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Today is a sad, sad day in the life of Washington City Paper, which is what staff writer Jessica Gould and I explained to the owner of Ko Gi Bow, the Korean bakery on Adams Mill Road. People are losing their jobs today, we told him, asking him to write “This sucks.”

The “s” was lost in translation, but no matter. We think he captured the sentiment perfectly. I mean, what goes better with a severance and a kick in the pants than some whipped cream frosting, moist, delicious cake, and a couple of slices of fresh fruit? I’m open to ideas.

Because the truth is there is nothing we who are staying can say or do for the talented, funny, smart, wonderful, hard-working, stylish, liquor-swilling, disco-loving, fabulous, fun (did I mention smart and funny?) people who are leaving. Our production department and our art director are truly the heart of CP. They can never be replaced, even if Atlanta is, in the words of our new CEO when he announced the sale and the loss of their jobs, “a great place to live.”

They will be missed. Let’s eat cake.