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.
Posted by Chris at April 2, 2012 6:38 AM
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.
Thank goodness your calendar is flexible and this is an April Fool posting.
You had me until Soul Food...then I checked the date!
Ditto what Lisa said. My heart jumped a bit!
Dude - you almost had me!! Good one! Hope you had a great weekend :)
OMG!!! One of your lurkers had to come out of hiding to tell you that you REALLY got me :)
And this right here is why I've been reading since (almost) the beginning. Never change, Chris! :)
Your last line reminded me of this:
Man, those first few sentences had me panicking. Glad you're not going away!
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!
Good gravy. I just about had an infarction. That's just not nice.
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!!
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!
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.
You had me. You totally had me!
Chris! God! I forgot that you do this. I forget EVER DANG YEAR! You scared the bejezus outta me!
I forgot you do April Fools' posts too, but I was all excited for you and Beth!
Woah. You had me scared there!
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.
You almost had me until the Genesis tribute band and Larry's Rib Joint. Happy Post-April Fool's to you too!
Damnit. I think I fall for it every damn time. LOL
Genesis tribute band?
That said, like others before me, I totally had to click over from my feed reader - well played, sir. Well played.
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.
You got me! And I was very upset! I'm glad it's only an April Fools' joke.
ahaha, you get me every year :)
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!
Well that would've sucked! Glad it was all a trick!
I was actually thinking, hey, I will be in DC in May! I can totally go to Larry's Rib Joint. You suck, man.
Oh wow. I REALLY thought you were serious. Dramatic life change! But if anyone can do it- yall can.
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