I was reading some news articles today, about a building I once worked in, which is now abandoned and the out of town owners are fighting with the city over who is going to foot the bill for demolishing it. Since it became abandoned, apparently it's become a hot spot for looters, who have been ripping the place apart, stealing copper pipes and other stuff. What really struck me were the accompanying photos that went along with the article. They were pictures of the office suite in particular I once worked in, now all torn apart and in shambles. That was my first real "job" right out of college, 14 years ago. Within a couple years of me working there though, it was apparent they weren't going to remain in business much longer, so I took another job elsewhere and the owners did eventually close it down and moved to another state. At the time, they were about my age now, a husband and wife couple, running a small local ISP business. The building was a former hospital which had been converted to office suites, to attract small business owners in the area. It was exciting to be a part of a small startup like that, but it was also sad to see it not make it. Since then I've worked at two more companies which ended up shutting down as well, and I've been transitioning into just working for myself instead. It's just weird to look back and see places I was excited for when hired there, be empty and abandoned now.