22.04.2017 - 22.04.2017 9 °C
Michael was my colleague when I worked at JP Morgan, from 1986 till 1990. He was based in New York and I was desperate to move but stuck in Brussels. We both were in Human Resources at that time, and we got to know each other better when we together developed and delivered a management training course for non-English speakers. I left the bank to start my glorious career in credit and political risk insurance, Michael left a bit later but we stayed in touch all along. Almost 70 years old he is still working full time, since that is what you have to do to have a health insurance. Over the years we managed to meet from time to time , the last time at his place in New Rochelle, Rhode Island.
Michael is married to Craig, who is history professor in a New York college. Both like classical music and this time we joined for a concert of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 20th century brass, Elgar and Berlioz, slightly outside my comfort zone but wholly tolerable. After that we went for drinks, there was a lot to catch up from both sides. We promised to see each other again soon, somewhere in the world. This usually sounds hollow but with Michael, I’m sure we will.