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.