In light of some recent professional developments, I’m sorry to announce this will be my last blog entry at TA-dot-org for the foreseeable future.
I accepted a job with a company that has a relationship with the Timbers. As a result, my ability to write in this forum without any kind of filter other than my own will become hindered. I don’t have very many standards when it comes to writing and entertainment in general, but one standard that I do hold high is my ability to say pretty much whatever I want within this forum. The 107IST Board has been absolutely amazing in allowing me to do this, even after occasions where something I wrote might have put them in an awkward position. Not once did I ever hear “hey, can you not say that again?” They trusted me to write and post my opinions in very raw form, all without insisting on being part of the editorial process. That’s some major freedom, and I’ll always be grateful.
Rather than continue to write under the weight of worrying about crossing lines, entering grey areas, etc., I figure it’s best to just leave the stage and let the next person take the mic. I’ve had more than my fair share of fun here, including some major highlights such as*:
- Trolling other Supporters Groups
- Calling out n00bs, old timers, scalpers, spit-swappers, and Canadians
- Being labeled a fascist by Portland Mercury readers
- Lusting over Old Navy and Red Lobster in Seattle
- Seeing Deadspin write about my “Sober Saturday” piece, to which Stumptown Footy wrote about Deadspin’s piece about my piece, to which Deadspin wrote about Stumptown Footy’s piece about Deadspin’s piece about my piece**
Despite getting an email notice for EVERY comment that was filed on my blog entries, which essentially forced me to read every submitted reply as part of the moderation process, I had far more laughs than groans doing this. Perhaps one day I can return to this forum if/when circumstances allow. Until then, you can follow me at my locked*** Twitter account, where I manage to write things that are even stupider than what I post here.
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*links purposely left out so you can dig around and give TA-dot-org some web hits. Be resourceful, dammit!
**ironically, I spent Sober Saturday flying to PDX from the east coast, drink(s) in hand. #TrollTollPaid
This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the 107ist or the TA.