After almost twenty years of being a trial attorney, an appellate attorney, a managing attorney, and assistant counsel for legal services for our company, I am taking down my shingle to be just plain old Steve Cotton. (Hanging up my cape would be just a bit too grandiose -- even for me.)
Yesterday was surprisingly busy. I ran from meeting to meeting to tie up loose ends while simultaneously trying to clean up my files for their new owners. I can honestly say that the fact that I will be leaving the building for the last time today has not yet sunk in. It will, most likely. during the very generous retirement ceremony my colleagues have planned for me.
Last night, as I left the building, I was the last person on our floor. I took a quick look around. The structure is the same as it was two decades ago, but the place is filled with a good portion of my life (one-third of it, to make a fine point of it).
I have a tradition when I cruise to walk the decks of the ship on the last night of the cruise. It helps to build memories, and to release me to head off on the next level of adventure.
I will be ready to take that last walk later today around what has been my two decade cruise.