Not Feeling the Holiday Spirit (Yet)…

Not a lot to say or share, this the week before Christmas. Have been working on a path forward and hopefully a fix for my heart problem but won’t know anything for another few days. Send me good vibes.

Nonetheless it’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s a post from February 2017….will write more next week.

I’ll Show You Mine if You 

I find it rather amusing that a large majority of detectorists like to wear camouflage yet will pivot on a dime and shout “hey everybody look at what I found”.  Yup, happens all the time and sooner or later it’s going to bite a few of them on the ass.

You see I was perusing a detecting FB page the other day and saw someone proudly sharing photos of his extensive finds/collection and it was apparent that the display was in his home. Sitting along side this impressive array of coins and relics were five detectors. I was dumbfounded.  I mean it’s one thing to be proud of your finds,  but quite another to display it to the world and show them exactly where it’s located. Of course after the first photo it turned into a “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…” kind of thing with more hoikers showing off their finds and displays.

Hey listen, social media is a fantastic medium and we all partake of it but it’s also a place where less than honorable people work overtime and where bad things can happen to unthinking, naïve people. Why tempt them by showing off your collection as it sits in your home? Sharing individual finds as they happen is fine but the whole shebang? Think about it.

Additionally…

…if you do keep your finds at home make sure you keep them in a safe or “safe place”. A place that’s doesn’t scream out “look here” to the potential thief or as they like to say today… “home invader”.  Consider a small safe for a few of your most meaningful, more valuable finds and if that’s not doable come up with a neat hiding place. You know, like what an old timer did years ago with his stash or his cache, and no you don’t have to bury it in the yard.

Be sure too to keep a detailed list of finds and take photos of as much of your collection as possible especially the more valuable coins, relics and pieces of jewelry. I can’t emphasize this enough. I lost a lot of coins in the tornado and there was no way to ascertain what or how many, and while the insurance company worked with us on everything else the coins were not even part of the conversation. Look into adding a rider to your homeowner’s policy that will cover your finds.

And while you are at it take photos of the furnishings in your house.  Furniture, appliances, musical instruments, antiques, memorabilia, paintings or prints, clothing, etc.. It won’t take all day and is a great thing to do on a cold winter’s day. Save these photos where they will be accessible should you ever face a catastrophe….put them on a disc and give to a relative,  or on a USB drive, in the cloud, etc., and if you think it could never happen, trust me it can. I know firsthand.

And honestly there’s really no way you can ever replace the thrill and the excitement you experienced finding those treasures.  Be wise and be cautious my friend….

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28 responses to “Not Feeling the Holiday Spirit (Yet)…

  1. john taylor

    better to “take care of yourself” than to look for love on the ‘net!
    may god bless ya dick with good health going forward!

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

  2. Frank Martinez Jr

    Wishing you the best care and treatments, I’ll send some prays for healing and wellness.
    Mary P. is also praying for you Dick.

    Frank M. J.

  3. John Devereux

    Hi Dick

    Sage advice indeed.
    Praying that a remedy is sorted soon for your heart issues Dick.

    May the detecting god’s also look over you so you can continue to impart your years of experience to us.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and New Year.

    John

  4. Bestest wishes to you mate, and to Fay. Hang in there pal.

  5. Ed B.

    Hopefully all will go well for you in the coming days. Excellent advice about not showing the world what you have for them to steal. A Merry Christmas to you Dick….and may you have many more.

  6. Tony

    I know you are staying positive! We all hope you feel better soon because we miss your complaints about dumb newbies in this crazy hobby!

  7. Paul Tainter

    Dick:
    So sorry to hear about your heart condition. Hope that all goes well with you and your health continues to improve. All the best to you from Joan and myself.

  8. John

    Good vibes being sent your way! Take care Dick and get well soon.

  9. Packrat

    Best wishes to you. It worked for me from you in 2012 so sending them your way nowhere

  10. Tony

    Parts are a good thing, stay positive.

  11. It’s funny. I have always found myself to be more boisterous about the pull tabs than the gold. Lol!

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