Well, This Is It. Thanks, Guys. It Was Real.

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As you probably already know, today's my last day here at the helm of DC9 HQ. And since the day's now over, well... yeah, I guess this is it.

It's been a good, almost four-year run. There were some ups and, OK, some downs, but overall, I think it trended toward the positive. At least I hope it did.

In this week's paper -- the last to feature a section lead-in column from yours truly and the issue we just wrapped here at the Observer offices -- I try to figure out what the past four years have meant, both to me and to Dallas music. I'll let you read those thoughts and the thank you shout-outs contained therein when that comes out.

For now, just a general thanks -- to the readers and the commenters, to the haters and the supporters, to the hard-working bands and their shockingly diehard fans and, certainly, to the hard-working, unheralded people behind the scenes, the ones who really make the North Texas music scene so special. And lest I forget: A special thank you to the writers who've allowed me to work with them in my time here.

I came to Dallas not knowing a single soul. I'm blessed to leave this job counting so many of you among my closest friends. You're good people, you Dallasites. The national media has you all wrong.

And let's leave it at that, yeah? Might as well.

Stay in touch. Stay cool forever.

And, really, Dallas, stay classy.

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Crazyyy_Girls_90

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ChrisU
ChrisU

i don't get out to hear music nearly as much as in my younger years, but could always hear and see what was going on right here. you embraced our music scene and its history as soon as you got here (guess it helped having Wilonsky right down the hall) you did a fantastic job please don't tell me Austin stealing you away from us.

MBM
MBM

Richie Shitt had a few more comments on his farewell address.

phe_75034
phe_75034

Best of luck in your future endeavors, Pete! I've enjoyed the few email exchanges we've had, and have admired your ability to put up with the crap that seemed to get thrown your way every time you posted. You've made a difference around here!

Beck
Beck

Thanks Pete.  What's next?

WantingaPeteFreedmancalendar
WantingaPeteFreedmancalendar

So, I think it's a fine time to say, Pete, that I think you were only a good writer for DO, but if you were even the slightest bit bisexual..I would been..even happier :-)

Restaurantqualityblender
Restaurantqualityblender

"The national media has you all wrong."  I guess you never learned during your time here that the majority of us don't care what the "national media" thinks.  It's only hipster/scenesters, well-intended but short-sighted city council persons, and well-intended but short-sighted so-called community activists/loca-you-name-its' that give a fig about what the "national media" thinks.

Having said that: I think you did a good job, and I wish you luck, Pete.

Sarita
Sarita

Nice work, Pete. Very appreciated.Now have a great summer. Never change!

dudebro
dudebro

Great job over the years.  Mucho thanks!

MattL1
MattL1

That video gets me every time.  

Good luck, Pete.  We can only hope the next person handles all the shit that comes with the job half as well as you did.

Ryan
Ryan

As a diehard Old 97's fan, I hope whoever fills your shoes covers them with as much love as you did. 

Gonna miss ya bro.

Will Dowdy
Will Dowdy

i'm pretty sure a positive answer to the question "do you enjoy the old 97s" is a prerequisite for even getting an interview for the job

Sam M.
Sam M.

Let the record show that one Andy V.D.V. from VVM's administrative lair once said to me, in an state-of-the-union phone call about the section, "Who the fuck cares about the Old 97's?" So, your Old 97's mileage may vary when applying.

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