SEPTEMBER 21, 2008

TODAY IS A DAY THAT COMES WITH SOME VERY, VERY MIXED EMOTIONS.  I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 10 YEARS OF MY LIFE TRAVELING THE CONTINENT AND ENTERTAINING THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FANS.  THIS PRIVILEGE IS UNPARALLELED TO ANYTHING THAT I CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE.  BUT TODAY IT COMES TO AN END.

AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF LIVING MY DREAM, THE AGE, THE MILES, AND THE INJURIES HAVE TOLD ME THAT IT IS TIME TO CALL IT A CAREER.  I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT I CAN STILL PERFORM BUT I WOULD NEVER ALLOW MYSELF TO GIVE YOU THE FANS ANYTHING LESS THAT THE VERY BEST I HAVE TO OFFER.  I LOVE THIS BUSINESS AND I ALWAYS WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR IT AND FOR YOU THE FANS.  MY WARS HAVE COME TO AN END AND I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR SHARING THEM WITH ME.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK AND I HAVE TRIED TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW NAMES IN THE SCROLLING BOX ON THE SIDE OF THE SCREEN.  IN TRUTH IT DOESN'T SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HELPED FORGE THIS INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.  BUT IT IS MY ATTEMPT TO PINPOINT SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY HELPED ME OVER THE YEARS.

TO MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY.  THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING, CARING, WORRYING, AND SUPPORTING ME REGARDLESS OF HOW STUPID, STUBBORN, OR SENSELESS I WAS BEING.

TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE BUSINESS.  MY BOND WITH ALL OF YOU WILL LAST FOREVER.  I ENTRUSTED YOU WITH MY LIFE AND WELL BEING NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.  WE HAVE A BOND AND YOU CAN COUNT ON ME WHENEVER THE CALL IS MADE.  BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR PROFESSION...YOU ARE WARRIORS! 

AND FINALLY TO THE FANS...THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME ENTERTAIN YOU.  IT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE THAT I HAVE EVER ENJOYED.  I GAVE YOU MY SWEAT, MY BLOOD, AND MY TEARS...AND YOU GAVE ME SO MUCH MORE.

GOOD LUCK, BE SAFE, AND FARWELL.

QV