THEN …AND NOW…
Twenty eight members and guest attended our June
Watermelon Meeting. The melons were purchased and
iced by our Treasurer, Nick Mosca, and wonderfully
delicious. Gary Spiroch, Refreshment Committee of one,
supplied the drinks and edibles! Everyone seem to really
enjoy the cold melon and the donuts and chex mix! I
know I did!
Meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance to
our flag. Two guests were greeted and later former
member Stacey DeLucia and friend came in. It was good
to see Stacey. Update on the President, Frank Nash, is he
is presently recovering in the Morris Life Rehab Center
located off of 45th Street, South on Haverhill Road in West
Palm. Frank will be there for approximately a total of 20
days. Frank said “I am sore and weak” but his color is
good! Frank received the club card on that Friday
following our meeting.
Birthday dollars were given out and the Treasurer
reported $1651.00 in the treasury. Rent is due for the
third quarter and the check will be sent mid June.
John Lobota suggested the membership check out Tom
Dankowski’s website. Tom is a former NASA Engineer
who has worked with Fischer Labs and an avid metal
detectorist. His website is Dankowski.com.
Amy Hamedl was absent from this meeting, but her
spouse Steve bought in the Mystery Item for her. It was a
light bulb, no one won! Steve Hamedl will bring in the
Mystery Prize Stumper in July.
Steve Hamedl won the 50/50 a grand total of $16. Paul
Hamlin won almost all of the door prizes.
Secretary Jan Smirnow shared some of her pictures
from her recent visit to Gainesville, Florida with Gem and
Mineral Society’s President, Michelle Rene. Michelle
shared her annual visit with Dr. and Mrs. Hubbell. He has
a huge collection of prehistoric sharks teeth in his home
encompassing a three car garage doubled!
If you are inclined to drive to Gainesville to see for
yourself, you can contact Dr. and Mrs. Hubbell through
his website “tellmewhereintheworld.com”.
If you wanted to go metal detecting in the 70’s and 80’s
you needed to buy (1) a metal detector, (2) cheap
headphones, (3) a carpenter’s apron and (4) a long-handled
screwdriver. Shazam! Done! Get your butt out there and
The good ole days….easy and uncomplicated.
Today…it’s become a bit more complicated. You see we
don’t just need a metal detector. We need an expensive metal
detector! Why? Because the more they cost the more they
find, and of course the more complex they are, the more
expert we will look (or at least it will appear that way to
others). Also if the famous “Lucky Larry” is using a certain
brand and model, its hands down THE best on the
market. Why just look at what he’s finding!! Finally if
it’s available in camouflage, all the better, because camo
machines go deeper, and make us look cool and macho at the
Then after we make all these thorough and well thought
out decisions, we need accessories. Maybe a cover for it in
case it rains or snows, a bag or hard case to store it in, and
let’s not forget coil covers. Don’t want the bottom to get
dirty or scratched. If we are lucky these too will be available
in cameo. That way we can lose them from time to time, and
have fun pissing and moaning about it, and anyway, no big
deal….we can always buy more and “put it on the
card”. It’s only money!
Next we absolutely have to have extra search coils. Big,
small, wide, narrow and yes, even imported, because the
folks in Abbadabba, Slovenia know how to make coils that
are ‘perfectly tuned’ and ‘made to last’ whereas the
manufacturer of our detector is stupid and doesn’t care about
either of those things. Here’s hoping too that they come out
with cameo coils in the not too distant future, because
we all know they will go deeper.
Hold on now, we are not done yet. We “have” to have a
pinpointer. Doesn’t matter what it cost, at long it has some
orange on it (so we don’t lose it), and is waterproof to 10 feet
(never know when we might fall in a lake or pool). Then of
course we will need a holster for it or a holder that attaches to
our detector. Yeah, that would be real cool. Next comes a
digger, or shovel, perhaps both, so we can recover coins,
buttons, beer cans and bombs. Actually the shovel is very
cool to have when you are knocking on doors. Homeowners
just love ‘em.
Finally if we are going to really look hip and macho, we
need a camouflage outfit, hat and a GoPro camera. That way
we can hide from the public, maybe get shot by a hunter,
scare the hell out of the neighborhood, and if we are really
lucky, get it all on film. The downer of course if that we
can’t spend a lot of time detecting because we will have to
get home to edit the film, post it on YouTube, and share the
link on the 200 detecting forums and Facebook pages. If,
however, we don’t find anything cool we an always repost
the video of the gold ring we found last year. Hell, no one
will remember after all this time.
Last and not least we will need camouflage snake boots.
Ain’t nobody taking care of those tot lots anymore.
Dick Stout https://stoutstandards.wordpress.com/
Respectfully submitted by Jan Smirnow, Secretary