Trained interactive mental health professionals are standing by to help you deal with your loss. Please stay on the line, your call is important. Or, for quick and easy access, you can contact them on-line. And for those of you currently in the "denial phase," do take note, this will happen. Prepare yourself for the eventuality of not having your hand shook each time you venture downtown, or being asked by an earnest young reporter what your favorite brand of sandals might be.
Yes, those days are quickly coming to an end.
In news that stunned dozens, it was announced yesterday on the Sierra Madre Patch that the only editor it has ever had in its one full year of existence, John Stephens, is heading to New York to become the Huffington Post's "Trends Editor." John is careful to point out that this position has nothing to do with tracking new modes in hair design, or whether the people of his generation will be wearing their underpants in or out in 2012.
No, this is about keeping track of exciting new trends in internet behavior. Which, I assume, means he will be grappling with some of the biggest issues of our time, including whether more or less people are indicating their "likes" on Facebook, or what current Twitter postings may be indicating about President Obama's re-election prospects. People have got to know this stuff.
Certainly this is one topic that begs for the kinds of in-depth analysis and profound punditry that Mr. Stephens brought to his reporting on the affairs and foibles of our little foothill nestled village. Of course, one trend John could be tracking is reporting on whether Huff Post's parent corporation will continue to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into fellow AOL property Patch. Which continues to be a serious financial drain to the staggering internet giant. Even the briefest of Google searches show that on-line news speculation about this topic continues to soar.
Then again, maybe in the New York headquarters of AOL Huffington Post doing Google searches is not considered proper behavior, or career enhancing for that matter. Rather all such seeking will need to be conducted on AOL's own search function. Which will cause Mr. Stephens to report on speculation about a new GM vehicle hitting the streets soon called Saturn, and whether the long awaited new Howard Jones album will have its release date any time soon. Occasionally interspersed with annoying "You've got mail!" messages, of course. Most of which will be for Patch email updates dealing with things such as where to get the best prices on poodle currying.
Joe Mosca was observed yesterday morning briskly heading through the Beantown doors to shake hands with the patrons there. This all being a part of his whirlwind "I'm leaving Sierra Madre for a new life in England" campaign. Obviously everyone is just dying to hear about all the details involved in the dramatic changes being made in his life, and yesterday was a bounty of rewarding new information. Apparently it was Joe's last day as an employee of the Southern California Gas Company, an event that needed to be commemorated by an hour or so of feverish news sharing with the latte' drinkers and laptop users assembled at Sierra Madre's premier independent coffee brewer.
That is one of the cool things about Beantown. You never quite know who is going to show up, or what they are going to say when they do. And who knows, maybe today Joe will be in there letting everyone know that it is the first day in his new career of being in-between gigs, and how he is feeling about it.
We still have yet to hear much from Joe about the actual reasons for his departure, that being the realization that his political career is dead in the water, and any real chance for movement up the elective food change has been cleanly and efficiently knifed by the L.A. County Democratic Party establishment. After having asked and been turned down in his request for State Assembly endorsements by practically every high ranking Democratic official in the land, it has become clear that the bloom is now off the lilly of Joe Mosca's once promising political career. Effortlessly tossed aside by the Holden/Hahn political machine.
Of course, Joe could have fulfilled his obligation to those who elected him to a second term by serving out the remainder of his term. But of what use is Sierra Madre to Joe now? The dream didn't pan out as planned, and the real star in the family can no longer be held in check now that Joe's deal has been run to ground. Time to just cut some losses and try for a better result elsewhere.
We all deal with the issues in our lives in different ways. Joe's seems to be making things up, and then hitting the streets to sell it. Which is what we are seeing now. Whether the tale is entirely true or not being a less essential matter.
Two departures, two new lives to be lived elsewhere. And despite what you might have heard, neither will be back I'm afraid. They are both leaving the nest, moving on, and we will soon be nothing more to them but a distant and vaguely annoying memory.
Somehow those of us being left behind are going to survive.