In which Shawn becomes an expatriate

Dear Brothers.

I shared this news with Rick a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to wait until things were in motion to make a public announcement.

My company is starting a business newspaper in Manchester, England, in December. I have accepted an offer to be an editor there. The company and I are in the midst of getting my paperwork clearance from the United Kingdom, but it looks like I’ll be leaving Oct. 15.

It has been a dream of mine for years to be able to live in the United Kingdom. And being able to help start a newspaper from inception is an opportunity I can’t pass up.

The reality of how big of a decision I’ve made is becoming more clear by the day as I sort through my belongings to figure out what I’ll ship to the UK, what I’ll put in storage, what I’ll give away and what I’ll throw out.

It also is brought into sharper focus every time I tell my varied groups of friends.

It has been almost two years since I started regularly returning to Marietta and became a more-involved alumnus, both with the Undergrads and with my fellow Alumni through this blog. I cannot put into words what the experiences I have had these past two years have meant to me.

I’m now going to be an ocean and five time zones away, so my involvement will have to be scaled back and my visits to Marietta will become less frequent.

Since Homecoming this year is after my tentative departure date, I won’t be there this year. I am especially saddened by that as it is 15th reunion.

But I will be back for Homecoming next year for the 40th, even if I have to swim back across the Atlantic.

I will continue to do what I can to help with the blog, but I’m going to have to back away from the writing projects that I wanted to do for the 40th. I’m sure you all understand that such undertakings are made impossible by virtue of living on a different continent.

So this post doesn’t sound so sad, let me say that I’ve been walking around with a perpetual smile on my face. I’m so excited about this next chapter in my life. I’m looking foward to the new people I’ll meet and the places I will visit.

I am very happy and I hope you all, my Brothers, will share in this happiness.


Shawn “Spotted Dick is a dessert?” Selby’92