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  1. No ballad--sorry. It's just this wheatback I found, stamped "Planted by E.Z. Smith" (no relation). I found it with my detector in a farmer's market in Fresno, CA. I found another online, and they said they found it on a millstone in Columbia State Historical Park, CA. Does anyone know what the story is here? I suppose it's some sort of detectorist's Easter Egg--plant them where they might be found by a fellow detectorist, then they'll wonder what the story is behind it. Is "planting" finds like this a thing among detectorists? E. Z., maybe you're out there--would you care to step out of the shadows and spin a tale for us? Much thanks for any insight that might be shared.
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  2. Welcome to the forum, and thank you for some great content. I've not heard of this happening over this side of the Big Pond, but that's not to say it hasn't. I once buried some, dozen or so, goldie- coloured tin foil chocolate coins in a meadow for a night-hawker to 'enjoy' digging up. He'd been trying his hand on a permission of mine during the dark hours. I'd beaten the meadow to death previously, and I'd recorded the buried signal values of the candy coins for reference before plantin them. A polite way of letting the night-hawker understand that his prescence had been noted, and that it was 'un-welcome'.
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  3. Thanks you two. i'm glad that you found them interesting...Thank you for placing the photos on your shareable drive John. You are very kind to go to the extent that you have in order that others may have a look at them. It is definitely the most sensible option to take with such a quantity of pictures....That attached island ( Tintagel ) would be worth a weekends swinging but for English Heritage and the National Trust, who would send us for a very short drop from a highly precipitous location, via the U.K Crown Court system ; 'Sing-Sing' for sure!.. I'd sure love to win a fantasy dig prize that allowed the 'odd plug' to be dug, here and there! Tintagel is purported to be one of King Arthur's hang-outs, if he ever existed in the first place! He was 'King of the Britons', and fought the Saxon despoilers, so 'they' say. Looks like he lost. The attention to detail and sheer purpose of perseverance that went into the pottery re-construction is the work of the consumate archaeological expert for sure Scott. It shows a true love of one's job of work..Thank goodness that the person who discovered the bowl didn't simply brush it aside in a quest for the 'Shiny Shiny'.
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  4. Since there are so many pics I decided to just place them as sharable from my Google drive. Link below opens it. Some awesome stuff there Tim. Neat history of the area. I'd love to go spend a week detecting and digging on that small attached island in the picture. Finds like that deserve to be in a museum no doubt. https://photos.app.goo.gl/8cBbanjapyyvps4CA
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  5. 3 tone mode about 3 to 4 inches down. Silver usually looks a bit better - but the soil here is pretty nasty. Pretty sure it got burned by fertilizer.
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  6. Thanks fellas, it was a pleasant surprise for sure. Thought it was a quarter before I dug it. @Tim Kernowek 59 Feeling a bit better. Good enough to get out and detect anyways - especially now that the heat is letting up. Planning a lake hunt in a few days. Zero shade there so I usually stay away from it in summer unless going swimming. @ScoTTT2 Yeah I am almost positive it is fertilizer. I've had Merc dimes come out looking perfect in other parks - and more than one looking like this ring with the pitting from this park. I got the ring on video so there will for sure be an Impact video coming up. Unfortunately, I was skunked the rest of the day as I was hunting a very worked area by other detectorists and myself. We all missed the ring though, proof it is never hunted out.
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  7. nice find .. yea, there are some places where the silver comes out looking like that .. not sure why, but fertilizer is a good bet .. it seems that the ones I have found with that sort of tarnish came from close to the roads and I was figuring it was because of the salt used to melt the ice in the winter, as even the coins will be tarnished, similarly .. but this find in CA proves it different .. is this a teaser for the HunterGT NM Impact video, due to be released soon?
