Sometimes I get reminded just how small the world is. For the last several days I have been communicating with a family member of a U.S. Citizen that I am trying to assist for the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.
During yesterday’s conversation at some point I mentioned that I used to work for EDS. Then she said she used to work for EDS too, but now worked for GM.
We continued discussing the individual’s situation. There were several issues we needed plan out and we covered them one by one.
When we had covered all the issues, I changed the subject and asked if she happened to work for GM when GM bought EDS and EDS took over all of GM’s information processing infrastructure.
She said she had been hired two weeks before the EDS acquisition. During that period, I had just accepted a new position in Virginia working as the technical director on an Army contract that EDS has just won. However, when the GM acquisition happened, EDS’s whole world was turned upside down. We had 13,000 employees one day and the next day we had doubled in size.
No one knew where they were going to be working from one day to the next. I was part of the transaction team and went to Detroit for a few day to help transition the GM employees to EDS employees.
These were exciting times. Challenges and opportunities were around every corner. It was similar to moving to Panama as a retiree now. Challenges and opportunities around every corner.
I think we decided that we had both retired from EDS at the same time.
So as I was taking my evening swim yesterday, my thoughts moved to how small the world is. Here I am living a very enjoyable life in Panama, far removed from my old life back in the U.S..
What are the odds that I should find myself helping a person that I worked with for 15 years and never had the pleasure of meeting. Yes we were in different parts of the country, but still I think that is pretty incredible.
I really love my life. Here I am approaching 73, but I am still active, I am in good health, I have a wonderful wife, and it seems like a month never goes by but what I feel like I have been given an opportunity to do something worthwhile.
Life just doesn’t get any better than this.