It’s a cool, wet, rainy day here in Atlanta today. At times, you can barely see out the windows from our expansive view of the Perimeter Parkway.
In other words, it’s an ideal day for your final day of work at a job that you and everybody else wish could stretch a little longer.
This is the third of these goodbye letters I’ve written to my readers over the last eight-plus years. It doesn’t get any easier to write them with experience.
Again, I’m just as grateful for all of your attention over my nearly 37 years in the business.
As most of you know, our website will be shuttered on Friday. A bunch of good people who I’ve learned to call friends are all in the same boat as me. Hopefully, we’ll all be able to find our next adventure quickly and without much pain.
Joining Cox 14 months ago provided me with the excitement of a new adventure. Covering the Big 12 and having a chance to direct a talented cadre of reporters and editors was too great of a challenge to resist.
I compared it to running an expansion franchise where I could place my imprint on all things our part of the vertical did. And I’m proud to say that my guys were fantastic in their work for us.
These last 14 months have provided me with the most satisfaction of my work career, watching and working daily here in Atlanta with talented writers and editors like Matt Jennings and Shehan Jeyarajah. I’ll always be indebted to John Shinn for his tremendous coverage of all things Oklahoma during the time DieHards.com was around. The same for the people from the Austin American-Statesman during our association with them last football season.
And our breaking news guys were, great, too. Joe Buettner, Cody Daniel, Grant McGalliard, David Statman and Dean Straka all were rock stars. I’m proud that guys who worked with us previously like Hunter Cooke and Nathan Ruiz earned full-time jobs in the business. Hopefully, they learned a little with us while they were here.
My family moved here and we bought a house not too far from work. After some early potholes, we finally were finding the groove.
But life is never easy and it’s on to the next challenge.
I’ve learned some real-life lessons the last few months I never would have imagined in my previous 36 years in the business. I’d like to thank Cox for the chance to provide that learning to me.
Closer to God’s Country? You bet!
My family and I moved to Georgia for our opportunity. Don’t be surprised if we move a little closer to “God’s Country” for our next sojourn.
Hopefully, it will be far away from state income taxes and daily bumper-to-bumper traffic.
As we used to say in South Texas, Vaya con Dios.
Maybe the Griffins will be able to say that again back home, really soon.
And thanks again for everything.