I know, who cares

This area is for me, and my random thoughts on everything under the sun, and also a place where I can rant, bitch and get it off my chest. Not that anyone cares... Incidentally, the term scattershooting is not mine, but comes from a Dallas Morning News column by Blackie Sherrod, a sports writer, and a damn good one at that. He would throw out random thoughts and information, all informative and funny.

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Curious how many detectorists were fishermen before they became treasure hunters?

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Fay in Paris

How many of you would still be detecting if we didn't have any discrimination?

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How did we ever get along without a cellphone, and do any of you remember picking up the phone and having a real live operator say "operator, how can I help you?"

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Email me and let me know how much you've spent over the years on your metal detecting equipment, and if you've paid for it all with your finds?

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Have any new and exciting detecting tips you'd like to share? Email me with them, and I will make room for them here on this site.

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I would be amiss if I didn't give credit to my wife Fay, who is a fantastic photographer, and who is responsible for many of the photos you see on this site. She has been my partner, my treasure hunting companion, and most certainly my "better half" for over 40 years. She has been an intensive care nurse now for 44 years, and is regarded by those she works with as one of the best. I am very proud of her. Hope you might take the time to see more of her photos at The Inquisitive Eye

Be especially sure to check out this gallery. I am very proud of her.

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I am a big time sports fan, but think professional sports is getting way to big. We need to scale down the leagues, the teams, the players so we can all know them as we did back in the early years. I went to school in Boston, and enjoyed watching the Boston Celtics play. Think I could name all the players on all the teams in the NBA back then. The players today are far too many, and the name recognition is sorely missing. Same with Baseball and Football. JMO.

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Tough Decision
Hard decision for sure!

As I write this it is March 2010, and our country is becoming more divided day by day. Politics seems to trump all else, and because of the internet one can say anything they like, true or false, and unfortunately somone will believe it because it fits into their way of thinking. I try to be ojbective, but suspect I lean a bit to the left. The country currently is going through big time difficulties, and no matter who caused them, we need to address them. However, all I see right now are two parties unwilling to come together to accomplish things that will solve the many problems we face. Sad, indeed.


I am also worred about our president, his family, and the vitriol that is aimed at him. He did not cause all of the problems we now face. They just didn't happen when he came into office. I hope people will give him time to sort things out, make adjustments and then judge him more accurately down the road. That would seem to be logical given the past eight years. We did not oppose everything that his predecessor did in his first year.

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It seems the weathermen, the folks who tell us what our weather will be like for the next seven days, can never get things right. Maybe it's old age, but years ago when they told us it would rain or snow, it did. Today we have computer models, and while I am all in favor of today's technology, the weather predictions seems to be way off base. Then again I can't remember what I had for breakfast today.

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Happiness is going to the high school class reunion, and learning that the the one who was voted most likely to succeed.....didn't!

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The internet is wonderful research tool, and offers all of us information in quicktime. Unfortunately it also offers us wrong information if we are not careful. The country is bitterly divided today, and much of the blame lies with the internet. One can say whatever they want, right or wrong, true or false, and there will be many out there who take it at face value. Why? Because it fits their belief system, and reenforces it. As a result the divide is widening. It may be hard to do, but take a step back when forming an opinion today, and do not let fear factor into your thinking. Nothing is ever as good as it seems, or as bad as it seems.

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What I do like about Texas are the spring thunderstorms. Nothing can match their dramatic nature, and given the flatness of the land, one can see them gathering strength from a distance. The best are the late afternoon, early evening varieties. You can actually feel them coming.

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I will never forget that surge of excitement I felt when I found that first liberty seated dime at an old picnic grove that I knew no one else knew about. Best part? It continued to give up old coins for over two years.

zzzzzz...
Isn't this fun?

