Dave worked for the Logistics Agency for thirty years. He was an odd duck, but not lacking in character. If you had a question regarding society, music and politics from the 1960's through 70's, Dave had the answer. He had a habit of talking a lot. But the good thing was, when he was done, you felt like you learned something... usually. His free time was filled with taking care of his 90 something year old mom, and hanging out at his favorite dive bar. We all worry that now with his mom gone, he'll just hang out at the bar all day. With an occasional detour to the library, one hopes. He liked the free DVDs.
Dave just retired last month. I miss him. His replacement is a humorless quasi-dullard that makes Dave look like a 10 day Jeopardy! winner. The work is boring, and having an intellectual foil was something that I took for granted. The new guy reminds me of a poorly coded AI that answers questions based on an algorithm. I swear that in the last month, the new guy has had the same boring response to a half dozen unique conversations. The new guy is not "unlikeable". He just seems to have the depth of a piece of paper.
I know what you're thinking. I should go find Dave at his bar, and that'll fix things. It will not. Some things exist in their own ecosystem. Like our relationship. He moved on, as he had to. I truly hope he finds something to keep his mind and spirit busy.
Me? I'm just left with the boxes. And my life is a bit more empty.