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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Bob has left the building...

My good friend and colleague Bob Congdon has decided to leave our company. He and his family are moving to Washington state where Bob will be taking a position at Microsoft.

Bob and I have worked together off and on for about the past 8 years. He's one of the finest software engineers I know and I've learned an amazing amount from him. I'll miss that. I'll also miss our morning coffee and afternoon lunch chats. Given the time difference between here and there, maybe we'll be able to combine my lunch chat with his coffee chat via IM ;-).

This is quite the career move for Bob (and his family) and I'm very pleased that he's finally found a company that recognizes his considerable talents, will treat him with the respect that he so richly deserves, and hopefully will provide him with challenging and rewarding work.

Best of luck Bob!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Well, I'm back...

That's what Samwise Gamgee said at the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. For Sam, it was like he was returning home from another world. My family and I just returned from our yearly Summer vacation in Hossegor, France (see my previous post about Hossegor). I feel a lot like Sam did. Although Sam's adventures were certainly no vacation, for me, immersing myself in French culture for almost 3 weeks is like being in another world. And returning to the USA and work will require a bit of an adjustment. More comments on our vacation including pictures in subsequent posts.

Bonjour ma famille francaise!

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