Last shift in Mines

calimineIt’s my last day officially working in the Mines, and the Post today. I’m heading down county to cover education at the Advocate, starting Monday.

But before I go, I just wanted to say goodbye to those who have read this blog and enjoyed it, especially the select few who have become Miniacs over the years. I appreciate you dropping in on us. I’ve had a lot of fun writing the blog over the years.

I’m not going to bore you with a long retrospective, especially when I can bore you with a shorter one. See, it’s more economical, same effect.

Anyway, I’ve been on the business beat here for almost 11 years and it’s been an education — though what exactly I’ve learned is hard to explain.

I’ve covered plenty of layoffs over the year where people lost their jobs and families were left to struggle sometimes as a company tried to defend a profit margin, sometimes because the company was dying.

I’ve written about fraud and people going to great lengths to cheat other people. one guy even invented a diamond trading business, yikes. Sometimes they’re doing it to feed families, sometimes they’re doing it out of pride and don’t want to admit they can’t make money legitimately and sometimes it’s just pure greed.

I’ve also had the pleasure to write about the triumphs and successes in business, more often for family owned ones, like Pop’s Restaurant in Milford.

I guess the sum of all my wisdom is fairly simple. Just try to remember to have fun and hang in there. And look for me in the Advocate.


Rob Varnon