Dearest Readers and Friends,
Well, here we are. This is the final Anita Answer column. I can scarcely believe I've been writing this little corner of the Interwebz for six years now. How many quiet Sunday mornings have I spent at the keyboard, making use of the time before the rest of the house awakened, listening to some of my favorite music from the UK (today's selections are Franz Ferdinand, Paul Weller and of, course, the Proclaimers) and typing away? I'm not even going to try to count the days, and as my regular readers know, math is not a skill I have mastered well anyway.
It's a bittersweet moment, this morning is. Over the years, I've had more fun doing this than you could imagine, and it has literally opened up new worlds for me. If I was able to help someone settle a bet, solve a mystery or have a better vacation, all the better! Because of this column, I've made so many new friends from all over the world, and reconnected with a few old ones too. This past week, more than 300 well-wishes poured in from not only the U.S., but Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Italy and more. To all of you who took the time from your busy lives to wish me well, know that your notes and messages touched me very deeply and mean more than I can say. I'll miss every single one of you, and that is the truth. You are the main reason I did this for so long, and you are the aspect of it I will miss the most.
Along those lines, I also wanted to say thanks to Heather Mc. whom I heard from this week. Long story involving snow at the New Orleans airport, but if not for Heather, I wouldn't have gotten to MouseFest '08 on time. Heather, I had the BEST time on that crazy ride through the snow, and it ranks high on my Anita's Greatest Memories list. Hope to see you again sometime, girlfriend. George S., I'm going to miss your Disney stories a lot! They brightened my mailbox every week! Gloria M. that tea we shared is another stellar moment in Anita History. I'll never forget it. Keith S. you helped make my London visit be so memorable. I also hope to catch up with you again the next time I'm over. You all are just a handful of the wonderful people I've met and corresponded with and befriended. You just rock, that's all!
I certainly can't leave without thanking the incredible All Ears team. I love you all and you know that, I hope. Most of all, I have to thank the lovely and talented and unsung Ditto, aka Dotti Saroufim, who has stuck by me through all six years, and kept my punctuation on the correct side of the parentheses or quotation marks -- a herculean task! Ditto, you are the Punctuation Queen, and thanks for keeping my grammar and syntax in line with a whip and a chair. I couldn't have done it without you, which you of course already know or else you wouldn't have stuck by me all these years, right?
Anyway, we need to move on to the questions before I run out of space, don't we?
So, as you may have guessed, most of the questions I received this week revolved around what I plan to do next, what will happen to the column, etc., so that's what I'll be talking about in this last hurrah. Here goes...
are you leaving?
will happen to the column? Will someone else write it?
are you going to do next?
don't you compile all of your tips and write a book?
And now, for the absolute funniest, best question I've ever gotten in all six years of my Anita career. Who knew I'd receive it on my very last week on the job? Reader, you know me too well, and you have hands-down made me laugh harder and longer than any other reader ever has with this question. I mean, I laughed for a full 30 minutes, and then again every time I thought about it later in the week. I'm still laughing after five days. Thanks for ending my time here on such a funny and light note. Without further ado, I present Anita's Best Question Ever:
you regenerate, will Matt Smith be taking over the column for you?
Well, that's it. Time to sweep the floor, hit the light switch and carry that last box of stuff to the car. It's been the best six years of my life, and I wouldn't change a thing. Think of me fondly.
Anita (aka Andrea McKenna)
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