I've been playing Eve for almost four years now. I started playing for a wide variety of reasons, but none more important or profound than who I started playing with. My son introduced me to Eve. This happened shortly after he started living with me again full-time after I divorced his evil Mother. He was thirteen at the time and Eve gave us something that we could share, talk about endlessly and do together.
Eve saw me through a very painful and expensive divorce. Eve saw me through a difficult period in my professional life, the heights of success and the devastating lows of defeat. Eve saw me thru new love, a new life with a wonderful wife and new family. Eve saw me thru to the other side.
And much of that journey was chronicled here in the pages of this blog.
But nothing stays static. Life slides onward. Things change. That thirteen year old is eighteen now and preparing to move on into his own life. My three other boys are growing up fast and two of them have special needs that take time, effort and care to deal with. My old business is gone and a new one has taken its place. I'm four years older. Life has slid.
As it will for all of us.
I'm extremely proud of the virtual Eve community, my friends, enemies, fellow bloggers and those that I have helped along the way. And I'm proud of all that we accomplished together here and thru this silly little blog. So thank you all for that. Sincerely.
I may very well never stop playing Eve. I have often said as much within these pages. My time in-game may be limited at the moment, but those things tend to come and go across the months and years. Lately Eve has stepped back somewhat to other, more important, things in my life.
But I've also made another decision. My time in Eve will once more return to how it started that very first day. As a private citizen. Eveoganda, for all intents and purposes, is closing for business today.
I'm just another pilot in the vast sea. Another stone that causes a ripple here and there and is gone once more. My intention is to focus solely on my abilities as a pilot, to have fun when I can and to enjoy the serious business as often as life will allow. Quietly and without fanfare.
I could keep writing. I haven't lost the enthusiasm for it. But this blog is entwined in a life that no longer exists. And while that concept may be difficult for some of you to understand, others out there reading those words, will know exactly what I'm talking about. The man that wrote this blog is dead.
A new man has taken his place. And it is about time I realized it.
Keep the courage.
Fade to black.