I’m sure that by now you know how much I love France and the French people. Their life is centers on family, good food and wine. Talking about work and money is secondary to joie de vivre….living the good life!The other day I came across the following article and it just reinforced my love for the French and my yearning for a life in the South of France….
I hear you saying “so what the hell does all this have to do with metal detecting”? Well nothing and then again, everything. Let me ask you…are you one of those smart ass, smart phone watchers, one of those “nodding while staring at your hand” friends who could care less about what I am saying? Are you tuned in to what’s going on around you, or are you more concerned with gadgets, gizmos and what everyone else is doing?
Do you have a detector that you understand thoroughly, and that you trust to put a few goodies in your apron, or do you have one of those top-notch, deep seeking, state of the art, feature laden, hard as hell to use machines? And…do you understand all its features or are you still learning? Do you get down to business as soon as your walk on a site or are you pondering just how many times you push this pad or hit the down/up arrows? In other words are you a detectorist or a geek?
Understand it’s okay to be either one or both. Just wondering if per chance you are worried way too much about how to set up and use your detector vs. how much fun you are having, which more often than not equates to how many good items you will bring home. Yup, relax, have fun and you might be amazed at what happens.
Couple of old timers ready to talk and share… Photo courtesy of Framed and Shot.com
Likewise all that time you spend reading that 85 page owner’s manual, and trying to figure out what this or that setting does, might be better spent reading local history or talking to a few old-timers at the local Dairy Queen, because if you happen to be the first one to find and hunt that old picnic grove I guarantee you will be using the factory presets and saying “the hell with that other crap”.
YOU are an extension of your machine….
I’ ve always been a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and if something is bothering you, or if you have put off doing an important task to escape with your detector and have some fun, you’ll more than likely come home empty-handed. Positive thinking is an amazing thing, and when applied to any endeavor it can mean the difference in success and failure. At least that’s MY opinion, and with that and $5.00 you can get a cup of coffee at Starbucks. At least I think so….
I also know from past experience that every new detector I ever purchased found neat things right off the bat, but the finds slowed down soon after. Why? Because I dug pretty much everything that beeped in order to get a feel for the new model. The initial success I had came from recovering the questionable responses, and not so much the new machine.
So why not give your pad pushing, geek tendencies a rest and listen to the beeps, the birds, and the bees. Dig the good, dig the bad, have fun and experience a little joie de vivre!