The End of a Chapter

RIPE from the Harbour Tower

The small com­pa­ny where I have been work­ing for the past year and a half or so (at first full-time, lat­er part-time) had some tra­di­tions. When­ev­er some­one had a birth­day, there was a birth­day cake (usu­al­ly choco­late) and a card signed by every­one. On Fri­days, a bunch of us would go out for lunch togeth­er at a local pub or restau­rant (usu­al­ly the Lions Pub near Coal Har­bour). On Chi­nese New Year, we would all go out for Dim Sum at a local restau­rant. There was a sum­mer pic­nic, often at Kits or Jeri­cho Beach, and dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, a nice Christ­mas buf­fet din­ner down­town. I did make it for one non-annu­al tra­di­tion, an ‘off­site team-build­ing event’, which was main­ly an excuse for us all to indulge in go-cart rac­ing (which was a blast!) The first day I start­ed with the com­pa­ny, I expe­ri­enced one of the tra­di­tions the com­pa­ny had for any­one leav­ing (which was fair­ly rare), a farewell lunch at a near­by restau­rant. Fol­low­ing a cer­tain cir­cu­lar pat­tern, today, at the com­pa­ny RIPE B2B, I attend­ed a farewell lunch, only this time it was for me.

While there were some times when I found it painful not to have not enough to do at RIPE (and I have no idea why it was always spelled like an acronym), and it’s a shame that it did­n’t pan out as the place where I would be able to spend the rest of my career, I’m still glad to have worked there. In ret­ro­spect, the famil­ial scale of the com­pa­ny (about 12–15 peo­ple) in an old con­vert­ed build­ing in Gas­town meant that I was able to work on some small projects while the rest of our life in a new city, coast and coun­try began to sort itself out. The bus com­mute was short and easy, and I could fre­quent­ly leave work and go straight to a con­cert, Game­lan rehearsal or lec­ture.

I got to meet and work with a lot of smart, friend­ly peo­ple. I hope they all do well, and the new project that they are work­ing on ends up becom­ing a big suc­cess. Even if it’s not a huge smash-hit and they don’t get bought out by some big­ger com­pa­ny, I hope most of all, that they keep hav­ing those lit­tle tra­di­tions.

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