For some reason, I started my time here on The Range with a post about the Insane Clown Posse, so it seems to make as much sense as anything else to end my time here with an embedded video from one of the group's thoroughly terrible cover tracks from the bonus album Smothered, Covered and Chunked, out today. You probably shouldn't press play. It's really awful, but I try to keep some sort of narrative thread through my work.
Anyhow, it's been an exciting 673 days and 2446 posts for me here at the Weekly, but tomorrow I'll be somewhere else, and in a few weeks, someone else will be the proverbial captain of the ship. A sincere thanks to nearly all of you who left comments, shared our posts on Facebook or Twitter, who entered contests, or who mentioned that they enjoyed something I wrote.
In some ways, writing for a living online has robbed me of some of my ability to have human emotions about my work, but there have been some great moments for me here and I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of people who give me great hope about the city I live in. Then again, all of that is generally balanced by someone leaving a comment suggesting that I "shove a bat up [my] ass."
I won't miss waking up to some guy leaving fifty comments in all caps about how the city of Tucson killed his dog, Suki, the snarky remarks from the typo police, or people who feel the need to comment on posts about a concert that the band mentioned sucks, but tomorrow I'll probably see an amusing news story about robots or hear about something cool happening in town that I'll want to share and I won't really have a place to do so. It'll be weird, but I'm sure the internet could also use a break from my opinions.
Most of all, thanks to everyone I've worked with here, both the staff in the office and everyone who contributed to The Range. See you around town.
Joe Garcia of the Morrison Institute presents "Dropped: Latino Education and Arizona's Economic Future," at a luncheon… More