As we start the new year I wonder just what lies in wait for we tekkies. Will 2017 be a year where we see new innovation, new products or just more of the same ole, same ole, as in paisley pinpointers, unnecessary accessories, over-hyped searchcoils and cameras guaranteed to land you a TV series?
I’ve been hearing rumors that one major manufacturer is coming out with a new top of the line model this spring, but I’ve learned not to put a lot of stock in such rumors, mainly because that no matter your plan or goal engineering can get stopped in it’s tracks very quickly. What they thought “would” work didn’t and what “was” working suddenly stopped. Been there, done that when working for Garrett.
My guess is that “wireless” will be the keyword this year, and my hope is that the manufacturers start incorporating the technology in every detector made from here on out. I’m aware of the signal delay factor but I can’t believe it’s an insurmountable problem. I’d also love to see all detector models come standard with wireless headphones and smaller stock searchcoils. The bigger is better thing is getting old, the cost out of hand and I think a smaller seven or eight inch stock coil is perfect. Then again what do I know…
WHAT ABOUT TV SHOWS?
Will there be a new “reality/not really reality” show this year? I haven’t heard mention of any and that could be good or bad depending on how you look at it. No doubt the Oak Island show will return with more “tune in next time” for another “tune in next time” episode. I figure this show could go on for another twenty years. They might even consider incorporating into a few other shows like “Doomsday Preppers Move to Oak Island” or “Oak Island Treasure Hunters Battle the Swamp Monsters for Clues to Big Foot”. Who knows how long shows like this could last?
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
So, what are your goals? What are you shooting for this year? Do you have a bucket list? Mine is easy…to get out more and try to regain that enthusiasm I used to have for the pastime. Losing weight might be a good start but that’s going to be hard with my passion for pasta. A friend suggested I should cut back so I’m going to give the “just once a day” thing a try. I’ve decided as well to stop using the term tekkie and substitute hoiker just to piss off the gentleman in Warsaw. I stole tekkie from him and now I’m stealing hoik. Take that Wally!
AND AT A THEATER NEAR YOU…
Of course I have no doubt all you hoiking YouTubers will continue to share your in-the-field adventures . I look for more breathing, panting, coil scanning, “holy sh-t” comments and big ass holes (in the ground holes that is).
I watched a vid the other day and the tekkie hoiker pulled out a little plastic bottle filled with water and squirted it on a coin to clean it. I couldn’t believe it. Doesn’t anyone use good old fashioned spit anymore? He then proceeded to pull out a plastic box from his 85 pocket camo vest (with bandolier) and placed it on what looked like a velvet cushion….and this was a 1999 Lincoln cent.
Anyway I wish all you Cecile B. Demilles well in the new year and hope that you somehow find time to do a little detecting in between filming and taking selfies…
On the home front I’m just hoping for an uneventful year. 2016 was a bitch! I want to exercise more, detect a little more, take in a few more movies, drink better wine and finish my book. Haven’t come up with a title yet but was thinking of something like “Detecting with a Dick” or “Where the Hell is Dick’sJunk?” Need to think a little more about it….
I also want to spend more time with my best friend Digger. I owe him more walks in the park, more trips in the Pug Bug and more talks about life in general.
Happy hunting, and next time give spit a whirl…it’s cheap and it’s easy to carry.
My wife just sent this and reminded me what day this is…. Some days you just can’t win!
“You’ve never been truly drunk until you’ve had to use a barstool as a walker to get home”….John Howland