So, as to what brokengoose said about coworkers' expections of me, well, the answer to that is easy: get new coworkers.
I am not moving. Perhaps some time in the future I will again work for CMU. But I need a break from Oakland, and I need a break from the politics we have there. Everywhere has politics. This will be something new.
Only when I became a "lame duck" was I able to start seeing the beauty in Oakland again. This weekend my youngest brother graduated as a member of the 75th class to commence from Central Catholic. As I did 14 years ago, he got his walk across the stage at Solders' and Sailors' Hall. I arrived in Oakland in the fall of 1987, and in the intervening 18 years, Oakland has had and lost a night club, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and several other things. It is not the same Oakland it was when I got there. I miss that Oakland.
But time marches on, and here we are. Hopefully I will have more time for some trips to the libraries, and can rediscover some of the charms Oakland held for me all those years ago.