April 2, 2012

The Last Goodbye

I've been writing here nearly every day for almost nine years. Nine straight years. Oddly, I haven't run out of much to say. Until now.

After nine years, it's time for me to say goodbye.

There are any number of reasons but first and foremost, life is changing and so are my priorities. Several months ago, Beth and I pooled all the resources we could scrounge up and bought a business. Actually, the remains of a failed restaurant in a questionable part of town. But after months of hard work, more paint that you can imagine and some strong, industrial pesticide, we're opening the area's first vegetarian soul food restaurant next month. In anticipation, I quit my job last week. Sure, the economy sucks but through the past year talking with people I know we're filling a strong niche and have every chance of being successful.

I've also spent the last several weeks practicing with Turn It On Again, a Genesis tribute band founded by a good high school buddy of mine. We're trying to capture the essence of Genesis' shows from 1978 to 1992 and are confident that there's an audience out there. We played our inaugural show last weekend to dozens and are booked into the area's prestigious Larry's Rib Joint in early May before playing the grand opening of the new restaurant. Look us up if you're in town.

Before I sign off, I want to thank you all for reading. You've invested hours, days, months over the course of these nine years following my ramblings, well-written or not. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you'll keep up with me on Facebook and maybe drop by for some vegetarian soul food the next time you're in town.

Okay, so I realize that it's April 2nd, not actual April Fool's Day but I don't write on Sundays. It's god's day. I rested.

Posted by Chris at April 2, 2012 6:38 AM

Thank goodness your calendar is flexible and this is an April Fool posting.

Posted by: Nancy A at April 2, 2012 7:34 AM

You had me until Soul Food...then I checked the date!

Posted by: Lisa at April 2, 2012 7:47 AM

Ditto what Lisa said. My heart jumped a bit!

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 2, 2012 8:00 AM

Whew! What would I do?

Posted by: Maribeth at April 2, 2012 8:26 AM

Dude - you almost had me!! Good one! Hope you had a great weekend :)

Posted by: Sue R at April 2, 2012 8:40 AM

OMG!!! One of your lurkers had to come out of hiding to tell you that you REALLY got me :)

Posted by: Kat at April 2, 2012 9:02 AM

And this right here is why I've been reading since (almost) the beginning. Never change, Chris! :)

Posted by: Susan at April 2, 2012 9:19 AM

DUDE - you scared me.

Posted by: Dawn at April 2, 2012 9:20 AM

Your last line reminded me of this:


Posted by: Kaz at April 2, 2012 9:30 AM

Man, those first few sentences had me panicking. Glad you're not going away!

Posted by: Erin at April 2, 2012 9:40 AM

Snarfed my coffee reading your post this morning...... well done Cactus... well done....
BTW glad ya aren't going away. Would be truly bummed. Have a great week!

Posted by: Mutt at April 2, 2012 9:58 AM

Good gravy. I just about had an infarction. That's just not nice.

Posted by: Kim at April 2, 2012 10:05 AM

Still almost missed it! So upset since I have been reading since almost day 1 and don't know what I'd do without my daily dose of Cactus!!

Posted by: Krush at April 2, 2012 10:46 AM


Posted by: Jess at April 2, 2012 10:49 AM

I read the first paragraph, my heart jumped (which is weird) and then I remembered I was reading YOUR blog and you always do April Fool's so I skipped to the bottom. Ha ha!

Posted by: Heather at April 2, 2012 10:55 AM

I was with you unitl "I quit my job...." Now I have a yen for some vegetarian soul food though. Which, this far west of the Mississippi, is NOT happening.

Posted by: rebecca at April 2, 2012 11:22 AM

So, no restaurant?

Posted by: Jon (was) in Michigan at April 2, 2012 12:06 PM

You had me. You totally had me!

Posted by: Mindy at April 2, 2012 12:16 PM

Chris! God! I forgot that you do this. I forget EVER DANG YEAR! You scared the bejezus outta me!

Posted by: Dorkaleena at April 2, 2012 12:48 PM

I forgot you do April Fools' posts too, but I was all excited for you and Beth!

Posted by: Brooke at April 2, 2012 1:34 PM

Woah. You had me scared there!

Posted by: ashley at April 2, 2012 1:36 PM

I clicked over from Google Reader part way through reading this, because I wanted to say goodbye and to wish you good luck. You totally got me.

Posted by: Carmen at April 2, 2012 2:26 PM


Posted by: bouncy at April 2, 2012 4:24 PM

You almost had me until the Genesis tribute band and Larry's Rib Joint. Happy Post-April Fool's to you too!

Posted by: Heather at April 2, 2012 4:34 PM

Damnit. I think I fall for it every damn time. LOL

Posted by: Manda at April 2, 2012 5:42 PM

Genesis tribute band?

That said, like others before me, I totally had to click over from my feed reader - well played, sir. Well played.

Posted by: kate at April 2, 2012 5:51 PM

You got me. I was just about to comment and ask how I'd follow you on Facebook if I didn't know your real name. Good one! It's the only April Fool joke played on me this year.

Posted by: robin at April 2, 2012 5:53 PM

You got me! And I was very upset! I'm glad it's only an April Fools' joke.

Posted by: NancyB at April 2, 2012 8:20 PM

ahaha, you get me every year :)

Posted by: kati at April 2, 2012 10:45 PM

I will miss you.

Posted by: Celtic-Knot at April 3, 2012 5:37 AM

Ok, this proves how NOT awake I am...my heart dropped a bit and I even got a little sad. Glad it's not true!

Posted by: bacioni at April 3, 2012 10:31 AM

Well that would've sucked! Glad it was all a trick!

Posted by: Dianna at April 3, 2012 5:54 PM

I was actually thinking, hey, I will be in DC in May! I can totally go to Larry's Rib Joint. You suck, man.

Posted by: Candy at April 4, 2012 11:58 AM

Oh wow. I REALLY thought you were serious. Dramatic life change! But if anyone can do it- yall can.

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