Sports editor Timothy Everson says goodbye to the Globe and Dodge City.
Goodbyes are never easy.
I should rephrase, cliche goodbyes are very easy. Genuine goodbyes are, I think, some of the hardest bits of human interaction that we must deal with.
Finding a way to express appreciation and gratitude that represents a period in your life towards a large group of people through writing makes it even harder.
My time in Dodge City has no doubt been short. If you're searching for adjectives to describe it, odds are that one of the first ones you'll use.
It was never my intention to spend such a small amount of time in Southwest Kansas but I guess that's just the way things go sometimes.
I have regrets. Things I was looking forward to and excited for that will instead be things that will be covered by my predecessor.
First and foremost, not being able to cover a possible repeat state champion in the DCHS boys soccer team is one of them. On any level, covering high level athletes at the top of their game is a thrill and one of the biggest pleasures of my job.
Also, while I got to see several iterations of the Dodge City/Garden City rivalry play out in my short time here, I do wish I would have experienced one Hatchet Game. I most definitely was looking forward to covering one of the oldest and most storied rivalries in the state of Kansas.
Finally, I regret missing Dodge City Days by just a few weeks.
I've got to experience a lot of the city during my time here, I did the full Boot Hill experience including both gun fights and the dinner and variety show, I've eaten at Casey's Cowtown, Central Station and Kate's and I got to see a movie at the South Drive-In but missing out on the yearly crown jewel of Dodge City is something I wish I didn't have to do.
Having said that, I have a few specific people that I'd like to thank for making my time in Dodge City a great one.
- Dodge City athletics director Jay Gifford. Thank you for being more than helpful in getting me acclimated to the high school and coaches. You run a top-notch program filled with great coaches and players and you should be very proud.
- Dodge City Community College photographer Jeanie Rose. You were kind, helpful and supportive throughout my team here. It was always nice to see a friendly face at baseball games and other various events.
- All of the coaches I worked with. I can't do my job well without your cooperation. I got that and more from all of you and for that I am truly grateful.
- The entire staff at the Daily Globe. You were always kind and helpful and I enjoyed working around and with all of you. I wish you all of the best and I hope I run into you again sooner rather than later.
Like I said goodbyes are hard. There are so many things you'd like to say, and even if you say them all, it never seems like enough to fully show how much my time here working in Dodge City has meant to me.
Dodge City is special place and I'm better for the four months and change that I've spent here. In time, I doubt the city will remember my time here, but I most definitely won't.