A fond goodbye

Travis Smith talks about his last day as editor of Variety.com.

And then it happened. Eyes got moist. A tear was seen — two or three, truth be told. Hugs were shared. What had been joking, and sad, and a little stilted though of course very well meaning and earnest all day — all week, really — became touching and real and momentous.

It’s funny how when you change jobs, those last few days always seem determined to convince you it’s all a mistake, that everybody here loves you and you should be sticking around.

What’s amazing, though, is how few people say, “that it, i’m staying.”