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Monday, November 28, 2021

If I may borrow a few lines from Messrs. Jagger and Richards:

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change

Today I resigned from my position at Florida Trend Magazine. Which means it is, indeed, time for a change, after spending a decade of my professional life in St. Petersburg.

The details for me leaving will have to wait, if I reveal them here at all. Suffice to say that the desire to dissolve the relationship was mutual, and while it’s not an acrimonious split, it’s also not completely harmonious. Simply put, I wasn’t satisfied, wasn’t anticipating any improvement, and, after several days of cogitation, felt this was as good a time as any to shift gears. And I can say that — at the moment, anyway — I’ve got no regrets over the move, and in fact feel a good dose of relief from resolving the situation.

So, while I’m still ostensibly hitched with Trend for the next two weeks (last official day is pegged at Friday, December 9th), I am in effect a free agent. I’ve got nothing lined up at the moment, and am fortunately in a position where I can take a bit of a breather before finding a new gig.

As for where that next gig might be… It says something about the regard I hold for Trend, and parent company Times Publishing, when I can comfortably say that I don’t think I can find another job in publishing — or media in general — in the this area (or, probably, in Florida) that would match what I’ve had there. This has been the top of the heap in a lot of ways, and it doesn’t make much sense to look for a professional downgrade just for the sake of staying in Tampa Bay.

So, you can guess where this is going…

My plans — which are far from solid, but are likely — are to relocate to New York, probably by mid-January. My days of being “stuck around St. Petersburg” are coming to a close. (And that “New Yorkin’” category on this blog is about to get a lot fatter.)

Not to dump on the Bay area, but after 15 years of living here, I’m well past due for a change of scenery — even if that change is a return to familiar territory (having grown up in New York).

So. I think that’s enough of a change-up for one night. Further details as warranted.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/28/2005 11:07:22 PM
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  1. Well I hope that your transition will be free of complication and full of improvement. I very much love the Bay area, but I’d be lying if I said I wanted to live here my whole life. To quote a very bad singer/songwriter, a change will do you good.

    Comment by Joel — 11/29/2005 @ 12:28:43 AM

  2. Costa,
    Congratulations on your decision to move on. We all get to that point in life where we look around and go “this is it?”. I’m also
    going through the same feelings about Naples that you have for the bay area. I hope to continue to enjoy your site, regardless of your locale. Best wishes and enjoy your “time off”!!
    Chuck

    Comment by Chuck — 11/29/2005 @ 11:36:18 AM

  3. Don’t think moving is going to get you out of that lunch and candy bar you owe me… and what kind of saddist moves from sunny Florida to the northern tundra in the dead of winter? Are you havng a pre-mid life crisis? The ‘burg won’t be the same without you. Come back for reunion weekend, I’ll buy the drinks. -Richard

    Comment by Hunk Oman — 11/29/2005 @ 11:42:16 AM

  4. If it’s time, it’s time. I packed up 8 years ago and moved out of my hometown, so I understand the feeling. Best of luck to you! Don’t stop blogging, though…I’m addicted to your blog. :)

    Comment by Lisa — 11/29/2005 @ 11:54:56 AM

  5. Listen:
    New Sensations by Lou Reed

    Who will you root for Rangers or Bolts?

    Comment by tiny — 11/29/2005 @ 03:08:23 PM

  6. Joel: A change-up is sometimes the best medicine.

    Chuck: Ditto. And the blog’s going to keep charging on.

    Hunk: Lunch AND a candy bar??? Brutal. But ok. Quarter-life crises have taken hold among twenty-somethings; I guess this is a third-life crisis? (Although it really doesn’t feel that dire.)

    Lisa: The best kind of addiction you can have, believe me. And like I said, I’m not going to shutter this site; in fact, I see it getting larger.

    Tiny: Rangers are my original favorites… And unlike here in the Land of From-Someplace-Else, displaced fan-rooting isn’t tolerated as much up North. We’ll see.

    Comment by CT — 11/29/2005 @ 05:34:30 PM

  7. Sometimes, it seems like it’s good to just clean out the cobwebs and start all over. Hope you get in plenty of relaxation and inspiration for your next move. Good luck!

    Comment by QueenBitch — 11/30/2005 @ 05:19:52 AM

  8. I can understand it. What with being the end of November, and it’s 75 degrees, and not a snowflake in sight. Makes you miss those frigid days.

    But really, shouldn’t you be leaving at the beginning of hurricane season, and coming back in the winter?

    well, either way, I wish you the best of luck…

    Comment by tommy — 11/30/2005 @ 09:02:40 AM

  9. Oooh, I see a BIG going-away party!

    Have fun!

    Comment by r* — 12/01/2021 @ 03:26:09 PM

  10. Queen: At this stage, it’s hard to distinguish the cobwebs from the brain ;) Hopefully that will change soon (I think the process has already begun, actually).

    Tommy: True, this could be the first stage of snowbirdism. But at some point, the weather just ain’t enough…

    R*: Let me know where and when ;)

    Comment by CT — 12/01/2021 @ 08:08:53 PM

  11. MY LAST TIMES BOOK SALE

    There are quite a few things I’ll miss about no longer being employed with Florida Trend. I’ll get into more of that next weekend, when I’m officially on the loose.
    But one thing in particular will be the semi-regular Times Publishi…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 12/04/2021 @ 01:08:09 PM

  12. I just want you and the readers of Population Statistic to know that you will be heartily missed by many of your colleagues at Florida Trend. I am sorry to see you go and I wish you well in NYC. Cynthia.

    Comment by Cynthia — 12/05/2021 @ 05:38:19 PM

  13. Thanks Cynthia. It’s always nice to hear, and especially from someone of your caliber.

    Heading down the final week, things are certainly getting a bit wistful…

    Comment by CT — 12/05/2021 @ 07:41:12 PM

  14. A LUNCHING SENDOFF

    T-minus-one day. And so, today was time for the customary goodbye lunch.
    I enjoyed it. A good portion of office crew set out down the street for Bella Brava. I was quite pleased with the choice of locale; Brava is in the spot of the former Ovo Cafe. …

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 12/08/2021 @ 11:37:45 PM

  15. A WEEKEND OF CIRQUE AND SEIN

    Last day, y’all. But I am riding out in style.
    This afternoon, after the annual wrap-up meeting, Florida Trend springs for the entire staff to attend a matinee performance of Cirque du Soleil (the name of which always makes me think of Ban de S…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 12/09/2021 @ 01:42:25 PM

  16. LIVING THE LIFE OF EISNER

    It’s been a couple of days now since I officially cut myself loose from the working world.
    I think I’m already bored.
    Bored enough to get back into the grind? Well, maybe not quite. But I must say, I’ve got an inkling of what forme…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 12/13/2005 @ 06:57:24 PM

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