Those of you who visit my blog regularly know that my updates have slowed down. The simple explanation is that I’ve slowed down. I’d like to blame it on aging, but there a helluva lot of tekkies out there older than me and they are still putting in the hours, and bringing home the bacon. Me? I just hurt…some of it hereditary, some of it self-inflicted. I now appreciate what Mickey Mantle meant when he said, “If I’d known I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken a lot better care of myself.”
I often wonder too whether I would be experiencing these same ailments if I had never moved to Texas 28 years ago. Twenty eight years of brutal heat, nasty weather and lousy coin hunting. Nothing can take the sap out of your enthusiasm like not having a lot of old sites to hunt. I know, excuses, excuses, excuses, but it’s all I have.
In addition the older I get the less excited I get about all the new products. I used to worry about not keeping up with all the latest technology but no longer. I think today whatever gains you get from that two thousand dollar, computerized piffwanger, and that imported deep seeking, triple D, 40 inch spider coil, are lost thanks to the sheer number of new participants competing for the same places to hunt. Yup, you can go deeper, and they can leave holes….
Don’t get me wrong. I still plan to get out detecting. Just can’t tell you when that will be. The stars have to be aligned just right for that to happen. I will need a turn of the century site that hasn’t been beaten to death, a comfortable cool day, a cane, and a friendly watering hole nearby.
Anyway if you can avoid getting old, do it. It’s not what it’s cracked up to be. Trust me. A lot of your things don’t work like they used to, and when they do it hurts. And don’t listen to all the advertisements for miracle drugs that guarantee instant youth. Hell I tried Viagra and couldn’t bend my arm for six hours.
If by chance you are now teary eyed and feeling sorry for me, I love red wines from the Languedoc region in France, and if you can’t afford any of those, a large bottle of Thunderbird or Night Train will do. I hope too that you will keep checking in on me. I just may surprise you and offer up something interesting, or maybe I will give away something like all the biggies do. No detectors mind you…..more like a book, a hat or a near full bottle of Viagra.
IT’S EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF!
I keep checking every day to see if there’s any news on the damage done at the Petersburg National Park, but so far nada. Hoping too that it winds up being something or someone other than a detectorist. Sad too because we have no one to speak for us or represent us. I know you think you don’t need representation but it’s more important than ever before. The pastime is growing and we are seeing a record number of newcomers. Newcomers who watched “Diggers”, and who ran out to buy a detector without any forethought.
Apparently today it’s every man and woman for themselves. The FMDAC’s latest update on their website is first quarter 2015. The Task Force? Even worse…..their website has disappeared. WWATS is somewhat current, if you want to count promoting forthcoming events. Good luck….