Thursday, July 07, 2005

DCist to be Grassless

Well, we've known about it for a while now, but today it's been officially announced: Mike Grass is departing as co-editor of DCist. Mike, along with Rob Goodspeed, basically created DCist. One of them inseminated the other with the idea, and after that insemination, they went to Blogger Lamaze classes together, one watched as the other grew swollen with birth, one smoked Bloggy crack while the other declined, one yelled "Push, dammit! Push!" as the other strained in the stirrups, face frozed in a rictus of Blog Pain until one of them, with a mighty yank, pried DCist loose from the other's Blogina, kicking and screaming into the world. I decline to figure whether Mike was the pitcher or the catcher in that scenario, as you all no doubt do, probably wishing I had come up with just about any other metaphor to describe the origin story of DCist, or, alternatively, refrained from metaphor entirely, so as to prevent these images from invading your brainpan.

Mike will be leaving DCist and Roll Call to take over at Express, to edit and develop their local pages. Thank God. Express began as a redundant gatheringplace of wire reports most of the plugged-in people in its demographic got hours, even days earlier from the internet. And, as the Washington Examiner washed up on these shores, the tatty Express found itself in desperate need of some original content, some local flavor, and perhaps a smaller army of people shrilly hawking it at every fucking Metro stop in Christendom. These things, Mike can, and shall provide.

We wish him the best in his future endeavors, and I have a funny feeling that he won't be disappearing completely. In fact, he actually may finally start showing up for things before 9pm. Hopefully, Mike will be in the house at Bluestate this Saturday. Please buy him a drink and take no unflattering photographs.

As the world of -ist continues to spread its goodwill and erudite writing from city to city, town to town, excepting New Orleans because Metroblogs is rumored to be squatting on it, Mike will be a part of its history and will hopefully continue to offer what assistance he can.

After all, the day will come that Jen and Jake want to set up an -ist shop in the small, windswept town of Craigsl. And on that day, we're going to need all the help we can get.

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