Tomorrow is going to be a very sad day. My boss, colleague and great friend for over 20 years spends his last day in charge of UKIRT. Andy Adamson is moving to Gemini.
Andy and I have a long history together. He was my PhD supervisor back in the old days in Preston (I was his first PhD student) and he also taught some of my classes when I was an undergraduate. Not only was he a great supervisor and teacher, but towards the end of my PhD I went through a very bad time when my sister had to give up her battle with cancer and he helped me through the worst time of my life. Just recently he helped me when Pam was diagnosed with cancer and I was feeling as low and depressed as one can get - you have to remember that I got this news at the same time we were told UKIRT would be closing and I'd be out of a job. What a day that was, but Andy (and Pam) got me through it.
So Andy's off to other pastures and leaves a massive hole which I'm supposed to fill. From this weekend I'm Head of Operations for UKIRT, at least for a while until UKIRT's future is determined. I can't say I'm looking forward to it, in fact I'm scared and dreading it while also being excited about the opportunity. It's a strange mixture of emotions.
All I know is there's no way I can do the amazing job Andy did for UKIRT, but I'll do the best I can.