I am forever a Hokie.

Posted 18 Apr 2007 at 01:25 UTC (updated 23 Apr 2007 at 13:49 UTC) by tripp Share This

I started at Virginia Tech in August of 1991. I have lived in Blacksburg since then. All of these years, I have told people that "I go to Virginia Tech, but I am not a 'Hokie.'" I acquainted that term with the mascot, the "Hokie Pride" phenomenon, and, generally, team sports. As with many in the geek community, I've never really been much on those concepts.

April 16th changed all of that. Yesterday, I became a Hokie. Today, I am a Hokie. Tomorrow, I will be a Hokie. Now, I am forever a Hokie.

VTech is forever cho'd, posted 19 Apr 2007 at 17:55 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

according to the poll from the trenches.

Also take a look at this theory.

quote from "good omens" springs to mind, posted 20 Apr 2007 at 08:55 UTC by lkcl » (Master)

after many quotes from agnes nutter (a much more accurate future-psychic than nostra damus, with a focus for looking after her descendants), which only made sense several hundred years later AFTER the events had happened, i believe that the following quote, in the margin, added some time in the 1800s, makes a perfect comment on this article:

"i believe agnes hath drank welllll ternightt"

dear tripp, you a truly a visionary, for your article makes absolutely zero sense to even the maddest amongst us. therefore, it will only be, in fifty or so years, when you have gone COMPLETELY mad, that we will be able to say "ahhh, truly he did enlighten us".

in the meantime, if you ever happen to come down from whatever trance-enlightened state you are in for long enough to elucidate a fuller meaning of your beautiful words, we will be patiently waiting.

Uhm?, posted 7 May 2007 at 08:15 UTC by k » (Journeyer)

Well, its not that difficult to understand. The whole shooting thing has made him feel like part of a group; he wants to be identified as part of that group even though in the past he didn't understand/want to/whatever.

Perfectly understandable..

ahh the shooting, posted 9 May 2007 at 08:24 UTC by lkcl » (Master)

now i understand - at the mention of "the shooting thing". which i found out about some three days after the event, and had not connected it with this article due to there being no context.

without that context, "april 16th" has absolutely zero significance.

for those people reading this in the future: the lessons (as i perceive them) are that context is vital, and that america is not the centre of the world: it is only the centre of _american's_ world.

ironically, my comment (about good omens) makes even _more_ sense, on the basis that the (fictional) agnes nutter was a visionary and a future-psychic, but without context, which only typically became apparent at or just moments before the critical (and predicted) event, the predictions themselves are utterly meaningless.

thus, in this instance, i was devoid of context even AFTER the event had occurred, and the significance of this article was STILL nothing to me.

lastly, but not least, i want to share with you the comments made by my mother and by my friends on that event (now that i know what is being referred to) and it is this:

how sad it must be for a society that creates in its members the desire to express their anguish through killing others.

such a society must have something seriously wrong with it for that to happen.

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