Let us all take a moment to reflect, to think back on gentler times, and to remember our friends: the John Lobb boots. They're in a better place now, but when they were still on eBay, they brought more joy and fulfillment to those around them than any of us realized at the time. You know, it's true what they say: you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Well, that's certainly true of the boots. Can any of you remember the first time you met them? You can if, like me, they made an immediate and delightful impression. And like any good friend does, the boots came back to see you, time and time and time again, sometimes expectedly and sometimes without calling. I remember one particularly bad day: I'd had a rough time at work, my children were particularly trying, and my wife (bless her!) had bought another useless thing...we've all had those days. Well, true to form, the boots came around, and I just couldn't help smiling, ear to ear. I can see by the grins and nods that many of you have been there, too.
Well, those times are gone. But don't be sad, be happy for all that the boots did for us. Be aware of the richness the boots gave each and every one of us, and probably others too. Be glad for the times we had, not bitter for the time no longer available to us. Be happy to spread to others the joy the boots gave you and me. But most importantly, be willing to relive those times by sharing fine, old stories of the good (and the bad!) that we all went through with our dear friends, the John Lobb boots. I hope that in happier days, you and I can do just that.
Go with peace, boots. Go with peace.