I received a call from Oliver who lives on the east side of Syracuse. He stated that while shoveling snow off his driveway, he lost his gold signet ring. He had the ring on when he went out to shovel the snow, he finished the driveway and then climbed into his car to move it and realized that his ring was gone. He had searched, but with no luck.
I arrived and interviewed him and started the search. The banks where he would have shoveled the snow were 4 foot high, and there was around 12 inches in the front yard. I checked the driveway, side walks and the snow piles along side, but after 1 ½ hours was unable to find his ring. A signet ring is very small and the big snow banks, piled around 4 feet high, my detector could not penetrate all the way to to the bottom of them.
Now, I’m like a beagle dog chasing a rabbit. I don’t give up until I catch the rabbit,(ring) or the rabbit goes down a hole. We agreed that the banks were just too deep, and I would return again in the spring when the snow melts. After all, the ring would not move and would be there when the snow melted. A thaw was arriving the next weekend, so Oliver was to keep checking along the sides of the snowbanks as they melted back, and if he did not find the ring during the thaw, I would return after the snow was gone.
One week later Oliver called, and he found the ring. It was right where we figured it was, deep into the piled up snow.
When anyone loses a ring there are lots of emotion involved. They are mad at themselves, they feel the sense of loss, they second guess themselves as to what if anything they did wrong, and of course they feel the financial loss. When you call anyone from “The Ring Finders” we arrive with thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but most important we arrive without emotion. We interview you and with a clear head brake down what happened so that we have a picture where the ring should be. Most times we can find the ring right then and there, but sometimes we have to return because of environmental reasons.
This was one of those cases. I was sure the ring was in the snow bank, but because the bank was big, my machine was unable to penetrate completely into the center of it. But I was worried that someone else would find the ring as the snow melted before I returned. So I asked Oliver to keep checking as the bank melted. He did so, and he found the ring. This is an example of “clear thinking”.
So I did not find the ring but we found the ring.