July 21, 2020

Of course I’d been thinking about this for a long time, but seeing an e-mail from one of the winners of this year’s Goodboys Invitational made me realize I no longer wanted to have anything to do with whatever plans he or the rest of the guys had as far as next year’s tournament went. I knew then and there it was time to leave.

I posted the following in an e-mail to all the Goodboys:

Gentlemen,

Please remove me from this, and all subsequent Goodboys 2021-related threads going forward as I am officially announcing my retirement from the active Goodboys list.

Specifically, in regards to next year’s Goodboys Invitational, as President Lyndon Johnson once declared, “if nominated I will not run. If elected I will not serve.”

I henceforth join all those who have proudly worn the Goodboys mantle over the years, even while recognizing that Goodboys is like the Hotel California (where you can check in any time you’d like but you can never leave).

You are, and will always be, my friends.

Feel free to reach out to me directly if you wish to stay in touch.

It’s all good. As the late, great George Harrison once sang:

Jai Guru Dev

The Great White Shank

The fact that I felt no sense of sadness or sentimentality or loss while writing the e-mail told me that it was time to leave. I’m sure the Goodboys will do just fine without me. The fact is, there comes a time when you have to know you’re no longer relevant and have become part some dusty relic of the past, and that it’s been beyond time to make way for whatever the Goodboys decide to do going forward without you. Perhaps there will be a new generation with new blood and new enthusiasm. Maybe it will all fall like a house of cards and disappear into antiquity as if nothing ever came before it: heck, both greater and lesser institutions have suffered the same fate.

At any rate, you don’t just kiss three decades of involvement good-bye without at least some remorse. Lord, there were some great times with a lot of laughs. With one notable exception, I’ll always consider my Goodboys pals as brothers-in-arms. As for said exception, the less said the better. Best to simply say, “peace be with you” and leave it at that.

There’s not much else left to say. As Dennis Wilson once sang:

Here we are
With our dreams in the sky
We all have our dreams
It’s wonderful to know we’re alive
At the end it’s over

There you are
At the end of the show
Mem’ries are real
It’s wonderful to know you’re alive
At the end

Thank you very much
For everything you’ve ever wanted, oh
Thank you very much
For everything you’ve ever needed, oh
Thank you very much
For everything you’ve ever dreamed of
Whoa, whoa, it’s over

Dennis knew the pain and joy of separation, not just in fact, but in the heart. As do I.

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