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Cheers Charlie!

Charlie Alfred is a highly intelligent and eloquent writer on the topic of software architecture. He is the first (and still, only) internet friend that I’ve met in real life; face-to-face. We hooked up for lunch to shoot the shit twice when he was visiting a client of his located in my neighborhood.

Charlie is the second person to affirm my deeply held belief that “context is king” in software architecture. He also taught me about the concept of “the architecture of the problem“. But like all good relationships, ours isn’t all about mushy love, kisses, and total agreement. Charlie often provides valuable counter-intelligence to my blustery blogging BS that causes me to step back, reconsider, and often soften my beliefs.

Since my friend Charlie hasn’t been feeling well lately and I haven’t interacted with him in a while, I’d like to wish Charlie and his family a very special, very merry, Christmas.

Charlie Alfred

A heartfelt thanks to Ruth Malan for suggesting the idea of this post.

  1. charliealfred
    December 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Thanks BD00! Since I haven’t needed to travel to upstate as often as before, it seems like a long time since that dinner at Dino’s. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

    The news I got in December can be looked at as very bad news. Surprisingly, at the same time, I can see it as a blessing. It will ensure that I develop skills I never really needed to use: be positive all the time, enjoy life one day at a time, and stop worrying about things I can’t control.

    If my priorities are a deck of cards, they were just re-shuffled in a good way. Life was always too short for wasting energy on frustrations and worries about the future. Now more so.

    • December 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      My first dirty martini of the day, which will be imbibed shortly since it’s a special day, is on you buddy! 🙂

  2. December 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Hear hear! You’re a good man, Tony D. to offer up these good wishes. Here’s to you, Charlie!

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