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    Another class ring meets its owner

    Iím sure a lot of you read my dads post (ammoman) about our hunt last weekend where we found some old jewelry and coins and such. Well, I had found a 14k class ring.

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    As soon as I got home the Hunt for its owner began. Luckily this time I had a school that actually had a graduating class the year that was stamped on the ring. 1988. Inside of the ring was the first and last name of the gentleman who lost it. Again, this makes it easier than last time because last time all I had were initials. SO, to social media I went. Didnít take long to find the guy I believed to be the rings rightful owner. Iím guessing his account profile was private since the information available to me was pretty vague and there didnít seem to be very many posts, BUT, the information that was there was enough for what I needed. I sent him a private message.

    A couple days passed and I didnít receive an answer (because the message hadnít been seen yet) and me being super excited about the situation I went back to his profile to see if his job was listed. It was! So I google his workplace and give them a call. Receptionist was very friendly and forwarded me to his line. No answer. I was pretty upset about it cause Iím dying to talk to this guy to see if heís the man Iíve been looking for. I left a message explaining that I had found an item that I believe belongs to him and that Iíd like for him to call me back. Almost my entire workday had gone by and I hadnít received a call back.

    Checked the social media message. Still hadnít been seen. At this point Iím going crazy not knowing if this is my guy. I call his workplace one more time in hopes that there will be an answer. Super friendly receptionist forwarded me to his extension. Rang, and rang, and rang, and as soon as I was going to let out a disappointing sigh a hello came through from the other end! I introduced myself and stated that I had a question. He goes ďokayĒ. I asked if he had ever lived on the corner of this place and that road and he replied ďyeah, I didĒ and then gave me the house number to further confirm this was indeed my guy.

    I said ďI have something that belongs to you and Iíd like to return itĒ. He kind of laughed a little and then told me the story of how he bought the place and how it was FULL of the previous owners stuff. He probably thought that I had found something of theirs and thought it was his as there was so much stuff left there. He finally asked what I had. I responded with ďI have your class ringĒ.

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    He was excited to hear that and told me about how he lost it. He had been doing some work on the roof and had lost it then. He had checked the gutters and never found it. He remembers saying to himself that he should probably take it off so he didnít scratch it which I find hilarious cause he ended up loosing it instead. We tried to arrange a time to meet up so I could give it back to him but our schedules didnít line up. A couple days later he was able to make it out to my work to pick it up. We talked for a bit while we walked through the shop and into the employee parking lot about metal detecting and stuff like that.

    Finally, after roughly 26 years of the ring being buried in the earth the moment came. I got it out of my car and dropped it into his hand. And then thatís when his face lit up. Itís exactly that moment that I look forward to the most. The moment where theyíre reunited with an object that they thought was gone forever. We walked back across the dealership. He asked me how much he owed me or how much I wanted for it. I told him I wanted absolutely nothing and that this is what the hobby is about. This is what makes digging 10,000 pull tabs worth it. He insisted on giving me a finders fee. We argued about that for about a minute or two but he wasnít budging so I accepted and thanked him and used it for gas on my way home.

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    I really do hope that one day all of you get to experience the thrill of returning a lost valuable that youíve found. This really is a rewarding hobby and I canít wait to see what I dig next. Be safe folks, dig everything, and happy hunting.

  2. #2
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    Been there...Dug that

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    HM for certain! 🙌
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    You just made so many of us look good! Thanks for putting forth the effort to track this guy down. HI BOB!

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    Love it when a Sherlock Holmes "whodunit mystery " gets solved by a md'r. Thanx for taking us along. Good on you !
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  5. #5
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    Very cool, good job on finding and returning

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    Very good write-up! I wish i could have been there to witness the return.
    Dig till you drop!

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    Don

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    Very interesting story and an even better return!

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    Great story and better return!!! HM for sure!

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    Great story and return. Definitely better than adding it to the trophy case

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    Tommy

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    Honorable mention he needs some more votes Great job Your a great person
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    Good job! I submitted a Honor Mention for you. Good luck!

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    Good work!

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    That's wonderful! Great job! I submitted my vote for honorable mention, too!
    ďIt is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.Ē

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    Did I mention that was very honorable
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