Old Enough to Know Better (Finally)…

Pretty sure I’ve written the following before. This time however I think I’ve finally figured it out. I understand the handwriting on the wall. Just took me a while and another futile attempt at making it work…

If you’ve read the “Welcome” link above you’ve seen the following –

“Please note too that this is a “personal blog”. As a result I may talk about my family, my dogs, my love of food and wine, my musical background, my memories, my aches, pains, warts and whatever else might come to mind.”

Unfortunately the personal part is about to become more prevalent….


The other day Detecting Diva (Allyson Cohen) posted she was back. Back as in back in-the-field, detecting again after a long recovery spell at home following major surgery. I was happy for her and shared those feelings in the comments section. She responded “Thanks Dick. Participating definitely helps when it comes to writing about the hobby.” I thought about that and it really hit home.

Then last Thursday I charged up the Simplex and headed out to a nearby park, looking for just an hour or two of relaxation. It wound up being an effort in futility, lasting all of 30 minutes and resulting in three clad dimes. Between the lower back, legs and right knee pain it was a depressing and disheartening experience.  

Those of you who subscribe or read my blog on a regular basis know it’s been a struggle for me to get out detecting and as much as I hate to admit it, it’s probably not going to get any better. The desire is still there but I need to come to grips and accept that my physical limitations, aches, pains, while not major thank goodness, are part and parcel of getting old and are for the most part unfixable (as is the case with my neuropathy and arthritis). Even taking walks, which I used to do twice a day, has become a difficult task for me. 

Since starting the blog nine years ago I’ve pretty much shared all I can about my past metal detecting experiences and involvement in the industry. I lived and loved the pastime much of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and on into the 21st century. It’s now 2021 and things have changed.  I’ve changed.

Much of the technical talk today is not something I’m intimately familiar with and to be honest a lot of it bores the hell out of me, and I mean no offense to you die hard tekkies. I understand your addiction, your exuberance, your passion for the pastime. I experienced it too moons ago. Now all I want to do is have fun, enjoy the hobby and not be obsessed with it. Unfortunately even doing that has become difficult to do.

Understand I don’t intend to stop writing about the pastime, just that what posts I do write will be fewer.  I will continue writing as a messenger, an observer and a tongue in cheek, sarcastic SOB (yes I know, nothing new there), but unless a miracle happens what you won’t see (and haven’t seen much of lately), are in-the-field adventures, a.k.a. look what I found with this fantastic detector. You will surely see and hear more about my day, my family, my dog, my wine, my thoughts, my views, my feelings. You know, the “other things” in one’s life. 

I will continue to keep you posted on things that I hear through the grapevine. Things that I think might interest you or that I think you should be aware of, though sadly my contacts, my sources, my friends shrink with each passing day. I hope too to continue sharing Q&A’s, useful links, guest posts and if I ever find a decent scanner more photos from years past, though these will be more for me and my dwindling list of senior TH’ing friends. 

So I hope you will stay subscribed and continue to read my off the wall mutterings. Maybe look at them as a “change of pace” or as “WTF moments”.  Everybody needs those. I’d also like to think my advertisers will hang in there with me but whatever they choose to do I will understand.

Have one for me….


“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been” – David Bowie




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16 responses to “Old Enough to Know Better (Finally)…

  1. Dick, Like someone or other once said growing old ain’t for sissies. Take care and best regards
    Bill from Lachine

  2. Ed B.

    Dick….with all your many years of experience in the detecting hobby you must have a ton of stories to write about including individual hunts that you came up with something fabulous or the ones where you got skunked. You must have quite a few things you could write about concerning your time with Garrett and/or FMDAC. Either way your audience here would enjoy reading them. In the meantime, enjoy the wine.

    • Ed have come to the conclusion that the majority of today’s detectorists don’t want to hear from an 80 year old guy who has trouble getting down and up. It’s a new era and a different breed of hunter.

      • John Taylor

        that’s NOT true dick! I , for one, would be happy to “know” where your “loot” is buried!I’m just sayin’ ehe! he! heh!