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Cell phones are nice, but why don't we just ban them totally when driving a car? We didn't have them years ago, and did quite well

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I have written articles for treasure magazines now for almost thirty years, and I want to urge you to do the same. It's not difficuilt and if you think your stories are not interesting, think again. Each time you venture out into the field you experience what others experience, but frequently the end result is different. You might enounter a particular problem or hindrance and work out a solution. You might find a clue in the area you are searching that will help others who visit the same type of site. You don't have to be a great writer. You just have to want to share your experiences. You won't get rich doing it, but you will feel pride knowing you might have helped others in the field. Writers guidelines are available in all the magazines, and are pretty easy to understand. Check them out when you have time, and start being a contributor. Me? I am retired!

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When I check out Ebay for some of those old, very dependable detectors I used years ago, I find them going for good prices. Guess I am not the only one with fond memories.

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My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am. (Author Unknown)

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All these many years of detecting, and no gold coin. My collection is also missing a silver dollar. Maybe tomorrow.

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John Punola testing Wilson Neuman detectors
Old friend John Punola testing the latest models from Wilson-Neuman/circa 1980

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Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

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I love the computer, and I love the technology that comes with it. I am afraid however that the internet is going to divide this country to the point where we will never again be united as a people. Remember the coming together we had right after 9/11? Where has it gone?

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Amazed at how many people think the immigration issue is so "cut and dried".... Are people in our country illegally? You bet? Is there any chance we could round them all up and send them back? Absolutely not. In fact by instituting drastic measures like Arizona just did, will only make the situation worse. We need to find a way to allow those here already to come forth, and do their part, without fear of recrimination. The "round em up" mentality is just not a workable solution, and I cannot believe that so many cannot realize that. Then again, what the hell do I know?

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We need to outlaw ALL cellphone use while driving. Don't ask me for a rationale, it's just common sense. Didn't we get along fine without them ten years ago?

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Funny story.....

Fay and I have two pugs, Barnum and Bailey, and they are indeed family twice-over. Anyway, we used to take them to a giant indoor flea market in downtown Dallas. It was a monthly event, and every once in a while we would find a bargain. Mostly however it was a day out, and a chance to give the dogs some exercise. One Sunday Fay had to work, and I decided to just take Barnum to the flea market for a quick run through. As we entered the gate to Fair Park, where the market was held, we immediately saw a sign that said "Low Rider Convention".

No big deal? Well it was for me. I drive a yellow VW Beetle, with a license plate that reads "Pug Bug" and yes I have one of those big ole sunflowers stuck in the vase on the dash. That should tell you the feeling I had when I saw the low rider sign. I pulled up to a couple of extremely overweight guys, who spoke very little English, and asked if there was a flea market that day. They took their time, looked at me, my license plate, the sunflower, and Barnum sitting in the passenger seat next to me, and said sternly NO!! I looked at Barnum and said "Buddy we need to get our asses out of here". We quickly turned around, drove home, and I swear Barnum was laughing along with me. True story!

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Me,Barnum, Bailey and the Pug Bug
Me, Barnum, Bailey and the infamous Pug Bug

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When are we going to call a halt to this me against you, right against left, Democrat against Republican, North against the South,....? All that is happening is a stalemate with nothing at all getting done to benefit the majority.

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Why do metal detecting forums have areas for discussing politics and religion? Aren't there plenty of other forums out there that deal with both these subjects? Some of the posts are extremely offensive. Hatred and racism have no place in MY treasure hunting world, and do nothing to further our cause. Forums that allow this to continue are doing a great disservice to the pastime. JMHO.

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Love this sign.....
New Orleans Sign

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Was in the grocery store today, and couldn't get through an aisle. Both people, the one in front of me, and the one on my left, were both on their cell phones. One I suspect has something more as he was pushing buttons like mad. I personally wanted to take his "super, fantastic, all knowing device and place it somewhere dark. Sorry all you techies, I am fed up with cell phones, the rudeness that goes with them, and the hazard that you create on the road.

