Monday, July 02, 2007

Someone Else is Going to Have to Turn Out The Lights

Yep, this is it. The End. Fine. Terminado. Fintio. Whatever you wanna call it, this is the last new post I’m putting up here for a long time. Does this mean I’m never going to grace this site with my perils of wisdom again? Of course it doesn’t. Being someone who is never at a loss for words I can almost promise you I will have something to opine upon after the tearful, heartfelt goodbye I give you now. But it may not be for a week, a month, a few months, whatever. But, as I’ve said before, I’ve ridden this blog for all its worth, and now it’s time to say goodbye.

People, most of them alleged “friends,” of mine have made fun of me for continuing on with the blog. But I can safely say that along with the six years I spent in the Marine Corps and that bartending course I took last summer it is one of the most worthwhile things I have ever done. Writing this blog, and getting the reaction I have gotten, has showed me that its not just my mom and some coworkers who think I write pretty well, at one point 1200 people a day were agreeing. It gave me direction in a time when I had figured out that what I thought I wanted to do with my life wasn’t what I wanted to do, and that, friends, is perhaps the greatest thing that has come out of the 300-plus virtual pages contained here at White Dade.

It’s funny, my friend Larry used to devote a lot of virtual ink to making fun of people who started blogs, hoping to someday be “discovered” and get a paid writing job, admitted to top journalism schools, get laid by hot girls, meet minor celebrities, get drinks bought for you, and maybe even catch the eye of some mainstream organization that wants the rights to your stuff. That, of course, seems like a pipe dream when you start your blogger account. But I guess to a lucky few it actually does happen.

So while it would be a vast misstatement at this point to say this blog has made me famous, it has at least shown me that if you are truly good at something people will notice. I have made countless friends and met all kinds of interesting people thanks to this venture. I now have places to stay in cities I had never before visited. And that, too, has been a really cool thing.

And as much as I’d love to say this is all thanks to me and my glorious abilities, there are a lot of people who I would like to thank for their various contributions, support, or, you know, other things I probably shouldn’t mention. But without them this whole experience would definitely not have been what it was. So (in no particular order) to IJC Matt, Alice, Larry, Patrice, Tara, Nicole, Jason, Jessica, Ate, Roosh, David in DC, Allison, Gen, Gus, Mikhail, Maria, Rick and Alex from Stuck on The Palmetto, Graig, Cliff, Seuc, Matt Ufford, Amber, Margaryta, Trevor, Jenn, Leo and the whole Sterger family, Heather, Shannon, Gabriel Morency, Alex Cabrera, Maggie, Mo, Ali, Johnson, Angela, Erik, Jonathan, and anyone else I forgot, well, Eat a Dick. My memory isn’t THAT good. And, yes, there are others out there I have to thank for a lot of things, but most of them are not blog-related.

My aim in writing this was to inform and entertain. I hope those of you who read this and aren’t from Miami now understand that being white in this city is as close to being a true minority as you can get in this country. It’s not like LA, so stop comparing it. Some of you think I’m racist, and some of you think I am a sad, sad attention whore. And to some degree, I’m sure you are right. But what I have done here has been extremely worthwhile and I have no regrets about it, despite anyone who may have been offended.

By now, most of you know my name and what I look like (no, that is NOT me in the picture). If you ever had a doubt feel free to check out my other stuff at Miamibeach411.com. I miss the days of anonymity, but giving it up has allowed me to move on to a lot of other things.

So, I guess this is my teary-eyed goodbye, everyone. Thanks for a great year-and-a-half or so, and check back in sometime. I spent three days in Gainesville last week and I can safely say there is no shortage of material when you are the oldest guy in town at 27.

SO LONG, SUCKERS!!!!!

18 Comments:

At 6:33 PM, Blogger aikin said...

sad to see you go, but good luck to you, WD!

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger www.Miami-Forum.com said...

I just came across your blog last week ... it's a great read!! And now your leaving ... geez!


Anyways Good Luck!

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EAT A DICK...UBER GAY!

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger ANON1 said...

Don't go away MAD...

Keep in touch WD...

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger MonkeyPants said...

::pout::

Don't be a stranger...

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck WD. Your blog was one of the top ones I read regularly. You did a great job and I enjoyed it even when I didn't agree. We'll miss it.

Steve

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohh wow. the room. its. its spinning...

from gayness.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Yvette said...

Good luck, WD!

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger minijonb said...

when you find yourself stuck at Tropicana Field watching a Devil Rays game (and i hope that doesn't happen too often 'cuz it could get painful) bring a laptop and live blog it for us.

have a great adventure.

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so long, good luck with the writing, please PLEASE don't pressure any girls into unprotected sex because it's horribly unfair, and oh yeah, eat a dick!

 
At 10:04 AM, Anonymous genevieve said...

wait. so you're quitting your blog?

darn. just as i started my new one, too.

keep in contact, dude!

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger latinbombshell said...

Aw, Matt. And to think I never wrote that F List post! Well, it's still possible, but Manola is on a long hiatus too. You've done the right thing ... glad to see you moving on with your talent. Actually, I think we're both sorta in the same boat, so I understand.

See you online at 411 and elsewhere ... stay in touch.

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you have the nerve to publish this crap. I hope you fail miserably at UF. You deserve to fail - You think you're so smart. You will see!

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...well the guy likes Bon Jovi... So it's amazing he can write.

ciao bello

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger FUNKYBROWNCHICK said...

I'm not buying it.

You'll be back soon. You'd miss us too much if you went away. Come on. Admit it ... you love your readers too much to go away!!!

YOU LOVE YOUR READERS, YOU KNOW IT!!!!

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your brilliant methods of handling your credit card debt (read: gross irresponsibility) should keep you amongst the grimy plebs for eternity. Enjoy the stench you rotten turd of a sub-human. May your frivolous dreams be dashed upon the rocks of your own complacency.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger T.A. Negro said...

good luck with j-school. and holla when in nyc.

you done good work here ...

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger Pauly DiVitto said...

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