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More about our hobby

9 Jun

Once again, an experienced detectorist adviced a new detectorist not to tell anyone about her finds.
Part of me thinks this is sound advice. I myself, quit posting about any gold I find. There are just too many nuts out there for me to tell them I found a gold ring they may claim is theirs (never mind I dug it from the bottom of a nine inch hole and it was obviously crafted 100 years ago).

The other part of me however, wouldn’t enjoy the hobby if I didn’t have someone to share it with. So I must forge a compromise: I will tell you about the old coins and the occasional “relic” I may find on these here blog.

And as long as I am writing about blogs, I just finished reading the latest post by Dick Stout where he says he has slowed down and so has his blog writing. I know Dick has a lot of opinions and as he is a venerated member of our community you should listen to them as he is right (most of the time). Not to hand anyone their hat but I wish some of the old timers of our beloved sport would post more about the old days and their hunts. As it is, the only time these guys write about the old days is to tell me how screwed up I am for not having lived in said old days. As I said before, we love our hobby and at least I, enjoy metal detecting vicariously by watching metal detecting YouTube videos, reading about metal detecting sorties, or plain hearing about someone else’s experience on the dirt. I am sure Dick has many a story to tell to illuminate and entertain.

All of this leads me to wonder what will I do when I no longer can go out there and metal detect. I love drawing and do damn little of it these days. I love playing my musical instruments, even when I decisively lack any musical talent. I love growing vegetables but these days my two dogs own my yard and alas, no vegetable would survive their attention. I love learning foreign languages although what I do could be best described as auditing foreign languages. By the way, if you are interested in learning a foreign language, give the Michel Thomas method a try. If you do what they tell you, you will be surprised how quickly you can reach an impressive level in a matter of hours. They have courses for French, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and Arabic. I like hiking although if I can’t metal detect, I probably won’t be able to hike either. Last, I like writing. I write bad English mostly.

For now however, while I still can stand back up after I dig a hole, I will continue to enjoy this our past time of kings. Here’s to finding some gold no one will ever hear about.

Thank you for stopping by.

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3 Responses to “More about our hobby”

  1. Lawdog1 June 9, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    Here, here!

  2. disc440 June 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    Miner this is my 3rd and last attempt to comment here….no matter the browser I have trouble?

    Hmm, venerated….. had to look that one up. Sounded bad at first….

    I’ve tried to tell my stories via the blog, and I think somewhere in amongst the four years of writing it you will find a few tidbits. What you won’t find however, and what everyone wants to hear is some heretofore not revealed secret, some idea or some bit of technology that will instantly make them a super sized treasure hunter, worthy of a TV series. At least that’s my take.

    If tekkies would spend the same amount of time researching, as they did trying to figure out how that $2,000 machine works, they might they might be better Again, JMO.

    I envy your other hobbies. I was a musician at one time, but thanks to arthritis I can’t play now. Drawing sounds like fun also but here too I can hardly sign my name. Gardening? Too damn hot here in Texas. Helluva lot easier to go to the store and bring it home.

    Anyway Miner thank for the kind comments. I will do rack my brain a little and see if maybe I can share a few older stories. And listen, I lived in the “good ole days” but you too are living in your good ole days…..what goes around comes around, or something like that. You know you can fool me once, you can fool me…ah never mind.

    • pulltabMiner June 10, 2016 at 8:22 am #

      It’s odd you have trouble posting comments, especially since we are in the same platform.
      There are many things I would like to know, about the way things were back in the day. I was especially surprised, impressed, and perplexed about you speaking to Congress about our hobby. Wow, that sounds like a story we all need to hear. Maybe in your next book?

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