Someone named “Relic Hunter” emailed to tell me I was “clueless”, “obsolete” and should “hang it up”. At first I thought it was my wife, but then realized that she wouldn’t bother to take the time to write. RH further stated that “time had passed me by” and that all I did was “knock the hobby”.
Now I can’t be absolutely sure but I think maybe he doesn’t like me, though I am not a good judge of character.
After pondering Relic Hunter’s words I decided he was right. In a week’s time I will hit the ripe old age of 75, and while I would love to get out detecting, I’m just not able to. The mind is willing….the body not so much. As a result I sit here in front of my computer, and do my best to pass along related news, tips, ideas and observations, most of which I’ve probably shared over and over. Oh, and I piss and moan a lot. So much so that Dan Hughes dubbed me as Mr. Curmudgeon”.
Not sure at what point someone becomes “old school” or “over the hill” but I will accept those labels. Shit happens and mine hit the fan a long time ago. A while back in the Brainfarts area I commented “No question in my mind….if I was inclined to start out and get in to the pastime in 2014 I would pass and find another hobby.” I said that because things were getting a little too complex (and expensive).
At one time I was all for “complex”… The space age was here and the pastime better get with it. Computers were going to revolutionize the hobby, and be responsible for outstanding finds. Well they certainly did all that, but the end result is I can no longer keep up with the trend or trajectory. A great example is this link from Metal Detecting World.com. I mean I could die before I finished the manual for that detector or any of the other more complex machines.
I could tell you about my years detecting, or about all my fantastic finds, but I’m pretty sure I’ve already done that here and on my website. It would also be over shadowed given all the stories, photos and videos available out there in cyberspace today. So yeah I am obsolete and clueless (trust me Fay reminds me daily), but I will continue to plod along here, if for no other reason than to piss off “Relic Hunter”….
Recent 35mm scans….
In my last post I mentioned scanning old 35mm slides…..