questionsgoodbye to the circus

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We've enjoyed the deals you have posted and the great discussions. Best Wishes on your future!

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You and your sparkley deals will be missed. Best wishes, also.

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bummer.. you were always there to set my comments straight, (in a good way seriously)..

can't say i blame you for what you are doing, and i believe i understand...

best of luck to you

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Be well, dear Catbertthegreat. If you ever feel like reincarnating one of those nine cat lives, be sure to ping those of us that adore you on the other side of the wooterville fence so we'll know you've returned.
Ah, to be twenty again with my whole life open before me. Keep it in the middle and aim for the 3 wire!

La V.

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Adios muchacho, best of luck. Don't forget to have fun out there.

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Ack! No! Just when I was getting to know some people around here, they all start to vanish. Is it me? I mean... I DID bathe this year already!

Seriously, though, Thomas. It has been an absolute pleasure seeing your deals and reading the commentary. May you always find success wherever you go, and leave the losses to remain in the past.

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@catbertthegreat: Je t'adore, mon ami. I weep sad and bitter tears. Perhaps I should vanish too, in the night, like a will'o'wisp.

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I'll miss your deals and your repartee, but there's no point hanging out if it's stopped being fun. So long, and thanks for all the fish (deals)!

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Oh! How my heart does rejoice.
I see your words, they give me choice.
Your thoughtful “finds”, such lovely deals,
Give me some bling at perfect steals.
I wish you well, I wish you fun,
But I’ll be sad because you’re gone.

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Even though the release was pulled, the rocket did not rise at first, but the flame came out, and there was a steady roar. After a number of seconds it rose, slowly until in cleared the frame, and then at express-train speed, curving over to the left, and striking the ice and snow, still going at a rapid rate. It looked almost magical as it rose, without any appreciably greater noise or flame, as if it said, "I've been here long enough; I think I'll be going somewhere else, if you don't mind. — Robert Goddard

You'll be missed!

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Good luck to you, Catbertthegreat, in your future endeavors.

Given the leaderboard's current algorithm, I predict you will remain in the top 15 for about a month.

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Dear Catbertthegreat,
We know your deals are first rate.
On that... no debate!

Sad to see you go,
Jewelry has lost it's glow
Catbertthegreat, no!

sigh We will miss you.

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I promise I will stop posting freebies, smoking babies, and plush Boomer dolls if you stay. No? Well I do sincerely wish you all the best, and remember you can always come back.

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Do you think any of our esteemed yellow-squared friends will drop in this thread to say "goodbye"?

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Sorry to see you exiting stage right. Door's always open though. You'll be welcomed back warmly and with fierce hugs.

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Oh dear. I have always enjoyed your deals, comments, advice, etc. Perhaps we will see you back here - but for now that you feel you need to go and spread your wings elsewhere, farewell and only the best. Oh to be 20 again and have my entire life ahead of me instead of in the dust so to speak. Take advantage of everything that comes your way and soar with the eagles.

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Oh, this is sad....Strange to realize the strength that online networks like deals have. We will miss you!

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Goodbye, O Great Catbert; you will be missed. Oh, how I have enjoyed your commentary and deals. O, 'twas exemplary, your stay here, it was. You will always here be held, in honor. Oh--the challenge answers too--how they were answered, fast and true! Your jewelery posts, well-loved. Deals--the best you did find. Saddened I am (to see you go), but waits...waits, for your return--if it will ever be. O you will e'er be a part of the top three (in "our" hearts and minds--at least). May you from your aerie perched, spread your wings and soar--to live: stronger, bolder...better. Again, yes to live unhindered.

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Wish you the best of luck in whatever you do.

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In honor of @catbertthegreat and his love of rockets:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2hu2EwCm-k

"And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone"

Until touchdown brings you back around again, Major Tom...Light that candle!

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ah. i shall miss your deals and your great sense of humor. Wish you the best.

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dude this is sad. you all are gonna make a grown man cry. I don't know you but I'm gonna miss you too. !Salud!

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WTF happened?

I take a couple of days off for the weekend and, when I come back, one of the most constant presences on the site has left? And not in one of those attention-grabs that I've seen all too often in online fora, where someone threatens to leave until, predictably, their ego gets soothed. No, this seems legit. Aye, but there's the rub, @catbertthegreat - You are 2 legit. 2 legit to quit. Sorry.

