Auf Wiedersehen, Au Revoir, Pip Pip, Cheerio and Toodles!
When we're not invading our neighbors, causing worldwide wars or propping up the European economy, we Germans have a unique way of saying things. We don't say "Goodbye."
We say, "Auf Wiedersehen." Translated literally, it means "on see again." Makes no sense whatsoever. But then, neither did National Socialism.
That being said, there comes a time when a nice Jewish boy has to put on his hat, climb on the train and go wherever it takes him. Of course, I am neither nice nor Jewish, but let's pretend.
This will be my final piece for Technorati. At least, for awhile. As I have informed my editors, who immediately slit their bellies in the Japanese tradition out of shame and sorrow, I will henceforth ply my skills for Examiner.com.
Yes, you may now refer to me as the "Baltimore Liberal Examiner."
There are a couple very good reasons why this means I must leave Technorati. I wish I could think of them.
Oh, wait. Here they are. Silly me.
1. THEY PAY! (Don't scoff. They pay the writer for each page view, through some sort of arcane mystical theorem developed in the middle ages by guys wearing pointy hats with moons and stars on them, stroking their long white beards. I made 19 cents in just one day. 19 CENTS!!! Hot damn doggies! Honey! Fire up the stove! Then get to the store and buy 19 cents worth of meat!)
2. Technorati, which has been very good to me and has allowed me to get away with murder on their pages (yes, I actually killed a guy, but you have to go back through allllll my columns to see who and when), has a rule. If they publish your writing, they get to publish it first. And then, if it gets published anywhere else, you are required to add a note saying the article was originally published on Technorati. No problem when I'm writing for Technorati and my own blog. BIG problem when I'm writing for a buttoned-down group like Examiner.com. They don't WANT their writers to promote other news sites. Capitalism. Hmmmmph.Continued on the next page