Goodbye

Since I quit my job a week ago, we've had a couple of goodbye parties. The last one was on Saturday. They've all been really fun, and I realize that I really should've spent more time getting to know some of my more casual acquaintances better. You know, it's just someone you say hi to in the hallway or in Sally's case, someone I sometimes walk up the stairs with. They mention something and you realize that this is someone who has had some really interesting experiences.

I got the idea for this post from a goodbye card. The cover had a couple of cats looking at a condiment bottle. One was saying to the other, "Ingredients: tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt. See there's no cats in catsup!" Inside was the line: And there's no good in goodbye. It was a very apt card, as I've felt very bittersweet about leaving. I've really enjoyed the company of the folks I've worked with over the years. In fact, it's probably one of the main reasons I stayed at the company for as long as I did. 

But goodbye is probably a contraction of God be with ye. I may not be sure of the existence of a higher being, but I can certainly accept the good wishes my friends mean when they say goodbye.

Couchsurfing

We've been staying at friends' houses since our tenants moved in on Sept. 1. It's really been a challenge to keep our stuff semi-organized while we complete the move out. There are still boxes and bins in the garage that we have to move out. After that, I'll feel that we are truly out. We're really lucky  in that the tenants are OK with us leaving some stuff in the garage. We've added several shelves and I've spent hundreds of dollars on plastic bins. But not having to rent a storage space is really worth it. A friend has graciously offered part of his garage for other gear and books while we're away. That's great too. Although I'm sure he would've done it for free, a couple of kayaks added to his quiver has helped a lot too.

I've been amazed at how cool and giving our friends are. Even though we were imposing on their households, they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I'm truly touched.

Only another week in the Bay Area and then it's off to Northern California to visit my son and then hit the Klamath River. Our adventure is almost there!