Friday, May 24, 2019

The Tale of Two Ladies

Their lives were markedly different, each with their own tale to tell.  One was well-loved while the other clearly experienced a much rougher existence. When detailing how they came to rest in the "Siren Hall of Honor" their stories were strikingly similar.  Then on one crisp winter day their paths would suddenly and remarkably intertwine:

"It was early in the year 2019," described 1941 "as I sat dormant in the dark, damp earth. I thought today would be just like any other; struggling to keep warm, praying water would not fall from the sky.

"I passed the time away, thinking of days gone by, when I would enjoy jingling in a local pocket with friends, or chatting away in a cozy cash drawer. 

"The memories played before me like a film; so real I could actually hear the sound of the register bell.

Ding. Ding. Ding.

"Suddenly, I was jolted from my dream as the chiming grew louder right above my resting place.

"'That ringing is real,' I no sooner thought to myself before the ground began to tremble and the earth shifted all around me."

"If I had a voice I would have surely screamed, fearing at any moment I would succumb to the jaws of the angry plow creature as was the demise of so many of my kind.

"My life flashed before me as a different beeping began, coupled with a strange sort of vibration that traveled through my entire being.  It grew in intensity as I was lifted in a clod of soil and gently flipped over before a bright blinding light was shinned upon my face.

"'That light!' I thought, 'that warm, glorious light!'

"Rays of sunshine dappled through what was once my earthly tomb. I had not seen the light of day in...so many years I lost count!

"I then heard a loud gasp as I was plucked from the earth and clenched tightly into the trembling fist of my rescuer.

Siren Kimmie, as she came to be known, proceeded to shout excitedly.  At first I thought she was angry.  She cursed repeatedly and called upon God.  I heard other voices too, 'detectorists', who responded with the same odd mix of anger and excitement.

"'Are you $!&*%@# KIDDING me?' a man shouted as he grabbed me and began a through inspection; while the other detectorist told Siren Kimmie to 'shut up', which I thought was kind of rude.  I became even more confused as then they started to rave about my beauty; now seeming well-pleased with my rescue.  But none more so than Siren Kimmie who subjected me to a careful examination and a gentle cleaning before my age was announced. 

"I had no time to consider this odd behavior as I was placed into a warm, dry pouch.  Initially I feared I would return to a life of darkness but was quickly lulled by the sound of voices and the soft hum of an engine.

"Once we arrived at the Siren Estate, Kimmie provided me with what can only be described as 'the full spa treatment'.  I was given a warm, lavish bath and placed on a velvet bed.  I was then carried into the Siren Hall of Honor, also known as the 'Relic Room' where I was introduced to the sister I didn't even know I had: 1941.

"While telling her story, I learned how 1941 was also rescued in the same fashion just one week earlier.  Both of us ever so grateful to the circumstances which brought us together; we now live a much pampered life, in a climate controlled environment.  We have a new home, with a large family of coveted coins and artifacts, where we watch the sun rise and set each and every day."

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Day My Friend Became a Hashtag

I had just received notice that I had been chosen as a "Vaughan Garrett Favorite Find of the Month" for my confederate tongue buckle. I only vaguely remember writing the article, retelling the story of how I had found this rare piece of history.
One of my best friends, Kirk Keller, was with me that day and told me how happy he was to witness its recovery.  For a historian and relic hunter, this is the stuff of dreams.

"I actually found something with CS on it!" I shouted with utter excitement.

Kirk teased in response, "I've NEVER found something with CS on it you little stinker!"

A veteran detectorist, Kirk was the kind of guy that found joy in the achievements of others.  He celebrated along with me that day, as a mentor and a friend--his excitement matching my own.  And certainly a part of him will forever be attached to the buckle he once held in his hands.

When I wrote the article, Kirk had taken ill. I had received word that he had been transported by life-flight to the hospital.  I numbly wrote, in some odd attempt at positive vibes and feeling close to him as I tried to recapture the moment. Kirk had been retelling important facts about the land we were detecting--I always soaked in any knowledge he wished to impart--eager to learn and assist in his work with the historical society.  Our little team was in the process of piecing together civil war troop moments through the area and we spent long hours pouring over history and research.

"You are a natural at relic ID. You have a true passion for history and a heart for adventure." he would say, as if trying to convince me.

In the coming days Kirk passed away and was put to rest.  I had all but forgotten about submitting the article--too wrapped up in grief over the loss of my friend.  As I tried to focus on daily life, just as he would have demanded, I thought of him constantly.

The weeks rolled on.  I still missed him dearly but my sadness was now miraculously coupled with a smile; just as he promised would happen when discussing the loss of our friend Steve.

I take great comfort in little reminders of Kirk, so the announcement that my buckle had won felt like a much needed visit with my dear friend.  Reading over my words again, recalling the day, was bitter sweet, and I couldn't help but tag him as I posted the article to my Facebook page.

