Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Last Lunch

Instead of the last supper, I just had the last lunch. But hopefully instead of looking to die, I’m looking to LIVE!

This was the one lunch I didn’t arrange. My long-time colleague Doug in his typical fashion created the perfect lunch. The food, the people, the gifts were all carefully thought out. There were no tears because it was such a positive experience.

The closest thing to a speech happened first. Doug said some nice things and then presented me with a $100 gift certificate to Politics & Prose and two season tickets to a chamber music series at the Kennedy Center. Bula, one of the world’s best Indian cooks, handed me a bag of mangos. I said just a few things.

Then we turned to food. This is where working with a diverse bunch of people comes in handy. There was a smorgasbord of wonderful spicy food, mostly of Chinese, Korean, and Indian cuisine. A marvelous chocolate cake topped with the biggest strawberries ever provided dessert.

Not only was the current IT staff invited, but people from the past, like Jonah, Lynn, Scot, and Ken, came as well. A few others drifted by the door and were invited in by the delightful aromas. My husband even came, a little late as usual.

In keeping with my recent discoveries at other lunches, I learned that Scot sings in an a capella group. He agreed to invite me to their next concert. And I found out that Lynn is going to a live recording of Peter Schickele doing PDQ Bach in June. He sent me the link to get tickets.

Posted over the magnificent food table was the following verse:

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.


I intend to find out just how good it can be. Now I am off to coffee with another colleague as the clock ticks down. One more trip to Suitland. One more day of work. And then it will be over.


Blogger media concepts said...

Not only are you going out with a bang, you're going out extremely well-fed! Enjoy your last day!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

Wu-men indeed, and a whole lot of Woo-Hooo!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Matt, Ulysses -- As I take the pictures and framed certificates off my wall, there's a certain satisfaction about my departure. Everything is turning out just fine. Thanks for sticking around as this saga ran its course. I'm going to have to come up with something new to write about...

3:58 PM  
Blogger GEWELS said...

I believe all of us- who have followed this exiting adventure- need to show up at least once a week with a casserole or salad for lunch.
How ever are you going to survive if we don't feed you?

5:44 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I've been happy for you ever since you made the right decision to retire, but even hapier that you're leaving with a good taste in your mouth, literally anf figuratively!

Have agreat last day! It will seem weird to close your office door for the last will rememeber that scene forever,but also, it will feel wonderful to open the door of your house upon your arrival home to start your new chapter!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Seconding MOI's thoughts. Also sending virtual chocolate ;)

8:38 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Gewels -- I will meet anyone for lunch any time. (You do live in the Washington, DC, area, yes?)

MOI -- I will soon let you know if retirement is as good as you've advertized it to be!

Pauline -- Virtual chocolate, what a concept! I think I can taste it now!

10:33 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

The last of the work lunches, yes, but now a whole new era of non-work related lunches can begin! Huzzah!!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

All of these lunches just go to show how deservedly well respected you are. Congratulations and best wishes!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

I am glad to hear you had a nice lunch.

I am with Reya, non-work lunches are always much better.

Finishing is often difficult. I hope you were able to leave the building today without angst.

Take care.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Here's a salute to non-work lunches! Bring 'em on!

10:41 PM  

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