The clock rolls around to new hours...
I get to say goodbye to someone I enjoyed working with and hello to a friend I used to work with in another lifetime. Many years ago in some desert wandering I worked with a person who had this particular talent that I found to be amazing. My friend, Theo, not involved at all in Open Source or Linux; but instead a guy that does Human Osteology called me this evening. What is so unusual and unique is that I only saw him once a year if that as he flew through to new places. Theo and I worked together so many times in so many places doing other things; that hearing his voice at a totally unexpected time was bittersweet. It reminded me of other times, of other places, of other things I have done. It also reminded me I should say goodbye to hacker after his recent diary entry and thank him for always being there for us, for never being too busy to help, and for just being himself.
Thanks also to another person that I suddenly feel like finding again. Once, many years ago, I stood at a decision point. Perhaps others have stood the same ground. Considering what would work, what would not, and what direction their lives should embark on. I left one thing I loved truly for something I thought I would love and my friend RWR, told me, "always know where you are and what you are doing". In archeology, one often finds a mentor; a person who guides and helps and fosters an understanding. RWR was mine. He taught me about not only archeology but about life and how to live it in full measure.
Priceless advice I have carried with me and taken out when making a decision. Some of the best and brightest people I ever met were at Linuxcare. But back "in the day", I watched others that were gifted and imaginative and insightful do work so completely different that it invites comparison. Back then I was a nomad, tromping through deserts and forests across the Desert Southwest, the central plains, and the fantastic and beautiful Mojave Desert.
Too much introspection for perhaps one night.