It’s Not Going to be Easy…

Now I know you are not going to believe it but I am making New Year’s resolutions and I intend to work hard to make them happen.  I know too that many of you will be there to help and cheer me along….

IN 2018 I RESOLVE TO….

1.  Get healthy and get out detecting….

2.  Go on “Shark Tank” and get my “Rent a Kid” program going big time…

3.  Not laugh too hard at tekkies trying to look like Rambo…

4.  Try and understand why detectorists think others want to watch THEIR videos…

5.  Continue not giving a damn thing away to get people to visit Stout Standards. You will either come here to get informed, laugh, shake your heads, say WTF or go elsewhere thank you…

6.  Stay old school, not buy a pinpointer, shovel or imported searchcoil (and still find good sh*t)…

7.  Research more and find new places to detect…

8.  Give even more love and attention to Digger…

9.  Pay the kids next door a few bucks, tell them to call me daddy and go knock on a few doors…

10. Get my Garrett Groundhog out and give it a whirl…

11. Go back to where I left off (number 2,195) and resume counting YouTube detecting videos…

12. Not use names like Clara Cleavage, Bubba Bob or Deep Digger Duffus when talking about popular tekkies with huge fan bases…

13. Continue hating the Dallas Cowboys

14. Become a ‘relic hunter’ so no matter what I find I can have a successful day…

15. Try and understand why everyone is so excited and worked up about a detector model that hasn’t been released yet and has no in-the-field track record…

16. Advocate for a “Detectival” here in the US…

17. Keep reading the Wally & Harry blogs because no matter how bad my day is I can always get a laugh there…

18. Sort through my Facebook friends and try to figure out just who the hell they are…

19. Drive a few back roads looking for places to detect and hope I don’t get shot…

20. Start a Pinpointer Facebook page just to see how many tekkies join…

21. Post things on Facebook like “having a colonoscopy today” or “getting the oil changed this morning” because I’ve noticed that sharing such happenings are important to your friends…

22. Start a  Facebook page called “You’re Not Going to Believe This Sh*t” for tekkies who crave attention…

23. Not call Dave Wise “Beanie”

24. See how many more forums I can get banned from…

25. Work on getting more tekkies to view my YouTube videos so I can buy that house in the south of France…

26. Get back to working on my book…

27. See if I can get the folks at Montpelier to pay ME for attending their digs…

28. Finally buy knee pads so when I can’t get up it won’t hurt so much…

29. Learn how to use my Smart phone…

30. Try harder not to bullsh*t you all so much…happy, happy!!

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COMING UP

Q & A session with Joe Patrick. Stay tuned…

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29 responses to “It’s Not Going to be Easy…

  1. Have a great year Dick!! My New Years rez is not to make one in the first place. Works every year. All the Best!!

  2. Randy Dee

    Well that is a good start Dick.

  3. James Wdzenczny

    That’s a start…..

  4. Robert Egbert

    Looks like quite a todo list. Good luck. I agree with most of it.👍

  5. Paul Sampson

    I predict a 50% success rate at best. Good luck though. Plus that is a light years better average than will get.

    Is “2 Buck Chuck” a good deal on sale?

  6. “Keep reading…the Wally & Harry blogs…” these are brilliant examples of what happens when Care in the Community goes tits-up. Funny and sad at the same time.

  7. Torie Little

    Stop being a stubborn old mule. Once you use a good pinpointer, you will kick yourself for all the time you’ve wasted looking for a dime that is the exact same color as the soil.

    🙂

    • Torie not being stubborn. Just have never had a problem pinpointing. I have had pinpointers in the past and found them more annoying that help. Getting them out of their holder, putting them back, etc., and a couple times I left them sitting on the ground. Sorry, just my take.

      • Bob Sickler

        Hi Dick… I’ve never had much trouble pinpointing either over the years, but if you are hunting a site with a limited access window, every minute I save in retrieval is one more good find I might not have had time for. I’ve had numerous occasions when the target is deeper than I can cut a plug (which is quite often with today’s deeper seeking detectors). Just being able to quickly locate silver coins without scratching them using a hand digger or screwdriver is quite efficient and valuable. Buy yourself a used pinpointer or borrow one and give it try, you might be surprised that you can increase your yield on any given day. Trick is getting yourself outdoors first! 🙂

      • Had a two pinpointers and in fact had a British model before they were a big thing here in the States. Just did not like carrying it and felt like I had to use it not NEED to use it.

