Bear with me…

Going through a few storage boxes and making difficult decisions. Decisions that bring back memories and sometimes tears of when things were right with the world.

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And since this is a metal detecting blog...

One box of glassware produced three FMDAC “on the rocks” glasses. They held a few single malts years ago and just might again though not for me. Triple bypass took care of that.

Another miscellaneous box held two embossed FMDAC name tags, one for moi and one for Fay. When I flipped them over I saw they were donated by J & E Enterprises, a.k.a. Jack and Eleanor Hube. Reminders of federation events, hard working delegates and fun times.

Also in the same box was an old 1986 July/August Quest, the FMDAC newsletter and what caught my attention was the blurb about the forthcoming Treasure Weekend. The fee for the all day Saturday seminars? $5.00 with speakers like Charles Garrett and George Payne. The Saturday evening banquet at Trump Castle was $25 and the all day Sunday hunt? $20! Entire weekend $50. Granted this was 1986 but it was still a bargain. Our only goal? Holding a great event and breaking even. Today you need to take out a mortgage to attend a weekend hunt, or at least I would.

Anyway just reminiscing. Because that’s what I do!

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Better conditions coming…

Weather still hot, ground is still hard. On the horizon? Rain tonight, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with temps in the 70’s. Anyway here’s a throwback from April 2016!

The Learning Curve Has Disappeared

Based on all that I can see online the MX Sport is a big hit, and it’s as I expected. I knew everyone who was involved in its creation, and was confident it couldn’t miss. Likewise the pre-release promotion was top-notch. Of course there were a couple of detectorists on Facebook complaining that it hadn’t yet spit out diamonds and rubies, despite the fact that theirs were fresh out of the box.

It’s just a recollection, but years ago we tekkies could only afford one metal detector, and you damn well better learn it because you couldn’t justify buying another one. Apparently that’s not the case today. You can forget the talk of financial doom and gloom, expendable cash is out there for the taking, and detectorists are spending it hand over fist.

More amazing is that it seems those doing the buying are not even giving their investments time to settle in and produce. Whatever happened to the term “learning curve” or “patience is a virtue”?  Understand that metal detectors vary in design, weight, balance, options and ease of use. No two are the same, and much like your smart ass phone, it takes time to learn all its features, and settings.

Over the years I’ve used a lot of different detectors, and those that I remember most were the ones that had a somewhat longer learning curve. It might have been the varied audio responses, the complex tuning or settings, the visual readouts or a pain the ass, difficult to decipher owner’s manual. In the end however they usually put a lot of coins in my pocket. Today it seems we are an instant gratification group of diggers when it comes to metal detectors.

“I mean what the hell, this puppy cost me a few beans, has the latest technology, comes with that very cool looking coil, Miami Mel swears by it, and I’m not finding diddly squat! What gives?”

Take it from me… lack of spending cash alleviates a lot of problems in that if you don’t have it, you don’t spend it. Likewise if it’s all you have, you learn to use it or do without.  And yes I know I now use a detector based on simplicity and ease of operation.  I would love to still have the drive and stamina to get out in the field, and test drive a detector to its limits, but that’s a thing of the past for me.  Physically I am not the man I used to be.

Please don’t give up on that detector you just bought, no matter what brand or model it is.  Work with it.  Learn its features, it’s nuances and give it time to do what it’s designed to do.  A lot of expertise and experience went into it, and it deserves your patience.

“How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?” ~Paul Sweeney

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The Body’s Fine, the Head? Not so Much….

Everybody Wants a Piece of me….and the Dermatologist is no different. Had what I thought was a mole removed this morning and now I wait for the results. Send me your good vibes, not sure I can deal with any more bad news.

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I sometimes think that all you need to be a great treasure hunter is an internet connection….

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23 Comments

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23 responses to “Bear with me…

  1. Dominique

    Sending good vibes and a warm hug. 🤗

  2. John Howland

    Get in there and kick some ass, otherwise you’ll end up like that pr*ck ‘Heritage Harry’ …
    swimming in your own bullshit and unable to recognise Truth from Reality. Unlike ‘Harry’ and ‘Wally’ you have value.

