This will be my last substantive post on this blog, for reasons described here. As I considered the kind responses I received to my wondering how to deal with this blog taking up so much of my non-work life, I realized that cutting back or focusing on more specific topics really wouldn’t get it done. It would still just be saying the same things I’ve already said again and again over and over, and I couldn’t justify that use of time compared to the other things I can be doing. If only People or someone had come through to subsidize my Jamie Lynn Spears coverage so I could quit the day job . . . . So I’m setting a monthly post record and then taking off before I start looking like Willie Mays his last year with the Mets or that last season of “Friends.”
I don’t have words good enough to tell you how much I appreciate the generous response to what we’ve done here and the people I wouldn’t know to look at them but whom I consider friends as a result of contacts here. For those of you interested in specific topics or blogs that I have cited here, tomorrow I will post the sites and their links that I hit each evening to find things to write about. I’ll leave it up for you to use that post as your blog roll to those topics if you’d like. Feel free to pass around the "So You Want . . ." readings on the right if someone sounds like they could use them. I’ll be posting occasionally on books, movies, tv (mainly telenovelas . . . seriously) at my son’s blog, and I plan to keep trying to help NIC’s Corrections Community Correctional Research Roundtable get off the ground now and then if you’d like to stay in touch.
Thank you again for coming here. I hope that it has never been too aggravating. If I can ever help in any way (short of lending money), please let me know. Just because I’m moving on from sentencing doesn’t mean I don’t want the best things to happen. If/when the day comes when we move corrections sentencing from the early 1990s rhetoric and ideas that all sides here are still glued to and that technology and other countries are moving on from, maybe I’ll be able to contribute something substantive and we can start this again when there may be an actual payoff I can justify. As it is now, though, it’s time to pay off other things. This weekend my wife and I will start reading a novel together.
It's been real and it's been fun. I truly do wish you the best.