One of my closest friends in Maryland organized a farewell lunch for me. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people that showed up. I'm not a very social person. I usually resort to silence when the cardinality of the group exceeds 4. And since my domain of conversational topics lie within engineering, coding, investments, and current events, conversations with me tends to be boring.
And so, being a silent person with technical conversational tendencies in large crowds, I assumed not many people would attend. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a total of 18 friends that attended my farewell lunch. Being the person that I am, I resorted to my usual silence. My friends encouraged me to speak by prodding me with questions. It was both interesting and somewhat overwhelming to get so much attention. I don't know how I ever manage large presentations and being a public speaker -- maybe I am not use to speaking about myself in front of so many people.
I'm appreciative of all the friends that I've made while in Maryland, and I do hope in the future that we continue to keep in touch. I will definitely miss the people and culture here, but I look forward to being closer to family and old college friends... and mostly working in a new environment at a company I don't plan on naming :)