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Offline julesjunk

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Ok, I'll be the first to bite........ (painfully long post)
« on: April 24, 2007, 07:33:50 AM »
 I'll start at the beginning. When I was maybe 8 or 9, I asked, and recieved a detector for my birthday. It was a catalog-order unit from SEARS. Reflecting back on it, I'd like to call it the "Nail Finder". My father hid TEN half dollars in our back yard, and I never even found one of them.....attention span issues :)   However, some of my fondest childhood memories involve using it at my grandparents farm. Looking back, I realize just how patient my grandfather really was......... My claim to fame? I found the fourth inner hub to complete the set of four inner and outer rims from a very old wagon/cart. (the rest of the parts were all half buried in the "slew", (basically the creek running through the property) as my grandfather called it.

Jump ahead 4 years...... I've always been into coin collecting, as my father owned a vending business.... ie, I was searching through bags of change almost before I could even ride a bike, and long before the Hunt Brothers ruined pocket change. (some of you will know what I'm talking about).
The Sears detector had long since been sold at one of my mothers garage sales. One day, a neighbor kid/friend of mine excitedly came to show me a penny he had traded a bunch of new football embossed pencils for. As unbelieveable as this might sound, the penny was a 1909 S VDB. (reflecting back on it, I can only assume the kid "borrowed" it from his dads coin collection.) We didn't even know what it was worth, until we broke out a Red Book to look it up. (he still has that penny, by the way). So one thing led to another, and we were out mowing lawns, etc, etc. to raise enough money to both buy detectors.
We ended up with a couple Garretts from Clevengers, I think they were VR Disciminators ? Something along those lines. ....... We used them at a few parks. Anywhere we could get our parents to drive us, and we found some clad here and there. A couple years went by, Cars and Girls became the hunt, and the detectors went to the closet.
A few years later, a friend lost her keys, and I offered to look for them with an old detector that was still in my mothers attic. I dug it out, found the keys, and then, later that night, my car was broken into, and someone stole the detector and my sisters Nikon camera.
Jump forward 15ish years......... My Girlfriend at the time (now wife) and I were out hitting garage sales, and I bought an older Garrett (with mucho accessories) for a mere $10. At the time, I was big into selling stuff on ebay, and bought it simply to resell. I brought it home, put a fresh set of batteries in it to make sure it worked, and started playing with it in my front yard. Not 10 minutes into experimenting with it, I dug up the 42D mercury in the pic................ and that's when the disease set in, and quick. I sold the old garrett on ebay, and promptly bought the MXT I swing today.

Thanks for patiently reading through my life story.  :)
« Last Edit: April 24, 2007, 08:50:27 AM by Don »
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