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Life in Madison

Short strange trip

I was back in the San Francisco bay area (south bay) last week. I lived in the south bay for several years right after college. I took a cab from SFO down to Santa Clara on highway 101. Each exit I passed had these little flickers of remeberance.  “San Antonio… I liked San Antonio Avenue. Where did it go?  Los Altos… oh that’s right”,  “Rengsdorff… that feels industrial”,  “Mathilda… don’t like Mathilda…”

It took me a couple of days before I figured out the details of the emotions.  San Antonio – was where I lived in a nice bungelo.  Rengsdorff lead out to Target Therapeutics, the small start-up I worked for.  Mathilda was where I lived last and went through the my divorce.

While I was back there, I met up with Lisa Minshall which was most excellent.  I haven’t seen Lisa for almost a decade.  We were close close friends while I lived and worked in the bay area.   It was really wonderful to see her again.  I’m still smiling about it.

That same week (talk about synchronicity) Kathy Mah showed up on IM!  I have been searching for Kat for years.   I had googled and googled for her.  I had contacted other friends who had old phone numbers.   Kat was lost.   I had added her last known AOL screen name to my chat list “just in case”.   Suddenly she popped up.

“OH MY GOD!  KAT!  IS IT YOU!”

‘YES. TIS TIS!’

Wow.  What a week.  What a wonderful week of reconnecting with long lost friends.

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About jimphelps

Chair, ITANA Enterprise Architect, Sr. IT Architect; UW-Madison

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