Today as I was getting ready to watch the All Blacks (rugby team) play Australia in a southern hemisphere version of the superbowl, I got a call from Thomas inquiring if I could help find his wifes platinum wedding band which she had lost this morning in the sand at a popular childrens playground in Perths southern suburbs. On the one hand I was thinking, well it’s about time I got an enquiry for what should be a straight forward, easy search (so far this year I have only had one ring search that was not in or underwater, and even that took a monumental effort over 8.5 hrs in a storm!) and on the other that the timing could not be worse with ‘kickoff’ in just an hours time!
I learned that Thomas was a Fly In Fly Out worker who was currently at work in Karratha about 1200 km north of Perth and that his wife had bought a $200 metal detector to search for the ring but had not had any joy.
Luckily (for me and my rugby fetish!) his wife had left the area already so I agreed to meet her at the location at 6.30 pm, which allowed me to get to a pub on the way, watch the All Blacks win the rugby match in the last minute of the game, win a small wager on Beauden Barrett to score a try and skedadle? over to Bibra Lake to meet Thomas’s wife Mandy and his son Julius.
Mandy showed me where she was standing pushing her son in one of the swings and approximately where the ring had shot off her finger into the sand and should still be. I turned on my detector and started to search the sand and almost immediately received a solid signal within the right sort of target i.d range one might expect for a medium weight womens platinum ring.
Alas it was a thick piece of circular wire, damn! I resumed searching and a short while later got another clean signal in the right range. I took a scoop of sand from where I had pinpointed the signal and shaking the sand from the scoop saw that it was indeed a platinum ring, Mandy’s wedding band!
Well as you can see from the photo she was pretty darn happy about it, and just quietly, so was I.
I’d had a pretty good day.. we (New Zealand) had won the rugby against our favourite team to beat, the player I’d picked to score a try.. did, and I’d found a platinum wedding ring in about a minute!
Merry christmas you two… Chow for now!..