Editor’s Note: I’ll See Y’all Later


I’m really not one for goodbyes. And frankly, who among us really is? The feeling of finality in a goodbye is scary, really.  It’s an inescapable closure. The extra syllable in ‘good’ brings about a formality and completeness that’s saved exclusively for breakups, deaths, and all other somber resolutions. Think about it – when was the last time you got off the phone with someone with a full goodbye passing through your lips?

‘Later,’ ‘see ya,’ ‘peace,’ ‘late’ – that’s how we end the majority of our interactions. Most of us try to avoid a complete goodbye at all costs.

However, as much as we all would rather avoid the totality of a goodbye, with life being – well, life – a goodbye is as natural and cyclical as a hello. Goodbye and hello, death and taxes. It’s the way of the world.

Which now brings me to my goodbye.

This edition of Editor’s Note will be my last as managing editor of The 5th Element Magazine. The month of March will be my final one with not just another faceless media entity in a sea of techno-babble, but with what’s become an extended family to me, a team that I joined three years ago after a chance diversion of path – one that’s lead me to the ultimate playground for my creativity to run amok. When I first joined The 5th Element, I had no idea that I would ever exercise such creativity, let alone be given so much free reign to let loose with it.

However, the most important thing I’ve learned is that my creative thoughts would never have come to life beyond the confines of this thick skull without the support of an A-1 team, one that’s truly helped me come into my own as a journalist, editor, manager, and writer. To the entire The 5th Element Magazine staff, thank you, from the bottom of my fried chicken oil clogged heart. Let’s all get together and reminisce over a few rounds. We all deserve a couple of them.

Timing is such a crucial component in life’s successes. In this business, content is published to the masses at key times throughout the day, so as to achieve the best engagement. Posting at either too late or too early a time can cost some compelling content extra viewership, as they stand to lose on gaining viewership stats – key performance indicators, they call it. Considering we’re in the midst of March Madness, potential upsets can make Cinderella teams out of the most underdog of squads simply on timing of everything that goes on during the game, from timeouts taken, play clock managed, to key substitutions being made. The teams who master such timing advance and stand to make millions of bracketologists one step closer to their own personal victories, aside from their own success within the tournament as well.

And so, this is what brings me to this departure. By my intuition and gut feeling, the timing is right to move on to new endeavors. Such endeavors aren’t so clear at the moment, but the great unknown is something I look forward to getting familiar with very soon.

Truly it’s been a pleasure and privilege  to work with such a talented collective of creatives to bring you, the readers, work that we’ve been proud of. Along with the honor of being able to create for you, I express my profound gratitude for your support, engagement, and readership.

Ultimately, I’m simply another editor passing through. It’s the readers that keep our tables turning, cans spraying, heads spinning, bars dropping, and fits rocking – y’all who stay rockin’ with The 5th.

In every attempt to avoid the gut punch of that one ‘g-word’, I’d rather leave you with some vintage Jay Z. Because who doesn’t love a little bit of Hov to remind us to ‘keep thuggin’ til the casket drops?’

I’m done for now, so ‘one’ for now
Possibly forever, we had fun together
But like all good things, we must come to an end
Please show the same love to my friends


Richard "Reach" Guinto

Reach loves the Lakers, breakfast, the sound of a Fender Rhodes, and rapping along word for word to Wu Tang's "Triumph." If you're looking for him, he's probably out getting chicken.

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