You simply have to watch the video Tom Warren posted from the event. It’s surreal. A man, alone on stage, in the spotlight, in the middle of dark KeyArena (the arena in Seattle where the SuperSonics used to play). And that somehow seems fitting given that it was more like the farewell of a beloved musician or athlete — complete with Ballmer exiting by running through the tunnel to the locker room while high-fiving screaming fans.
It’s easy to make fun of this — "The Time of My Life", really?! — but it’s quite clear that this is beyond sincere. It’s too bizarre and raw not to be. Steve Ballmer really did LOVE. THIS. COMPANY.