        Working on the healthy thing and down 23 lbs. My problem will be the knees and getting down and up.

  8. JOHN DEVEREUXgoi

    Hi Dick, Ambitious list. My resolution is to not have any as I appear to be an abject failure at keeping to them. Now I won’t be disappointed…….

    Sorry to say as a relative newbie I use both a spade and a pinpointer however the ground I encounter on my permissions is not very forgiving and I lack the years of experience of veteran detectorists. That’s my line anyway. 🙂 I’m thick skinned (six years working security at Brighton County Hospital) so not easily upset….and it’s good to disagree on some things though my wife won’t agree on that.

    Was going out to find gold today but it’s raining here. 3 weeks pretty much continually. Getting well hacked off with it and going slightly stir crazy. I’m looking forward to a dry day and some sunshine. I won’t be doing any videos though. Where do the vloggers find the time???

    All the best from a very damp Eastbourne. John

    • Hi John, certainly a few of my resolutions are in jest but not the spade/pinpointer.

      Sorry to her about all you rain, and hope you get out soon. As for the vloggers (love that word)they find the time because it’s more important to be noticed than to actually find good things. It’s called social media stardom. I don’t understand it but then again I’m of another generation. I don’t want to carry unnecessary and/or unneeded items, I just want to detect and have fun and that’s my goal.

      Hang in there with the weather and have one for me.

  9. Ron

    My favorite was “Become a relic hunter so I always have a successful day” ha!

    And with a name like DICK STOUT it must be easy to get banned from anywhere!

    Rock on and stay hard Dick,
    Ron

    • Ron given some of the finds photos on social media the “relic hunter” label fits most tekkies today. They analyze and show off stuff I would throw in the trash. As for my name, it’s gotten some laughs over the years but I tend to get banned from forums for speaking my mind or pissing off the folks in charge. A few of them are rigged in that if you criticize a product, a company, dealer, etc., you’re gone.

      And if you think my name is hilarious when I worked for Borders I had customer named Anita Dick.

  10. Tony

    Dick, I agree with Mcgator, if I don’t make a Rez then I can’t fail this year on not achieving my resolution.

    Now for research, I too want and need to do it better this year. Last year I found 12 sites during the winter cold days and most were closed in by fences but some had a few targets but nothing terrific. I probably will email you soon – eh just a warning.

  11. Bigtony

    Drat……Ok then here is a good tip, try house tear downs. Found this on a forum…

    I am just north of Houston, Spring, Texas. Retired in 2002 from the FAA, controller, supervisor and manager for 35 years. I get out maybe 150 times a year and have right at 870 silver coins since mid 2012 when I got the CTX. I hunt 99% demolitions. I started keeping track of my finds on a spreadsheet and pics with the phone, and am a tad over 34,700 cons with over 6,600 wheat pennies. Here in Houston they tear down at least 10-15 a day, many from the early 1900’s. I find them by using the City of Houston Paid Permits section to get the demolition permits, then research the age of the house by using the online property tax appraisal site and looking up the address and owners names from that.

  12. Linda B

    I have shortened my New Year’s resolution’s list every year since I find I don’t remember it by February and don’t follow through with most of the items of the list anyway. I rarely get on treasure hunting forums anymore. I do follow yours but usually I am a lurker. Only comment I will say about pinpointers – yes most buy because of the technology. I am a firm believer in learning how to pinpoint with your coil and how to use a probe. Yet with worsening vision due to a genetic eye problem – using a pinpointer has at least allowed me to keep metal detecting; it does slow me down and I use one that vibrates because I hate the noise. After my corneal transplants, I will go back to rarely using one.

    • Hi Linda, it’s good to her from you again….

      I think you know a good deal of my list is ‘tongue in cheek’ but the getting healthy is not. I’ve lost some weight and feel better. Now I need to get my feet working if it’s possible.

      Sorry to hear about your eye problem and hope that the corneal procedure goes well. Keep me posted if you don’t mind…

      • Linda B

        Will do. Of course, “tongue in cheek” sense of humor is what I love about you and why I keep reading you. My comment is probably geared more to some of the “tekkies” who need to realize that basics are the best foundations and yet I am glad for some progress to help with health issues. Also to let the younger generation remember that getting old is not for wimps.

      • “getting old is not for wimps….” Yes indeed and I like to remind those not facing senior problems they will understand in due time. Thanks Linda…

  13. Right there with ya, Dick, in hating on the Cowboys and advocating for a US version of Detectival. How did we never think to do this?

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