The PPA inner circle takes a major hit this weekend, as long-time friend/confidant Fidel moves up to DC to become ambassador to Kosovo or something like that. It's almost inconceivable to contemplate the city without him around; in the six or so years we've known each other, I'd estimate we've gone out drinking one billion times and consumed 3.2 gigaliters of beer. One of the funniest and smartest people I've ever known, and the one with the most (in his own way) integrity, he's really made this city much more bearable.
I think most of the stories I could tell wouldn't translate well (or I'm forbidden to tell them) -- lots of drink involved -- but it's been a good six years of debating politics and commiserating over the shortcomings of life in Atlanta. I've said it several times recently -- life without Fidel will be much more productive but much less fun, and I'd take fun over productive any day.
Good luck, man. We still have a world to win.