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No, there’s really no reason for depression…really

January 26, 2006

Did you know that Jan. 24 was the "most depressing day of the year?"

Well, don't feel bad if you didn't. For that matter, don't feel bad if you do. Just don't get depressed, all right?

No, someone along the line with some sort of Ph.D. in psychology or whatever determined that Jan. 24 was the most depressing day of the year. Supposedly, that's because of the Christmas bills coming in, the days are short, the weather is bad, taxes are coming up, spring is months away, blah, blah, blah, blah.

You know what? I'm not buying it. As my good wise friend said when she was the first to bring it up Tuesday, it's a bunch of psychobabble. Very well put. I did say I'd recalled that last year the "most depressing day" was on a Monday. Well, that certainly fit and actually made it make a little more sense. But, it was Tuesday this year.

I didn't think much more of it until I went to one of Baldwin's finest establishments and one of my favorite sales clerks asked me, "Do you know that today is the most depressing day of the year?"

I said, well, yes, actually, I do. But, as I had pointed out before and did to her as well, it's the Monday thing. She said, "You're right, it was on Monday last year." Every Monday can be depressing and last year's sure was. But, I wasn't depressed on "the" day this year.

Oh, there's plenty to be depressed about. In addition to those "factual" items for depression, there's the war, the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina, politics in general and enough work for 25 hour days. At least.

And then there's the rip-roaring start to Baldwin's New Year. First, we can't drink the water without boiling it because of a computer software malfunction. Well, that's where the fingers got pointed anyway.

Then, in typical fashion, after the city has taken a beating for something going wrong, the school district chimes right in and steals that spotlight right back. We've got a convicted felon loose at the high school with a master key. Time to start the finger pointing there, again, too.

This latest case of find the scapegoat has taken the whole situation beyond sanity. We've watched this unfold way, way too many times over the years. And, it reminds me of a quote from one of our high school administrators that a friend told me about after a situation there this fall.

"That's the way we do it here," the administrator told the man, who had a simple problem with a simple solution, but was told that's "not how we do it here." Unbelievable. I still laugh when I think about that one. Unfortunately, that's been the case too many times.

But, I'm not going to get depressed about it. No, no. I've long ago come to the realization that, yes, indeed, if it can be done wrong here it will be. "That's the way we do it here."

No, I've turned over a new leaf and I'm not taking that answer anymore.

That's kind of where I'm at with the "most depressing day" deal. No, I'm not buying into that anymore either.

It's just like the clerk said when she mentioned the "day." She said, "I've got the door open to the place and it's the middle of January. I ain't depressed. This is great."

Absolutely. Look on the bright side.

I had a good taste of that the other day while checking out the fish salvage at Douglas County State Fishing Lake. It was into the second week and the "fishermen" from the bank weren't catching anything but shad while they were snagging.

But, there was a canoe out on the lake and when they returned to drag their vessel through the muck and mud, I asked them if they'd had any luck. One of them hollered back, "Yeah, I caught a 22-pound grass carp."

Well, I'm sorry if the purest of my fishing history of fly fishing and bass fishing didn't get a real chuckle out of that. That's certainly something to be proud of, I thought. But, he certainly was and that's all that matters. No depression there.

I even think Jayhawk fans have recovered from the back-to-back losses to rivals Kansas State and Missouri. At least for now.

No, there's no reason for depression ... unless you're a Denver Bronco fan. HaHa.

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