A legend in his own mind, "Rick" - a long-time Federal Aviation Administration employee - decided that after close to a decade of blogging on the dime of the U.S. taxpayer, it was time to take a break.
"Call it burnout, call it frustration, call it a desire to regain some of the health that I've lost somewhere along the way as I've spent countless hours hunched over a keyboard...," he told his readers.
Here at Random Pixels, we know better.
In the past few months we'd noticed that "Rick" was becoming more and more unglued with each passing day.
He reached his tipping point about a month ago when he attacked Miami Herald political writer Marc Caputo, calling him a "Republican hack."
On good days "Rick" was a precise and entertaining writer.
(He always struck us as the kind of guy whose skivvies are monogrammed with the days of the week and who spends hours on the weekend ironing his socks.)
But on his bad days - when he went off his meds - "Rick's" screeds began to sound a lot like the ravings of that unfortunate homeless soul you occasionally encounter in downtown Miami who asks you for ten bucks so he can have surgery to remove the microchip the CIA implanted in his head in the 70s.
However, on most days his writings simply resembled those of the people he railed against.
Some of "Rick's" devoted fans were devastated upon learning that he was closing up shop.
But not everyone who followed his blog was a fan.
And while "Rick's" departure from the blogosphere was - to put it mildly - "melodramatic," we like to think there were more reasons for his sudden exit than just "frustration" or a simple case of "burnout."
Maybe there was something more sinister involved.
After all, the Herald's Marc Caputo does have friends in high places.....
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