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Hokie Hope: support VT tomorrow

Join us for Hokie Hope day – wear your orange and maroon on Friday (tomorrow).

And on the same note, many of you know that I pin-up quotes that I find to be inspiring next to my desk at work.  I’ve added a new one…

"We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today and we will be sad for quite awhile.
We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to know when to cry
and sad enough to know we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy.
We know we did not deserve it
but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS,
but neither do the invisible children walking the night to avoid being captured by a rogue army.
Neither does the baby elephant watching his community be devastated for ivory;
neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized.
No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokier Nation embraces our own with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds.
We are strong and brave and innocent and unafraid.
We are better than we think, not quite what we want to be.
We are alive to the imagination and the possibility we will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears, through all this sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail, we will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech."

– Nikki Giovanni, April 17, 2007

What a terrible day.

Thanks everyone who called and emailed today to check in on us.  I appreciate your concern… All Webmail employees are fine.  Early in the day Marisa checked in with all of our part-timers, most of whom are Virginia Tech students, and everyone is accounted for.

Being located in Blacksburg and with our offices actually on VT-owned land, this event obviously hits close to home.  Many of us at Webmail are VT grads and we all frequent the campus for various activities – and we all call this place home.  Most of us already know somebody who has been directly hit by today’s events.

It is hard to find words for today.

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Back home now.  Beth and I are sitting on the couch watching Virginia Tech beat up on the Georgia Bulldogs.  Couldn’t handle drinking tonight for this game.  Too tired after 8 days on the road visiting family.  We were in Gainesville TX for 6 days visiting Beth’s family, and then Fort Myers FL for 2 days visiting my grandparents again  (Grandma turned 90… yep, two 90th birthdays in the same month, and tomorrow is their 68th wedding anniversary!)

So I’m playing with my blog instead…  I just added FeedBurner’s “subscribe via email” feature.  Check it out – it’s on the right side of my blog.

Quoting TechCrunch: “Based on some stats that Fred Wilson (an investor in FeedBurner) published last year, we can expect about 1 email subscriber for every 5 RSS subscribers.”  Lets see if that is still true.  Assuming FeedBurner provides these stats to their users, I will let you know my results in a few months.

VT is up 21-3 at the half.  Go Hokies!

Update: god dammit Glennon