Its the day of the flight and the excitement is building. In a few short hours we will hand over 20+ hours of our and Stella's time and in return we will be whisked away to the other side of the earth. Needless to say, it is the most stressful flight I have ever taken. We have at least 100+ pounds of personal items to bring over, a dog and we are relocating with non-visitor employment VISAs. We will spend a long time in line. We will end up potentially arguing. But somehow, I know it is all going to work out.
But the main point of this post is a blog-high-five to my most excellent and truly special coworkers I've had the pleasure of knowing for the past 6 years. Some I have only gotten to know in the past year, others have stuck around like a cozy sweater. Some have gone to other locations in the US or worldwide. But all of them have given me an appreciation for the luck I have in life and the good will of people, sometimes restoring my faith in humanity and other times simply wrenching my frown into a smile. I will miss air guitars to Jon Bon Jovi, faking dirty Italian-American accents in the lab at 6:30PM on a Friday, discussing designs for pulsejets in the hallway, Asian Bistro lunches, Phodown Fridays, ruff-n-tumble soccer games and many many other special moments. I don't say it lightly: The people I worked with in Princeton were absolutely hands down amazing.
Now, before I provoke any kind of sob-binge let me inject some hilarity. I worked on a project called ORCA. Yes, just like the killer whale. And in a sort of haphazard way, I was actually the person who came up with the name. I also used to wear a knitted rabbit hat in the winter which everyone loved. Unfortunately I lost it. My most excellent coworkers could not pass up the chance to get me the most amazing hat I could ever have. I present to you (drumroll): Hat ORCA (or ORCA-H)
I will keep this blog updated as time goes on. For family, for friends and of course for those coworkers in Princeton. I thank you all for your time and friendship, and I can't WAIT to come back to visit and get a solid game of soccer in!