I was on my way last night to pick up dinner at about 6:30 PM from the local Mexican take out restaurant when I received a call from Briana asking if I would be able to help her find a lost wedding ring. She explained that she and her husband were in Newport Beach, so let her know that I would be able to help after I ate my dinner. I let her know it would take me about two hours to arrive at the search location if they would be willing to wait. She agreed to wait, so I ate fast, got my gear together, and got on my way.
I wanted to do the search as soon as possible, so I could go over the area before the county beach cleaners came by. When I got to the location she and her husband Greg were waiting, and took me out to the spot where they had been sitting in the sand. When we arrived at the spot, I looked at the sand, and my heart sank a bit because it looked as though the county had been there already. The area looked as if it had been meticulously raked, but I found out that it was from Greg’s search for the ring before I got there. It was Greg’s ring that had been lost, and they told me how he had put his ring in the beach chair pocket, but forgot to take it back out when they were going to leave for the day. He put the chair on his back, and during the process of getting everything ready to leave, bent over a few times to pick up items on the sand, which probably caused the ring to fall out. I began my search, and heard a good sound in the headphones, but pulled up a piece of aluminum can. I knew that must have discouraged them a bit. I kept looking and again heard another good sound, but this time when I looked in my scoop there was Greg’s ring. I pulled it out and asked Greg if his ring looked like the one I was holding in my hand. Immediately a gush of emotion came from the two of them, and the joy was evident. Briana told me how they had gone more than half way home, which is more than 50 miles away before they realized the ring was missing. In Los Angeles, and Orange County traffic, that constitutes a long drive, and then a long drive back. Also the time they had been searching the sand, when combined with the driving time had taken an emotional toll on them.
The two had been together since high school, and had gotten married 4 years ago. The ring is specially engraved with “B ♥ G”, which makes this very dear to the both of them. Sure a ring can be replaced, but the story of the “ring” can not be replaced, it becomes a new ring with a new story. I am so glad that I was able to continue the ring’s story, restore joy to Briana and Greg , and put smiles back on their faces. I am sure they had a comforting ride home, and a good night’s sleep.
Greg sent the following email to include here:
If you lose your ring or other metal item of value, call as soon as possible. I will work hard to help you find what you thought might never be found again. I search, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Venice Beach, and all parks, yards, gardens, and ponds (to 5 foot depths) in all of Orange County, all of Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.