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  • Every year I go back to New York for a company Christmas Party.
    I always combine a few days of work with a couple of extra days to go to Museums and catch up with friends.
    I felt awkward leaving home this year, it has been a complicated few months, but it was a short trip and my life needs to go on.

    Over the years I return to see people who I knew in work setting, but at the party we get to relax and share a few moments of time without the pressure of deadlines and with the benefit of hindsight.

    One year a former crewmember introduced me to his new wife, “ Kathy was my boss,” he said.
    Well, manager technically. At the time he had said to me “Everyone knows that you don’t sign the paychecks.”
    His wife smiled and shook my hand. “Were you mean to him?” she asked me.
    An odd question, but I am honest: “Yes I was,” I said. I butted heads with all the tough guys. I had so much to prove.
    “I deserved it,” he said. He came right back with that!
    We all laughed and the party moved on.

    Through the years the past and the present and the future mix together in one room.
    Sometimes I step outside of myself, as if looking from outside of the party. I stop and watch the swirls of people talking and flowing together.
    And then, gradually, the room empties out.
    We float away to a taxi, or a train, heading towards the next year.
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