My inbox pinged at 3pm. The words concise. The message cryptic. Just like you.
I replied and 30 seconds later, a single word response - RETIRED.
It had been a bit since I called, so I dialed the main number and was transferred to your extension. Bill told me you juuust left. That I could email you.
In that moment the bittersweet realization - I would not see or talk with you again.
Eclectic religious affiliations, Bay area recommendations, tattoos, resume tips, computer hacks, spiritual insights, rare Dead tracks, departmental survival skills were some of the conversation topics that made the work week bearable and my life that much richer.
I hope I am wrong and that our paths, in this life, will cross again. Perhaps in Thailand at some "cool little local place that serves the best...."
Yes, that is my hope.