Actual IM conversation today (edited for copy, clarity and to avoid search engines, somewhat):

Cari says: I just realized I've been with PRW-- for three years.
Cari says: Who knew I'd survive without you?
Paolo says: You didn't.
Paolo says: You work for Vo--- now.
Paolo says: I handed you off.
Cari says: You were such a good mentor
Cari says: Getting me all trained up to conquer the software world
Cari says: If John Harris [WWU prof] could see me now.

Another journa-friend thanks me for all of her professional success. Next in line...