I don’t know what it is, but we males of the species always want to find new and exciting ways to ask the girl of our dreams to marry us. This ritual was no different for Patrick and the future Mrs. Kim.
I got a phone call from a very upset young man. Patrick asked if I could help him find his fiance’s engagement ring that was lost on the beach the night before. I headed to the house to get my metal detecting gear and headed his way. Meeting Patrick and his lovely fiance at the beach about an hour later, I began with all the usual questions about how the ring was lost. Slowly it begins dawning on me that Patrick had buried it. Staring at Patrick in disbelief I could see the look of embarrassment creeping onto his face. It seems that Patrick’s plan was to hide the engagement ring in the sand that night. He marked the spot with a plastic shovel. He called the future Mrs. Kim, Jennifer, to the beach from their hotel room. Patrick asked her the million dollar question. He handed Jennifer the shovel and pointed to two piles of sand next to him. On one pile was etched the word “yes” and the other “no”. Jennifer picked the “Yes” pile and began to dig. Jennifer did not know that under the sand she was looking for a white gold band with a .5 caret diamond still in the jewelers box. In the darkness of the night Jennifer dug… and dug… and dug. Patrick joined her in a panic search. From 11 o clock until 4 in the morning they dug. The tide finally ran them out of the area. The next morning Patrick bought a metal detector from the local everything store. Patrick and Jennifer searched for a few hours to no avail and called me. I did a small grid search of the area and pulled a few junk pieces from the sand. Patrick had the wedding band in a similar box. Patrick asked if I wanted him to place it on the sand to give me a read. I was surprised to get almost no signal on my CTX. I looked at the box and discovered that it was made of tin under all the fabric. This box was masking the signal big time. I was soon making critical adjustments to my equipment and re-searched. I expanded the grid twice more. Patrick and I began discussing some very real possibilities, none of which he really wanted to hear. I told Patrick and Jennifer to talk with the Hotel management of the four closest hotels. Also to start monitoring Craig’s List. I asked him about insurance. “No”. I asked him if he owned a home. “Yes”. I told him that home owners insurance might cover the loss, and suggested a police report. Patrick agreed, and he and Jenn headed to motel management and to call the police dept. I continued searching the beach listening for any whisper. I expanded the grid twice more and turned off the machine. I called Patrick on his cell phone to let him know I was shutting down. He told me he was on his way to the police dept. It seems that a couple walking the beach 4 blocks away had discovered a treasure box with a diamond ring in it. The high tide picked up the box and carried it away the night before. Can you imagine? WOW! This very honest couple turned the ring over to the beach patrol police and the police took it to the station waiting for just the right people to call. I did not personally find this ring but, I will take a win anyway it comes. The smiles on, Future, Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s faces tell me that they agree. Patrick and Jennifer, good luck in your new future. Patrick, no embarrassment my friend, she won’t soon forget this. Every ring has a story attached to it. Your ring started with a story. Traveling mercies back to Georgia. Thanks for reading this fun adventure story.