by Richard Angelico
A lady called today very upset, asking for help.
She had lost a family treasure, her Grandmother’s gold and diamond ring while walking the big jogging path at City Park. She asked if I could find it with a metal detector? Sure, I said, if it’s still there and someone hasn’t found it already and sold it for scrap.
So at 5:30 p.m. I met her at the Museum of Art. She told me she was wearing the ring on a gold chain around her neck and at some point the chain must have broke and the ring tumbled away.
I told her, ” Before I get my detector out, let’s walk the route you took first. I want you to tell me everything you did and when and where you first noticed it was gone?” She said OK and away we went. As she talked and we walked along I kept looking at the ground and the grass along the side of the path. She asked, ” What are you looking for, we searched all of this all day long yesterday?” I said I was looking for anomalies, things out of the ordinary, different shapes that jump out at you as not belonging there and pointed out a few scraps of tin foil in the grass she didn’t notice.
Then, about 20 minutes into our walk , the biggest anomaly of all popped out, it was right there in a patch of mulch and clover about a foot off the concrete path: A nice gold circle studded with diamonds!! I bent down and picked up her Grandmother’s ring and handed it to her. The poor lady almost passed out!! She could not believe I had found her ring without getting my detector out and I got a great big hug. In fact, two hugs!
The best part is, she was certain she had lost it in the grass near the entrance to the park some distance away. That’s when she first noticed it was gone. But, as simple as it sounds, that’s why things are lost because really, we have no idea where they are.
I was glad she called and very glad I could help but drat!! I didn’t even get to use the new gold program on my detector 🙂