I probably shouldn’t admit this – but I’ve been one of those “old retired guys” using a detector since I was about 13 years old. For one thing, I live in the California desert, and there are ghost towns, gold nuggets, and lots of old relics lying around, just for the finding. For another, I get a little edge from my ability to “tweak” a detector or magnetometer to meet my own requirements. There are also miles of beaches within easy driving distance, where people have dropped coins and jewelry for hundreds of years. I guess I was born with “salvage in my blood” – and being lucky enough to have found several gold nuggets and lots of jewelry (including diamond watches and rings) has kind of hooked me on the hobby. I figure that when I am actually able to retire, I will still be one of those weird old farts walking around in unstylish shorts, picking up stuff others have lost.