In the current economic environment, living through the closing of an office may be familiar to many people. As a result, when I received the following from a friend, I thought others should have the chance to read it.
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 11:25:35 -0400
Subject: noted in passing

10. A.M.F
9.  Taking the last train home. 
8.  "Hope you enjoyed the show ,kids!"
7.  "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, where*ever* you are."
6.  Not with a bang, but a whimper.
5.  "Say 'goodnight', Gracie."   "Goodnight Gracie."
4.   ". . . they just fade away." 
3.  "So long and thanks for all the fish."
2.   "And that's the way it is . . ." 
1.  "Turn out the lights.  The party's over."

                Last Friday evening, Eric and I took one more load of trash down to the dumpster from the Herndon office. We played a quick round of Frisbee Golf through the empty cubicles using mousepads as Frisbees. Then each of us carted a few personal belongings down to our vehicles. After shaking hands with him and saying good-bye, I went back for one last check.

                I checked that the door was locked, hit the wall switches to turn everything off and walked around the floor to make sure nothing was left behind. There was a light in the kitchen to put out and then I saw one last light in the NOC. I walked in and looked around for a moment. One fluorescent light was glowing in the console that used to be Mike's desk. At 5:45 pm, I turned out the light and then headed out for the elevator.