good news & bad news

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Today was definitely one of those days, both very good and very bad. I finally heard back on an offer I was negotiating for at a new job. I didn't want to blabber about it here too soon as I didn't want to jinx anything. I applied for the job way back in April, interviewed for it in June, and learned that my references and former supervisors were being contacted this month. It's a job very much on my career path, with subject matter that is interesting to me, and the salary ain't bad either. I can't go too much into what or where it is as I've learned not to reveal those sort of things on this blog from past experiences. Anyhow, it will be challenging and interesting and also a very good step in the right direction for me.

But I also got word that a guy I dated in May/June passed away last weekend unexpectedly. I'm sure it was a surprise to everyone, as he was in good health. I couldn't believe it myself until I got the message about the location of the funeral. He was co-located in Manhattan, where the service will be held on Saturday. I hadn't seen him since I left for Ireland, and it will be good to see him again one last time. Brett was a bright star who knew where he was going, and was surrounded by good people I look forward to meeting at the services. He wasn't in DC for long, but those of us who knew him here will miss him as I will:
Brett and me, May 2008
Photo of Brett and me by TJ, on a night out at JR's for a few.

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Mel said:

I suppose it's scary and sad when your friends start dying at any age, but when it starts at *our* age it's a particularly stark reminder of how frail we are, and how precious our friendships are.

Brian said:

That's sad. You have my condolences. :(


Very sorry to hear about your friend. I won't blather on as I always find such things annoying. *warm hug*

Side note, good luck on the job. I'll keep my fingers (and toes) crossed.

durban bud said:

So so shocking. Nice guy. I believe I snapped that photo. Was a pleasure to have known him, however brief. Sorry about this, Jimbo.

Sarah Jean said:

Very sorry for your loss.

Lee said:

Sorry about the loss. Definite shocker!

atari_age said:

I'm so sorry about this Jimbo. This is a shock and I hope you are doing as well as can be expected.

brettcajun said:

I met the other Brett personally in May. I am so shocked because he looked like the epitome of good health. I am shocked he has passed away. I am sorry about your loss Jimbo. When I heard the news, it reinforced the message that we should give all of our friends big hugs and tell them that we love them as much as possible.

Tim said:

You have my condolences jimbo, sorry it had to happen on the cusp of god news.

Sean said:

Very sad news about your friend, Jimbo. I had a similar shock two weeks ago. It's hard to believe that people can here one day and just be gone the next.

Hang in there.

Congrats on the new job, Jimbo!
And I'm real sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

cb said:

Wow, I'm not sure what to say. Congratulations about the job, and I'm very sorry to hear about your friend's passing.

Ryan said:

Wow. He looked so healthy. What did he pass away from, Jimbo?

TOS said:

I too, add my sympathy and condolences, I'm just checking blogs now. It's been a while since I've seen you but I hope you are doing well. Congrats on the new job too.

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