Well, Quay County, it looks like we are near the end of our time together. I have decided to move to another town. There’s just something about this time of year and the 100-plus-degree heat that gets me in the mood to pack heavy boxes and carry them around outside.
Over the last year, you have been a fine group of readers. You tolerated some 50 of my opinion columns where I used my editorial platform to talk about … well, myself mostly. That was big of you.
I also made plenty of friends here and only two or three bitter, bitter enemies, which is pretty good for me and a testament to the character of the people who make up these communities. Thanks for making me feel welcome.
My year in Tucumcari definitely changed me. For one, I’m a bit fatter now. But I was also able to expand my perspective and follow some pretty interesting stories. I wasn’t always or even usually perfect in my newsgathering, reporting and editing, but with a lot of help from you, I gave it my darndest.
And I hope you have been satisfied, because the Quay County Sun will continue to rely on you, the readers, for your tips, your story ideas and your photo, story and column submissions. If there is one thing this job has taught me it is that I do not have eyes in the back of my head. If the paper missed something you think is important, you can help fix it.
I will miss this county with its goings on and the unique character of its residents, but don’t worry about me. I will be back from time to time to make sure y’all stay out of trouble and the lake water stays nice and cold.
Again, thank you all for letting a rookie have a go at your newspaper. I am just as excited as you all are to see what becomes of Tucumcari and Quay County in the coming years. I have a feeling we won’t be disappointed in the outcome.