Or leaving soon; life empties.
End of an era.
Three of my best friends - and those with the greatest number of years in China under their belt - all despaired of the place and quit last year. Three more are getting set to do so. And of the handful of my hardcore friends who still remain, just about all of them have got tied down with wives/girlfriends, steady jobs, mortgages, and have completely renounced their social lives.
My plan for a great farewell tour of erstwhile favourite bars - before I embark upon another spell of 'clean living' - has been rather hindered by having NO-ONE to accompany me on it. And now by a humdinger of a dose of 'flu!!