Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"I Offered to Do Yardwork in Exchange for Permission..."

I told you before about detecting an old church grove from the 1800's.  The same place where I found almost 40 Odd Fellow tags...

Well, I offered to do yardwork (general lawn maintenance) in exchange for permission to detect on the property.

It was a great arrangement, and I had been hunting this place off and on for about two or three years.  

So, I show up one Sunday morning, and I see an elderly man cutting down trees with a chainsaw.  He seemed to be struggling - they were big trees.

Before I even took out my machine and got set up, I went over and offered to help.  

Now, nine times out of ten, they don't take you up on your offer.  I've offered to help a bunch of different members doing different chores over the years, and not one of them has ever taken me up on it.  This gentleman was no different.

But I noticed a decent cut on his arm, and I insisted on helping. 

I told him I would cut the trees down, cut them into smaller chunks to put in the wagon, and haul them away -- so that he would take a break.

Instead, he said, "That's great.  Let me go get my other chainsaw."

He left me shaking my head while he went on his tractor to get another chainsaw from his shed.

Still, I thought I would help him real quick and still get some good hunting time in...

I was wrong.  

Two hours later, the old man said he had enough wood.

A week later, I ran into another club member.  He told me that the old man doesn't even have anything to do with their organization.  

He was just a neighbor who wanted firewood.

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