Best, easiest breaking of the news so far; ran in to a guy in the cafe who used to be our network guru. He noted the cane I was leaning on.
“What happened, you hurt yourself?”
“Naw, man, Lou Gehrig’s.”
“Oh. …That sucks, I’m sorry.”
“Thanks. I’m alright. How’s the new job?”
“It’s going great! I’m really glad to not be in charge of things anymore.”
And then we dished about network infrastructures and technology and selling houses for ten minutes. And that was all. He asked as we parted if there was anything he could do, I told him I was okay, thanks, but I’d keep him posted. Sometimes the best reaction is just, “Well…shit. Sorry.” and then move on.