  3. Hey!
    You’ve earned the right to take it easy. Enjoy! Have a glass or three for me.

  4. Hi Dick. Oddly enough, I was thinking the same thing the other day, about health and physical limitations in this hobby growing as time inexorably moves forward. My health and well being has always been a struggle with severe systemic diseases since I left the Air Force too many years ago to count. I’ve lost about half-a dozen very good paying jobs because I went to the ER once to many times during the workday, leaving me in a financial hole most of the time…feast or famine, but mostly famine. It’s been more than tough not to follow a path into deep depression of worse, but if anything, I’ve learned that this hobby is not everything. The fun and adventure was nice, but when low tide rolls around at 7 a.m. the homeopathy burning my feet alive through the night has finally subsided, a lot of the pain from cancer has decreased through the night, so I kill the alarm roll over and go back to sleep. Have I just lost the opportunity to dig several corroded zinc pennies from the surf, maybe liberate a few bottle caps from the sand, or said “hi” to the twenty or thirty newbies waving their search coils a few feet in the air? Yes, but I am lucky enough to have my wife still with me, and she still loves me despite the fact I am now not much more than a medical experiment gone wrong, but yet she still ruffles what’s left of my hair, puts her arm around my waist when we walk, and puts her soft hands on my chest in the dead of night to make sure I am still breathing. She loves metal detecting too and has been a good partner through the years in life as well as the hobby. And despite all the disasters and tribulations, I still consider myself one lucky guy, metal detector or no metal detector, for all the good friends I have and the life I’ve lived. I may, too, restart my blog again with less detecting content and more life content. Rock on Dick!

    • Jim, you have been through a lot and you’re one tough cookie. Not sure I could have handled all that you have. You’re also an inspiration to many. Thank you….

  5. Packrat

    Hey Dick. You keep on writing about whatever and I will keep reading. I know the feeling about not keeping up just want to enjoy the hobby. I love hearing about the past and the people from that time. You are one of the few who help keep our treasure hunting history alive for the new people who know nothing of our history

  6. John Taylor

    not sure I get the belittling aspect of your admissions. you have gained a certain admiration in the detecting community over the years, and deservedly so. your books should be required reading of beginning detectorists. many people find you to be an entertaining personality who happens to know a “ton” about the hobby. so with that said, i believe you will always enjoy the rapt attention of discerning hobbyists, no matter what your current health, or state of affairs may be. “soldier on”

    Richard your audience of admirers awaits! .I’m just sayin’


  7. wintersen

    Dick, your reply to Ed states that the majority of today’s detectorists don’t want to hear from an 80 year old guy who has trouble getting down and up. It’s a new era and a different breed of hunter.

    I identify with your statement. Ironically Dick, your blog ALWAYS attracts a much bigger response.What am I doing wrong? Subject matter?


    • No, not all. Your blog posts are always informative. I think you need to find out why the links are missing in the subscriber emails going out. I get them and know you’ve posted something new but there’s no “read more” link attached. I suspect a lot of readers just don’t take the time to click out and search for your site. JMO.

      Detectorists today want to hear from the guy who “always” seems to find the best of everything, the attractive gal who just also happens to swing a coil and the dude wearing camo who not only finds great things but gets to travel all over the world doing it.

      We’re just two old guys on the outside looking in…

  8. John Taylor

    I’m jealous! hell’s a fire! I want to travel all over the world on somebody else’s dime! and get to wear “camouflage” too, and tell everyone how “great” their detectors are! unfortunately,i am not “attached” to anyone, so all I can do is “dream!” ehe! he! heh!
    I’m just sayin’


  9. I may not be an old guy in the hobby, but I do have the pain after a long day digging.

    My time in the Air Force as a mechanic took its toll on my back, knees, and hips. At one time I was actually kinda squished by a wing. Yes. You read that correctly. I recovered. But getting out and hiking to spot and moving around does cause my back and hips to hate me afterwards. I also find that if I do something as simple as use a hiking stick, it helps.

    The exercise is good and I do end up feeling even better a couple days later.

    • “The exercise is good and I do end up feeling even better a couple days later….”

      Would love to be able to say that but I cannot. I will turn 80 in a couple weeks and I’ve accepted the reality. Thanks Matt.

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