Thursday, November 03, 2011


Well, this is my last post for the Austin Public Library's blog. After almost 4 years as a librarian here at Austin Public Library, I am moving to Corvallis, Oregon to accept a librarian position I was recently offered. This is a huge move for me. Virtually all of my family lives in Texas and many of them are right here in Austin and have been for years. We moved to Austin when I was 10 years old and I've watched it grow from a small, quiet city to a big, bustling urban center (not without a bit of bitterness, though - I liked my small city). I grew up thinking Willie Nelson was the best country singer on the planet and didn't realize until I moved to North Carolina briefly for graduate school that not everyone felt that way. I'm going to pack up a moving van in about 2 weeks and drive 2200 miles to a new home in a strange new land. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't crazy nervous about how it will all work out, but I'm also giddy with the excitement. A new adventure and a new life are ahead!

I've loved writing for the blog and being a part of Austin Public Library. My colleagues, in particular, will be dearly missed. I may be biased, but I think Austin Public has some of the best reference librarians in the country and, if you don't believe me, you should utilize our Ask a Librarian service and find out.

I leave you all with a list of movies and TV shows that have some of my favorite goodbye scenes. Do you have a favorite I haven't listed here? (Please note that the YouTube clips provided may contain spoilers!)

Almost Famous
There's more than one good goodbye scene in this movie and here's a link to one of them.

Battlestar Galactica
Truth be told, I did not find the ending of this show to be all that satisfying. Overall, though, this television series is awesome. (YouTube clip)

"We'll always have Paris." or "Here's looking at you, kid." (YouTube clip)

Gone With the Wind
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." (YouTube clip)

Good Will Hunting
"Sorry, I had to go see about a girl." (YouTube clip)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"So long and thanks for all the fish!" (YouTube clip)

Lost in Translation
(YouTube clip)

The Muppets Take Manhattan
(YouTube clip)

The Office, Season 7
The episode "Goodbye, Michael" really choked me up. Come back, Steve Carell!

This one doesn't really have a goodbye scene, but I just love the way the last scene wraps up the movie and the song is just perfect. Please note that some of the material is explicit. (YouTube clip)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
"Live long and prosper"

V For Vendetta
"He was Edmond Dantés... and he was my father. And my mother... my brother... my friend. He was you... and me. He was all of us." (YouTube clip)


Aleph said...

I paraphrasing "The Wrath of Khan:" Live long and prosper my friend!!! I WILL MISS YOU!

ACLS Reference said...

:( waaaaaaaaaaaaaa, I'm going to miss you so much! :(

"happy trails".

Mandy said...

Good luck and have fun! Life is good!

Mandy said...

Good luck! Life is good! Enjoyed reading!