Tonight I went out to bid farewell to the first coworker of mine to leave the company who I'll really miss. I don't say that in a mean way to those other people; other people I've liked have moved on too, even friends, but I don't really think of them too often. I'll actually miss having this guy around.
(Of course, I'm going to feel really bad after writing that if I think of someone else... but I don't think I will.)
It's interesting... the fact that I'm not currently in the job position that I originally interviewed for an internship in (I'm a Software Design Engineer, but I interviewed to be a Program Manager) has come up at dinner a couple times. Every time I talk to coworkers about this, every single one of them either has no comment, or recommends that I switch jobs as soon as I absolutely can. In contrast, every time I talk to a manager about this, every single one of them recommends that I stay in my current job. I generally trust the honesty of my friends and coworkers much more than management, so it's hard not to see some conflicts of interest in there.
On another topic, my ex-officemate and I were talking to one of my coworker's girlfriends for quite a while. It was a conversation I've had many times before: I wouldn't be so shy if only I'd go out and meet more people... go to clubs... approach more girls... spend more time being social. I never know whether I should respond with an annoyed "duh" or a stunned "what?" so I usually just nod my head. I guess I can be grateful that she just advised me to go to clubs more often and all my problems would be solved; her advice for the other guy is that he should change his hairstyle, buy nicer clothes, and clean himself up a bit, and then go to clubs.
And at some point someone said that it would be really funny if I would wear my black trenchcoat wrapped completely around the Segway so it looked like I was just hovering above the ground, with a cape and a cane for effect, and then under that I'd be wearing a full evening gown and drag makeup. Apparently this is how I should go to Office Triage if I ever need to go—Triage is where the final decisions are made of how bad bugs are compared to their fixes—and they'd be so confused that they'd have to approve my fix. I don't know where that came from, and frankly, I'm not sure that I should.