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    How has this hobby of metal detecting changed you?

    This is something I was thinking about the other day after digging up trash. I know that I have become VERY aware when I see others throwing trash on the ground! I keep thinking...that could be dug up by my grandchild someday! Might sound stupid but that is how I feel. Also, this hobby has helped me lose (and dieting) 26 lbs in the last few months. Just the walking around and bending down. And.... it has given me pleasure to start learning about the history of the area I live in...as I am originally from Pennsylvania.

    Again, I am just wondering how this hobby has changed you.
    Last edited by cajamk; Jun 11, 2017 at 09:28 AM.
    You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.

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    DIGGER OF JUNK

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    When I am out digging up relics around the old homesteads, I try to imagine how life was back when the settlers were here. This hobby has made me enjoy life more.

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    One way it's changed me is that I can no longer look at the ground around an old house ,or building without thinking about what may be buried there .

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    With life so busy, time with headphones on my head and sweet sounds of coins, relics and jewelry flowing into my ears; I find metal detecting very centering and relaxing.

    The world is full of bad choices, addictions, frustration...etc.; metal detecting seems to be a healthy alternative.
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    I'll never look at old parts of town the same again. Sure, the buildings are nice to look at, but all my mind can think about is what is under these streets?
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    I'm out several hundred bucks.
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    I think I've also developed ADD because I'll be driving down the road and out of no where volleyball court.
    Last edited by insontis; Jun 11, 2017 at 12:20 PM.

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    Kevin

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    I got into metal detecting after buying up "junk" silver at local auctions. Ran my bank account down and considered buying some gear and finding it myself. Well, you know what happens to a lot of folks is you start researching old sights, and learning your local history. As for the trash issue I believe all the garbage I recover is paying for my past "sins" of tossing pull tabs, foil, etc, myself. Many folks find metal detecting their "therapy" for allowing the cares of life to drift away while out on the hunt. My appreciation for the past has increased and just driving around I am constantly "scouting" out potential spots for even one more cool recovery. This is more than a "hobby" to me. I never thought metal detecting would change my perspective on normal everyday things so dramatically but, it certainly has.

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    I think it has made me more handsome, intelligent and prosperous.

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    I dig deep holes

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    It has relieved me of my weekend mornings and several thousand dollars, but it has paid me back may times that.
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    With proper planning, and investments...my retirement age is now 92

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    I spent my adult life convinced I'd never get a tattoo....nothing in this world means that much to me to ink myself for the rest of my life....
    Now I got a bada$$ pirate with a metal detector.

    Mom is still pissed.
    I invite you to visit my profile, look what I've found!

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    Has it changed me? No, then again...i'm always looking for change!
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    A yard a day keeps the blues away!

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    Kurios1, thank you so much for your reply to my question about how this hobby has changed your life. I could not have worded it better myself. When I pull trash out I am also paying for my past "sins" . Great reply.
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    You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.

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    Escape , I can see from your profile pic that you are more " handsome, intelligent and prosperous." than most of us here on Treasurenet! LOL!!
    You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.

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    SITE BRAVO DETAINEE

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    being as I have always been smarter than most people and extremely good looking, I have been a bit shy in public

    with my detector, hat and sunglasses, I now go freely where I will
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    I took a boat to an island so remote, only johnny depp has ever been to it before

 

 
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