“Light ’em up if you have ’em”… Ring a bell with anyone?
In light of two emails I received I need to remind you all (again) that Stout Standards is a “personal” blog and as such offers no guarantee that every post will be about metal detecting or treasure hunting.
I like to write and I’m aware that sometimes I get off on a tangent, a totally different topic that has nothing at all to do with scanning a coil, finding a coin or as they say today, “touching history”. So if I do that and you find it uninteresting, boring or depressing just move on.
There are a lot of other blogs out there that deal with the metal detecting pastime and I share a few of them here on the sidebar. Give them a whirl and see if you can get your fix there. They may well offer up a tip or two that improves your next outdoor adventure.
This blog is five years old now and it’s been an up and down experience. I’ve had my share of disagreements and I have made a few enemies. I’ve pissed off many a forum owner and moderator, and dissed a lot of products. I probably should bite my tongue more but I’m not getting any younger and this is my last hurrah, piss poor as it is.
You see I come from a time when the internet was non-existent and social media was talking on the telephone. When having friends over meant having drinks, snacks and face to face conversations, not staring at your phone. A time when saying something rude or outlandish might result in a black eye or missing teeth. Today, it’s every man for himself, dog eat dog, last man standing and I positively, absolutely refuse to play that game. This blog will stand by itself or die a slow death. Time will tell…..
In the meantime take what I say with a grain of salt… It’s metal detecting for crissakes….a hobby, not brain surgery?
FOR THE SENIORS AMONGST US
Leave me out of this please…..
by John Howland
The very young John Howland
They say that there’s no future in getting old; and they’re right. But age is no bar to a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle evidenced by some sturdy 90-yr olds running Marathons. I know man who has regular sex at 78; the problem is he lives at number 72!
Though metal detecting is hardly in the Marathon category, it is nevertheless, widely recognized as both a health benefit and an enormous contributor to the overall archaeological record. In the UK alone over one million detector-found artefacts are logged with the Government sponsored Portable Antiquities Scheme database. There are definite health advantages to the pastime as any detectorist will testify; it provides fresh air and gentle exercise. For those of a certain age it’s a ‘well-being’ windfall.
The temptation, as we get older, is naturally to lift our foot off the gas but reduced inactivity can also be an unintended and premature invitation to the Grim Reaper. Absence of physical activity in old age – and for our purposes here we’ll define old age as ‘60’ – leads to more time spent in doctors’ waiting rooms; increased medication; more lotions, potions and Heaven knows what else to alleviate all manner of ailments. One day we all come face-to-face with ‘The Reaper’ but with a canny outlook, that date can be delayed by simply following a few basic health rules.
Health professionals tell us that as we age so we should aim to be as physically active as possible. Regular physical exercise is proven to be important both to physical and mental welfare especially for ‘Oldies’ and by remaining active, many long-term health benefits are up for grabs; even improving in some cases the well-being of those who already have minor problems.
As exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things we can do, some ‘oldies’ are loathe to exercise, often in the mistaken notion that exercising is in some way harmful. There is no need to take out gym membership or invest in expensive or special equipment, though both options are extremely valuable. Nevertheless, repeated research shows that leading a sedentary life in old age is a precarious undertaking and ‘undertaking’ is this instance being operative word!
So how much exercise should ‘Oldies’ engage in each week? Well, how long’s a piece of string? It’s reckoned that at least a couple of hours of moderate exercise a week is about right; and a couple of sorties walking and swinging a metal detector, bending and digging to retrieve targets would seem to fit the bill with the added attraction of hoiking out some treasure – maybe!
There are countless clubs and societies catering for ‘Oldies’ whose members are simply aching for speakers to address their meetings. Everyone loves the thought of finding treasure – elusive as though that might be in reality – and I guarantee that taking along a few finds and a couple of detectors to say an Over 60s Luncheon Club, or similar, will be welcomed.
Why not then, get your club to get involved in what is a great PR initiative for the pastime?
“I saw this wino, he was eating grapes. I was like, dude you have to wait”….Mitch Hedberg