Thursday, May 24, 2012
Last Day on Arsenal Street
In recent weeks, as the parking lot and showroom have gone empty, the reality of this inevitable move hit home. Further, as we started to pack, much as when one packs up a home to move, we’ve come across stuff we’ve forgotten which invariable triggers a memory of days gone by. There have been lots of them—both days, and memories. By my calculation, I have worked here 5,565 days, so about 55,000 hours. That’s a lot of hours. That’s a lot of hours in one building. No wonder I have so many memories that keep flooding back into my consciousness.
As was evident at our farewell-to-Arsenal-Street party last weekend, what has meant the most here isn’t the real-estate or the brand, it’s been the people, and the affinity that Charles River Saab employees have had for one another and the company throughout the years. There were employees at that party who started working here in the 1970s, and every decade since was richly represented. We’ve always been a company full of characters, always colorful, often passionate, and never boring. When Robin DeMaso addressed the assembled on Saturday, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. I don’t imagine that there are too many businesses where so many alumni would get back together like that for one more chance to reunite, to remember, to laugh, and to cry (just a little).