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Mystery of Buddha

I got this “lucky Buddha coin” from some dude on Listia, it’s kind of cool, but such a dark patina that it’s hard to see. I don’t think much luck is getting through.

Teresa had some red goop “jewelry cleaner”, but as you see, it had no effect. Maybe it doesn’t work on brass. I have an ultrasonic cleaner in the garage but it’s too cold to fool around out there this time of night. So stay tuned.

Posted in Dig it, Flotsam

My shovel dug up his granddaddy

I was clearing some sticker bushes in the way back of our property, and dug up this HUGE shovel head. It must have been for moving… coal? sand? gravel? I don’t know… It would take a bigger man than me to use a shovel like that. Maybe it had something to do with the Green Giant. That dude gave me awful nightmares when I was little.

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Better bury this before mom sees it

Found this handy dirt-strainer with my metal detector, in the woods behind the house. I imagine years ago some kid was messing around in the dirt with his mom’s good strainer spoon, and then realized that if he was caught with it she might hit him with it, so he quickly buried it in the dirt. That child’s name? Richard M. Nixon. I am kidding.

I reckon it will be handy for sifting out all these coins and rings etc. I am supposed to find with this contraption.

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First day with metal detector

Ordered a Garrett Ace 300 for a sort of Fathers Day present, it came today so naturally I put it together right away and started snooping around in the back yard.

Unfortunately I didn’t read the manual, had the sensitivity way too high, apparently that will give you false readings in certain environments; Some hits indicated coins, but nothing there. Hopefully I will do better this weekend.

I did find some parts belonging to old farm equipment, I think. My wife says they are pieces of a swing set, but that L shaped red thing in the ground (A) is at least five feet long (I didn’t dig it out…yet) The tubular bit (B) with the screw in the end (C) is about 2 feet long, I could see it being a crosspiece on a swing set. But who knows. I also found a nail. (D)

Teresa is baffled that I am excited about rusty things buried in the back yard.