As a result of an unfortunate confluence of circumstances, Merrill Corporation and I parted company at the beginning of this month. The separation is, I believe, as amicable as such things can be; I am sad but I bear no grudges. I cannot fully express how very much I will miss my friends and coworkers; they are as smart, knowledgeable, talented, and hard-working a bunch of people as you will ever find. Working with them was at times humbling and always a pleasure (not to mention how sweet and forgiving they were those times I’d go into my “stubborn doodoo-head” mode). I wish them, and Merrill, every success in the coming years.