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The end… The beginning…

My last day, after 17.5 years, was very interesting. I keep waiting to feel sad about the whole thing, but I don’t think that emotion hit me.
In the morning I was treated to bagels by my buddy Vinnie. I hung out downstairs as I went through my emails and cleaned things up. Shortly after going up to my desk, I was getting calls/IMs asking when I was going over to the other building so I went over there to say goodbye to folks. I thought it would be quick, but 1.5 hours later and I wasn’t done. Stayed over in the other building and had my last employee lunch with some friends and then had a meeting with the person replacing me that was in from California.
I returned to my office to start packing up the remainder of items and then get things in order for walking out the door. Around 4:30 I think I was done and the only thing left to do was set my Out of Office message and leave a voicemail message indicating who to contact now. Didn’t see anyone left on my floor. I walked down to see if anyone was waiting on the 1st floor, but they were in a meeting so I headed out and met up with someone heading over to the Marriot. Off I went – so long Sony.

The Marriot ended up being a blast with a good number of ex-Sony folks showing up and many that still remained coming by after work. I’d imagine there were 40 or so folks in total.
As each person left, they wished me the best, commented on some moment (the first time we met or some funny incident after that) they felt they would remember for ever, and I wished them good luck too. In the end there were a handful of folks left and Patty and I said our goodbyes and headed home.
The folks I knew and became close friends with is what made the years at Sony fly by. The camaraderie, the mutual respect, watching each others backs and always doing everything we could to make the other successful is what made IT successful. If the new folks don’t mesh well with those that remain, success will be difficult and stressful.
A new chapter starts tomorrow as I head off as a commuter for the first time in my life. I’ve been looking forward to something new for a long time now and I’m excited about the opportunity that awaits. I’ll let you know how it goes!

1 comment

  • Rich Clarken · November 16, 2005 at 6:51 pm

    Hi David,
    I stumbled upon your Blog and was moved by your comments. 17.5 years is a long time. I don’t know the circumstances of your departure, but you were one of the best. Good luck in your new job.



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