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Housekeeping: Man Down

TTAG’s Managing Editor Dan Zimmerman has been felled by a kidney stone so big his doctor mistook it for a glacial erratic. Dan’s wife and agent provocateur [not shown] reports that our highest (not to mention only) paid employee is resting comfortably, drifting in and out of consciousness whilst riding the dragon. We await the Obamacare Death Panel’s final verdict. Meanwhile, please join me in wishing the most sarcastic writer in the universe a speedy recovery. [NB: if a Rhode Island girl can claim universal sex appeal, Dan can take inter-Galactic snark honors.] Even in his drug-addled haze Dan the man’s plan is to recover in time to make the SHOT show. Whadda guy. Take you time Dan. Rest well. Make it happen.


  1. avatar Moonshine says:

    Best wishes, Dan. Enjoy the dragon ride. 😉

  2. avatar mike0101 says:

    Hey Dan, I have done the kidney stone thing and it is unpleasant. Morphine will be your friend. Best of luck.

  3. avatar Rad Man says:

    Get healthy Dan and come back as the lean mean fighting machine you were meant to be.

  4. avatar Anmut says:

    I’m calling for an immediate ban on all kidney stones.

    1. avatar Larry says:

      Funny comment

    2. avatar Rich says:

      Nah, you just need to ban high capacity kidneys that can hold more than ten stones.

      1. avatar RJOGuillory says:

        …that is funny….Ha!


        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  5. avatar Aharon says:

    Get well Dan. Remember the hospital rule of thumb for middle-aged male patients: the hotter the nurse the more she desires you.

  6. avatar barnslayer says:

    Best wishes on your recovery. Doesn’t sound like fun. BTW, in the photo, there’s an Elvis impersonator on the right but on the left…. is that Nicolas Cage?

  7. avatar Curzen says:

    A real man would just drink some bourbon before cutting the kidney stone out with a bowie knife himself and not succumb to the communist in chief’s anti American social health care.

  8. avatar Matt in FL says:

    But who will I email when I get inexplicably caught in the spam filter?

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        I know, I know. 🙂

        I just usually email Dan because that address is subject to the “hundreds of emails” you spoke of yesterday.

        Hopefully Dan will be back on his feet soon, and for reasons that have nothing to do with me.

        1. avatar Sanchanim says:

          I think Robert, and Dan get hundreds and hundreds of emails… 😉

  9. avatar Patrick Shockley says:

    Get well soon Dan.

  10. avatar Pascal says:

    Having had to go through a stone myself, I have empathy for your problem — may it pass soon!

  11. avatar RJOGuillory says:

    …funny that they refer to it as a “stone”….anything that takes that much pain-killer should be called….I don’t know….a “boulder” at least…eh?

    That doesn’t have much a medical ring to it, does it?

    Kidney Stone vs. Kidney Boulder….?

    The latter sounds like a place to get a $10.00 hot-dog or something..?

    ..well, feel better before Obamacare bans pain medication….


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  12. avatar Larry says:


    Get better soon. We need you back in the fight. God speed.

  13. avatar Avid Reader says:


    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Robert: extra credit for introducing a moderately obscure (as far as general use) geologic term to a health discussion on TTAG.

  14. avatar BrianS says:

    “whilst riding the dragon”

    Doesn’t that mean he’s shooting heroin?

  15. avatar g says:

    Kidney stones… yikes. Rest well, Dan!

  16. avatar Run4 says:

    My dad got bad kidney stones a few times too. Feel better, man, and take care.

  17. avatar Lance says:

    Recover I pray for your recovery!

  18. avatar speedracer5050 says:

    Been there!! Hurts like hell!! Get better soon Dan, we miss ya and Robert needs his right hand(ed) man back!!!!

  19. avatar Sanchanim says:

    We wish Dan a fast an speedy recovery.

    If by chance Dan is unable to go to the shot show, I would like to graciously volunteer my time and energy and go in his place. You know purely out of the goodness of my heart, and to help out… 😉

  20. avatar Billy Wardlaw says:

    Get well. We need all hands on deck.

  21. Such pretty colors….everywhere…and soup. It’s soup. Conduit? Pomegranate and rhombus. Mmmmm…rhombus.

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      Instant classic. Best wishes to your unwanted guest for a speedy passage.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      About 10 years ago I was hospitalised. I don’t smoke or drink and the only drugs I take are what a Dr. prescribes and when the ailment is cleared up I stop taking them.

      I tell you this as an explanation. The doctor gave me morphine. If I was to take to illegal drugs, it would be morphine. I lost a week out of my life and I still have fond memories.

  22. avatar Ralph says:

    Get well soon, Dan. We miss ya. BTW, you look great in that outfit with the feathered headdress. When did you start wearing it outside the house?

  23. avatar W C says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Dan.

  24. avatar Philthegardner says:

    I’m rooting for you Dan. Looking forward to seeing you at Vegas!

  25. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

    Good luck Dan. I know how painful that can be. I hope they keep you properly medicated. Please remember you won’t be safe to handle firearms for at least a month after you get out.

  26. avatar William says:

    Nothing wrong with a kidney stone a few hours on a jackhammer can’t fix, and Dan looks to have the physique for it.

  27. avatar Josiah Cancer says:

    Kidney stones typically leave the body by passage in the urine stream, and many stones are formed and passed without causing symptoms. If stones grow to sufficient size (usually at least 3 millimeters (0.12 in)) they can cause obstruction of the ureter. ‘-`^

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