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May 10, 2005

They're everywhere

gordon 001.jpg I have an abundance of former colleagues. I do not know if that is because I work in Asia, or for an investment bank, or both. It just is.

I was reminded of that twice this week. THe first time was last night, when a couple of the guys from the office invited me out to meet a guy we had worked with in my early days in Tokyo. (he's the relaxed guy in the blue shirt).

I did not know him that well, but he always seemed like a good bloke, so I was happy to go along. He went to London almost four years ago, intending to leave Asia and banking behind him. Inevitably, his plans have changed and he is back in Asia (HK this time) working for a broker. Anyway, to close the circle he made the trip up to Tokyo, hence the night out.

We did the usual thing - a few drinks in the pub (Hobgoblin), a quick ramen, and more drinks at Geronimo's. The operative word is "usual" because this is the blessing and curse of former colleagues: they are always around and seemingly always thirsty. It was a quiet night for me, home by midnight etc. The others were out until 4am...someone has to do it.

The second reminder came earlier today as I was in the office trying to think of something to write here. Another former colleague turned up, this one from my time in NY, in Tokyo to meet with clients. Maybe this does not count as we still work for the same company, but I had not seen him in five years so I am assuming it does. We had a quick chat about people we had in common and it was good to see him again. Just as important, it gave me something to write about.

Posted by Kirk on May 10, 2005 10:30 PM


I find saru-koen, so next time we should try to Karaoke!!! Thanks for burbecue!

Posted by: Chihiro at May 14, 2005 01:13 AM

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