Depression and the dog days of summer…

Wish I had something exciting to share with you all, but just do not. We had had some rain over the weekend, and enough that it might make a few old spots  “new” again. All I need to do is get excited about it. No need to go into how much I miss the Northeast. Have said it way too many times here, and I am  beginning to think it’s an excuse for my not getting off my ass and getting outside.

Next month it Will be a year since I lost my job at Border’s, and I miss it a great deal. While I only worked part time at the end, I was dealing with books, writer’s,  publishers, and I was communicating with the public. Something I have not done since. Being retired is nice, but when you get up each day and have nothing to do or have  nothing to motivate you, it gets old real fast. Add in taking a zillion pills for ailments you never had before, and it’s damn depressing.

So why am I sharing all this? Because I need to get excited about something, and if you all would send me twenty bucks (cash, no checks), it would be a start. My  address is……



After many years in this field I have come to the conclusion that the only way we can fight city hall is with a strong national organization. Yes, we have  a few now, but we need ONE to do the talking and ONE to do the fighting. I have also come to the conlcusion that for this group to ever be effective it has to be a full time job for them with “paid” employees.

We can continue on as we have in the past, and attempt to right the wrongs with emails, letters, phone calls, etc., but it seems to be a long, drawn out, and  mostly ineffective process. Yes, we win one or two here and there, but we also lose far to many. Frankly we need to put our money where our mouth is, and by that  I mean, how much are you willing to pay to have such an organization fighting for you?

I say this with no agenda. I don’t care which of the main groups out there take on this task. Just that it has to be full time, and it must be fully funded.  So tell me, how much are you willing to pay, to have this group represent you? An NRA membership is $25 per year. Are you willing to shell out that much? I say  “that much” because I suspect a lot of you would bitch at that, but hey it’s a little over $2.00 per month…. Likewise the metal detector manufacturers would have to  pony up too.

If you are reading this, and have an opinion or a suggestion, go to my blog and leave a comment. I believe it’s time  for all of us to put up or shut up.



Suspect most of you are familiar with Butch Holcombe’s American Digger Magazine as well  as his Monday night Relic Roundup broadcasts. If not, be sure to check it out. Lots of interesting topics, guest speakers, and you can also call in with questions.  Tonight’s topic for instance is “Which is more important: having the latest greatest metal detector or just making the best with what you’ve got?”

I highly recommend Butch’s magazine, and his online show. Do yourself a favor and give it a look-see and listen-to. You won’t be sorry….



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3 responses to “Depression and the dog days of summer…

  1. wintersen

    Day after day, day after day,
    We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
    As idle as a painted ship
    Upon a painted ocean.

    You’re beginning to act – and sound – like the Ancient Mariner, Dick.
    Snap out of it or I’ll slap ya!

  2. Dennis

    Mr. Stout, after 22 years serving this country, I was medically retired. Can’t work do to ailments. Not quite fifty and I take enough pills to choke a dinosaur. What keeps me going is realizing there are folks out there a lot worse off than me. Children with cancer, elderly who can’t even move, people being shot at and in too many instances folks being killed. When alone, it is difficult to put a happy face on it. When around others, I smile and ask them how they feel and tell them I am doing great no matter how I am doing. Positive attitude goes a long way and seems to help others. You are an inspiration to many, do not let them down or yourself.
    Semper Fidelis

    • Thanks Dennis, you are so right, and I need to get slapped sometimes (as Mr. Winter suggests). I do tend to get down and depressed at times, when in fact I am one very lucky individual and have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you again for the much needed reminder.

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