I go to London almost every year for thanksgiving. When I do, I stay at the same small hotel. Every time I send email to get reservations, I get back a very nice note from Samantha telling me that she's looking forward to seeing me again. We always have some lovely chats while I'm there. It's gotten to the point where I almost expect to get mail from her saying, "I've taken the liberty of reserving a room for your usual visit. Will that be OK?" without my having to ask.
Today I got email from her. "As you may or may not be aware, sadly I am leaving Manzi's after 5 years here, and my last day will be Saturday 14th January 2006."