2021 was without a doubt better than 2020 but not by much. The times when COVID-19 wasn’t headlining the news were few and far between. Nonetheless we did get vaccinated and we did get out, or at least I, my family and most of my friends did.
My 2021 –
In February a big artic blast here in Texas caused state wide power outages and was responsible for the deaths of over 200 people. It was a nightmarish two or three days and Fay and I were extremely fortunate in that we didn’t have any pipes bursting or ceilings caving in. What made this event even worse was that it was totally preventable and shouldn’t have happened, but welcome to the Lone Star state where being loud and proud is far more important than being sensible, smart and wise.
Other than accessories 2021 was a lean year for new equipment though XP did introduce the Deus II and Nokta/Makro the Legend. Comparisons and debates will have to wait until they’re in the hands of detectorists. I shared my take on all this in “The Battle for Your Dollar“.
Social media detecting (my label) always provides me something to write about. I continue to be amused, entertained and baffled by what tekkies say and share online, but I’m not surprised. Someday the metal detecting pastime will grow up and mature. I doubt I will be around to see it.
Here on Stout Standards I leaned heavily on throwbacks in 2021 and apologize but the well is running dry. Like my body the mind is not what it used to be plus come March this blog will be 10 years old. That’s 933 posts or attempts to make sense of this hobby and I have yet to do that. You all keep moving the goal posts, giving me something to muse about.
In June I turned 80 and as I mentioned recently it was a turning point for me in matters of health. In August I finally sought relief for my left foot and had surgery to insert a cushioned hinge of sorts between my foot and big toe. That procedure soon led to gel injections to the right knee (which have so far worked) and of course I continue visiting the dermatologist, who always seems to find and remove various skin cancers.
But wait, there’s more…now there’s coronary artery disease and a January 11th date for triple bypass surgery. Not exactly how I wanted my year to end nor how I wanted the new one to start. I’m trying however to look on the bright side, hoping that all of this will help me to get out detecting without pain and fatigue. Only time will tell.
Good Bye 2021
As usual my predictions and my resolutions for the year 2021 were off but nothing new there. My 2022 predictions and resolutions are still to come and dependent on the medical gods at Baylor hospital . Stay tuned.
I hope that throughout the past year you were able to find a few things here that informed, entertained and helped you enjoy the pastime just a little more. I realize I repeat myself a lot and that probably won’t change. I’m set in my ways, programmed to say what’s on my mind and at my age it’s now or never. My best to you all in the new year and please have at least two for me.
Nokta Makro just released a preview of the owner’s manual for the new Legend. Click on the photo to view….