I found out today that one of my favorite bosses, who always happily provided references and helped me get positions is retiring. Add to that that nearly every university professor I’ve ever had, including my mentor, have retired, and I’m basically at the point career-wise where I don’t get to call in favors from people much higher up the food chain than I am. I’m pretty sure this is how Ripley felt when they took her out of hypersleep and she had to go get certified to use that loader thing.