If the sun lotion scenario is the #1 reason for losing a ring at the beach, this is probably #2. It’s the “I took the ring off and put into the chair pocket, forgot it was there, folded chair and packed everything up when we were ready to leave, drove away and then remembered the ring scenario”. Marcus didn’t get far….just out of the parking lot when he realized what he had done. He returned and searched to no avail. Out came the phone and a Google search. He found my ad on Craig’s list and gave me a call. I told him I would be there within the hour and met him at the location. We walked over the the spot where they had the chairs laid out (the most likely spot of the loss) and I started my grid. Maybe 30 seconds later, I get the sound I wanted to hear on my E-trac and scooped out his ring. A happy Marcus gets to go home, tell the wife, and not have to share the accommodations with the dog. A pleasure meeting you Marcus and thank you for the reward.
So it’s 8:45 in the morning on a Sunday in Del Mar. My parking meter will run out in 15 minutes, the beach is completely sanded in, the tide is almost +3 feet, it’s oppressively hot and muggy and my finds for the morning come to a total of 2 quarters and a penny. I’m ready to go home!! And that’s when Pat the lifeguard chief catches up to me and gives me a note that says: “Lost wedding ring, 24th street”. There’s also a phone number which I call. Suddenly my crappy day was taking on a whole new appearance. This was my shot at redemption!! I spoke to Dana who told me the story of how she thought she lost “both” her rings in the sand. She was getting ready to go in the water and apparently they fell out of the pocket of her shorts. She and her husband gave me some pretty good detail of where they thought they were. So I metered up my car for another 2 hours and went to work. It was now after 9:00 and a lot of folks were starting to file onto the beach. A few had set up their umbrellas and shades right in the area where I was going to have to hunt so I skirted around them as best as I could and tried not be too obtrusive. Feeling a little bummed that I would probably have to return the next day, eight minutes later I had both rings in the scoop. These are absolutely beautiful rings, 14K and a ton of ice. I called Dana with the good news and reunited her with her treasure 45 minutes later at a local coffee shop. I also had the pleasure of meeting her husband Vinny and their two beautiful kids. Dana says she’s not ever taking her rings to the beach again. Good plan Dana! Thanks guys for making my day (actually week) and for the nice reward.