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This is the kind of thing that typifies why blogs suck, the fact that people feel some sort of NEED to make entries like this for the whole world to read, but with that in mind, here we go.

I'm what they call a "frontline engineer," which means I handle the routine everyday type of support cases that come into the queue. There are also "backline engineers," who take the stuff for which we can't immediately see the fix, or where there's a suspected bug in our own code, &c. One of the backline engineers made daily appearances at our "tough case" meetings - generally just times of the day where we'd kvetch about whatever cases we happened to be working at that time, but he was a valuable sounding board for us to bounce problems off of, suggesting courses of action we might not have considered or people we could bring in to consult on our findings.

Yesterday, he and I happened to be a few minutes early to the meeting. I tend to be semi-comatose at this time of day as I'm JUST getting to my first cup of coffee, but this day - after staring blankly at the whiteboard for a while - I got up, walked across the room and indicated a flow chart box with "Walgreen's" written inside it. I explained that there WASN'T an apostrophe in "Walgreens," dammit, and I was tired of having to look at it (since this had been the second day of me seeing it - we never erase whiteboards around here) so I very carefully removed it without damaging any of the rest of the notes. He responded with "You know, you could just sit on the other side of the table with your back to the whiteboard."

My jaw dropped...not only because it was so simple, but because I had no quick response to it because it was so LOGICAL. Instead, I said something about not having had my coffee yet.

This morning I was a little early to the meeting again and I found that the apostrophe had been replaced. That made me smile, so I erased it again and wrote a very tiny "ha" in its place for whoever might have replaced it. But he didn't make it to today's meeting to see it. Of course, I didn't think anything of it at the time - he's a busy guy and sometimes he's got other meetings.

Then an hour ago the company-wide email was sent out saying that our co-worker had been involved in a motorcycle accident this morning and died.

I've barely been here five months, so I can't really say he was a friend, or even that I knew him all that well - but I was GETTING to know him. I knew that he liked his bike, he always wore western shirts, and although childless, he and his wife were fiends at working hard volunteering for the Jaycees (

I don't WANT to be reminded that every time you interact with someone, it could be the last time... but there it is all the same.

All in all, not the best of afternoons.

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