Turning 80…

Well today I reached the ripe ole age of 80, and as Mickey Mantle once said “if I had known I’d live this long I have taken better care of myself”.

Not sure if it has anything to do with the tornado but for the past five years I’ve been crumbling at a record pace.  The extremities, as in arms/legs/fingers, seem to be getting more useless by the day (the other extremity has been on a vacation for a while now🤔). I knew aging would bring on limitations but having to give up the guitar and metal detecting in the same year is crushing. You’ll read my obit the day I can’t lift a wine glass!

Earlier today someone asked “so what does 80 feel like?” I replied “like 90”!  Obviously I have no idea what 90 feels like but given how I feel at the moment I  really don’t want to know. Then again I probably won’t have to worry about it anyway.  Most of my days now are spent saying things like “damn, that hurts” and “sorry but I think I will pass on that”.  And please, don’t bother with the ole “you’re only as old as you feel” BS. I feel old, okay?

All of this pity me aside, I’m well aware that things could be worse and very, very thankful for the health I do have.

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”  – Andy Rooney

So how am I going to celebrate the big 80?  By doing what I do every day now – waking up and taking the day one minute at a time. Don’t have the stamina to do a whole lot and I don’t have the shekels to buy something grand, so der ya go!


What do I miss? I miss a lot but mainly  –

I miss the days when you had a choice of at least ten real, flip the pages treasure magazines…

I miss the days when a digger was right there in your tool box and when you could locate your target without investing $150 of your hard earned money…

I miss the days when knocking on a door was easy and when home owners weren’t worried about getting sued…

I miss the days when buying and selling coins was as easy as G, F, VF & Unc.

I miss the days when far fetched bullshit was shot down at club meetings and not spread all over the world via social media…

I miss all the folks who were part of the FMDAC back in the formative days. Damn we were good!

FMDAC delegates drove many miles each month to take care of business (Haddon Heights, NJ, mid-80’s)

I miss being in France…

I miss the days when you went to the ballpark and those in attendance watched the game instead of staring at their phone…

I miss the days when music wasn’t in the cloud. When you could walk into a record store and buy a real hard, LP record…

What do I regret? I regret –

Not taking better care of myself physically…

Moving to Texas in 1988 .  Just not a well thought out (life altering) decision…


Thanks to Peter Tompa for the following article – tell me your thoughts!



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48 responses to “Turning 80…

  1. Char Overturf

    Well a very HappyHappy Birthday to you, enjoy God’s bountiful blessings this day!


  2. Roger Barbrick

    Happy Birthday Dick! Here’s to many more wine glass lifts for you in the future 🙂

  3. Tony

    Happy 80th Birthday! I hope you celebrate with some nice Vino!

  4. Irish metal detecting

    Happy Birthday from Ireland, Mr Stout. I’ve frequented your blog for years now as it is always good for a smile.

    If you find your new age hard to swallow, just add some wine.

  5. John Hooker

    Happy 80th Dick!

    Damn the aches and pains — my suggestion for the day:
    a nice Cab. Sauv. and Black Forest cake!



  6. Happy 80th. Have two fingers for me… ‘II’ that way, not that way ‘=’ (Geddit?)
    Really like the New Detectorists…

  7. Mel Parker

    Happy Birthday Dick, you look great for 80 years young. Our paths have crossed many times in the past, Kenny Wrays and other places. Take care. Mel Parker

  8. John

    Happy Birthday Dick from Italy! I hope you are still lifting that glass of wine for many more years to come.

  9. Allyson Cohen

    Happy Birthday!

  10. Daryl Townley

    Congratulations! I hope I look as good as you when I reach 80 in the next decade.

  11. Bob

    Dick. I will catch up to you 38 days. Agree should of taken more care of myself in younger years. Raise a glass of ((not water) For the age milestone.

  12. danhughes1

    Well, you HAVE outlived 29 presidents, including the biggies – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, both Johnsons, both Roosevelts, both Harrisons, and even Ike.

    Onward and upward!

  13. John Devereux

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Dick, happy birthday to you.
    Many happy returns from a very sunny Eastbourne.

  14. Joe

    Happy Birthday, D.S.! You’re looking good in that Simplex hat! I myself would be proud to hit 80, but if you’re feeling a bit blue, keep the following in mind…

    At least you’re not as old as you will be next year.

    Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have the most, live the longest.

    You’re not “old”. The correct term is “vintage”.

    They once asked George Burns what it was like having sex at age 99. He replied; “Like trying to shoot pool with a rope”.

    Lastly, the 3 Golden Rules of Getting Older…

    Never pass a bathroom, don’t waste a h*rd-on, and never trust a fart.

    Thanks for giving us detectorists a great blog, and I wish you many, many more birthdays to come, Dick.

    • “You’re not “old”. The correct term is “vintage”.” – about as vintage as the wine I drink. Thanks Joe. Hope you’re back on your feet…

  15. Butch Holcombe

    Happy birthday! It’s good to have another year above ground!

  16. Paul Tainter

    I will always remember when you attended the TREASURE EXPO’S at Fremont, Neb. and the gang would end up at T-J’S WATERING HOLE across the street from RESEARCH
    UNLIMITED. Those my friend were times to be REMEMBERED…

  17. John Taylor

    ahhh! there he is,a man resplendent in his ‘simple” x hat! at peace with himself. a very happy birthday mr. richard “2 -jabs” stout. you deserve a “3 finger” taste today. your call!

    j.”2-stabs” t.

  18. wendell ellerbee

    happy 80th birthday and wish you many more.

  19. Ed Brozyna

    Happy Birthday Dick……..may you have many more and may they all be free of aches and pains.

  20. First, happy birthday. You don’t look a day over 70! Hope you had a good day!

    Very thought provoking for this youngun. It makes me think about the things I miss. I do miss browsing the record store and buying a cassette of my favorite band. I miss the time when radio stations had real disc jockeys who played their own selection rather than what is on that media outlets programming. I miss hanging out with friends and just talking about what ever came to mind. Pretty much, I miss the days before the internet took over. I miss the smell of an actual book store. I miss my rotary phone.

    What do I regret. Not using proper hearing protection when I was younger. Not listening to my elders who told me that I’m not super human. There are many more things too. I turned 46 last month. But there are still things in my life I can improve.

    • “I miss the smell of an actual book store….” I miss it too Matt. I worked for Borders for 20 years. I have to agree too about the internet. Despite it’s bug plusses it’s taken the human element out of so many things.

      I wish I were 46 again!

  21. Packrat

    HAPPY Birthday Dick. I agree that I miss the dame things you do. This is my 50th year detecting and I just returned from a hunt Memorial weekend where I won over 60 silver coins and a Garrett AT PRO Guess I still have a little juice left

    • Thanks Larry. If there were competitive TH’ing teams you would be the first draft pick for sure. Happy and jealous too that you’re still at it.

      Hi to all in the great northwest.

  22. Frank Martinez Jr

    Happy Birthday Dick, Wishing you the very best, Your articles that you wrote were genuine, I have enjoyed reading them.

    Best Regards
    Frank Martinez

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