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Author: David Howell, Email

I grew up in Del Rio, TX and married a girl from high school. We've been married 25 years this November, have two kids 21 and 18, a son-in-law and a grand daughter. I served in the USAF for nearly 21 years and retired late 2006. Now I work as a government contractor for the USAF.

I do believe a great machine can make a really good detectorist a great detectorist. I also believe that the same person, with a machine they understand, will find more and better finds than a person with a great machine and no ability to properly use it.

In the vein of "You Might Be a Redneck..."

You Might Be a Detectorist...

...if you'll step over a penny on the sidewalk, but will dig six inches for a dirty penny.

...if you hide your detecting magazines so the kids don't mess them up.

...if your spouse says in a seductive voice, "Let's do something you want to do for a change", and you start packing the detectors for a hunt.

...if you have a nightmare where a favorite spot becomes posted "off limits" and you have to drive out to see that it's not posted before you can go back to sleep.

...if you've ever cleaned your coins in the kitchen using the good bowls.

...if you mark your calendar to go to the fair on the day after the fair closes.

...if you plan your family vacations around places that are good to detect.

...if you'd rather your kid become an archeologist than a doctor.

...if your idea of a college fund is the clad coins you've dug up.

...if your kids have to go "beep, beep, beep" to get your attention.

...if your children were named after detectors.

...if you have a room in your house covered with maps and dedicated to research, but no living room.

...if your car, truck, boat or even your house, matches your detector.

...if your detector has a name other than the one the manufacturer gave it.

...if you have a heart tattoo and the name of your detector in the middle of it.

...if you skip lunch so you'll have money for batteries for your detector.

...if you're looking for a new home and the realtor locks the car doors, but you think the rundown neighborhood with abandoned houses looks like a good option.

...if you cash your paycheck and ask to be paid in rolled coins.

...if the thought of a scratched coin makes you even a little bit sad.

...if you cheer the hurricane as it makes deep cuts in the local beach.

...if you took notes when your grandfather told old treasure tales.

...if you volunteer at a nursing home because the leads are good.

...if you guard a good site like a good fishing hole.

...if you've ever offered to mow a vacant lot for permission to hunt it.

...if sayings like "every cloud has a silver lining" or "making golden memories" make you think about a good detecting hunt.

...if your car is ten years old, but you have the latest detector.

...if your shoes are ten years old, but you have the latest detector.

...if you have no shoes, but you have the latest detector.

...if you catch your spouse using your digger in the garden and somehow feel its been violated.

...if your spouse buys you detecting accessories for your anniversary and it makes you tear up.

...if your spouse hints at wanting jewelry, you grab your detector and go to the beach rather than going to a jeweler.

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