In a week of departures, I promise not to be emotional like Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. But, unlike that rubber yellow duck at the Point of Pittsburgh, I will say something.
A lot happened the last 156 weeks, and I have written about some of those happenings: in free speech, same-sex marriage, marijuana (medical and non-medical), health care (for athletes and non-athletes), fracking, voting (for politicians, movies, and music), Native Americans today, and relocated Philadelphia art museums. I have experienced the thrill of election victories by candidates I supported. I have also experienced the agony of defeatism after Tucson AZ, Chardon OH, Aurora CO, Oak Creek WI, and Newtown CT.
The last three years have seen some colossal falls from grace in the world of sports: Joe Paterno, Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Oscar Pistorius. It has also seen some remarkable comebacks in the world of media: Keith Olbermann alone had two.
I will also have a comeback of sorts: I come back to teaching undergrads at Carnegie Mellon University’s business school starting in January after a 19-month hiatus (I will continue to teach my Disability Discrimination course this coming semester at the University of Pittsburgh Law School).
After becoming a “Community Voice” for the Post-Gazette, I signed up for Twitter. More than 8,000 tweets later, I join outgoing Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl in saying: I wish I knew how to quit you. But I am quitting Ipso Facto.
What convinced me that the time was right to leave this space? When I started writing Panic Street Lawyer, I had no idea how long I would continue to write it. As time went on, I began to think that it would take something truly monumental to occur in order for me to justify hitting the “pause” button on PSL.