One of our former library interns, Ben, is leaving town. He's moving to Wichita, Kansas to take a job. Albany is a tough market for a new librarian because there's a library school here, and moving away is often the best option. The folks in Wichita had called and I gave a positive reference for him.
He had asked his friends whether he should stay or should he go. I advocated for his departure, not because I was getting rid of him - as he [kiddingly?] suggested, but because his life was simple enough (no house, no spouse, etc.) that leaving was easier than it might be later in life.
Last night, he had a BBQ/auction. Well, not everything was auctioned, only "the most prized and valuable items" were auctioned. Other items were sold in a more traditional manner -- "priced and sold to the fist taker". I think he meant "first", for there wasn't anything worth fighting over.
He is a lapsed blogger who may get back to it after he gets settled in his new job.
Ben leaves for Wichita tomorrow. Good luck.
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