Over the past few months I’ve looked at the number of visitors to my site and which particular posts attracted the most. Not surprisingly they were the ones that had lots of photos & videos and where I use terms like “the best”, “how to” and “where to”….a.k.a. top-secret revelations. I found this pretty funny because I haven’t had a revelation since grabbing Sarah’s butt in 5th grade.
Likewise, when the topic was anything other than the above the the hits went down. I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone is looking for some new item to spend their hard-earned cash on or some dark, long held secret formula that will put them on easy street (do me a favor….when you find it share it with me please).
I am somewhat disappointed but not really surprised. The pastime has changed dramatically in recent years, and showing my age, I am not sure it’s for the best. I would like to think that you are interested in other aspects of the pastime (like whether we will even one two or three years from now), but it appears that’s not the case. Funny thing is it will affect you more than me….
Look, despite being a voracious reader I enjoy looking at photos too (take Playboy for instance), but come on, are we that so wrapped up in this pastime that we can’t see the forest for the trees? Can’t we find a way to consider and discuss the more serious topics, the larger picture? How much more money must you spend and how many brains are you going to pick to find out there are no magic potions or quick fixes out there?
I know you are tired of hearing me say it, but metal detecting is not rocket science. You can pretend it is and buy every little doodad that comes out that promises to make you the next Mel Fisher and you can make all the videos you want, but it all comes down to swinging that coil in that place that offers the best return on your time. I also think the recent detecting reality shows accomplished nothing more than to create a large group of wannabe TV stars.
Stout Standards is not going to change, nor do I expect you will either. What I would hope however is that we somehow can create an atmosphere of caring about more important issues than what detector Jim Bob was using when he found that Confederate buckle. Bottom line is he found because he was in the right spot at the right time and just happened to scan his coil over it (JMO). I would also like to think that we haven’t forgotten the years of hard work that Eddie Black put in trying to overturn the metal detecting ban in Louisville, Kentucky but apparently we have. Could we have helped Eddie and made a difference there? Who knows, “we” never really tried.
AND OF COURSE IT WAS INEVITABLE
THE VIKING HOARD AND EPISODE THREE OF THE DETECTORISTS
A couple of days ago I shared a link about the recent Viking hoard found in Scotland and there’s a very ice write-up about Derek McLennan, the finder, on John Winter’s blog. John also posted a link to the entire 3rd episode of new BBC show The Detectorists. Click HERE and enjoy. Thanks John.
MOULES & MUSINGS FROM THE MALAMUTE SALOON
And God said: ‘Let there be Satan, so people don’t blame everything on Me. And let there be archaeologists, so people don’t blame everything on Satan.’
“You seem to have more than the average share of intelligence for a man of your background,” sneered an archaeologist to the treasure hunter witness at a Treasure Trove inquest
“If I wasn’t under oath,” replied the treasure hunter, “ I’d return the compliment.”
This magic potion cures coughs, colds, scabby dooh-dahs, and all known ills. Drink it just after turning in – you’ll soon be in the embrace of Morpheus. You will need:-
Two-fingers of Scotch whisky (vertical not horizontal)
A good teaspoon of honey
A tablespoon (or two) of fresh lemon juice
In a mug, add the honey, lemon, and whisky. Pour over the boiling water and fill. Drink! Sweet dreams.
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy….William Hazlitt
I’ll see y’all in the bar!