Happy Father’s Day

Well my day started at 4:30 in the morning with heavy rain, thunder, lightening and Digger telling me he had to go out and lift his leg real bad. Happy Father’s Day! At least he’s a trooper and doesn’t diddle around when he goes out! He also spent Friday at the hospital getting fluids thanks to a hypoglycemic episode. With a glucose reading of 32 he was close to death so yeah he can wake me up any time, any day. Don’t know what I’d do without him….

Anyway hope all you detecting dads have a great day, filled with good weather, good times and good finds. Have one for me.

Happy Father’s day dad….miss you!

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A THROWBACK

The Information Highway….Who’s Doing the Driving?

I think I’ve figured out why this hobby has been bugging me so much of late. It’s social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest. You see we’ve taken what was once a very simple and very fascinating hobby and promoted it so much we have beaten it to death ten times over. The word “Hollywood” comes to mind.

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Seems every time I log on to my computer I am bombarded by Facebook comments, YouTube videos and more “you won’t want to miss” podcasts. Ah, and then there are the forums where ‘Chatty Charlie’ is busy saying “welcome from Idaho” and ‘Bust Your Chops Bob’ is telling you how you are doing it all wrong. Such is the treasure hunting pastime today.

We advertise and promote ourselves 24/7 and we’ve overdone it and glamorized our pastime to the point where every new entrant thinks it’s a quick way to get rich….and we all know that it takes at least six weeks.

Fact or Fiction?

Social media is also a place where facts and truths can be somewhat elusive. Every day amazing finds show up online but how can we be sure they were really found by the poster? Were they posted to promote someone’s ego or for that matter some company’s image? Don’t get me wrong, I believe the majority of what I see and read but there’s always something that has me shaking my head or something that has me saying “now that’s just bullshit plain and simple”….

I’m also bothered by the ubiquitous day in, day out self promotion that’s so prevalent on social media.  What do these people do for a living. I mean come on now, every single day? Apparently they are independently wealthy, living the good life and never go a day without finding great things. I mean who woulda thunk?

Now I don’t know what it is that I want to see change or improve. You see I am of another generation and I can only relate to how it was when cavemen roamed the earth. I do like social media and often think of how great it would have been if we had the internet back then, but I’m also grateful I started when I did and learned the ropes without thousands of“he’s wrong, I’m right” opinions to confuse me.

I’m well aware that social media is now the preferred method of advertising for the metal detector manufacturer, and I understand it completely. You can reach millions quickly, it’s free, and it’s pretty much a ‘no holds barred’ playing field, but I’m hoping they will find a way to tone it down or at least keep it on an even keel. I get that photos, videos are eye candy and intended to get the viewer’s attention. Nothing wrong with that ….just that they need to be real, not staged and not overdone.

Social media is a great thing but we need to use it to help our cause not hurt it. Remember we’re on this information highway together and where we wind up is up to us….

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19 responses to “Happy Father’s Day

  1. Bob Sickler

    Dick… Nice to see photos of your father! Just curious… Was he also a musician? My dad was a fantastic semi-pro piano and organist who worked for years in a standard’s band back in the 50’s when I was growing up. I would later follow in his footsteps and become a guitarist in 1961. I still play today and build my own guitars and amplifiers as a hobby.

    Wow, never heard of a dog having low glucose before! Stop giving him all that wine and feed the poor puppy! 🙂

    • Bob, my dad was not a musician but very much into jazz. He used to go to a lot of concerts in Philadelphia when he was younger…Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and he loved the Mills Brothers. He was delighted when I joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra (Ray McKinley). Didn’t know you were “building” guitars….you’re a very talented guy.

      Digger is diabetic (since 2016) and gets insulin twice a day. Now we need to lower insulin level and up the food (which will make him happy). He’s a fighter and my hero.

      • john taylor

        hi dick!.. happy dad’s day!
        a little taste of the “red” is in order!
        give “digger” a taste of the 20,and you
        will have him “howlin’ at the moon in short order!
        mix it in with his “chow”.it’ll give it a little “gamey”
        flavor!

        (h.h.!)
        j.t.

      • Thanks John but Digger doesn’t indulge.

  2. Todd Hiltz

    Happy Father’s Day Dick

  3. Happy Father’s Day Dick! My youngest son called me early this morning to wish me a happy FD. I had forgotten today was Father’s Day, as my dad died on Father’s Day about 3-years ago, so there is a bit of a stigma to it for me now. But still, it is good to be recognized and remembered for the hardest job any man ever had.

  4. Bob Kerr

    Happy Fathers Day 😇 and keep all the RAIN down there. Sorry about Digger condition, glad he’s a fighter and your both Hero’s you both need each other.

    • You know Bob Digger and I are a lot alike…We both hobble around and neither one of us can hear a damn thing. Happy Father’s Day to you as well.

      • john taylor

        “sucks” to grow old dick! i can “relate!”
        reminds me of a scene in the movie “hombre” with paul newman,
        fredric march,diane cilento,and richard boone, when fredric march
        turns to paul newman,and says,..”it’s a shock to grow old mr russell!”

        (h.h.!)
        j.t.

      • That was before my time…

  5. John

    Happy Fathers Day, Dick! Hope Digger feels better soon.

  6. Tony

    Happy Belated Fathers Day! Hope Digger gets his groove back soon!

  7. john taylor

    1967 dick,and you are older than me!
    anyway, hope ya had a pleasant one!
    digger will be ok!..probably knew somehow,
    it was his daddy’s day, and he just got excited!..is all!

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

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