He would have been so exited over the win, taking the opportunity to "brag on me" in embarrassing enthusiasm.  I know it seems silly, tagging him, knowing he is far beyond the realm of social media, but I felt somehow spurned by his continued pride in me. So I "shared" it with him as I would have done in the past--my feeble attempt at connecting. I found myself looking over his Facebook page which continues to be filled with memories, anecdotes and messages expressing grief as well as happiness at the fortune of knowing this boisterous, fun-loving man.

Suddenly, I felt a stabbing in my chest over the thought that "Kirk the person" was gone and was somehow reduced to nothing more than a hashtag.  #kirkstrong I saw repeated over and over.  It was clear he left an indelible mark on the community with all of the lives he touched.  But I felt overly protective of his memory, as if somehow it was mine alone; arrogant, I know!

My fear was that Kirk and his life were being trivialized in some way

These misplaced feelings quickly turned to joy however, as I realized with each post, that every person commenting was doing so out of this same place of love.

As I pictured Kirk's reaction to his name in a hashtag I instantly began to laugh.  Who was I kidding? He would be "tickled" and certainly humbled, as was his way.

When you think of the impact Kirk had on everyone who knew him, the overwhelming tribute and the many ways he is being honored, it doesn't seem so silly after all!

It is plainly obvious that Kirk Keller is well-loved and highly respected as those of us struggle to adjust to this tremendous loss.  And while Kirk continues to live on through his hard work and good deeds, his legacy also carries on in these shared memories, stories, and yes... even though hashtags.

#MissingYouKirkKeller

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lady Luck Brings BIG SILVER and BIG NEWS to Siren Kimmie of Girls Rock M...

Lady Luck shines her silvery light on Siren Kimmie with multiple BIG SILVERs and lovely relics. Join us as Siren Kimmie, Gerry Starchild and Jeremy scour the land for old coins and history. Plus some really big news you're not going to want to miss!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQYrQP47zlo



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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Tale of St. Siren (A Limerick)

There once was a detectress so fine sir.
Siren Kimmie, they say, there's none wiser.
Till too much wine she did drink...
while hunting relics I think...
the lass dug her way straight down to Chiner.

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Baby It's Cold Outside (I'm Digging Today)

Join us in this metal detecting, wine sipping, Christmas caroling, sensational special. The Girls Rock Metal Detecting team recovers CW relics, silver coins, and other amazing artifacts as Siren Kimmie and Dean Martin pay homage to a Christmas classic, deemed controversial by some, but beloved here at GRMD: Baby It's Cold Outside, I'm digging today! Plus testing out the Detech Ultimate 13" coil on the Garrett AT Pro, and we shower gifts upon a lucky winner of the awesome digging accessory prize package chock full of goodies from Girls Rock Metal Detecting and The Digger's Den.

Click Here: https://youtu.be/3-eHGjRNjII

Merry Christmas from Girls Rock Metal Detecting.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Detecting Moments

Today's adventure included a 1.5 hour drive to a historic 1901 property where I met a delightful older gentleman by the name of Charles.  

I stood on the grand front porch of this beautiful New Orleans style home as Charles slowly opened the large heavy door in response to my knocking.  With a smile on his face he quickly approved my request to detect his property and confessed to being a metal detectorist himself, as well as a Civil War reenactor.  

Charles was a friendly man with a very kind face, and all the while detecting his property he would pop out to talk.  He brought his finds, and was so obviously proud of his Civil War buckle, cannon ball frag, buttons, bullets, and other campsite goodies; thrilled to share them with someone who truly appreciates them. He later brought out his tablet showing aerial photographs he had taken of a nearby Civil War reenactment. We had a lovely time talking as I puttered around his property digging up one roofing nail after another. He placed them in a little jar--why he wanted them I do not know--other than as a memento of some sort; but I couldn't help but think he was as sentimental about detecting as I am.  And when he spoke of the passing of his dear wife I had an overwhelming feeling, during a time of year that must be very difficult for him, our visit had somehow brightened his day.

When it came time to leave, Charles insisted I take a little button from his finds stash that I had shown interest in, adding it to the only good bits I recovered from his yard--a little buckle and a 1930 wheat penny...


As it turns out, in metal detecting, sometimes the best finds are the moments spent with friends, new and old.


xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

One Ring To Dig Them All

IT'S HERE! The Fall Season Premiere of Girls Rock Metal Detecting's SIREN OF THE RINGS. Precious finds, revolutionary war history, unboxing the Garrett Zlink Wireless Kit, and Siren Kimmie detects the ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL. You wont want to miss this digging adventure packed with silver, rings, relics, history and more. Grab a glass of wine or your favorite libation and get ready to YouTube and Chill with Siren Kimmie!
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