Well, another era has come to an end. Today was Nolan's last day
at NetLojix. Actually, the era of Nolan the First has been fading
for a long time. He assured me that he'll still see me from time to
time, but given that we've only been together outside of work once
or twice this year (and that he says many things that he does not
follow up on), I won't hold my breath.
It's a darn good thing I have such a good friend in Edward, or I'd
probably be a mess. Speaking of whom, another interesting thing
He has a friend of more than ten years who moved away from
here about a year ago, and the last couple of
months have seen them becoming estranged and bitter (to different
degrees). Edward asked me to read an email conversation that they'd
been having, and write to his friend giving my viewpoint of what
was going on between them. Despite the fact that that seemed to be
none of my business, I was glad to do it for Edward. I sent off an
email at about one o'clock this morning. The major subtext of most of
my points was that Edward was seriously interested in fixing their
friendship, a point which didn't seem to have been getting across,
and which his friend had said that he doubted.
At about 6 o'clock this evening, while Edward and I were at his desk,
he received his copy of the reply to me. Having thought it intrusive
of me to send my missive in the first place, I was quite surprised to
see, while we read it together, that the first paragraph consisted of
thanks to me for doing so, and kudos to Edward for asking me to. (Which,
amazingly enough, Edward had predicted would be his reaction.)
As we reached the end, Edward's phone rang — it was his friend, and
they started talking things out. I left them to it and
the next morning, Edward said much good communication
had occurred, progress was made, and the repair of the friendship was
ongoing after a very good start.
I was very pleased to have been a part of that.