…by Anura Guruge
My job is done. And I am pretty damn happy with what I accomplished. My goal was to become “Mr. Next Pope” – and that I did.
Time to move on. Actually I had already moved on prior to the papal resignation, as some of you knew.
My wife has been bugging me for over a year to stop this pope ‘nonsense’ because it cost us money, rather than make us any. It was but an expensive hobby.
So moving onto pastures greener. Yes, my wife wants me to do some ‘adult‘ writing because there is always money in that and she is convinced that I will be exceptional at that. Who am I to argue.
But, first priority is astronomy. I have a couple on ongoing ‘near Earth‘ projects to complete. NEOs are so much fun, so much data to crunch, and there is no ‘child abuse‘ to get in the way.
So, unless there is an unexpected sede vacante there will be no more posts on this blog for the remainder of 2013 — other than notification of new books. Yes, there are a couple of more pope books I plan to write, hopefully in 2014. I might blog a bit during that time just to get my hand back in.
I am hoping to continue blogging daily, on my personal blog, as I do now, on a variety of topics ranging from U.S. GDP and investments to adult topics that might make many of you cringe.
In case you hadn’t sussed it out I am not a Catholic. Never was and never will be. Since I was about 18, which was 42 years ago, I have not believed in an afterlife, soul, spirit or anything like that. I totally believe that my life is immaterial, accidental and inconsequential. Here today, gone tomorrow and that is it. Kaput. So, I have no particular affinity to popes or Catholicism. Papal history was just a subject to study and master. Now time to move. Need to conquer NEOs. Need to write ‘adult’ stuff to keep the wife even happier.
It has, indubitably, been a lot of fun. I learned a lot. That was the raison d’être. I met a few really decent people. That was a bonus. I had fun. Kept me from getting into other trouble.
So now I part company with my favorite farewell in such scenarios:
“So long, and thanks for all the fish”.
No, that is not from the Bible (as far as I know).