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12 January 2002 @ 01:18 am
tides & time  
Tonight was chrysoula and Kevin's goodbye party. I don't know if they decided to leave at midnight so as to make it possible or if it was just a clever idea by silkblade, but it was really nice to be able to see them before they went. It's been sad over the last year, watching the tide turn. Kit, Ted, and Shaun back to Alaska, ysabel, amaltheae, fenton back to Colorado, Susannah to the Netherlands, agrimony back to Connecticut, and there are more hanging on the verge.

The bay area was always a major gravity well for net friends, but was competing with Pittsburgh, Boston, Portland, Austin, and especially DC. The bay had the Netcom Underground Railroad, DC had Digex. But at the end of the century the job mass here got so ludicrous it sucked even those centers nearly dry. And then, as we all knew would happen -- you'll find no 'the business cycle is dead' fools among my friends -- it went boom. Or crunch, more precisely.

Anyway, people hung out and chatted and made a little memorial expedition to the gazebo where Kevin liked to run games, and then helped them carry the last of their stuff out to the amazingly overpacked SUV. Floor to roof packed; one only hopes they drive carefully enough that they don't need their rear view mirror! Confetti was thrown, hugs were exchanged, and they drove off. I hope it's a good adventure.
 
 
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