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  8. Here's a good way of plotting the movements of people from times past, before maps or records of that kind came to be. I became fed up digging every signal as I found them on pastures, arables, and moorland, and decided instead to push de-barked withy sticks on the exact point of find. That way I could just hunt, push in a blazed withy and move on each time. It also meant not having to lug a spade around all the while. I've got a badly damaged right shoulder from a mining accident, so every little helps me. Eventually I discovered that twenty withys was the optimum number of targets that I felt able to dig. Things went well, and eventually (neccessity being the mother of invention), I change the withys for 12" Civil Engineering steel pins with hi-viz flag markers. I carry them in a cut -down- to- length 24" fishing float tube, I put a good 4" foam insert 'cut to fit' in one end. after drilling a hole in the tube so as not to prevent an end cap from being fully seated, and then threading a leather thong through it, and knotting the end that's inside the tube to prevent it pulling through said drill hole. I replace the end cap, and tape it with insulating tape to keep it in place. All it takes is another drill hole at the other end that doesn't impinge the end cap in situ, push the other end of the leather thong into the hole, pull through to suit lenght on shoulder, knot, cut thong excess, put marker flags in , replace the other end cap and " Job's a good'n". I drill a hole dead centre in the end cap and push a length of looped cord through it, knot it both sides of the end cap and it's easy to access the marker flags. ... After putting the flag pins in the ground, 'on target', if there's a trail, the line of flags show it plain as day! If there's not a line of flags so be it, just dig the targets after all the flag-pins are out, and either call it a day afterwards, or repeat the process if you are 'up for it'. I hope this may be of use to the open field hunters. I've sent some pics to John, and if he's kind enough he may post them with this write up. Cheers and gone....
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  9. Thank you John. Fantastic level of picture quality. That little fibula brooch part 'speaks down the ages', so too the Roman coin. To sit and ponder the history that has passed by these two items is quite sobering for me, in a way. Some little Roman child once played happily in the meadow that held their prescence so secret for almost two thousand years, maybe one of his or her parents bent down to try and find their childs' lost brooch, and a coin slipped from a pocket to join the brooch in hiding, until an American F 75 muscle machine swung by a Cornish exile in 'mother' England found them once more.
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  10. Hello Justin, from me in very rural Herefordshire U.K. It's great to have you join this forum. John really works very hard to give us excellence, so I reckon that you have 'dropped on on good'un' here. Meeting John and Scott through this forum, as well as on John's YT channels has been a pleasure. I prefer to limit myself to a very select number of friends, and in John and Scott I know that I have two of the best. No BS, good men. Nuf sed....
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  11. Well - I still have my green T2 Classic - but now I have the LTD Black version that is even better lol
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  12. Welcome to the forum - and thank you for joining. No clue on the story of the "why" of it. I will assume he is/was a metal detectorist but cannot be 100% sure as I have never met the guy. I have heard of a few others in the hobby who leave stuff buried where they hunt and see other detectorists. I did find this bit on a website - E.Z.Smith AKA Zen Master Stamper's Page – International Union of Mail-Artists (ning.com) Also seems to be a photography teacher at the college at one point? Google "E.Z. Smith Fresno" and a few things pop up.
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  13. If you prefer a darker theme - at the very bottom of the page under the social icons - you can change it to the Bravo 6 theme. Enjoy!
