By David Dean
For those of you who have been with SleuthSayers for a while you've seen this before: I tender my resignation, it's accepted rather too quickly, everybody has a round of high-fives. Then, before you've had time to clear away the empties and dump the ash trays, I'm back; cardboard suitcase in hand. Well, not this time--this time it's farewell, my lovelies.
Sometimes you just know when it's time for a graceful exit, and this is that time for me. My years with SleuthSayers have been a great learning experience and I've enjoyed every minute of them. The staff at HQ, Leigh, Velma, and Rob have been terrific and whenever I needed technical assistance it was forthcoming without additional charge. In fact, during my time amongst the cast and crew of SleuthSayers I've come to consider them (you all) as friends. Virtual friends in most cases, though it has been my pleasure to meet a number of our contributors in the flesh, but still friends, or at least fellow travelers. After all, some of history's great relationships have been those of pen pals, and so it feels to me here.
When I look back over my contributions I find they fall into but a few categories--a reflection of my limitations, I'm afraid: Police procedure, New Jersey, Native American history, Catholicism, a smattering of historical murder investigations, and a bit now and then on writing. In any event, you've had the benefit of my wit and wisdom on these subjects and I pray that no one was irreparably harmed by the exposure. If you feel you may have been, Velma entertains all such complaints and will be happy to hear yours. I understand that she takes such calls strictly between the hours of 11:39 and 11:41 AM on alternate Tuesdays of 31 day months.
For my part, I will be spending all this new free time waiting outside my local watering hole. There's a sign in the window that reads, "Free Whiskey Tomorrow!" Everyday I return, but the barkeep just points at the sign and shakes his head. You can see why I have to prioritize--sooner, or later, tomorrow will come! And I intend to be there with an empty wallet and a full glass.