I had the unique opportunity to describe TheRingFinders.com on the radio! A few days ago, I got an email from a producer at BYU Radio. He asked if I would be interested in describing TheRingFinders service and talk about what it’s like being a ring finder. Wow! I hadn’t ever done anything like that before, so I told him, “Sure!”. Over the next few days, we discussed what to focus on, what questions the host should ask, and other things. This morning I drove into the studio, met a few producers, and then met the host, Lisa Valentine Clark. I spent about 15 minutes live on the air on the Lisa Valentine Clark show. You can hear my segment here or learn more about Lisa’s show here. The segment played twice this morning, 2/5/2019, on FM radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. It’s also available as a podcast. The producer told me that I could expect about 100,000 people to listen to the segment, all over the world.
Maybe increased publicity like this will help connect a few more people with ring finders to find their lost rings!
Josh was playing in the snow at a small park when he noticed that his wedding ring was gone. He tried looking for the ring by moving the snow around, but it’s really hard to find a ring that way; often it just sinks lower in the snow, or it gets stepped on and pushed into the roots of the grass. Then, he did an online search for “metal detector rental in Provo”, and found TheRingFinders, so he gave me a call. I was able to stop by that night after work. It took me longer to get ready, putting on my boots, snow pants, knee pads, tool pouch, coats, gloves, and scarf, than it did to find the ring. Fortunately, he had only been in a small area in the park, and we could see his footprints clearly. After just 3 or 4 minutes of searching, I found the ring!
Yesterday, Sabrina and her fiancé, Patrick, were traveling across the country so he could report for duty at Ft. Irwin. When they stopped along a lonely stretch of I-70 in central Utah to let their dog out, Sabrina felt her engagement ring slip off of her finger. They thoroughly searched through the snow where she was standing, but they couldn’t find it. Next, they drove the several miles into Salina, Utah, bought a metal detector, and went back for more fruitless searching. Patrick had to report the next day, so they didn’t have time to search further. Sabrina was heart-broken to lose her ring. She found TheRingFinders last night, gave me a call, and asked me to help. This morning I drove down through a snowstorm, but I was able to find her ring! I shipped it out this afternoon, and it will be back on her finger in a couple of days.
Thank you, Patrick, for your service in the Army!
Dillion was throwing a ball for his dog in a snowy soccer field when he felt his gold wedding band slip from his finger. He immediately marked the spot where he had been standing, then he and his wife began searching the area through 6 or 8 inches of snow. After searching for a long time, they decided they would not be able to find the ring by themselves. They found TheRingFinders and gave me a call. I was able to find the beautiful gold ring quickly about 10 or 15 feet from where Dillon lost it.
Jon and his family came from Louisiana to Park City to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his family at a nice vacation home. When Jon’s wife threw a snowball from an upper balcony, her ring slipped off and fell into the snowy yard below. They searched through the snow for hours, but when they couldn’t find the ring, they called me. We got more snow overnight, so I got to swing my detector through 14 inches of Park City powder. That’s a workout! But I found the ring this morning and shipped it off to Louisiana this afternoon.
Weston has been friends with my son for years. Several years ago the three of us climbed the 12,000 foot Timpanogos mountain together. Weston was with his family for the Thanksgiving day holiday. While tossing a football with his nephew, his wedding ring slipped off into the fallen leaves in the yard. Of course, when they searched and couldn’t find it, they contacted me. The 3 inches of snow that fell this morning didn’t slow me down much, and I found the ring under the snow and leaves, pressed down into the grass in the yard. I’m happy to help a friend!
I got a text message from Rod asking if my equipment could find a hearing aid that had been lost in the grass. I have found hearing aids before, so I told him I thought I could. I asked him to meet me at the church where it was lost, and to bring a similar hearing aid so I could hear how it sounded, so I would know what to listen for to find the lost one. Unfortunately, his hearing aids were very small, and my detector would hardly make a peep when passing over the spare he brought. That meant that I could probably not find his lost one. I spent several minutes searching, but finally decided that my equipment just wasn’t sensitive enough to tell the difference between the tiny hearing aid and the random specks of garbage metal spread all over the church lawn. I told Rod that I probably couldn’t find it. I hate giving up, so a spent maybe an hour searching the whole lawn where it might have been lost, methodically going back and forth to search every square inch. As I detect, I keep my eyes on the ground, watching for anything that might be there. I found the tiny hearing aid with my eyes, rather than my detector! As I swung slowly back and forth, there was the hearing aid, hiding in the grass. Rod was happy to have his expensive hearing aid back!
Now this is a very unusual story. Today I was driving through Provo, and I saw a very old house. I didn’t know who lived there, but I knocked on the door and introduced myself to Zach, the man that answered. His home was built in 1885! Often old homes may have a few old coins in the yard, or maybe an old relic like an original key or a civil war-era bullet. I asked Zach for permission to use my metal detector in his yard to see if I could find an old relic or two. He was happy to give me permission. I didn’t find any old coins, but I did find a cool old pocket watch, and a man’s wedding ring. The ring wasn’t deep in the grass, so it looked like it had been dropped recently. I told Zach about the ring, and he told me it was his! He had lost it just a couple of weeks ago! He never thought to ask a Ring Finder to come help him find the ring, but one just knocked on his door! What are the odds???
Rings aren’t the only precious lost items that can be found with a metal detector. I got a call from Matt this morning telling me about an iPhone that was lost in the snow in a driveway near Sundance Resort. I was able to meet Matt and some of his friends. We searched for about a half hour, and fortunately we were able to find the phone. Unfortunately, it had been mashed by a snow plow. 🙁 At least we know that the phone wasn’t stolen, and now the data and pictures on it can be recovered.
Have you ever heard of palladium jewelry? Palladium is a precious metal similar to platinum. John and his wife both have palladium wedding rings, but after playing with his daughter in the Jordanelle Reservoir, John realized his wedding band was gone. He contacted me and we arranged to meet at the reservoir. It took me about an hour, but fortunately I found his ring in about three feet of water! I love it when I can reunite someone with their precious ring!