Monday, August 20, 2007

The Road Not Taken

I'm sad that Kenn Hussey has left IBM.

I'm also sad that Wassim Melhem is leaving too.

Both will be working at Embarcadero. My sadness is somewhat tempered by fact that they will be working on technologies that involve EMF, so I expect that I will continue to work with them both.

All this makes me introspective and brings to mind one of my favorite poem's by Robert Frost titled "The Road Not Taken," which of course calls for a gratuitous photo I took on Saturday.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Wassim Melhem said...

Thanks for the tribute, Ed!

However, also keep in mind that:

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason" - Jerry Seinfeld :)

Ed Merks said...

Yes. Though often its hard to gauge which road is the one less traveled. And often the path of least resistance is not the best one, albeit the most comfortable one...