A product, not the goal.
When it comes to endings, there’s a million approaches to take. Do you conclude gently with something sweet and soft, or do you go out guns blazing? Will you give the people what they want, or lead them into ambiguity to discover their own meaning? A conclusion is the final punctuation on a work, and if you do it right, the ending can be its most memorable component.
In my opinion, the art of the farewell was mastered in 1990, when Joe Dante made hundreds of Gremlin puppets perform a show-stopping rendition of Sinatra’s “New York, New York” at the conclusion of Gremlins 2. I would love for my sign-off to reach those same heights, but there’s only so much one man can do in a WordPress document. So to that end, I simply say:
Writing and producing Duke Nukem jokes for Video Game Choo Choo has comprised some of the best years of my life, and the people I’ve met and friends I’ve made are ones I can’t imagine leaving any time soon. Unfortunately, as I move through life and make plans, I realize the place I’m heading doesn’t necessarily feature a career in the games industry. Thus, I’m stepping away to move my efforts elsewhere.
The site’s grown astronomically in the last year (with little involvement from me anyway), and I’m thrilled to see where it goes in the future. I’ll always consider my work for Chooch an amazing opportunity, and I thank John for taking a chance on me a few years back. In the end, I can’t wait to-
I never finished what?
A Week of Garfield?
This is never going to end, is it?