Thank you and goodbye |

Thank you and goodbye

Out there
Stina Sieg
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

To be honest, I don’t know what to write at this moment.

So I’ll just say thank you, for everything.

In case you don’t know, this is my last Options section. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, I and several other co-workers became a few of the latest casualties of this irritating mess of an economy this country is in. The layoffs are nothing personal, and no one’s to blame, but this is still frustrating as all get-out.

But I don’t want to dwell on that.

Just being here was a gift to begin with. For more than a year, I’ve been writing for this paper and reporting on art and people and things I really care about. What an opportunity. In a lot of ways, I feel as though I became an adult here, that this was the first place I truly took the reins of my own life. In the beginning, it was so hard, and I could feel these massive growing pains every time I had to stay late at the office or take responsibility for something new. In the end, though, I came to love this job.

While I never felt like a Coloradan through and through, I’m going to miss it here. I hate to leave Steve’s Guitars and Glenwood’s contra dances behind. I’m going to miss KDNK and the Crystal Theatre and White House Pizza, just to name a few spots.

And, of course, I’ll be sad to leave every friend I made here ” and I did make some great ones.

As I write this, I realize I don’t know how to make it sound better. I want to strip away

my sentimentality. I want to make my words matter. I want you reading this to feel the same sense of sadness and adventure that I feel right now. This very well may be the last thing I have published in a newspaper for a long while. And I feel that loss in my bones.

Mostly, though, I just feel thankful. So, again, thank you. Thank you.

And goodbye.

(Note: Stina will be kicking around the valley for at least some of January before jetting back to the relative warmth of the San Francisco Bay Area. You may reach her now at

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