Sad City Says Goodbye

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Michael Dunshee, the proprietor of Sad City Hartford — which chronicles random events and people in the city’s neighborhoods — is retiring his blog.

In a post yesterday, Dunshee thanked readers (who just voted Sad City Best Local Blogger in The Advocate Best of 2013) and said he was calling it quits because, “at this point our lives have changed and Sad City no longer fits.”

“Three years is more than long enough for a blog anyway and we’d rather leave behind some entertaining work than drag on with a half-effort,” Dunshee wrote. “With all due respect to Time Wakefield, we’re more into the Pedro Martinez career arc. This is a young person’s game anyway and soon someone younger and wittier will come along with a new fresh look at the city.”

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Sad City caught our eye back in 2010, a few months after its inception, and we ran a story about the bloggers (Dunshee co-wrote the blog with a friend), who made us laugh nearly every time we visited the site. The pair blogged under the pen names Hakaan Loob (Mike) and Jumper McKay (whose real name I still do not know), writing about everything from to kayaking down Hartford’s Park River to mattress disposal problems. There are also many funny pictures.

In 2011, the blog also got some love from the Wall Street Journal.

We wish Mike and Jumper the best in all of their future endeavors.

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