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Friday, November 27, 2009
See you on the other sideAnd thus endeth the current iteration of ShysterBall. Starting Monday it will be all CTB, all the time. It'll be everything ShysterBall is and more. I'm hoping you all join me.
But this is not goodbye old friends, it is merely farewell, for I will be back on the esteemed pages of THT come April with "And That Happened." Same Bat Time -- early -- but different Bat Channel -- most likely at THT Live. I may even start doing it on the weekends. We'll see.
Like I said yesterday, thanks to all of you for making this blog everything that it has become. If it weren't for your clicks, comments, praise and, occasionally, scorn, I would have quit a long time ago. If that had happened and I never would have realized my dream of becoming a full time writer and there would be one more practicing lawyer in the world come Monday. Nobody needs that.
I'm the luckiest sonofabitch on the face of the Earth, and don't you think for a second I don't know that. And for that allow me to, once again, offer my thanks.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:00pm
Simon DelMonte said...
See you on the other side.
Posted 11/29 at 11:56 AM
You’re right that the world doesn’t need any more lawyers….but does it really need General Electrics minions any less?
Obligatory jokes aside, quick congratulations (because from the sound of things this is an upgrade in your private life) and I personally want to gratefully recognize and appreciate your fine work here. For me, this mostly means your tolerance of - and even sometimes interest in - my (unintentionally) incendiary posts and their temperamental tone. This past summer I wrote dozens (hundreds?) of posts that were often emphatically opposed to the sentiments of the masses and had lots of references to “conspiracy theories” and other issues that usually cause modern Americans to break into hysterics. Many (most?) message boards have power-tripping (and obsessively politicized) moderators and hive-minded, groupthinking posters. But Shysterball was much more dynamic and fun than the vast majority of those because (a) you participated in them and, more importantly, (b) you let people offer ideas without being oppressive and fearful of people who offered unique info or ideas. I know that I said some intensely politically incorrect things, but only one of my posts was deleted, and that deletion came with a full explanation (which I didn’t agree with, but nevermind!)
I don’t really know if too many other people here have the same sort of negative experience at message boards that I do, but I can definitely say that my memories of Shysterball are fond ones, and “fond” isn’t a word I personally associate with the internet too often!
Posted 12/01 at 05:31 PM