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My fond farewell to HotAir

posted at 1:42 pm on October 25, 2012 by

Some years ago, in a previous life (I seem to have had many), I was very briefly a writer-editor for a college literary magazine. In that capacity, I reviewed books old and new. When I completed my first assignment there, a critique of a novel, a friend jokingly asked, “Which one, Portnoy’s Complaint?” I was pleased to be able to answer with a straight face, “No, Howard’s End.”

Today, I announce with some sadness another Howard’s end. This will be my last day as a contributor at HotAir.com. I expect to write at least one more column, but at the end of the day I’ll be off on new adventures.

I can’t begin to describe the pleasure I’ve derived or count the many great friends I’ve made in my three-plus years at the site. I like to imagine that in my time here I’ve provided at least a nibble for thought and elicited the occasional chuckle from readers. If it’s not obvious by now that my philosophy is “Laugh first, aim later,” then I have failed at the primary task I assigned myself.

I can say with conviction that I have received at least as much as I have given by way of ideas and insights, and I thank you all for your thoughtful and thought-provoking commentaries.

I won’t be going far, for those interested in knowing. I will continue to hold court, as I have done during my tenure here, across the Internet, at Examiner, where I write two political columns (one here and one here).

I hope you’ll stop by and visit. There’ll always be a light in the window.

–Howard

 

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I missed this earlier. Sorry to see you go. Have enjoyed your contributions. Best of luck in all your endeavors.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

thebrokenrattle on October 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Thank you, brokenrattle

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Thanks, Bitter.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 2:49 PM

:( I hate change.

Not particularly fond of the type who makes an effort to be a jerk either, but you handled that with grace. One of the reasons you will be missed. :) Best to you.

Jack Slade on October 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

That is the recessional for the weekday Masses at my childrens’ school. To hear those young voices singing it is truly one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard. It never fails to bring me to tears.

pannw on October 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

To hear those young voices singing it is truly one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard. It never fails to bring me to tears.

I can almost hear it in your description. Thank you.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Good luck in the future and thanks for letting us know where you will be so we can continue reading your articles.

kim roy on October 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

God’s Speed Howard…

… Don’t forget to stop by now and then and share a cup of cheer.

*clinky!*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on October 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

kim roy on October 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Thanks, kim.

Seven Percent Solution on October 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Will do, Seven.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Well, I for one am bummed. I very much enjoyed your contributions here. I will keep an eye out for you. Best of luck in everything.

John the Libertarian on October 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Thank you for the many interesting and informative columns you have brought to HotAir. Sorry to see you go.

cthulhu on October 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Well then Examiner will be on my favorites. My man you have been most eloquent in you thought provocations. I’ve found my comments scrapped more by your columns than any other, but if I were to blame you for the emotion you invoke in me with your writing, well I’d be on the other side and wouldn’t have read them anywho.
May you worst tomorrow be better than your best yesterday. And as a going away gift, I promise not to sign up and comment on the Ex. This is my place. It would be awkward you understand ;)

onomo on October 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM

but at the end of the day I’ll be off on new adventures.

you gonna shave your head and start selling flowers at the airport?

good luck with whatever you do

teejk on October 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Howard,

Best of luck to you; I shall miss your “complaints”!

..hahahahahaha!

;-)

The War Planner on October 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

John the Libertarian

Thank you, John.

cthulhu

Thank you also, cthulhu.

onomo

Onomo, although I was not the scrapper of your comments, I’m flattered to learn I was the motivator of their scrapping. Thanks for your kind words. No need to sign up to comment at Examiner, should you care to do so.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM

you gonna shave your head and start selling flowers at the airport?

How’d you guess, tjeek?

Best of luck to you; I shall miss your “complaints”!

I’ll still be making them.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Selfishly, I’m sad to hear this news. I have always looked forward to your writings. And yes, you DID bring smiles and/or laughter, while at the same time bringing an often unique perspective to a story.

God speed and good luck in all your endeavors!

4Grace on October 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Adios: vaya con dios

jrsrigmvr on October 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Don’t go!

Blake on October 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

4Grace on October 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Thanks, Grace. Come visit. Different venue, same material.

jrsrigmvr

Thanks, jrsrigmvr.

