Saying Goodbye: Part I

Wednesday was the first in what will be many goodbyes to friends and family. I went to the AT&T Call Center I worked at for so long for a farewell tour.

It lasted quite a bit longer than I had anticipated. So many people were interested in where I was going and what I was doing. I got to see some old faces and met some new ones. I even got to hijack a new hire training class for a few minutes and talk to the all about my experiences at AT&T and my upcoming adventures. Thanks for that.

The director also wanted to send us off with a nice lunch and took the wife and I to Zio’s. I haven’t eaten there in a long time and it was a nice change of pace. Not to mention the blessing of a free lunch.

I didn’t realize how much I missed it up there. I came in at 9:30 and left at 4:30 when it was all said and done. I told my story many times and everyone was so positive about it. It was a stark contrast to my last day at the store. No management was there, I just gave my keys to someone and told ‘Bye’. I got a lot of hugs and a few tears at the center. I suppose that’s the difference between seven years and ten months.

Today is Indi’s last day at the center. I hope hers goes as well as mine did.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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