The time has come, the Walrus said...

Friday, August 10, 2018

The time has come, the Walrus said...

"...To talk of many things:
Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax –
Of cabbages – and kings –
And why the sea is boiling hot –
And whether pigs have wings."

(Or, "The Not-So-Long Goodbye.")

With a modest detour into the wonderful realm of Lewis Carroll, the blogger announces the upcoming cessation of OtBB, which should go dark on or about September 6th, the 11th anniversary of its quixote launch upon an unprepared Westhampton Beach and its environs.

That launch was with purpose, and that purpose having been served it's well nigh time to leave the digital stage and embark upon my final journey of watching "Judge Judy" and timeless re-runs of "Law & Order," pausing only to lift my legs when my wife insists so she can vacuum my corner of the living room.

It's been a good run for me, smiting some ogres, exposing some dark areas surrounding Six Corners as well as some nefarious goings-on there and, most importantly, keeping my writing chops intact.

Thanks to those who encouraged this endeavor, and especially those who supplied tips, insights and special information throughout the past 132 months... couldn't've done it nearly as well without such impetus.

And most of all, Jeanne, who through it all has not only encouraged me but by wifely wiles, kept me at it a full year longer that I had intended.

O, and one last thing for those who have never figured it out, I'm about Westhampton Beach.


1. Robert Strebel said...

Your thought-provoking commentary will be greatly missed.

Many Thanks.

And thank you, kind sir!

2. Ray Overton said...

Dean, the back and forth has always been challenging and fun. At times, we may not have agreed, but I always recognized your concern for the Westhampton community. Between the Dean Speir byline and the more famous Waldo Lydecker byline, I've probably been reading your columns for most of my life. I agree, your comments will be missed.

Well, Ray, thank you... not certain how "Waldo" would be "more famous." After all, I killed him off in 1991 after his 24-year presence, while I've been around for eight decades.

3. Michael Jacobs said...

Dean... your insight, wit and undeniable writing chops will be missed.

Thank you, kind sir! Nice to be appreciated.
– Dean

4. John Roland said...

Not only thought-provoking, but entertaining and informative as well. My guess is the local government will be glad to see you go.

A previous administration would have stood and cheered eight-nine years ago, but I hold little brief with the current one. But a nice encomium from an old pro. Thanks Johnny!

5. Beth Flanagan said...

While I didn't agree with every position you took, it's been fun reading you – thank you.

You've been a wonderfully supportive reader from the jump. Thank you, dear lady!

6. Elyse Richman said...

I'm Shocked! We have become friends over the years, even though we have not always seen eye to eye, but always fun talking to you over an ice cream in my alley, time for all of us to enjoy what we have, while we have it, I will see you around town.

Indeed! Thanks for your periodic support, as well.
– Dean

7. Jan Burden said...

Really sorry to see my favorite blogger of all call it a day. I know you put in a lot more time and effort into what appears to be effortless expressions and observations. I will not only miss all the wonderful subjects that jumped from the page in your terrific writing, I will miss your honesty which left no fool spared by your unblinking eye. Good work, Dean.

[gulp!] Thanks, Jan! High praise, indeed! And thanks for keeping be honest.

8. Barbara Ramsay said...

My dearest darling Dean...

Yes, you will be missed but pleased to hear you have more time for "Judge Judy!" Hugs to you and Jeanne. Hope to be up there this Fall. Will keep in touch.

Will have a fire on the hearth for you... see ya then!

9. Dave Reilly said...

Hasty la vista, Baby!

That's it? That's all you got?

10. Jeanne Speir said...

[Sigh] At least we have Facebook... something in a Patch, p'haps? How about a comeback? As AI is giving us our "news," your irascible humanity is all the more acutely absent.

"Patch?" Sure, about the time you set up a "pain management clinic" in an Airstream on Old Riverhead Road just to serve the oxy addicts!

11. Marc H said...

Have you thought of allowing someone else to take over your always interesting blog? Many of us need a regular feed of WHB news.

Never occurred to me!
– Dean

12. WR Moore said...

Gonna miss you, Dean; not gonna try to figure out the amount of time involved, but your overall efforts were worth it to those who read them.

I would suggest you be more active than just shifting your feet for the vacuum.

O, I will, I will... she'll just wack me over the head with one of the appliance attachments if I don't keep movin'.

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