  3. John will “Kick some ass” at my own speed right now thank you…

  4. njfella007

    Don’t fret, Dick. I know you hate the word, but yes, you are indeed a legend in this hobby. Much like a vial of Elvis’ sweat or strand of hair from Liberace’s toupee, the doc probably just removed your mole to sell on the internet for a cool million or two.

    In all seriousness, I wish you good luck with the results. And please keep up that fighting spirit & tough NJ mindset.

    P.S. – Jersey might have Texas beat today, as it’s about 95 here with insane humidity. Too hot for this dog. I’m perfectly content staying inside with the a/c on high & a good movie playing.

    • You’re right Joe I hate that word, especially when it comes to metal detecting/treasure hunting. We have pioneers, personalities, technicians, entertainers, entrepreneurs, story tellers and unfortunately bullshitters, but no legends.

      Thanks for the well wishes with the biopsy thing. Trying to be positive but it’s been a bitch of year and we’re not even half way there.

  5. LR

    Oh I’m still with you Sir Richard the Stout. I know I’m a youngin’ compared to the rest. But you remind of one of my Uncles. A very storied past, living life as best as you can. It’s funny I was a wee sprout of 16 when in 1988, I joined FMDAC. I thought this was cool as heck. I never did anything as I was in Michigan (and still am). Me with my 100’s of issues of W&E Treasures magazines, my trusty Tesoro Silver Sabre Plus, and a few older buddies to go detecting on the back roads of old towns in Mid-Michigan. I let the membership lapse, because I never knew anywhere I could go… Sorry… Im a weird sort. I cry and get down whenever I hear about a tragedy or someone who I admire goes through a hardship. God Bless you Sir. Good luck with surviving. Namaste.

    • Luke, my hardship is no different than a million others. Not the only one to have medical issues or lose a spouse and I didn’t mean for this post to be such a downer.

      • LR

        I just wanted to say I feel you are a strong person and you have lots of goodness to give. I didn’t realize you are the same age as my parents (they’re both 80). Still live each day as best you are able. I struggle so much taking care of my wife with seemingly perpetual chronic ailments. I love to read your musings whether they are Detecting or Life related.

      • Thank you. I am indeed an old dude.

      • LR

        With much knowledge & great respect!

  6. john taylor

    dick! your positive vibes are an inspiration to us all!
    you are all over this!

    • I can be a negative SOB at the drop of a hat….

      • john taylor

        dick! the fact that you “are” one of us, just another swinging’ dick in our field of endeavor who had the presence of mind to put some “great” thoughts in writing about what he learned over years and years of “being in the field” makes you a ”standout!” to a ton of appreciative hobbyists.you,sir are to be “commended” for your efforts!
        it’s ok to be negative from time to time, after all.you are human! (I think!).

        ( j 4 stabs,waitin on 5 t)

      • Why thank you JT.

  7. billproenza

    Warm regards my friend. Looking forward to seeing you next week and more reflections on our combined nearly 9 decades of detecting lore!

  8. I think we all have memories in boxes that when opened, bring back all kinds of emotion. I have boxes of memories passed down to me from relatives who have passed. Opening them sometimes brings sadness, but I find joy in those boxes too.

    Most of my friends in this hobby are decades older than I. I love to hear the stories of how it used to be. Great hunts, uncomfortable machines which weighed a ton, and the adventures! I’m just glad that I get the time spent with them and that they left a few pull tabs behind for me to find!

    Take care, take it easy, and enjoy life to the best you can!

  9. Tony

    Dick, all good memories in those boxes for you to enjoy again. Thanks for sharing the FMDAC weekend data. I did attend one of those in Atlantic City and spoke with you with Charles Garrett standing behind you. Those were the days we all enjoyed this crazy hobby. Hopefully your mole will be just a mole. Doctors love the tests and scare us for no good reason.
    At the last club meeting I spoke with Bruce a bit and he said to say hello.

    • Those indeed were the days. At least to me they were….
      Hoping the biopsy turns out well as well. I could use some good news this year. Say hi to Bruce (and Melinda) for me. Love those guys….

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