But, seriously, WTF happened?

Was there a precipitating event that I missed? I've read through threads in which CBTG recently participated and don't see anything. Maybe someone could drop me an IM over on the other side or an email (those of you who have it)?

Also, It struck me as really weird to see so many "Likes" next to the thread title. I know it doesn't mean those people like the fact that CBTG is leaving, but I'm just sayin'.

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Take care, man. In my experience with goodbye threads on the net, they are usually a prelude to the person's return in a few months. If that turns out to be the case here, I'm glad as I've taken note of your name posting neat deals and commentary. If not, also glad as it likely means you had a good reason for leaving and will benefit from it. So again, take care.

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@catbertthegreat: Wherever you are, out there, blowing rockets into the air, and otherwise living life, I am off to join you. I'm done. You were right. It isn't salvageable, and that's just the way it is.

So it goes.

Goodbye to those of you who see this. Yes, my alter egos all die with me (I'm sure that Jay is relieved to hear it).

I owe some folks email. I'm working on it, I swear. I almost never read PMs. If you don't already have my email, now is too late.

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@shrdlu: Please don't go. I'm just getting to know all of you, like you all. Can't you just take a break for a week or two? Please at least don't delete your account.

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@shrdlu: I'm not going to attempt to talk you out of going as I completely understand your reasons. I'm not thrilled at the thought of your departure, dammit, but I know where to find you. You and that smart-assed fish of yours.

:::Tipping my glass in your direction::: Until we meet again somewhere in the ether, happy planting.

La V.

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@anotherhiggins: That's what I said. That's what I said.

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@shrdlu & catbertthegreat:
So, my woot account may be very, very young, but I have been a fan and wooter for almost a year now. Despite never having been able to really comment before, I've felt an odd sort of kinship after recognizing your humour and wit. Your clever comments, remarks, and continual dedication to righting the wrongs (and overall dumbness) of others (including woot staff, but only when necessary) have been inspirational. I bid you farewell, and hope to see you back, at least as often as you feel you can manage.

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@shrdlu and @catbertthegreat: I have also been weaning myself off of woot as of late. It just isn't the same place it was when I came to deals a few months ago. Best of luck to you and hopefully we shall cross paths again someday.

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I'm sad. Sad. It sort of feels like my parents just told me they're getting a divorce and Mom is moving out. I'm sad.

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...damn. Well, I kind of see it myself -- I have been scaling back the deals-wooting myself....losing the black triangle was unfortunate, but, hey life goes on :P

good luck to y'all!

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I don't want to make this a grand departure, so please no one make it into one. 23 days ago in a claudicina question I mentioned I was fading away from here. Fading has finally faded out. I'm done here also. It's not because catbertthegreat and/or shrdlu left, they just beat me to it. I don't know their reasons for leaving, but I have my own. I would go into detail, but don't want to make anyone mad or hurt anyone's feelings. Thank you community for being here, for being so nice to me. Thanks for all the fish woot.

Goodbye all, don't forget to have fun out there and smile. =)

- duckcake

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@duckcake: we will miss you. I have always enjoyed your insight.

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I'm asking this question a month or more too late - gosh, I can almost hear an echo in here - but I was reading the above and wondering what prompts people to leave (and so dramatically, too). Does it happen when someone realizes that he has an addiction to online shopping that is harming him, either financially or by sucking up his time? Or is there something more nefarious going on?

Also, on a far less dramatic note, why are these folks still waaaay at the top of the reputation leaderboards if they're supposedly long gone?

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@gwintner: People can leave for any reason or no reason. Possible reasons include:

*I don't feel loved by the community and am storming out to see if anyone chases after me.
*I don't like [insert recent change here].
*I found some other awesome thing to eat up all of my spare time.
*I'm not satisfied with my history here and am abandoning this account to start another.
*Staff deleted my [deal/question/comment].
*The atmosphere here isn't as nice as it once was.
*The weather is nice and I'd rather be [insert outdoor activity here].
*Today is Monday.

Why inactive users rank so highly on the leaderboard depends entirely on the complex user reputation algorithm. We can speculate, but we may never know.

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@catbertthegreat: Good to see that you're back! Are you up to sharing why you've chosen to grace us with your wonderful presence, comments and deals or are you planning on keeping that as part of your mystique? ;)