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  15. I've just got back from what remains of the metaphorical 'Alabama' of the U.K, Cornwall, the deep South-West of the U.K: any further South-West and your under the Big Pond, and they're pumpin' air down to you once more, and sucking mine water to surface... 'Kernow.' 'God's Country', 'Land of the Free' ( yeh right, " Thanks a bunch 'mother', bloody 'mother', England"): Land of my fathers, cousins, and countless hunting dogs, farmers, fishers, miners, wreckers, excise dodgers, contraband smugglers and boot-leggers. A once 'wholesome' land of Celtic origins, a once rich land; and a law unto itself, until the coming of the Angles and Saxons spoilt things BIG style!... But. "Enough already", of that lot!.. My three week stay was basically uneventful thanks to a current wee flu epidemic; C19, coupled with a Island-wide lack of vehicle fuel distribution, due to a lack of HGV drivers( post Brexit and no HGV driver tests for 18 months due to C19). Plenty of fuel, but bugger-all means of getting it to filling stations, and the usual Neanderthal gene propensity of the panic buying British public making it scarcer still! Dumb-ass 'knuckle-dragging' morons... However, I did manage a visit to the Corwall Museum, in our 'capital' City of Truro. The little museum has had a wee make-over of late, and is far more vibrant and interesting because of it! Our Cornish history from Stone-Age to Industrial Revolution is on view, and for a relative back-water in terms of size, we Cornish have a very rich and very diverse history. In fact, at the advent of the 1700's the tiny Parish of Gwennap in South-West Cornwall was the richest square mile of the global mineral scene on the planet. Cornwall was producing 3/4's of the worlds copper back then. But I digress.....During my visit to the museum my 'brother' Paul took some reasonably good quality photos of contents of some of the show-cases on view. There are photos of ancient artefacts, coins and the like, from the afore- mentioned Stone-Age on through the Bronze, Iron, Roman, Medieval, Industrial Revolution time spans, respectively. If anyone would like to see them I'd be pleased to forward them to John for posting up. They are self explanitory for the greater part, and with John's un-doubted skills at computerised photographic enlarging and presentation (should he choose to up-load with his permission ,and at his discretion), they might be worth a look, and prove interesting too perhaps...The 'Mylor Hoard' of Bronze-Age socketed axe-heads is my favourite, being that Mylor 'Alabama' is my home village! It's up to y'all. If it's a "Yay" from John and whoever would like to see the photos, please let me know on this forum, and absolutely no worries or whingings from myself if not. Man am I glad to be in my own kitchen typing this topic....you would not believe how happy I am now! ..Phew!!! All my best to all.
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  16. some cool stuff right there, Thanks for sharing Tim ... the person that puzzle-pieced the bowl and pot back together gets my vote for most patient ... reminded me of back when my mom was still alive, she and my youngest brother would do big picture puzzles ... usually taking them a week to ten days to complete ... if I stopped by at the right moment I would take one piece, then return it just before they finished or place it back in the box, if I missed the finish .. or if I hit it just right, pretend to pick it up from the pile of 'now sorted' pieces and put it into the puzzle in front of them
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  17. Thank you both, John; Scott. I will send them across as soon as I am able to. No doubts that John will weave his magic and bring things that bit closer for a better viewing. So pleased that you both want to look-see.
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  18. Yeah go ahead and send them and I can upload them no problem.
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  19. Glad you're back to home .. and I would sure like the tour of the museum .. I use a website to post pictures to the internet, it is pretty simple, free and relatively safe, as any pictures uploaded to that site must first be on my PC .. here's a link if you chose to use it .. https://imgbb.com/ .. You should be writing a book Tim, as you have a way of spinning things to make them interesting
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  20. stopped over to the tekneticsdirect site and noticed that the T2+ is no longer listed, so I went over to the fisher site and notice a bunch of machines no longer available including the F19 and F70 ... wondering if this is just downsizing or the getting ready for something new or what ... I was actually looking for the release of the new 12" coil, which isn't mentioned anywhere, yet ... but those three machines seemed to be good sellers, I thought, at least with the F19, which was recently put in the hands of a bunch of youtubers ... the G2+ and patriot are still on the Tek site ... are the F70 and F19 now designated solely to the teknetics division ... should I wait for a new release to purchase a new detector (don't know how long of a wait that could be), buy a CZ-21 (still available) or be happy with the simplex as a water machine (it is a workable detector for what I use it for) or look somewhere else ... wishing FT would keep their customers abreast of what is going on ... as when I started I almost bought a tesoro, right before they closed ... I'd hate to dump a grand on a detector in what could be a liquidation sale.