If turning on this gizmo every five minutes is your way of life, I am saddened. Just reminds me again that I grew up in an era where people cared about others.

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It had to happen.... The newest fad is the E-Book Reader. Yep....Electronic books! You can now download a book and read via with one of these devices. It only reenforces my belief that I grew up in the best of times. To all you gizmo folks....nothing will replace a "page turning" book as far as I am concerned!

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To all who do not believe in global warming..... Live in Texas for a year!

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It's October 21, 2010 and I don't care who you vote for, but do your homework. Lots of crazies out there...

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No reflection on any political party, but I think it's time we got the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Both ruling parties are making us look stupid.....

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Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups......

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I know I am getting to be an old fart, but it's Christmas time, and don't we all have enough "stuff"? Take that money and help someone "really in need"... Stop with those drawings at the club meetings, and contribute to a worthwhile charity.

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Super Bowl is now over here in the Dallas area, and as expected the folks here screwed it up. Lots of ticket buyers without seats, and then a Dallas official gives the key to the city to Michael Vick. Sorry if you are a Philadelphia Eagle fan, but this guy should rot in hell.

As much as I love the PC, the internet, I think history will look back at this era and label it the era that our economy went bust. Companies are going out of business, people are losing jobs, and all the result of products being sold online. It amazes me that people will not get off their asses to buy anything anymore and it's a shame. Also if you add in the cost of labor in far away lands, why bother to open any kind of brick and mortar business. JMO.

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If you have a pet, and it's chained in your back yard, it's not a pet. Do yourself and your pet a favor.... give it up to a no kill shelter where maybe it will have a chance at a decent life. If not I hope you come back in another life and spend it chained to a pole without any interaction with others.

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Lost all respect for the airlines when my Mom passed away and we had to find affordable air fare back east. Their bereavement prices were out of site, and their customer service non-existent. Really sad when you have to pay through the nose to see your mother buried.....


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Dr. Epstein was a renowned engineer who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in his home town and then left for New York where he quickly rose to the top of his field. Soon he was invited to deliver a significant paper at a conference, coincidentally held in his home town. He walked on stage and placed his papers on the lectern, but they slid off onto the floor. As he bent over to retrieve them, at precisely the wrong instant, he inadvertently farted. The microphone amplified his mistake resoundingly through the room and reverberated it down the hall!

He was quite embarrassed but somehow regained his composure just enough to deliver his paper. He ignored the resounding applause and raced out the stage door, intending never to be seen in his home town again.

However, decades later, when his elderly mother was ill, he returned to visit her. He reserved a hotel room under the name of Levy and arrived under cover of darkness. The desk clerk asked him, "Is this your first visit to our city, Mr. Levy?" Dr. Epstein replied, "Well, no, it isn't. I grew up here and received my education here, but then I moved away."

"Why haven't you visited?" asked the desk clerk. "Actually, I did visit once, many years ago, but to tell you the truth an embarrassing thing happened, and since then I've been too ashamed to return." The clerk consoled him. "Sir, while I don't have your life experience, one thing I have learned is that often what seems embarrassing to me isn't even remembered by others. I bet that's true of your incident, too. Was it a long time ago?"

"Yes, many years."

The clerk asked, "Was it before or after the Epstein Fart?"

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FOR MY MUSICIAN FRIENDS...

Craigslist Ad :

We are a small & casual restaurant in downtown Vancouver and we are looking for solo musicians to play in our restaurant to promote their work and sell their CD. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get positive response. More Jazz, Rock, & smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work? Please reply back ASAP.


A Musician's Reply:

Happy new year! I am a musician with a big house looking for a restauranteur to come to my house to promote his/her restaurant by making dinner for me and my friends. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get a positive response. More fine dining & exotic meals and mixed Ethnic Fusion cuisine. Are you interested to promote your restaurant? Please reply back ASAP.

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Slideshow FMDAC WEEKENDS, mid 80's