Thought I would attempt to answer a comment/question from my last post –
Ed B. said
“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”.
Honestly Ed my stories, my hunts weren’t really all that exciting and I’ll try to explain why, but first let me say that a lot of what I see shared online today also falls into that category except now it’s filmed and glamorized to make it appear as though it’s an Indiana Jones sequel.
Ed back in early days I just “went detecting”. Smart phones didn’t exist though if they had I doubt I would have used them. Just too much of a hassle and something that would have taken away from my hunting. Remember too that was before PC’s, the internet and social media. Any photos that I took were usually for an article that I was writing for WET.
I was also a coin hunter and spent my time searching schools, athletic fields, old homesites, carnival grounds, picnic grounds and parks. I had hardly any competition and almost always came home a happy hunter. A day out at a school built in the 30’s, 40’s or even the 50’s might net me (or my hunting partners) 10 to 15 pieces of silver – Mercs, Washington/SL quarters and occasionally a Barber. Indian Heads were also a fairly common find and because I used the notch below nickel disc setting I found my share of Buffaloes and V nickels. At a few of the older sites Seated, Large cents, etc.. were found.
Relics? Not my thing and I surely threw away a few goodies (at least by today’s standards). I bought a detector to find coins and anything else, especially bits and pieces were trashed. I know, not good but that was me and today I haven’t changed that much. I’m not impressed or excited over a lot of the so called relics I see shared and analyzed online and I’m just not a “button”, “buckle” or “bullet” guy, sorry.
My detecting days were almost always the same. If I was hunting with a friend we’d sometimes meet for breakfast though usually is was coffee at my house. We’d spend the morning hunting, or looking for sites, have lunch and do the same in the afternoon. Hard to glamorize those outings other than to say we sometimes had days when the finds were a little more special, as in maybe finding a two cent piece, trime, flying eagle or a nice ring/jewelry find, but that’s it. No big hoards, caches and no gold.
As for the FMDAC days a lot of that is documented here within the blog. It was a special time and the original group of officers, delegates and volunteers were the reason it succeeded in so many areas. Now unfortunately that kind of caring, that kind of group effort is non-existent. Thanks to social media everybody’s an expert and not interested in working with or for others.
The Garrett years? Here too if you want to search through nine years of posts you will find stories. My days working there were spent trying to sell detectors, not out swinging a coil and if I had to do over again I would have declined and stayed in New Jersey.
Finally Ed, yes I could sit down and write a “I dug down 12 inches and there staring me in the eyes…” BS story but I’ll leave that for the YouTubers. I will however continue to write for moi and anyone else who might be interested in what I have to say or think. I’m not naive however and understand that detectorists today don’t want to hear from an 80 year old dude who has trouble putting on his pants in the morning.
It’s metal detecting 2021 – YouTube vids, Deep Digging Doug and Big Coils Betty. It’s where it’s at and I get it…
Dominique & Her Latest Fling
Over on Facebook Dominique Ivy get’s an Equinox 800. (oh wait my bad, it’s a “Nox”….sorry).
Anyway I message her and ask if she has a new endorsement and she responds “Hahaha no thanks. I have had companies ask but i am just not interested.”
Then a day or two later she shares a photo of a SLQ with “And just like that, I am a believer. Pounded to sh#t site, standing liberty quarter on her maiden voyage.”
Next day – “Just when I think I can’t love the Nox any more than I already do, it pulls THIS from the depths”
Then the posts continue to flow – “My Nox sniffed out a cut Large Cent, almost a foot down.”
“I continue to take the Nox to all my pounded sites. And it continues to make me happy!”
“Draped Bust Half Cent! Consider me thoroughly noxified.”
“Just pulled a clipped & holed 1770 King George from the depths!”
Now I don’t know about you but these sure sound like advertising phrases to me. I say look for Dominque Ivy to be sporting Minelab apparel online and at the next big event.
If you’re a coinhunter/collector do yourself a favor and subscribe to Coin Collectors Blog. Always a good read and lots of outside stories as well.
When I check out club websites I always check to see if they have a links page and if so whether they have SS listed. If not I usually send an email asking if they’d consider adding one.
Received a reply from one last week that said –
“There is a chance…I do find you site amusing based on a very brief reading and will discuss the question of listing it with our Board of Directors at the first opportunity. If accepted, your site may be the first in a new category of resources titled ‘Amusing’.
Now that sort of rubbed me the wrong way and I replied “if you don’t find it “useful” or “informative” forget it….seriously. There’s a LOT of very good information there and not just from me.”
The reply “As you wish. Done”
So tell me is this bog merely amusing or is it informative? Useful?
On the Homefront
Been experiencing a spate of bad weather but it is spring in Texas and that means severe storms and the ever loving possibility of tornadoes. Needless to say they make me very nervous. Once is enough thank you….
The “Digger” dog has been having a few setbacks and I really feel for him. He’s suddenly having trouble navigating the house, running into things and getting stuck in corners and behind furniture. We jokingly say his GPS is screwed up but it saddens me no end. He’s my brother from another mother, my best friend and he doesn’t deserve to be any more incapacitated. Being diabetic, blind and deaf is enough. Crossing my fingers that it’s just him getting old and not something more serious.
Half way through another great read – “In the Kingdom of Ice” by Hampton Sides. Give it a whirl if you’re into history that reads like fiction. Hampton Sides is great.
I’m a bug guy and I’m thinking I need one of these….