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Schools have been 'cashless' a lot longer than that.

January 20, 2019 03:55PM avatar
And worse, kids don't have money these days. When I was a kid we would work and earn money. Do assigned chose and go above and beyond and earn money. You don't see kids out picking berries and other fruit and veggies over there like I did when we moved to Portland in '59, and how many kids are folding and rubber-banding newspapers to deliver while peddling their bikes around the neighborhoods? I was going door-to-door selling things after Kindergarden through the 4th grade (6 to 10) back home in Utah, and after moving to Portland, along with the berry harvest and delivering newspapers, I also had a pretty good list of law mowing/yard care jobs in the neighborhood.

Had to have some $$$ to buy .22 LR ammunition for ground squirrel hunting out at the dairy (more bike peddling), and for snow cones and other snacks when I was playing Little League baseball. Most kids today don't know the meaning of the word 'work' and are too lazy playing games or whatever they do to stay out of sight. If they want something, 'mommy and daddy' buy it for them.

It's not just the schools but any playground, from a tot-lot to a sports field to a big open grassy park that used to be so welcoming to people on fair weather days, but they are so often empty, even in the summer and other pleasant times. Just nobody out spending enough time doing any activities to generate coin and other pocket loss. In my earlier days of detecting, from '65 through the '70s, it wasn't uncommon to find other pocket-carried items in the playgrounds, such as pocket knives, and in the past too many decades they forbid younger folks to bring them to school.

It's so true, the once popular public places for human activity are sort of ignored, thus there is very little activity to generate coin loss to replenish those woodchip, sandy box or grassy areas. That was one of several reasons that drove me to dedicate more of my detecting time to either Relic Hunting old places, or finding urban renovation work, older and out-of-use vacant lots, or looking for the overlooked and over-grown fringes of old parks and such.

Still, I am hoping to hit enough of the places that used to produce for me before I moved away from the Portland area about 6 years ago and try to score in the 100 to 300 coins-per-day average when I make it over there. Way short of what we could find fifty years ago, but '69 was in the glory days for metal detecting.

I'll know for sure by Wednesday afternoon if I get a brake job done to make that trip, but I am desperately planning on it.

Monte

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zincoln 251 January 20, 2019 07:31AM

Schools have been 'cashless' a lot longer than that.

Monte 197 January 20, 2019 03:55PM

Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?

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