WORDS SOMETIMES FAIL ME
Not sure why, but I find myself talking a lot to Digger of late. More so than I did with Barnum. Maybe it’s because of what we’ve been going through with the loss of our home….I don’t know. I assume he understands everything I say, but deep down I know he really doesn’t. What he does understand is “are you hungry?” and “do you want a treat?”. He can also act kind of goofy sometimes, but he’s my shadow, my best friend, and I love him dearly.
I thought about this just now as I was trying to come up with something interesting to post here, and wondered if it really mattered. I mean how many people read what I write, and does anyone really give a rat’s ass? Not the first time these questions entered my mind. I’ve had this blog now for four years, the website for six, and there have been numerous times when I wondered if I was just wasting time, pissing in the wind.
I’ve often thought that blogging was a self-centered way to promote yourself, but I find it creative and fun, in that I try to pass on things about the metal detecting pastime that I’ve learned over the years, and in the process, try to get a laugh or two out of you. John Winter and I have chatted many times, and the topic of why we blog comes up often. We both agree it’s therapeutic, fulfilling, and there’s always that little pat on the back we get when someone likes what you have to say, and/or takes the time to comment.
I’m sure that the avid, or maybe I should say rabid, detectorists today are not interested in what I have to say, and I have accepted that. I was them once, and would have also ignored some ole guy extolling the virtues of not wearing camo, keeping things simple, and bragging about a great tortellini recipe. I mean WTF, right? To be honest it’s just getting harder to keep up with you, and your lust for tips, tricks, secrets, and the next best, most expensive piffwanger coming on the market. Not that I won’t look at it, get excited about it, or even buy it. Just that I do things at a much, much slower pace now.
So what does all this have to do with the price of bananas? Not a damn thing really, just an excuse for not having anything informative to share today. Then again, after toughing out a tornado, I’ve learned that there is life after detecting, digging, and bragging about your latest find. Yup, like Digger I now respond more to “are you hungry” and “do you want a treat”.
Now if I could just find some sweet thing to pet me and rub my ears….
THANKS TO JOHN WINTER FOR SHARING
A Day in the Life of a Detectorist
SHIPPING THIS WEEK
Currently reading about my childhood idol, Mickey Mantle (The Last Boy, published by Harper) and came across the following quotes which I thought were very apropos to our pastime…
The author Jane Leavy on Mickey Mantle’s skills….
Mantle had no idea what he did right or wrong or differently batting right-handed and left-handed. More than likely he would have had little truck with present day baseball pedagogy. Today’s students of the game have PhDs in physics and industrial engineering; applied engineering, applied math, applied psychology, applied biomedical engineering; kinesthesiology and a new area of inquiry called biological cybernetics. They don’t talk baseball; they discuss the “relationship amongst the sweet spot, COP, and vibration nodes in baseball bats,” the topic of treatise published in Proceedings of the 5th Conference of Engineering of Sport.
Have to add as well Casey Stengel’s adage about his players being out past curfew…
“It ain’t getting it that hurts them, it’s staying up all night looking for it. They gotta learn that if you don’t get it by midnight, you ain’t gonna get it, and if you do, it ain’t worth it”.
TREASURE HUNTERS EXPRESS
Just got the winter 2016 edition of the Treasure Hunter’s Express, and it has a great article titled “How to Build Your Personal Treasure Research Library” and if anyone knows about this it’s Paul Tainter. His den or research room would make you drool. I have mentioned the Treasure Hunter’s Express numerous times here and surely will again in the future. Paul and I go back many years, and his Exanimo Press & Treasure Expos are legend.
Email Paul at email@example.com if you are interested. Tell him Dick Stout said to send you a sample copy.
I know very few, if any, will read this, but I found it pretty interesting…..
Can You Hear Me at the Back?
To those who have asked….I am back to working on my book, but not sure when it will be finished or available. Finding a place to live is first on my agenda…I will keep you updated.