6 weeks sounds like a lot - if you were anything like me it might just disappear without you getting anything done, apart from improving Mario Kart skills.
Good luck with the flagpole.
He said June 14th, but I assume he meant July 14th. Either way, posting an editorial with the title "farewell" sounds odd when he's just taking a vacation. That parting expression sounds more like he's out the door to begin a new career at a startup company or something. There are people in my own department who could take two weeks off from work, and I don't even notice. 🙂
"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought." - Matsuo Basho