Over the past couple of days I worked on verifying the club websites I have listed above and was amazed at the how many had disappeared. Others were simply added to a generic site or page with little or any information offered. Apparently we are no longer interested in meeting like-minded folks face to face…just online.
FMDAC delegates came from far and wide to organize the pastime in the mid-80s
Now having said this I will be the first one to admit that I do not attend any of the local clubs here in the DFW area. I suspect if they were down the street or around the corner I would, but getting out and about is not something that comes easy for me.
I know too that any preaching I’ve done with regards to organizing the pastime (and I’ve done a lot of it) has a been a waste of time. I mean if we aren’t going to attend the local club meeting or offer to help in its running, why would we care about tekkies halfway across the country? I mean screw them, I have better things to do with my time, and paying $50 a year to enjoy my hobby….are you shitting me? That’s $4 a month!!
What do you think…did I just describe you?
So maybe the demise of the Task Force and the slow disintegration of the FMDAC makes sense and is not a black mark on its leaders or officers. Just maybe it’s your lazy ass. Just maybe it’s you and me. Just maybe if we took time from making videos or promoting podcasts we could have that all powerful, NRA like group to represent us….to fight for us. Willing to bet too that if all you forum groupies spent one tenth of your time caring about metal detecting in the year 2025 we’d all be a lot better off, but hey I understand it’s so much more important to see what “Digging Dave” and “Relic Rat” had to say this morning. And then there’s all those YouTubes to watch…
And while this nasty individual sits in Warsaw Poland blowing hot air, it’s an indication of what’s coming to our shores if we don’t wake up.