After my recent posts about opportunists, I received a lot of emails and comments regarding takers. I thought the problem was reserved to just a few people here and there, but from the response, it seems there is a lot of “taking” going on.
Opportunism—The conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances – with little regard for principles, or with what the consequences are for others.
Opportunist—A seeker of opportunity. A person who maximizes his/her benefit in every action he/she takes.
How to spot an opportunist: Maybe you know one, (or a few) of those people who want to go hunting with you because you’ve got a great spot. You arrange it because you’re a trusting person. Afterwards, they promise to take you to their great site, but that never seems to materialize. The next time you go to your spot, there are telltale signs someone has been digging the heck out of the place, and there is only one other person who knows about it…
The other day I was thinking how much my life has changed since I started metal detecting. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, and the finds I’ve discovered all were the result of a hand held machine that beeps.
Before I took up detecting, my passion was genealogy, and before that, fishing. At one time, it was not unusual to see me with my face buried in some book, or walk into a room littered by my family papers scattered about. Research trips out of state to visit forgotten cemeteries and obscure town halls were the norm.
Is your significant other also your detecting partner? Do you know what he or she is thinking?
Here are some examples; some drawn from experience, some from humor, of gender differences in the hobby and what your partner could or might be thinking or doing …
The Searcher Magazine is featuring Detecting Diva in one of it’s articles, along with a lot of other good stuff–Due out on Friday. Check it out! http://www.johnwinter.net/jw/2013/04/meet-the-hoard-hunters/