Three years and two months of working for Volanpex are hard to pack into one email. This place means a lot to me mainly because it was my first decent job in the Land of Oz; but now I finally decided my future lies beyond these yellow walls.
During those three years a lot has happened at work and to me personally. While doing time here I familiarized myself with the local culture, had the pleasure of working with people of diverse backgrounds I was never exposed to before, got myself a nice big mortgage, got married, bought a brand new car – lots of things that couldn't have happened if it wasn't for this place, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Work here had its ups and downs. I've had some weekends spent at the office, some very late eTrack night sessions, some easier times surfing the internet, some anger and some laughs (often thanks to the same people). Overall, I enjoyed the experience, and I know for sure that it left a mark on me. Although I'm taking some experience and knowledge away with me when I leave, I think my departure is a good chance for the team to refresh and revitalize; maybe you'll get a replacement, there's plenty like me to be found; regardless, I hope you will consider it an opportunity.
I think the best way for me to summarize my last three years of employment plus here would be for me to credit the people that made the difference. So here goes:
· I have to start with Tung, who gave me the opportunity at a time in which my personal circumstances were on the "pretty desperate" side of things.
· Next I would like to thank the client I love so much: Christy, Greg and Kiley, with whom I have been working since day one here and who accepted me as one of their own, heavy accent and all.
· Working here wouldn't be fun if it wasn't for the people I had the pleasure of knowing and working with. I learned from you all! If there's anything I regret it's not having the pleasure of working with more of you.
· I have had so many friends here that I'm afraid of naming specific names for fear of offending those that were omitted. So I'll take the easy way out and thank you without doing any naming; you should know who you are anyway!
· Special thanks go to those of you who entertained me. Gary and Brian for helping me start the mornings with a smile, but most of the credit has to go down (way down) to George with whom I can talk about the things that matter the most – namely, football (and I'm talking real football here).
· A place of honour has to be reserved to those who had to tolerate a bigger portion of me than most, our testers – Elaine and Fei. Thanks for the patience!
· And last but not least – I would like to thank the person that had to suffer me the most but seems to have managed to survive well enough, my personal helpdesk, my best friend – Mr Martin Wain.
Good luck to all of you, especially with the upcoming Master and Commander sequels. I hope you will stay in touch; many of you should follow suit if you wish to live long and prosper.
There are all sorts of sophisticated electronic means for keeping in touch nowadays, but I will use the opportunity to reemphasize my personal preference for the good old fashioned face to face. Yes, it's even more effective than my blog.
So long, and thanks for all the tuna fish!