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Old 08-17-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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For me - honestly 0 , people come and go in my life
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Zero.

Maybe one from my last position. We're still friends after a year and a half. See how it goes
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Zero.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Close to an earthquake
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Add me to the zero crowd.
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Seven for me if we only count close life long friends.

Two from a job where I worked 7 years. Actually three if I counted my husband whom I met at this job ;-).

Two from graduate school (one of my thesis adviser and one grad student in my research group).

Four from my last job where I worked 24 years.

If we also count ex bosses or co-workers whom I consider good friend and keep in touch over the years (exchanging Christmas cards, sharing family and life event news), I have a dozen more such friends.

The other day, I was chatting with a former colleague who retired 2 years before me. He told me that there were 3 things that he missed about work:

1. The people he worked with. There were few _ssholes, but there were also many very smart and great people.

2. The technical aspects of his job. He was a SEM (scanning electron microscope) expert for 20 years before became a manager. What he saw under the scope were amazing things. I agreed with him completely. I still miss using the TEM (transmission electron microscope) for my master and doctorate theses. I felt like Alice in Wonderland every time that I looked into the scope.

3. The fun, challenge and mental reward of trying to figure out technical problems and found solutions.

Yes, I also miss working in a team with smart and dedicated people to solve technical problems. I really appreciate some of my teammates after working with him or her for many years. We were like soldiers in a trench fighting all kinds of problems mostly technical but sometimes also bureaucracy nonsense.

For me, it was a small step to admire and like someone as co-workers then to enjoy them as life long friends.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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None. Lots of people we consider friendly acquaintances but lifelong friends, 0.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:22 PM
 
Location: PNW
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5 that I can think of odd-hand. I just re-hooked up with a 6th one, one from the past that I hadn't seen since maybe '81.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:36 PM
 
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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3 - if you count wife #2
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