After work today a group of us converged, once again, at The Keg in Waterloo for a send off for one of our own. Well, sorta one of our own. Colin is leaving Descartes and most of us don’t work there anymore. About a third of the people I didn’t know. Among the others, some left before me, some left after me, and a handful are still there. I think this is the last time Colin will be leaving (he’s left before when he’s been a co-op student and a contractor, etc.). He’s going back to school for his masters in information sciences. Cool. I hope he’ll find the Real Cool Kids to hang out with at Western. He’s shy, but the Spiderman backpack should help. 🙂

It made me a bit sad, being there. Well, initially it was awkward, making small talk with people I don’t know well and with whom I have nothing in common. In some ways, things were the same. The people don’t change. And the same people who intended to be there couldn’t make it, in the end. They sent their regrets via Blackberry, as usual.

The last few lunches we’ve tried to have have been a bit depressing. There comes a time when it’s just time to stop trying, you know? I guess tonight was also exacerbated by the fact that things are “in flux” at work. My team is coming apart a bit, a friend is leaving, there is Change, and I’m not sure I like it. I’m also in one of the downtime phases, where I basically have to keep myself entertained, and it’s not easy, and I don’t like it.

I don’t know what the next few months are going to hold, but I know that this year has been nothing if not tumultuous, and I believe very strongly in the ideas surrounding Jewish New Year. I look forward to the next few months with not inconsiderable trepidation. And a little sadness for all the things that are no longer.

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