After over two and a half years, Wednesday was my last day at FON. These have been the “best of times, the worst of times, the tale of two companies”, but overall they have been amazing! I have never had so much fun or enjoyed myself like this before working with a better group of people than I have at FON. It was all worth it!
I have had the great honor of working with such a wide variety of different people from different professions and different fields. I learned about everything from technological geekiness to designing webpages to building a company from the ground up. I also had the great fortune of working closely with our teams across Europe and Asia. But most of all, I had fun — fun with a young and dynamic group of people — and never had to wear a suit, tie, or shave. And we laughed and laughed and laughed the whole way through. When I look back at this time, I am sure that I will think of it as one of the best experiences of my life.
I would love to go into detail about all of the people that I worked with and explain how much I value and appreciate each of them. But then this would simply be too cheesie. Instead, I will leave you with these two videos: one that was made two months ago by our super photographer, Iban (I was suspiciously absent that day) and Berga’s goodbye video from a year ago. Now back to wires.
Hasta el Movimiento Siempre!
Spin it all you want, but when something is dead, it is dead. Humpty Dumpty has fallen. The Emperor is stark, raving naked. And Monty Python’s parrot is bereft of life. It’s not only Hillary who is in denial. It’s time to move on!
Believe it or not, I used to be a Randy Travis fan back in the early 90s. He had some pretty great songs like “I Told You So“, “Reasons I Cheat” and “On the Other Hand.” That’s right — I have some pretty strange tastes in music (and other things). I also used to be an Opera aficionado, Reggae junky, and even got into some of my college roommate’s Metal. It is also no secret that I think Lyle Lovett is king, and I dig Mos Def, The Roots, and other quality Hip-Hop. I get nostalgic for the 80s classics, regardless of the haircuts, and I love my old 18th Street Lounge days. Now I spend most of my time listening to Jazz, but I do give myself ample time to reminisce with former tastes and even check out more eccentric stuff. If it’s good, I’ll listen.
In any event, this post had a purpose. Yes, now I remember. At work, we’d been putting together a customer loyalty program directed at regaining inactive users. Whenever we’d meet to discuss it, I’d always get distracted from debating the finer points because I’d be lost singing the lines from Randy Travis’ song “Promises”. My contribution to the efforts was giving the whole thing a nice, catchy name — the “Broken Promise” program — for internal purposes only, of course.
I woke up early this Saturday morning. Instead of of wasting my time, I stayed in bed and listened to a bunch of Charles Mingus albums featuring Eric Dolphy, including
- Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
- Cornell 1964
- The Great Concert of Charles Mingus
- Mingus at Antibes
- Town Hall Concert 1964
My favorite is the last ten minutes of “Fables of Faubus” from Cornell 1964.
This video is of Abdel Halim Hafez singing the classic love song “Ahwak”. Personally, I much prefer the version by the oud trio, Le Trio Joubran, from their album Randana.