We will probably never know whether she wanted to retire or whether the Times wanted to retire her or both. But whatever the case, there is now one empty office at the Times and I'm all packed and willing to move. The snakes look forward to the city, too.
Sadly, the diversity requirements of the Times rule me out. I'm a liberal-cum-progressive goddess and I can write. What we will probably get instead is another wingnut columnist in the mold of Brooks and Tierney.