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Farewell at the Ballroom: Time, Love

At the Ballroom
Many of the best friends I’ve had in Seattle have been co-workers at some point. Tonight, we had a farewell gathering at the Fremont Ballroom, for a very good old friend of mine. I’m pretty sad to see her go.

A few months ago, during training for the Whidbey Half — an event in which this friend participated by walking — I listened to On Beauty by Zadie Smith. I remember being at the end of an eleven mile run near Laurelhurst, and stopping in my tracks, when the narrator dropped the line “…he didn’t realize…Time is how you spend your love.” Indeed.

I’m pretty beholden to my blackberry scheduling system where I prioritize tasks and whatnot with shocking fanaticism. I find myself ridiculously concerned with meeting self-imposed deadlines. Yet, when I heard of this gathering, I cleared the decks for the evening and posted all tasks ahead, completely devoted to this activity. There wasn’t any way I wouldn’t be spending my Time here.

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