The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas always goes by at a breakneck pace. This year was accompanied by a lot of actual breaking.
… and so forth.
No, not me.
One of my co-workers, a fellow webdev-type person with interests in standards and mobile applications, had his last day today, and is leaving the green pastures of Elsevier UCD and Dayton for the even greener pastures of a cool new job in Indianapolis. (I know a lot of people who have gone there for job-related reasons lately…)
I “took charge” (in a very slacktastic sort of way) of arranging his going-away gift. I collected donations, got his gift (an Amazon gift certificate, which I printed out this morning), and passed around a card (which I ran out to CVS to purchase about mid-morning) for signatures and messages.
I admit that I was not terribly motivated to do a lot in advance as far as getting ready for his departure. It is a good opportunity for him, but I am not happy that he is leaving our group. Se la vie, I suppose.
Our group took him out to lunch and presented the card and certificate, final items of business were wrapped up, and then, after he took his final leave, we looted his cubicle. Hey… you never know what you might need more pushpins, post-it notes, and other assorted office supplies.
Anyway, in these days of online connectedness, I guess that he is not really “gone”. He is still around, just virtually, rather then tangibly.