am wrong.
Apologies for misspelled words, etc.. This old fart hit “publish” without thinking…
I found the following article interesting, especially the quote “I wish it had been someone working who found it”. Sure would love to know the whole story…..