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  21. Yep, I'm most definitely going to continue to remain patient and await the new SF machine. God knows I've waited a 'brev ole while'. FT will not let us down as I'm sure they won't buck the trend to continue giving us quality tools. That new 12"er is for the new SF machine, so the wait may be nearing the finishing post just now. More depth than a T2/75 and quicker than a 19/G2 may be the order of the day. As for the Impulse AQ 2, what an awesome tool it too will be, no doubts there either. "Good things to those that wait, and great things to those that are prepared to wait longest!"
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  22. Thanks John, I'll take your advice on a new purchase and wait a bit. The T2+ package was a great way for me to start into the hobby ... everything needed for one price and both machines about as good as it gets ... just hoping that FT is about to floor the metal detecting community with a wild and new machine like never before....as opposed to giving up on it or riding things out.
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  23. They just moved into a new warehouse right before covid hit. So I don't think they are downsizing. They make plenty of money from their night vision (military and civilian) and circuit board printing they do for other companies. First Texas Products - Contract Electronics Manufacturer, ECM, SMT, Circuit Manufacturing > Home (ftpcircuits.com) Night Vision Goggles, Thermal Weapon Sights, Night Vision Binoculars, Night Vision Accessories (nivisys.com) They killed the F70 when the Patriot came out a few years back. I never heard anything about killing the F19 - but it does indeed say that on the website. Perhaps the G2+ and Time Ranger Pro are selling better. Or perhaps they are making room for other F series named releases. I mean it has to happen someday right? They have been saying the new detectors will have cousins/siblings up and down the pricing scale etc... No clue on the new 12 inch coil - they were supposed to send me one like 6 months back - have not heard anything since other than a picture at a trade show. Also no clue on the T2+. Seems odd to kill it being a new package that I thought sold decently. I would personally wait on something new since you already have a Simplex. The new NoktaMakro machine should be out by years end...getting close.
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  24. In 2014, life had taken me to become the maintenance man of a small private campgrounds on a lake, which was one of the fingerlakes of NY. This campground consisted of a dozen or so cabins, each individually owned; and seven docks. One of the docks was the fishing dock. It met the lake at the mouth of a small creek. The campgrounds were owned by an 80 year old guy named Tom. His cabin was the first one behind the fishing dock with the creek running along side of it. We had the docks out of the water for the winter and were waiting for the lake ice to thaw enough to get the fishing dock in. That dock always went in a week or two before the boat docks did. That winter ended with a large snowfall and spring broke right after with a two day heavy rain. The creek swelled past it's banks and continued to carry the flood waters for a couple more days. Both Tom and I were constantly checking to see if and when we could safely set that dock up and start back into open water fishing. The creek water finally receded and I was there talking to Tom about how I was going to start getting the dock in, when he said, "look, see all that black sand where the water had been? I bet there is gold in there." I laughed at that statement, as I had grown up in the fingerlakes with a creek running through my parents back yard and I had never seen or heard of anyone ever finding gold anywhere around. "There is no gold in NY", I told him. To be sure of the statement I spend what little freetime I had searching the internet for 'Gold in NY'. I found some references to the adirondack mountains and the catskill mts, but nothing from the fingerlakes or the whole of NY. I did however, find an article about a law in NY, stating that any and all gold found in the ground in NY was property of the state. This made me wonder; why the state would pass a law like this if there wasn't gold in NY? I had the fishing dock in and was spending a lot of time with a pole in the water, while setting up the boat docks. The black sand had settled into the brown run-off dirt and I had put aside the notion of gold. Tom, on the other hand, became fixated on the possibility and one day came up to me with a present. It was a membership in the GPAA along with a gold pan, snuffer bottle and odds and ends. He had also bought a small riffle box and some