i didn't go back out until 3pm, took a short walk to chinatown to buy some pastries ($1.20) and a cup of carambola pearl tea ($3). when i came back, tom asked me for my e-mail address, which i was more than happy to give him. "it's been nice working with you," he said. i hesitated, slightly confused. "today's my last day here," he explained. i suddenly realized what he was telling me. like some horrible deja vu, this was the second time where i've been at a company that's let tom go. i've myself been through so many layoffs (although usually i am the recipient) that i was sort of numb to the whole news. what can you say, really? and just like that, he was gone.
alex and i went running at 4pm, minus kristine, who took half the day off to refinance her car. i didn't have the unfettered energy of our very first run on wednesday, but what i lacked in liveliness i made up for in speed, both of us running at about my usual gallop. we went along my old kendall square based charles river route, down the mass ave bridge, across the longfellow. somehow the path seemed shorter, although the vast quantity of "visual distractions" might've something to do with it. coming back, we even ran through downtown crossing, rudely dodging people left and right like an obstacle course.
back at the office, katrinka told me about the seahorses she and brian have been raising at home, and thought about what to raise in the office salt water tank now that puff the pufferfish has dead. people started to head out, james, then alex, then katrinka & brian. i was the next to go at 6pm, leaving adam behind in the office. i almost fell asleep on the commute back home, many days of 4 hours sleep finally taking a toll on me.
when i got home, i quickly fell asleep on the couch watching the red sox game (versus the yankees, red sox would eventually win, 10-5, now they're only 3.5 games behind our nemesis). i slept some more in the bedroom, before waking up at around midnight to make dinner, soup from a can again. mike lee, who earlier today had left a message on my cellphone about possibly moving in tonight, is missing in action once again.