Aidan, I'm glad you're OK. I was concerned, especially since you are recently recovering from back problems.
Yeah guys - I do consider us as part of an international family. And reading your thoughts on a daily basis I feel as if I've gotten to know some of you well. For those I've had the pleasure of meeting in person it's been very rewarding for me. You've never let me down. I hope that the times I've picked up the phone to call a few of you haven't seemed out of line.
It is the quality of the people here that make this forum what it is. I realized this a very long time ago. You know, you can't pick your family members. You usually can't choose your coworkers. But you certainly have some say-so regarding with whom you spend your free time and who you consider to be your friend. The fact that many of us keep posting here is a testament to that.
One more thing. As a few of you know, I lost my father earlier this year. He was 93. This will be my first Christmas without him. It may sound trite, but life is very short. If you love someone, or simply care for them as a friend, it's important to let them know. Let them know you care. Tell them you love them. Get together. Buy them a beer (or whatever they choose). This time of season, no matter which holiday you celebrate - or if you celebrate no particular holiday at all - this is an especially good opportunity to phone someone up and tell them how much they mean to you.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Happy Kwannza, and Happy Holidays to you!
I'm pretty sure you guys know that I'm not kidding or joking around when I say that you all
mean a lot to me. Thank you for your friendship.
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