My amazing friends and colleagues honored me with so many nice words during my last few days at work. First there was a retirement dinner with 15 close colleagues and friends on Wed night. Lots of sincere speeches and thank you's. Then another video-conference "party" with 5 sites yesterday (Spain, North Carolina, Boston, London and Philly). My assistant put this all together - she really did a special job. Then another party with the "RV cake" and finally a happy hour with many other colleagues. 4 parties in 24 hours - it was really a surreal and fantastic way to spend time with all the people I've known over the past 30 years. Denise and I really enjoyed it.
Today I packed up my office, said my final goodbye's and closed the door to my office. I'm not a very emotional guy but I admit to welling up a few times. I will miss the fantastic friends I've made, but I know we will stay in touch.
On to the next phase. I need a nap.