classifier screeds. To appease him and to prove the absents of gold in the dirt of the creek. I dug and classified to 1/8 inch, seven five gallon buckets of dirt from under the roots of the tree that kept the far bank of the creek in place. We set up the riffle box in the creek and ran it all through. When we were done I could see nothing that looked like gold in the riffle box, but we took the mat, cleaned it, and panned the resulting dirt. There, in my very first ever pan, was 15 colors. I don't care if you've never seen gold before, you know what it is you're looking at when you do. The rest of the pans ended with similar findings. Pan down to a big pile of black sand, tap the pan on the side a few times and there at the top, shiny yellow. Our finds got the attention of one of the cabin owners, John, and the three of us spent a lot of time digging, classifing, running that through the sluce and panning it out for the gold. There were no pickers ever found, all flower gold, all placer gold, but we were finding gold in almost every pan. Some of our prospecting, which was only on the part of the creek owned by the campgrounds, turned up garnets. Most of those garnets were of little value and quite featureless, but ever once in a while a real pretty one would show up. About two weeks into this endevor Tom says, "you know what? I'm going to file a claim." and he did. He called the state and couldn't find anyone who knew anything about filing a gold claim in NY, but one guy knew a guy that used to work for the state who might know. That state employee called the retired employee and got the claim headed in the right direction. The first paperwork was mostly stating that we knew the law and anything we found was property of the state. The guy who sent this also said that unless we started finding a lot, he (acting on behalf of the state) wasn't really concerned about the state getting it. Two weeks later we had the claim, which Tom framed and kept in his cabin. We never really found a lot of gold. Each had maybe the best part of a small vial filled. We never really ran a lot of material either. We had palns on digging the bend of the creek where it went into the culvert under the road, I'm sure there is gold there. Conditions were never right to move that amount of material before Tom sold the campgrounds. Tom passed away shortly after the sale. I moved on and started metal detecting.
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  25. A really fascinating re-count Scott; ever so interesting and informative. Oh that we Brits were able to explore for gold in productive locations, sadly 'The Crown' holds sway over such places; bloody typical, Mother England says, "No". Mind you, the lunatics would really spill out of the asylum in their hoards and destroy the country-side further if hunting for AU was 'open season' everywhere. Our beaches bear sad witness to the filth that such idiots leave in their wake. Thank you for the input Scott, I love hearing about the U.S gold hunting scene as well as your metal detecting. Great stuff! R.I.P Tom, God keep you well.
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  26. Beauty John! A proper good find my friend. I hope that you are healing well after your health ordeal. It's lovely to know that you are 'up and getting about', a wee bit. Long may it continue. Best regards.
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  27. 1912 bronze Philippines under United States One Centavo bronze coin. The soil here in Fresno, California is very tough on everything but the silver. I cleaned it up as best I could, but pretty good for having been in the ground maybe 100 years. A big welcome surprise after mostly clads, the occasional wheatbacks and the rare Mercury dime or buffalo nickel in the park I usually dig in.
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  28. I like the idea for when there might be hidden path like that. Stumbling upon an old Roman foot path would sure be nice. Oh how I wish the Native Americans over here used more metal in their workings - or had a proper coin of some sort. It would also be useful if you had a helper of some sort. They could go behind you and dig all the flags. Might be neat for the younger generation to get them interested.
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  29. Here are three very recent finds from my best permission, my 'Swingdom', as I call it. They are from 27th August '21, and came from a five acre meadow on oil-seed rape stalks using my '75 with a MGC 9.5x5" DD search coil. I hope that you like them. A very small Roman persons fibula brooch, a 1877 Victoria six-pence, and a as yet un-researcged Roman sesturtius, or dupondius coin. I have asked John if he will up-load them, as I do not use a 'smart-phone' Happy Hunting All.
