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My father passed away on Friday

My dad was 74, and has been battling cancer for the past two and half years...
He went into hospital nearly two weeks ago, as a shunt in his esophagus was causing some problems.
Doctors operated, and he came out very weak, at that stage, we were told he had between 2 and 6 months.
But he was far too weak to leave the hospital.

Then last Wednesday he started to hemorrhage, doctors gave him hours, but my dad held on. Thursday night he slipped into a coma, and passed away Friday at 8pm GMT.
It's hard to find solace...

My leaving note from work

It is such a weird feeling- lots of things happening right now.
Dads health is really really bad, doctors have said if he pulls through this week, then it could be anytime from a few months to 6 months..
Dealing with some INS stuff right now, which leaves me in a weird status for 3 to 6 months, not where I want to be, not with dad being the way he is :-(
But for those who are no longer with the company, here's my leaving note:
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I must say, after spending nearly 10 years reading leaving messages, I still never fully thought
about what to say in mine till now. :-)
I had considered asking Hal to do it... I am still convinced BOFH is based on him..
But I shall take a stab at it myself

Synopsis: Friday I'm outta here ..
Drinks: Thursday 28th, Sweetwater, post work.

Ok still with me?
It's not without a heavy heart I take my leave, just shy of 10 years, and that little plastic water filled running man statue.. really disappointed I didn't make it.
But I think I leave just when there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for this blasted, but great-little-big company :-D
Am going to be taking a few months off, before I start my next adventure, or at least that's the plan.

A couple of notes of thanks..

UK Folks, Nick & Rich especially, take care guys, gonna miss ya. Have one in the Albion on me *cough*

Muintir na h'Eire- go n'eirigh on bothar libh, taim cinnte go bualigh linn aris.

US folks- Wow huge list of folks to thank,
-Torgie thank you for so much, you & your now much bigger family really helped me feel like I could make a home here !
- Mr. King, thank you for bringing me here in the first place. However I shall never use AOLServer again!:-)
- Andy/Jay/Dianna, thank you for letting me be one of the amigo's, I shall miss working with you guys.
- PJ, the phrase 'bless your heart' will always remain with me, and I shall continue to use it in the most evil sense possible.
- Linux Chick... I ain't fixing no more flipping tcl.. but shall miss working with you all the same.
- Mr. Rohr, doubt you're on this list anymore, but still enjoyed the shouting matches non the less !!
- Anita C., Ping, uggh everyone that I can't honestly remember right now, I will miss you of course :-)
- Mandrews, dude if you call me Scotish once more, or txt me @ 4am about SOB..... will slightly, just ever so slightly miss your craziness.

*Tips pimp cup in memory of fallen homies* From the old East Point Dublin, Hammersmith London, Orbital, and Dulles campus there's a lot of old friends gone- IE/UK/DCI/WSP etc.. I thank you all.

Local & Search you've been my home for the past few years, and I really appreciate having that environment to grow in, it was truly great.

Lastly, the wear sunscreen moment..
The one and only task I leave you with, you the individuals built this company, you remain in touch with the users, you know how to make it great again. Don't just accept orders from your superiors, challenge them for more. If the idea doesn't make sense, question it, and provide one that works.
You are the biggest stake holder in this company, and don't ever forget that.
If they still don't get it, give them hell !!!

Yours humbly
Patrick O'Leary
polearyuk

Nearly bit it this morning...

Ok, I think karma is out to get me...
Nearly had a big accident on the way into work this morning. Driving down Elden, when some guy pulls out of one of the turns in's to the shopping strip. That's generally ok, I was on the left lane, except he kept coming...
The next thing I see is his front tire coming over the white line, towards my front tire. Literally he was going to side swipe me, I had to swerve into on coming traffic to avoid getting hit, and just braked before hitting the traffic island....

I didn't even have time to sit on the horn and shout profanities at him!
Had to pull over and take a breather after that- holy crap, I could have had a head on collision less than a mile from my apartment...

Got to the gates at work, just to realize I left my badge at home :-(
Turned around, got it, got to my desk, to realize I left my laptop in the car, on the 3rd floor of the garage....
I don't know what the hell is going on