|From:||"Robert A. Hayden" <hayden@*******.MANKATO.MSUS.EDU>|
|Date:||Mon, 19 Jun 1995 16:56:21 -0500|
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Date: Mon, 19 Jun 1995 16:41:55 -0500 (CDT)
From: Doctor Doom <jch8169@*******.tamu.edu>
To: "Robert A. Hayden" <hayden@*******.mankato.msus.edu>
Subject: Reluctant Tidings
'Tis indeed with a passing weighty heart that I proffer tidings
of my intended tenuring of resignation from the post of Assistant
Fearless Leader, also known as Dread Executor, to become effective in
what I perceive to be the customary two week's time.
Likely the receipt of this news is met with chagrin and puzzlement.
I do not depart for reasons of ennui -- neither my zeal for ShadowRun or
this list's discussion have waned; embark driven by causes of perceived
burden of duties -- verily, there are poor occasions, but I would not
relinquish this post unless the trials and tribulations grew many-fold
worse; for considerations of personality conflict -- your and I, despite
our dramatically diametric views, have e'er maintained a cordial entente'.
The /sole/ motivation
Quite the contrary, do understand the sole motivation driving this
act is purely practical, /id est/ the pending cessation of my Internet
access to terminate simultaneous with the close of my academic career at
Texas A & M ('twould be most inappropriate for your executive administrator
to be without requisite means for the carrying out of his duties, nicht
wahr?); consequently, I am uncertain as to the length of the duration of my
divorce from the communicative intercourse of the network, and I cite this
temporal durational indeterminacy as the chief contributor to the rationale
for my stepping down.
If I was confident of a timely resumption of connection this letter
would merely mention a lengthy hiatus -- forsooth, as I hope it shall be (and
if the procession of events grants life to this wish, I would supplicate for
some retention of amiability on your part to the possibility that I might
resume my office).
Hayden, I say with all honesty that it has been a pleasure and an
honor to serve both you and the members of Our Fair List in such capacity
for such a time. I begrudge the necessity, and I egress not lacking a hint
of sorrow and regret. But leave I do, and for parts unknown, perhaps to
return, perhaps not. The much-honored Dark Elf ne'er was able to return
to us, and if this earlier referent holds true for me, I would hope that
the individuals of this list shall occasionally lend a thought or two to
my memory, thereby demonstrating that my span here will not have passed
unheeded and unhonored. Though blind arrogance pricks me on, I feel
confident in declaring that, for better or worse,
"You shall ne'er see our like again."
Very sincerely yours,
"... Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off and sitting well in order smite
The surrounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars until I die."
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"
P.S. Should you desire to do so, you may forward this to the list;
I considered announcing my intent to the general, but I felt
you deserved to be informed of it first.