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  30. Thank you Scott. Yesterday; Wednesday 15th, I purchased two more coins, another Dobonnic coin ( an extremely rare gold quarter stater in VF condition), and a Charles 1st Crown in outstanding condition. Apparently the image of the King on horse-back, brandishing his sword is almost always very badly rubbed out, sometimes to the point of complete removal through wear. I simply couldn't pass up the Crown as an investment. My friend the numistmatist gave me excellent prices on both. Now that I've gone with my plan I'm glad that I 'grabbed the bull by the horns'. I slept on the decision to buy the Crown as I had no intention of buying anything but Celtic coins. Now I must wait patiently for a really good stater to come my way. So glad that I have a friend that deals in rare coins and tokens! Damn lucky there, which makes a pleasant change. I hope that you and anyone else that sees these latest additions will find them interesting if John is good enough once more to up-load the pictures of them. I've included a U.S Dime for scale.
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  31. Hello all my name is Justin
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  32. Welcome Justin .. I hope you join in and share your finds and/or questions/observations .. quite humbling Tim, now I'll have to live up to that moniker
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  33. My pleasure. Yeah that is pretty bonkers to think about how long some of those Roman coins sit over there. I wish the Native Americans over here used metal as much as the Romans did. Although arrowheads are still a neat find. When I found the arrowhead and game piece at the lake - I stared off into the distance thinking how he or she left both it and the game piece just sitting there. Did he run off in fear - did he have an accident - did he just forget? Best part about this hobby is the wonder it brings.
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  34. Fair play to you Scott. Sometimes we simply have to follow that 'Alpha-Jerk' moments, as I heard the late, great, James Marshall Hendrix refer to such similar things in life. I'm still coming to grips with my plan. Today I bought another stater which I will collect on Wednesday 15th of this month. I shall ask my daughter or my son-in-law to photograph it and sent it to my e mail address for posting on. I'm a wee bit slow on figuring our how to get to read replies to my posts here on the 'new-look' forum. I wiill get better at it. Parcel on way to yu. Take care my friend. Cheers and gone.....
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  35. Brilliant 'New Look' forum John! Class.
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  36. Thanks brother. It is much better than PHPBB...not that it was bad or anything. That would be pretty black and white theme. Might be a bit rough on the eyes. There is grey theme on the very bottom of page. Bravo 6. I will likely add a couple more eventually.
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  37. Need to have a liquid gold theme... Or maybe a hunterGT theme!
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  38. Agree with Tim, nice new look to the forum .. Twice in my life, about 25 years apart, I down sized my possessions, a little more drastic than what you are doing though, Tim .. I took a few changes of clothes and left or gave away everything else I owned .. my brothers thought it to be crazy .. as one is a 'hoarder in the making' and another still owns everything he ever owned .. but both times I found myself where I felt like there was no other way and I was in the wrong place, by removing myself from everything I owned it turned out to be the best most refreshing thing I could have done. Both instances prove to be the right choice or a cunning plan, even though there are times I have needed to rebuy something I once had owned and some of those things aren't made like they once were. redirecting one's life is usually a good choice, be it small change or a total makeover. it's the noticing that things need to head in a different direction which makes the distinction between a cunning plan or (monetary) lapse of reason. When my niece and nephews were young, for their Christmas present from their uncle, I would buy each a U.S. mint set, along with a ton of candy (to piss off my brothers and sisters-in-law) .. turns out that a couple of those mint sets have increased in value nicely .. asking if any of them still had those in their possession, they informed me all were broken up and spent on soda or the like, long ago .. or they don't remember where they landed .. the thought was there though, but as children all they saw was a extra shiny 91 cents.
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  39. Thanks! It is way better then the PHPBB forum we were using. Only drawback is that PHPBB was free while I paid a ridiculous price for Invision Community setup. Will be doing work on it for a few days - then some upcoming blogs - articles - pages...etc. Can even tag people with the @ symbol...like this @Tim Kernowek 59 Not sure how it notifies just yet...but there it is.
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  40. Amazing improvements to the forum John, relly outstanding. The photos of the coins really does them full justice. Top drawer!
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