“Going water digging Monday. Will let you know. Hopefully will have a good video to post….”
That was a response yesterday to a friend’s FB post, and for some reason it caught my attention. It was from another tekkie friend of mine, and one I admire for his treasure hunting expertise. I clearly understood what he was saying, but it’s a sign of just where the pastime is today. We used to say:
“Going water digging Monday. Will let you know. Hopefully I will find a few keepers”…
And before my friend gets pissed at me for picking on his response I mean no disrespect. He and I go way back and I think he will know where I am coming from with all this. His nickname is “tuck a buck”….will leave the deciphering up to you.
It used to be just “went detecting”…”treasure hunting”, whatever. Today we not only go detecting, we take photos, we film, we act and our concern is not so much in what we might find, but rather how good our video will turn out. If all goes well it will wind up on YouTube or Facebook, maybe with a title, scrolling credits and music. The goal of course is to attract a lot of viewers and be the best videographer that day. Tomorrow? It’s lost amongst the thousand of others out there, and the process is started all over again. We are in a “look at me now” era…
I suspect a few of you are going to take offense at this, but the fun, the simplicity and the innocence of this pastime has been hijacked. Commercialized and bastardized. It used to be easy. It used to be about research, the thrill of the hunt, the finds and the camaraderie. Today we are told that you can never have enough equipment, that you need to buy one more item, one more gizmo. We’re told that we need to take photos, make videos and share them on social media (warts and all).
If you think I am wrong….think about searchcoils….
Years ago the standard was pretty much the 7 inch. Now you can get 4 inch, 5 inch, 7 inch, 10, 12 and 14 inch, and of course there’s also a 5×10, 6×10, 7×10, 10×14, 3×7, 16×16, just to name a few. We have double D, concentric, Proformance Mono, spider, round, semi-elliptical, butterfly, wide scan, and if you don’t like what the major manufacturers have to offer you send your money to Notka, Nel, Detech, Sun Ray, Cors, Coiltek, Makro and Mars. (If you build it they will come).
Remember that $39 printer with $54 replacement cartridges?
A word of advice….enjoy this hobby for what it is…a fun outdoor experience and be careful what you say, what you share and what you show on social media. You can take this medium and use it to your advantage (such as joining forces to protect the pastime) or you can go bat shit crazy, and shout out anything that crosses your mind. Just know that all kinds of people are watching, and a few of them are not your friend. Trust me….
Okay, done with that…. Y’all go make that movie and if you have time try to find something neat too….