Monday, October 03, 2005

The Last Post Ever

All -

When I worked at Amazon.com, the easiest way to say goodbye to a large group of people was to send a single email to everyone you knew (and in the early days, to the entire company). These emails were often funny, usually clever, and always sentimental. Every now and then a random tirade would come barreling into your inbox, spilling its guts about the injustices of the world and Amazon's nefarious scheming and evil corporate ways. These emails were usually written by people who were very upset, and instead of walking into the gentle Seattle rain with a modicum of dignity, they chose to spend their last few moments at the company venting their spleen before hitting the wet pavement in search of a new job. Those emails were funny in their own way, too.

I introduced myself to an AP Literature class today at a local high school, and for many, many reasons, this blog has to shut down. This is mostly - almost entirely - my choice, although a professor did mention the other day that there is a big debate going on in education right now about whether teachers should blog, at all, ever. Personally, I think teachers are held to a higher standard than other citizens, but that's part of the gig and we know that going into the profession. I could blog responsibly as a teacher, or as an anonymous citizen, but right now this blog is going away simply because I don't want any of my students Googling me and reading about my personal life. And if you are one of my students and have already Googled me and have found this blog, congratulations. No, you don't get extra credit.

So let's leave it at this: the classroom felt right today, more right than Amazon ever felt; I'm in the best relationship I've ever had; and the Cardinals are going to kick the shit out of the Padres on their way to a World Championship. I have no spare time thanks to class and homework, but all things being equal, life ain't bad.

Two final things: First, I invite each and every one of you to post a comment - not to blow sunshine at me, but because I'm curious to see who's been reading this. Feel free to identify yourself, or stay anonymous. Second, on the off chance that I start blogging again in another capacity, send a message via the link over there on the right-hand column (the one that says "only the cool kids leave messages"). If you choose to send an email, I will insist on knowing who you are before letting you in on whatever blog I'm writing, if I write one at all.

So long, Dearest Readership. We had a good run.

14 Comments:

Blogger malleniel said...

Hello ^-^

I saw your blog's name on the Blogger homepage [updated at ...] and was curious to take a peek at it ^-^'
-- and I must say I liked very much your "last post ever", and so I hope it is not really the last.
I will be sending you an e-mail too ^-^

Best wishes!

4:41 PM  
Blogger mary ann said...

"Feel free to identify yourself, or stay anonymous."

Paul, you've set up your Blogger account not to allow anonymous comments... Aw, this is the last time I get to tell you what silly blogging mistake you've made this time.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I'm going to miss this blog, but I understand. Happy trails, with love.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

OK, I guess this means I have to unlink you from my blog. Darn it! I've enjoyed reading what you've written, and I'll miss it in my daily schedule.

12:02 PM  
Blogger david said...

this blog inspired me to start my own.

this blog made me laugh out loud... at work, usually. we all need to laugh out loud at work.

this blog was impressively creative with its profanity.

this blog was honest.

this blog will be missed.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Leta said...

I second Leslie's comment in its entirety. "The Sun Keeps Rising" was my absolute best "next blog" click and I will miss it a lot. I understand your reasons and agree with them, but geeeeeeeezzzzzzz. Keep in touch, k?

3:44 PM  
Blogger Mags said...

Here I am, blowing sunshine up your ass. Good luck with everything, Paul.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Denja said...

As red label slides down my throat and chlorine burns my eyes, I must say that I am going to miss your postings. This was the second time I stopped into “The Sun Keeps Rising” and I should tell you it always put a smile on my face. Looking forward to working with you in class. Take care. DMP

12:10 AM  
Blogger Sir Dennis said...

Paul;

Here's some more blowin'... You inspire and entertain many with your style - both writing and personal. It's a pleasure being part of your life and having you in my life. I look forward to hearing and reading much more from you.

My best - Sir Dennis

12:37 AM  
Blogger Rosellen said...

I'm sorry to see this blog go because it opened your world to me in a way that wasn't possible before. I'll miss my daily (if not thrice-daily) check to see if you've posted a new entry, as the existence of a new posting has been a celebration at our house.

I think that you've found your voice in this blog and I hope that you'll archive the entire thing before it goes away. Someday you can use much of this for your coming of age novel.

Finally, thanks for not laughing at me when I tentatively told you that I was thinking of writing my own blog. Your comment that you've found this to be a way to improve your writing has been borne out by each new entry.

Love,
Mom

1:00 AM  
Blogger ...Abbey... said...

Hello Paul! It is a sad, sad day that I can no longer check your blog 5 times a day when I'm bored to see what humorous comments about your life you have to say. However I am far better off than most! I do get to see you every day! So we'd better continue the blog verbally and let our frustrations and good times fly! Haha here’s to bad nights at water polo, freshen ice cream, and nasty Denver dump trucks! Love ya, ~abs

7:38 AM  
Blogger timmypoot said...

your step brother thinks you are an incredible fucking person and a gifted bloggist.

your step brother needs to stop writing in the 3rd person.

miss you. a big bear hug from Deutschland.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I'm really sorry to see this stop. It's been a great way for me to get a little window into your life. Sigh.

Love, M.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Tex said...

Does this mean you can CoD more now Amigo?

6:19 PM  

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