Our latest ring recovery was another quick success story. One afternoon we received a call from a gentleman who worked at the Garmin world headquarters, which is just down the road from our shop. You see, Garmin fosters a very active lifestyle for their employees. They have a jogging trail, strength training, group bike rides, kickball, and they even have a community fresh vegie garden on the campus. This gentleman had been playing football over their lunch break. As he stretched out to receive a pass, his ring flew off his hand. Fortunately for us, he knew approximately where he was when it happened. He and a group of friends had looked for the ring with no avail. He called us and within 10 minutes we were there, on site, looking for the ring.
I had been having a fairly good run of ring recoveries lately so Scrap Iron handed me the AT Pro and said, “Go for it.” He hit the outskirts of where the guy said he lost the ring. I dove right in the middle and began to mentally grid the site then I began meticulously detecting back and forth in the area which was roughly 20 yards square. Fortunately for us, the folks at Garmin are very clean people and there was very little trash to contend with. After only about 2 laps back and forth, I got a good signal. It is funny how finding a ring for someone works. There is a reason gold get’s the nickname “bling”. I mean, the stuff really does bling…especially in the sunlight. Typically you get a signal and simply look down and see the ring. Rarely do I ever have to dig the ground and the ring almost always shows up visually before I even bend down to pick it up. I always wonder how they missed it with their naked eyes. But, they don’t. Although you can certainly find your ring using just your eyes, a metal detector helps because it can tell you where you need to focus those visual efforts. This vastly speeds up recovery time.
Once I got the signal for the ring I looked down and lo and behold there was the ring. I chuckled, looked up at the man, smiled and said, “Here ya go sir. We found it.” He was ecstatic. He took a picture of me with my detector and I asked that he pose for a shot with me. He obliged. We shook hands and parted ways. The agreed rate was $40…not a bad rate for a total of about 20 minutes of work, drive time included. We loaded up the truck and headed to our favorite lunch spot for a bite to eat courtesy of our most recent ring recovery effort.