Blake on October 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Come on, Blake. I already teared up once!

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Who will advocate for the puppehs and kittehs when you’re gone, Howard? :(

Blake on October 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

NOL *

* “NOOOO!” out loud

Mr. Portnoy, we have a good number of fine writers in the Green Room but your columns were some of my favorites here. Sorry to see you go and best wishes — we’ll visit from time to time.

inviolet on October 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts, Howard. Always.

Good luck in your endeavor(s).

FlatFoot on October 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Thanks for the writings. I always made it a point to read anything with your name on it.
And the best of fortune and success to you.

levi from queens on October 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Who will advocate for the puppehs and kittehs when you’re gone, Howard?

I don’t plan on changing the topics I write about. Puppehs and kittehs are still part of the mix.

inviolet

Thanks, inviolet. Very kind words.

FlatFoot on October 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Thanks, FF.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

levi from queens

Kind of you to say, levi.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

you gonna shave your head and start selling flowers at the airport?

How’d you guess, tjeek?

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM

don’t let my rather stupid blog appearance fool you Howard! I know all!

teejk on October 25, 2012 at 3:58 PM

teejk on October 25, 2012 at 3:58 PM

{-)

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I probably read you more than any other Green Room contributor. Thank you and good luck! Looking forward to reading you at the Examiner.

Missy on October 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Missy on October 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Thanks for the kind gesture, Missy. I look forward to seeing you there.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM

You will be missed Howard. Best of luck on your future musings :)

Imrahil on October 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Imrahil on October 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Thanks, Imrahil.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM

What? Now I gotta make extra clicks on foreign links to read your stuff? Cheez! But I’ll be making those clicks cuz I’ve enjoyed your many thought- and my-obnoxious-comment-provoking posts. See ya’ out there in the blogosphere. And thanx for the memories.

stukinIL4now on October 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I’ve enjoyed your insights. Good luck and God’s grace be with you

skeeterbite on October 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

my-obnoxious-comment-provoking posts

Where would I be without them! See ya at Examiner, stunkin.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

skeeterbite

Thank you for kind wishes.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Cheers Howard – thanks for all your posts.

johnnybgood on October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

If it’s not obvious by now that my philosophy is “Laugh first, aim later,” then I have failed at the primary task I assigned myself.

You didn’t fail. Durnit! I love your posts. They are always entertaining. It got to where I could almost pick ‘em out by the titles.

You will be greatly missed. Good luck to you in your future endeavors. :-)

Fallon on October 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Howard,

Thanks for your contributions to Hot Air. Good luck with your future endeavors!

UltimateBob on October 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

johnnybgood on October 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Thanks, johnny. Be good. (Couldn’t resist.)

Fallon on October 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Thank you, Fallon, for your gracious words.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

UltimateBob

Thanks, UltimateBob.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Don’t go!

Blake on October 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

No choice. HP’s exit won’t be the only one. Green Room is basically getting shut down.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

No choice. HP’s exit won’t be the only one. Green Room is basically getting shut down.

MadisonConservative on October 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

O RLY?

Please — do tell

FlatFoot on October 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Fair winds and following seas, Howard. BZ

GWB on October 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Echo GWB. From an Air Force perspective, always Aim High. You’ll be missed.

Cheers,
Brennan

Brennan on October 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Thanks GWB, Brennan.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

How unfortunate that HA is going to shut down the Green Room. You are one of the main reasons I come down here and although I don’t always post of a reply, please be assured I read almost everything you wrote.

I have bookmarked all of your links and have moved them to a prominent spot and will be checking in daily.

Na zdraví !!
JPeterman

JPeterman on October 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

JPeterman on October 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Good man, J. Thank you for your kind words, and na zdravi back at you.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Oh my gosh, I almost missed this! I have enjoyed your posts, you were one of the few that kept me coming to the Green Room. Good luck, and you will be missed!

lovingmyUSA on October 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

you were one of the few that kept me coming to the Green Room.

I never get tired of hearing that, lovingmyUSA.

Howard Portnoy on October 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I am sad to see you go, Howard. Your columns were always well-written and informative. I will check out your other columns. (As long as you don’t start writing for the Huffington Post or something ;))

Sterling Holobyte on October 25, 2012 at 6:02 PM

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