Whew.. What a week!

Well I have had an extremely exciting week thus far. Monday I received an email that I have secretly been hoping would come for quite some time. The email was short, sweet, and to the point. The title of the email was “Your German Knife find”. The subject was referring to the pocket knife I found in my post, Sprechen Sie Deutsch.. A german revival. It seems as though the Author of the email worked for Kassborher whom the knife was made for. He gave me his phone number and said if I wanted to know more about the knife that I could call him. Of course I called him Monday evening on my way home. He started telling me about the rich history of Kassborher and all of their entities. The gentlemen has a knife that is very similar. Well let’s be honest he has 30-40 of the knifes that are new in the box. He mentioned that he would be selling them on Ebay. I have to be honest I would love to have one of these that is in great condition. We discussed the knifes age and he figures it is from the late 60’s to early 70’s. I gave the pocket knife to my boss after I cleaned it up and I am still amazed at how well it cleaned up and how sharp the blades were even after spending many years in the ground. The actual inscription on the knife says Kassborher: Anhanger which means follower or trailer in German. From that we can deduce that the knife was given to someone who had purchased a Kassborher trailer or was somehow involved with their trailer division. All in all I spent about 30 minutes talking to the elderly gentleman from Missoula, Montana and metal detecting did come up. He mentioned me flying to Missoula to show him how to use a metal detector because his area is full of history and old mining camps. It sounds very tempting! Fast forward to later Monday evening. My youngest boy and I both got sick. He had the stomach flu that took a big toll on him for two days. I had a touch of the flu but mine was followed by an extreme sinus infection that has had me feeling like a pile of fecal matter for two days. During the day on Tuesday I stayed at home with the youngest Ukena boy and in between napping and cleaning up the evidence of the stomach flu I managed to watch a bunch of stuff on Youtube. I watched videos on metal detecting, snooker, and other pool matches. I was watching some videos about the new Garrett ATX. I have to say that the machine amazed me with it’s ability to find gold nuggets rather deeply. This caught my attention for a couple of reasons. One particular video showed the machine detecting a nickel at 15″.. Impressive but I don’t see myself having a desire to dig a 15″ hole to retrieve a target. The same video showed the machine detecting a 1/2 ounce gold nugget at 13″. It would definitely make more sense to dig a 13″ hole for a 1/2 ounce of pure gold. But still I thought to myself: How would I use this tool? I didn’t have an answer for that. If I was detecting highly mineralized beaches I could see having a machine like this. If perhaps I was prospecting for gold I could see it. I just couldn’t see where I would need a machine like this on the average hunt. The one thing I love about this machine is something that I also love about the XP Deus. It folds down to a very compact machine to transport. I wish Garrett would incorporate this styling into their other machines! In the end I say it doesn’t matter what machine you use as long as you enjoy using it. I think as a society we have a tendency to focus too much on the biggest, baddest, newest thing. I would rather see someone swinging a $100 machine and having a blast over buying a machine that cost 25 times as much and be frustrated about it. I also managed to watch some snooker videos. If you read my blog often you know I’ve mentioned my fascination with the game. Unfortunately, there are not many people that play the game around here. Let alone people who want to have a tournament or play in a league on a regular basis. I had the privilege of playing in a pool league with one of the best snooker players in the US and he says that we don’t even have a true snooker table in Wichita. Anyways, I started doing some research and I found out that there are two snooker tournaments in Houston in 2014. I would love to play in one of these tournaments. I don’t want to play with the expectation of winning. I don’t want to play in them to make a name for myself. I simply think it would be fun to play in and observe the talent from around the nation. The US snooker association holds 7 events annually. As you might imagine that Kansas is not host to one of the events. I’m thinking I could use a nice metal detecting trip to Missoula, Montana after playing in such an event in Houston, TX.

There you have it. My week in summary.

No matter what you do, make sure you find time for the things you enjoy and enjoy them to the fullest!