I have been putting off writing this post for the longest time, if only because doing so would admit that it was really over. And, by it, I mean my continued labor unto this website.
I am not departing specifically because I want to, more because I have to. I have a career now, and I am currently devoting all my efforts to it. It's sad to say, but I'm simply at the point in my life when I don't have the free time to indulge in such delights as publishing a website about a video games, and that I must now turn my eyes and efforts towards my future. In addition to my 9-5 job, I'm doing some freelance writing for local publications, and I've also started a new project on the web—a political blog. If libertarianism is your political cup of tea, please feel free to join me there as I begin that new enterprise.
I'm deeply sorry for keeping you all in the dark concerning this news, as while I made up my mind about this weeks ago, I've strung you all along until now. It's not fair, and I am pained that I subjected you all to this.
And yes, I know this violates my guarantee to always keep the site open, though, I can promise this site won't close. Though I may depart TDC, the site will remain.
What finally brought me to putting aside my lip-biting and write this post was a phone call I received today on my cell-phone... the second one thus far actually. To who called me, I want to quickly apologize for being so terse with you—I was at work helping set up a conference we're putting on this weekend and couldn't talk on the phone. Anyway, this second call finally convinced me I need to put some closure on this matter.
That said, please don't call my cell phone anymore (haha), it's really disarming hearing from people on the Internets, and more so hearing the name of this site spoken by anyone. I've always tried to keep my life here and real life separate, mostly due to fears of stalking or the like, so of course I, like many in similar circumstances, adopted a pseudonym. That right: Jack O'Reily is not my real name, more a nom du plume, a pen name. I'm not going to apologize for the necessity of my trickery, because it was... well, necessary.
So anyway, I'd like to leave this post on a positive note... so, let me start by thanking everyone who visisted and contributed to this site over the years. Among those who come to mind: Alpha, Zelda Veteran, Bgrugby, Gamefreak, Whocares, Hinoseijin, Jario, everyone at the Forums, HA2, and elsewhere on the site who I cannot (to my great shame) currently recall the names of, if only because there are so many of you. You have all made this site a very enjoyable enterprise. Moreover, I'd like to thank my fellow Webmasters for their support and kind words over the years.
Even though this post may make you think otherwise, you all mean the world to me, and I will miss you dearly.
Since I am in the midst of my travels...
I must bid you farewell.
Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow.
However, that parting need not last forever...
Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time... That is up to you.
With that, please excuse me...