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    Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Hello all,

    I wanted to thank most of you who replied to my flurry of questions. I do realize on the surface my questions seem crazy, but I like asking them as they often turn out to yield interesting answers. Yes, I am very thin-skinned, so any replies that hint of sarcasm, etc. annoy the heck of me, but hey, life is short, right.

    I just spent ~2 hours talking with my friend (sponsor) about being addicted to metal detecting. (You say: What the XZH@#% are you talking about?). Well, as you can tell from my posts, I am an intense person, and I am coming to terms that in addition to being motivated by the beach and water and finding cool stuff, I am also motivated by money (greed) and recognition ("Wow, look what Overkill Overkill found today on the beach!!") and not nearly as much as I thought for the sheer "fun" of metal detecting. The clincher came when my friend asked, "What if you gave everything you found away to charity - would you still want to metal detect?" Honestly, I had to reply "no."
    I thought perhaps I could "moderate" my metal detecting by committing to a goal of just covering my expenses with my finds, but for me (and speaking for me only) this would be like trying to have just 1 beer. But I was wondering if anyone else 'struggles' with this issue? For example, does your significant other complain that you spend too much time hunting? Do you leave the beach feeling quite dejected if you don't reach a predetermined goal?

    Sadly, I may have to give up metal detecting as I have had to give up alcohol, blackjack, and other vices. But I was wondering if any of you would be willing to comment on what drives you to detect?




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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    First you have to admit that you are powerless.

    If you can honestly say that, you should give it up.

    If your MDing compares to your other dependence issues I would be suprised.

    A compulsion/ obsessive relationship is more likely.

    21 years and counting.

    Thanks for letting me share.

    Fathead

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    Pirate of the Martires

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Ok Ok you need to see a shrink.

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Would you pursue fishing as a hobby if your goal was to make a living off the fish you caught and could sell?

    For most people, the answer would be no.

    It wouldn't be profitable or enjoyable if you felt you had to catch enough fish to earn a profit each time you went fishing.

    Same is true with metal detecting.

    It will quickly turn into a miserable very low paying job if you are only in it for the money.

    There will be many, many days when all you find are bottle caps, pull tabs, and a few pennies.

    But for many of us, it is the thrill of the hunt that keeps us out there.

    Plus, being on the beach, near or in the water, getting exercise, and never knowing what you might find each time you get a tone.

    Just yesterday I dug four 50 caliber artillery shells, and 3 matching bullets, 10 quarters, 13 pennies, several dimes and a few nickels.

    A lot of work, for meager finds.

    But it was fun, and I'll be back out there today.

    If I were it it for only the money, I would have quit a long time ago.

    Bill

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    Director-Search & Recovery Team of Oakland County.

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    "If I were it it for only the money, I would have quit a long time ago."
    Bill said it correctly. I do it for the fun and adventure. Girls at the beach look at me longingly as the detector is a babe magnet.

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    chuck

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandman
    "Girls at the beach look at me longingly as the detector is a babe magnet.

    uhhmmm....sandman, exactly what detector do you use?

    i am in it for the fun, interesting finds, historical objects found, enjoyment of the sites i am detecting. if i happen to find something of value, thats just a bonus!!
    you dont know what you dont know, and you dont know what you dont dig!!!!!!!!

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    Joe

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Yeah, I'm addicted to metal detecting. Once I had a hobby ... NOW the hobby has me! But I love my relationship. I am calm, enjoy beautiful sunsets, find an occasional Gold ring or two and I'm never more than three miles from home. Gotta Love it!

    Are you going to get rich metal detecting? Maybe. But don't count on it ... unless you are willing to just about give up the life you have now. You're looking at multi-thousands spent on equipment, most of your non hunting times spent on research, no social life at all. Maybe you could .. but would you really want to? I'm thinking of Mel Fisher. Yep he was a success.

    Florida? Heck, check out "Jerome's" posts from France.

    I'd love to try finding some historic type sites in Missouri ..ummm ... some old sites ..Yeah it would be fun.

    HH Joe
    Regards, Joe (California)

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    I love spending a summerday on the beach and I'd like to be able to go more often. When I was living in the Caribbean I used to spend hours in the water spearfishing or exploring shallow shipwrecks. Here in Germany it's too cold for that. I could never waste my time just laying on a towel when on the beach, metal detecting is a perfect way to spend a day, get some exercise, talk to people and of course making a surprising find sometimes. There are no other detectorists where I normally go so the clad I find usually pays for gas, batteries, a Kebap or chicken with fries and a coffee on the way home. If I don't find anything- well, I spent a nice day, maybe next time I find a pocket knife or a watch, the battery of a digicam, a couple of hotwheels or whatever. Or I can help a nice lady find the necklace she just lost, you never know....Maybe during the summer I could even make a living metaldetecting but then it wouldn' t be fun anymore. I've got a good job but it's no fun unfortunally, because I have to do it to pay the bills. Addicted to metaldetecting? No. But like Sandman uses to say: Metaldetecting is the best fun you can have with your clothes on.

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    If you have to ask if it is addictive, you are already addicted! Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    I became addicted the day I found my first diamond ring, a nice 1/2 carot that the wife wears now.....................

    I am not in it for the money, I detect because I enjoy it, it is great excercise, I am outside in the fresh air, usually walking a beach hearing the surf roll in, smelling the fresh salt air, great scenery in the summer time with the bikinis, and it is a hobby that pays for itself. Your not going to get rich detecting, Maybe 1 out of 100,000 might....
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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    My name is Jason and I am a addict. Do not think there is a 12 step program that can help me though.


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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Accept that it will be very hard to make a living with this hobby!

    Do it for the adventure, the exercise, the thrill of discovery and finding things, and the fun of being outdoors in close contact with the elements!

    Enjoy every opportunity to metal detect and be thankful for the many freedoms we enjoy which allow us to be an adventurer of this sort.

    The real treasure is not so much in the value of the things we find, but in the experience itself!

    Someone said:"To travel is better than to arrive"

    Happy Hunting!
    -Moe

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    I enjoy it as a hobby, addicted, no.....Not any different than fishing or playing poker.

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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    the voices in my head say we are not addicted so I don't understand what your talking about lol
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    Re: Is It Possible to be Addicted to Metal Detecting?

    Define addicted.........


    GOD, GRANT ME THE SERENITY

    To accept the things I cannot change;

    The courage to change the things I can;

    AND - the wisdom to know the difference


    I'm wise enough to know the difference - that's why I have so many metal detectors.


    B
    "Irony is the rule"

 

 
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