Monday, January 27, 2014

First Metal Detecting Find!

It's still snowing. And it's down right cold around here. Last week I did a little metal detecting under the pine trees not far from the house because the snow is much shallower there. The ground, of course, is absolutely frozen as well but it's diggable with a little effort.

My first find, luckily, was a 1920 Wheat Penny! Pure luck. The next one a few feet away was a 1977. And then I found a 2001 dime. With the extreme cold and frozen ground that's probably about all the digging I'll be doing until things thaw.

I did give into my impulses though and I bought a Garrett Ace 250 metal detector. The things I found above were with the first detector I bought off of craigslist. It was and still is a perfectly capable detector.

Some other things in the works. Not necessarily related to RVing or anything really. I think I'm planning to do a video series on this, possibly some blog posts, but I will do delayed publishing with them. In case things fall apart too quickly so I can just pretend it never happened and never post them. Mwahaha.

Oh yeah! Almost forgot to mention that I did my first attempt at Coin Roll Hunting today too. I found $40 worth of half dollars at one of the local banks. I didn't find anything worth anything or notable in any way. I'll probably keep doing that now and then though. It's like playing the lotto but you almost never lose money. My kind of odds, plus I like the idea of scratch off tickets but you can end up losing too much with them.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Metal Detector FEVER

I've gone through this phase in the past, but boy do I sure have it for metal detecting lately. I've spent a lot of time watching MD videos on YouTube and whatnot. Haha. Here it is the middle of winter and I can't possibly do anything if I wanted to. I actually bought a metal detector off craigslist the other day. He was selling two, the one I really wanted was already sold and in a moment of haste I bought his other one. I'm sure it will work fine to start with, but I plan to upgrade fairly quickly later on. Then, I just couldn't let it go about getting a pin pointer too. So I just ordered one of those from Amazon. Ugh. After this I need to stop spending money on things.

Hopefully by the time the ground thaws out I'll still be interested in this. Har har. I bought some cheap knock-off GoPro mounts too. Head and Chest. That should get me going. I plan to build my own mounts for any other purposes.

I have fanciful and possibly unrealistic visions of living a different life this year. Truly balancing work and life, which I am horrible at. As my van falls into worse condition, the motorhome starts looking better, or at least comparable. So I want to take it on many adventures on my days off. Hopefully when I can get 2 or more days off in a row I'll take it out and spend the days hiking,  kayaking, geocaching, and metal detecting. I want to start seriously doing YouTube videos myself too. RVing/Vandwelling and metal detecting and general outdoor adventures.

So there's that. Now if only I could go metal detecting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year and The American Dream

First of all, Happy New Year. I am optimistic about it. As everyone always is. Which is why I usually avoid the whole topic of a new year and avoid all the clichés.

I have plenty to be thankful for and optimistic about.

My job is going well. It's not where I want to be, and I definitely don't want to make it a career. Sadly, that's the direction it's headed. However, with the recent raise I can push back my flighty feelings for a bit longer.

My business is doing okay. I own an internet business if I've never mentioned it. I've been running it for 10 years. The last time I profited as much as I did from last month was exactly two years ago. It's still not much, but it's a few steps in the right direction and I hope to continue the momentum. Ultimately I want to get back to being self-employed and self-sufficient. Not necessarily from the internet, but I don't mind how it happens.

I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy 2 years and 9 months ago. Since then I've ignored all things credit. I am now getting back on track to rebuild my credit. I've been approved for a secured credit card and already sent them my deposit so now I'm just waiting for the card to arrive. I'm considering seeing what my secured card options are through my bank also.

All of this brings me to The American Dream. It slightly depresses me how all of the above makes me feel GOOD. I am happy, I am proud, I am content by being a responsible, respectable person in society's eyes. And yet, I know not much of that truly matters. Still, it makes me think about the future. What my next options are, where I'm going from here.

It's amazing how my thoughts start floating towards a house, a better car, things that cost money, time, and freedom.