Talking Turkey…

pexels-photo-265393Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and it’s without a doubt the best holiday of the year. Yes I know travel is often difficult and retail employees sometimes have to give up part of their day but it’s still pretty much a stress free holiday. A day where family, friends, football, food & drink is the norm.

Friday of course is another matter. It marks the start of the “nasty shopper”season. People freak out, spend money they don’t have, get angry at store employees for things they have no control over and then get pissed when the charge card bills start arriving in January.

I worked retail for many years and there’s nothing more dreaded than this time of year. Store employees not only have to give up part of their Thanksgiving so you can stress them out early but they’re also asked to worked unreasonable hours for little extra compensation. They have no control over what’s in stock (they’re not ‘hiding’ merchandise in the stock room) and they know too that Amazon sells that item at a lesser price so there’s no need to remind them. In fact under their breath they’re saying “buy it from Amazon please and go home” .

So enjoy this one relaxing day and have one or two for me. You will have plenty of time to shop till you drop, max out your credit card and remember you can pay the minimum on those bills every month (plus interest) and then start all over the day after Thanksgiving next year.

Ho, ho, ho….

PS:  It’s a pretty safe bet that uncle Charlie will ooh and ah over that shirt you buy him but will return it for a socket wrench set as soon as you leave. 


Christmas Shopping

Received the following from Dan Hamilton, my old detecting buddy from New Jersey, and thought it appropriate here. He started “Here is a heart warming story for you……….”

A couple was Christmas shopping at the mall on Christmas Eve and the mall was packed. Walking through the mall the surprised wife look up and noticed her husband was no where around and she was very upset because they had a lot to do.She used her cell phone to call her husband because she was so upset, to ask him where he was.

The husband in a calm voice said, “honey remember the jewelry store we went into 5 years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford and I told you that I would get it for you one day?”

His wife said crying, “yes I remember that jewelry store”.

He said, “Well I’m in the bar next to it…”


Since tomorrow is also Throwback Thursday here’s an oldie from 2014…


I know almost all of you use Google to research and find new places to detect. I am also guessing you pretty much do what I do and that is type in the name of my town, county or state and then add keywords like schools, churches, parks, history, etc..  Anyway let me suggest a few more words you might try. I can’t promise they will work for you but they have provided me with a lot of leads to work on.  If and when you give them a try, have a thesaurus or synonym finder on hand and see what substitutes you might also throw in the mix.

  • Old Newspapers
  • Early Maps
  • Memoirs
  • Journals
  • Traditions
  • Outlaws
  • Robberies
  • Legends
  • Early
  • Bygone
  • Tales
  • Chronicles
  • Folklore
  • Myths
  • Events
  • Timeless
  • Battles
  • Forgotten
  • Scouting
  • Landmarks
  • Abandoned
  • Celebrations
  • Carnivals
  • Amusement Parks
  • Swimming Holes
  • Centennial
  • Pioneers
  • Recollections
  • Conflicts
  • Superstitions


A few sites I found when using the above words….



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20 responses to “Talking Turkey…

  1. Paul T.

    Have a Wonderful Turkey Day my FRIEND. Drink a glass of RED for me.

  2. Bob Sickler

    Who’s the “turkey” who made Thanksgiving only a holiday? 🙂

  3. Tony

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!
    And thanks again for the research tip, God knows I can use some.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Dick.

  5. It’d be a great Thanksgiving for this old Limey if a cheque for $20.00 somehow dropped onto my doormat. It is better to give than receive – much better. Blessed are the givers.

    Anyway Ole Pal, hope you and Fay have a good one and raise a glass or two….

  6. john taylor

    Happy “bird” day to everyone ! Yeah! you are correct Dick!..seems people get kinda “nasty” around the holidays.

    Consumption,consumption,consumption!..the “french” have a term for it!….it’s referred to as “an event psychological!” in other words, all in the head! Anyway,I always get in touch with the “man” every xmas,so i can be at peace with myself for the coming year! “For what doth it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul” of Mark (New Testament)


  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Dick! It is a little known fact that I am descended from some of the “Mayflower” crew…my ancestor was the guy they sent down the beach dragging a stick thru the sand, trying to recover nails from the ship that came out when they ran into Plymouth rock! The other thing, from the many other things that irritate me, is the name “Black Friday,” which got it’s name because a group of people at a Walmart got trampled to death, in other words, shoppers were KILLED, at one of those bust the door in midnight sales. I have a tough time with everyone being excited about “BLACK FRIDAY,” any more than I’d be excited by “Radiation Sickness Tuesday,” at the lab. But that’s just me. Have a good one!

  8. Ey up Dick,
    I have been out of metal detecting and magnet fishing for quite some time and have not stopped by any blogs either. Just though I would check in and say hi 👋

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