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Adieu, Dear Readers

Or, in Brooklynese, "So long, youse guys!"

Are we, as a society, completely programmed to feel when the calendar flips, changes are afoot? In my little chunk of Windsor Terrace, that truly has been the case. Blogging for me has always about self-expression, an outlet. Lately, however, some of my other long-term-goal outlets have come to fruition. That is, my outlets have exceeded my inputs.

What I mean to say is, I am retiring Icky.

More personally, I simply need the time and focus for other pursuits. As the second half of my life (the cozy, quiet, gloriously boring part) begins and the first half ends, I find myself making some changes, and needing time to get some of those geriatric pursuits pursued. (Namely, there's a run-down house in the mountains that my partner and I happen to own, and the old pile needs my attention.)

Have I run out of things to say? Perhaps. Probably more accurately, my mind is elsewhere, and these days I am more enamored of shingle styles, cedar stain, spruce trees, and a new pump for the well. (I'm not kidding.)

I truly have had a lovely time, learned much from my elders, and I am a much better educated New Yorker for my blogging experience. I hope readers will remember the good stuff. (And ignore the bad stuff.) My passion for Brooklyn history and the old days is well covered in other blogs - especially at http://lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com/index.html - and I hope you'll visit them often. All the posts will remain here. I (humbly) think there is a good deal of Brooklyn history reporting in the archive.

As always, please keep up with my list of favorites over on the right of this page. For your Windsor Terrace fix, I heartily recommend my WT neighbor, http://brooklynometry.blogspot.com/. Amarilla does an excellent job and chronicles the neighborhood in a interesting and fun way.

And really, dear readers, sometimes there are signs. Check out the photo Brooklynometry posted today!

Go into the light, Icky.



photo courtesy of brooklynometry
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I'm truly sorry to hear that. Good luck with the place in the mountains!

(Anonymous)

Wha?

What? Hey, Icky, NO!

Ok, but I'll miss you. So will many others. I know the appeal of shingles and spruces, enjoy all that, and the light. I hope it doesn't bare down on you too hard.

Amarilla

(Anonymous)

Say it ain't so!

Oh dear god, does this mean Smartmom wins? Did Hepcat come up the hill and threaten you???? (I guess I'll hear about it soon enough in the Brooklyn Paper...)

Just know, Icky, even though you don't know me, I've got your back - always have!

Please chime in every now & again when you read some other blogs and you JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! We'll all be the better for it. What's a blog without snark? Just wasted bits.

Thanks for everything and enjoy the smell of the shingles. I can't blame you at all...

Cheers,
Guardian Angel

(Anonymous)

Well, unfortunately I only began to read your blog about a month ago when I moved to the neighborhood. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good luck and all the best.

(Anonymous)

Damn!

You will be missed, I checked your Blog every day. Hang in there, hopefully some day our paths will cross. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

Make sure you stop in Farrell's and get a container for the drive and always remember, Container Diaries!

-Hoops Coach

(Anonymous)

Have a blast ...

Glad but sad. Glad you've realized that unlike some other "smart" people the blog isn't your life. Sad that you are leaving the blogging life ... for the short time you were up you tweaked some of the bullshit that the New Park Slope [tm] has become.
Enjoy!

(Anonymous)

Ok. Pack up and leave. But don't leave us totally. Create a new blog. Icky in the Sticks or something. Let us know how the work on the old house is coming and how what you have learned in Brooklyn works to your advantage in your new digs. We like that kind of stuff. Whatever, I admire your courage to make such a big move. Enjoy!

(Anonymous)

bk needs good print!

can you do something like post once a month, ask for questions for topics and ideas or something? don't leave the net completely - we appreciate your voice!

(Anonymous)

Hard and fast isn't always a bad way to go Icky, in fact, in certain circles it is quite respected.. I will miss you!
As a fellow Brooklynite, I've greatly enjoyed popping in here. Thanks for all the cool photos & commentary, & good luck with those geriatric pursuits (I'm envious, actually).

(Anonymous)

Stay in the 'sphere, Ick

Too bad, I enjoyed reading your blog and WT is underrepresented in the blogosphere. But if you're going to go all renovator on us, make sure you start a new blog and hook it up with Housebloggers.net--it's a fantastic community of old-house geeks (although most of them are so fantastically hard-working, clever and productive that it makes me want to scream). And check back on the CrazyStable for your fix of urban decrepitude, and on Prospect: A Year in the Park for woodsy outings that include used latex items. Good luck!

(Anonymous)

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