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Level 16

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to share the news with you: I am leaving THWACK. But don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me. Seriously now, it was a tough decision to make, and I’ll try not to turn this farewell into something cheesy.

Even though this is my last week as an official THWACK gatekeeper, guardian of points and professional (s)talker (but soon to be a lurker, because, let’s face IT, who can actually quit THWACK forever?), I still believe I was beyond lucky to have the chance to be part of this amazingly welcoming community, a community which wouldn’t exist without each and every one of you.

I must confess that over the past 2 years THWACK made my job not feel like work. Yes, I did have my gloomy days, when all I wanted to do was to hide under the covers and sleep. But at the end of the day, I felt that it was all worth it, and that my contribution made a difference. Which is the closest I ever got to an ideal job.

Don’t get me wrong, work will always be work, as long as we need that paycheck to pay the bills. But when you are surrounded by passionate and creative people who want to deliver quality, you get inspired and want to get invested more. For most of us, this takes up at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Why spend every day wishing it were Friday, only to wake up next Monday and continue this vicious circle? THWACK allowed not to feel that way, and for this I’m eternally grateful.

But what I’m even more grateful for is having been part of a team which believed in me, accepted my quirkiness, and gave me an opportunity to grow and learn at my own pace. And while this community means much more than the THWACK team, I do have to give a shout out to mrs.alterego, wabbott, and DanielleH. Especially Danielle, who was so much more than my manager. She was genuinely a friend and the best colleague I could hope for. Thank you so much for your patience showed when I joined the team, for giving me the chance to see why Austin is weird, and for the support you gave me when I decided to move to some new opportunities.

Now, before I look for a tissue to wipe away whatever got into my eyes and caused those lacrimal glands to act all funky, I want to assure y'all I'm leaving you in good hands, and I wish everyone will enjoy THWACK as much as I did. And if you ever wanted to know more about myself, here’s some fun facts instead of a goodbye.

Yours truly,

Maria Bungău

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36 Comments
MVP
MVP

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen adieu.........

Very sorry to see you go but THANK YOU for all you've done. I wish you all the best in your future venture and look forward to having you on our side of the Thwack world.

Level 16

You will be missed.  Thank you for all the great work you have done and I hope where your going provides you with a lot of fulfillment and fun.

Level 16

Thank you guys, THWACK was so much fun! 

Level 16

Yes it is fun because of you,  mrs.alterego, wabbott, and DanielleH.  You guys have made it fun and not only a place to make us better at our jobs, but also a reprieve from the daily monotony of our jobs.

MVP
MVP

we will miss you. You have done an outstanding job out here.

Level 16

The head geeks are ok too  🙂

MVP
MVP

maria.bungau​, Thank you for all the great work and effort put into supporting Thwack and the crazed Thwackers (like me) who seem to bug the community managers on a regular basis.  You will be missed, although I do hope you do pop in from time to time to say hello in you are able to.

Level 13

Good luck in your next adventure. May you always look forward with hope and excitement, and back with fondness and love.

Level 14

maria.bungau​ You are the best!!!

Thank you so much for your help and the terrific job you did... You contributed mightily to making THWACK fun, exiting and educational.... (Thanks also to mrs.alterego​ , wabbott​ , DanielleH​ for making up such a great team!)

I wish you nothing but the best!

Level 16

Please, don't stop the bugging, that's what we're here for .

MVP
MVP

Bugging was a bit of sarcastic understatement.  I actually meant "Oh, its that guy again...for the 8th time today, what does he want this time ?" 

It's all in fun. 

Level 16

Nah, it's more like "Oh, Jfrazier​? Challenge accepted!"

MVP
MVP

, I guess I need to try harder !

Level 12

good luck maria.bungau​, hope your next adventure is as good as this one was!

1 star! Sorry, I can't be happy about this.   You were a wonderful Admin to work with maria.bungau​. Good luck to you in all your future endeavors. And I think it was Twain who said:

   "If you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life."

Kudos to you for your humor and wit and creativity and patience and perseverance, maria.bungau​.  We'll all miss your cheery insight and responses, and your suggestions and valuable ideas and so-helpful input.

May your every new endeavor be even more successful and satisfying than your dreams can imagine!

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Rick Schroeder

Community Manager
Community Manager

Me currently:

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Level 9

Good luck in your future endeavors Maria! You'll be missed...

Community Manager
Community Manager

No, but really maria.bungau​ you've been such a great team member and a crucial component to the vibe here in our community.  To say you'll be deeply missed would be an understatement. 

That time I took you to Whole Foods HQ and blew your mind with craft beer while we grocery shopped...

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That time when you me and wabbott were together in Ireland and it was SO SO SO cold...

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And that train ride from Cork to Dublin ❤️

I only wish you the best and I know we'll be seeing each other again soon. Bis wir uns wieder sehen. Prost!

MVP
MVP

sorry to see you go Maria!

We will me you, but good luck with whatever you're up to in the future, post-Thwack

Level 10

Best of luck maria.bungau​ on your next endeavor! Thanks for everything you've done for our community.

You will be dearly missed.  Best wishes to you and your future endeavors. 

Level 10

Best wishes maria.bungau​. I am certain you will succeed at whatever you do next.

Level 17

Yeah, I'm not too great at this....sooooo,

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MVP
MVP

Thanks for all of your contribution to the community maria.bungau​. It's been fun and you will be missed!

Level 11

Thanks for the great work you've done here maria.bungau​ and best wishes to you as you move on. Keep in touch!

MVP
MVP

Well, I suppose I will just post the only thing my little brain can comprehend...

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Thank you for your time and assistance with building this community!

Level 12

Maria will be missed.

I nominate adatole​ to assume the role.

MVP
MVP

"Rut Roah Shaggy !"

Level 11

Best of luck, Maria maria.bungau​ !! I will miss having you resolve an issue before I even have the chance to finish sending the email to the team! 

MVP
MVP

It was good having you around!   You will be missed...

MVP
MVP

maria.bungau​ love your "fun facts" Are these stats available for members as well? I actually find that these are much much much more loudly speaking for what you did rather than those points you earned

So... now we know you did indeed enjoy the ride here - what is the next move?

MVP
MVP

I know I'm late with my post, thanks for all your help on thwack for the last few years. You did a stellar job. Good luck for the future and thanks for the memories.

Product Manager
Product Manager

Thanks for all your hard work, maria.bungau​! Good luck at wherever you choose to go next, they'll be lucky to have you

Level 14

Good luck with your future endeavor!  You will be missed