Well believe it or not I found my third Texas A&M class ring of the year! I think that if I find a fourth, I should get an honorary Aggie t-shirt. 😃 I had the pleasure of meeting Evan and his girlfriend Dallas who were in town with family out at Portofino over the weekend. Evan found me on Ringfinders and reached out and let me know that he had a big problem. He was playing paddleball out in the water with Dallas when his brand new solid gold class ring went flying off his hand. They all tried looking for it but weren’t able to find it. I let him know that I would be glad to come find it for him. As is often the case, it wasn’t where it was supposed to be. Luckily, this wasn’t my first time and after some thorough questioning, re-enactments and a check of the historic tide charts, I was able to give a very happy Evan back his ring. What I thought was so neat is that Evan and Dallas told me they had seen the post from a few weeks ago where I found a man named Josh’s Texas A&M ring. Throughout the search Josh told me that he had not removed that ring in 22 years. Well you can see from the pictures that Josh was class of 97 and Evan is class of 19, exactly 22 years apart. Isn’t it neat how fate works out sometimes. 😃 Congratulations Evan!
I am glad to say that I found my second Texas A&M class ring of the year today. Josh emailed me this morning and let me know that he was throwing football in the Gulf yesterday when his class ring that he has had on his hand for 22 years went flying into the waves. He immediately began to search for it and some kind strangers helped but the waves just knocked them around and the sand swallowed up the heavy gold ring. Luckily he called me and I showed up this afternoon and after getting all the information I could, I began the search. Josh stayed hopeful for the first hour and watched as I uncovered 2 different earrings and some other bits of metal. I could tell he was starting to get down as I went into the second hour but I assured him that this was normal and the ring could move in heavy surf and sometimes it’s just not where you think it is but I wasn’t giving up. Josh was kind enough to get me a Gatorade and as I took a break, I asked him to recreate exactly what happened the day before again. I picked up another detail or two that allowed me to slightly adjust my search. Sure enough, on the second pass I heard a good signal that had possibility so I called over Josh. He was definitely not getting his hopes up but I have to say that when he saw the gold flashing in my scoop, I have never had anyone get so excited so fast. He grabbed it and ran for the beach and then stopped, came back and started jumping up and down high fiving me. I told him we should high five on the beach so we didn’t lose it again and we headed that way. By that time, there were tons of people that came up to see if I had really found it. It was just an awesome time and totally why I do this. I feel like I’ve made a great new friend in Josh and I am truly happy that I could give him back something that has been such an ever present part of his life and his memories. Congratulations Josh and thanks for calling me!
What a great night recovery. I got a call tonight from Debbie about 7:30 pm very worried about her daughter Lyndsay’s class ring. It turns out that earlier in the afternoon on Pensacola Beach Lyndsay was trying to take a sunset picture of her gorgeous Texas A&M solid gold class ring and she dropped it straight down into the sand. As is often the case, even though she thought she knew exactly where it was, she and her family couldn’t find it because of the way the sand moved the gold deeper and deeper. They finally called me and were wondering if they should buy a metal detector. I explained why I didn’t think that was a good idea and after a quick chat decided that I would head out to the beach to meet them immediately. It was a cool night but things went great and I was able to recover her ring for her in less than 15 minutes in the dark. Not bad for the first recovery of Spring Break 2018. 😊
This was a neat story. A nice lady on the beach at the Portofino Condos in Pensacola Beach stopped me and said that she wished I had been there a couple of days earlier. I asked her why and she proceeded to explain that BOTH of her sons had lost their wedding bands in the gulf within minutes of each other just a couple of days before. I asked her if anyone had looked for them and she said no one had with a metal detector. I explained about Ringfinders and told her what I did and told her that even though I really wished she had called me a few days earlier, there was still a chance I could find them. Well, long story short I was able to find her son Jacob’s but not his brother Zach’s. I spent hours looking for Zach’s and even came back two more days to look but unfortunately I was only able to find Jacob’s. I had to mail it back to Memphis, TN but as you can see by the picture, Jacob was thrilled when he realized it was really his ring in the mail. Zach had some closure and appreciated me looking and has promised to call immediately if he ever loses something valuable again. Congrats Jacob on getting your ring back!