Written by Sean Valant
Monday, June 11th, 2012
HostGator is proud to have presented the 2012 Tour Du Rouge, benefiting the Gulf Coast chapters of The American Red Cross. The ride traversed five hundred and twenty-six miles, beginning in Houston on May 6th and ending in New Orleans on May 11th, at an average of 88 miles each day. HostGator designed the awesome jerseys visible in the images below, as well as t-shirts and lots of other event graphics. Allan, one of our Admins who participated in the ride this year, was kind enough to share some of his experiences with us.
The morning of the ride began with a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner, followed by a group prayer. After the ceremonies, a police escort (complete with horse-mounted officers) accompanied the riders from the starting point in Northeast Houston through to the first major freeway, about five miles away. Beaumont would be the destination for day one. Allan completed this 88 mile trek in just under 5 hours, despite some rough patches of road along the way. The image below is from the starting line, with Allan front and center, notice those stylish HostGator jerseys!
Day two would take the riders from Beaumont through Port Arthur and ultimately over the bridge, across the state border into Louisiana. The group stopped for lunch on Holly Beach before hitting the road again and enjoying the scenic Gulf Coast view; finally bedding down in the city of Sulpher, Louisiana. Allan would traverse these 93 miles once again in just under 5 hours.
Day three held the longest single stretch of the tour; just over 100 miles, from Sulphur to Abbeville. The day began around 6:30a, in order to get a head start of the inevitably blaring sun. Unfortunately, Allan experienced a flat tire around mile 3 on a particularly bad patch of road. This day would turn out to be his most difficult, as he also suffered a knee injury fairly early in the day. Things began to turn around during the lunch stop in Mermentau, though and Allan was able to finish the day strong. He made it to Abbeville in about 6 1/2 hours; 30 minutes before the pouring rain. The weather would prove to be more of an adversary as the tour continued, though.
Day four would deliver the riders into Morgan City, Louisiana. Breakfast at a local café that morning included an a capella performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by the café owner’s son. Later in the day, the riders paid a visit to Avery Island for a tour of the famous Tabasco factory and it’s attached store, which reportedly had some rarely-seen, but absolutely amazing Tabasco chipotle raspberry ice cream. Allan spent just over 4 hours on this 78 mile trek; by this point, the riders had now covered a total of over 360 miles.
Day five took the riders across the Mississippi River and into Gonzales, Louisiana. All told, this would be the least eventful day for the tour. The highlight was the lunch stop at St. Joseph Plantation that included some log cabin style, old-timey school houses. In hindsight, it would be the calm before the (quite literal) storm that would rain down upon the riders on the final leg of their journey.
The final day of the ride would prove to be a fitting end of a long journey. Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana! Following a slightly confusing (and last minute) re-routing of the riders’ path, Allan and the others would battle fierce wind and sudden downpours as the weather finally decided to let loose on the riders after many threats earlier in the week. Allan would cross the finish line having spent just over 4 1/2 hours on the final 84 miles of the tour.
With the ride now behind them, and the riders now in dry clothes (at least temporarily), the group gathered at the New Orleans Police Department for an escort into downtown ‘Nawlins. Despite the continuing wind and rain, the riders were warmly greeted by not only a cheering crowd, but also an impressive live band.
Clearly at this point, the only reasonable thing left to do was spend the evening on Bourbon Street in celebration of a ride well ridden. We’d like to share a picture from Bourbon Street, but to be honest, they’re all a little bit blurry for some reason or another… All told, Allan’s GPS reports a total of 532.7 miles covered, with a total ride time of 29hrs 43mins 30secs over the course of six days. The 2012 Tour du Rouge was now in the history books.
Our sincere appreciation to The American Red Cross and all those who took part in the 2012 Tour du Rouge, especially the riders themselves and our very own fearless Admin Allan who was kind enough to not only share his experience with us, but also the following pictures:
Written by Sean Valant
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Toilet paper is serious business. It’s genuinely a severely overlooked and under-appreciated medium of information distribution; believe that! Fortunately, http://www.getshitter.com can assist in elevating toilet paper to a more appropriate level of respect, by taking your twitter feed and turning it into toilet paper. What you subsequently do with said toilet paper would then be completely up to you.
As we all learned from the classic Pauly Shore cinematic masterpiece Bio-Dome, the most effective means of instituting change, or raising awareness, is to think globally and act locally. The month of April contains both Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 27th). As you may already know, back in 2008 HostGator took the initiative of becoming a Green webhost, which you can read even more about here. With environmentalism in the air this month, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss toilet paper and the trees that make toilet paper possible. Because like toilet paper, trees are also serious business.
I’m going to stop beating around the bush, not because a bush could potentially make for decent TP, but because toilet paper conservation is something that deserves significantly more attention than it presently receives. At least once per day, you hold in your hand a number of 4.25 inch squares that could change the world, if you held less of them at a time. Twenty-seven thousand trees give their lives daily to supply the world with toilet paper. That is not a typo; that’s a 27, followed by a comma and 3 zeros. Don’t take my word for it; go ask National Geographic.
Thinking globally may lead you to discover General Sherman, a giant sequoia tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. The General is one of the tallest, widest, longest-lived and most famous trees in existence, therefore unlikely to ever become toilet paper. Another unlikely TP candidate would be a certain White Cedar located in the Great Lakes area of Canada: it’s 155 years old and less than 4 inches tall.
In acting locally, we began here in our own offices by purchasing GetShitter toilet paper for our restrooms to further educate all HostGator employees on trees and toilet paper conservation. To see the twitter feed we used for this purpose, click here, and please be sure that you are not easily-offended by juvenile bathroom humor… after all, Gators can be found in the sewers from time to time…
Now that we’ve appropriately addressed thinking globally and acting locally, we’re on a roll (so to speak)! How though can we thus act globally? Our thoughts turned to our HostGator India office, India being widely known for having a culture that does not utilize toilet paper. In the spirit of educating, enlightening and raising awareness about environmental issues, we present this series of photos to explain how that culture accomplishes this goal:
How is showing you those pictures acting globally, you ask? Well, it’s not. But encouraging you to adopt the same behavior is! Because if we want to change the world, and save some trees, then we need to take action; one ply at a time! Interestingly, the above-pictured method is considered even more sanitary than using toilet paper.
The Arbor Day Foundation began in 1972 and now plants and distributes more than 10 million trees annually. Earth Day began in 1970 and is largely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Please visit both of their websites to further educate yourself about potentially making a difference that could impact the entire world. What’s been around longer than both Earth Day and the Arbor Day Foundation, combined? Toilet paper, which dates back to the 6th century AD, in early medieval China. Feel free to print that fact on your roll of GetShitter.com toilet paper! Happy Earth Day and Happy Arbor Day from HostGator!
Written by Snappy
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Snappy here with an important announcement!
HostGator.com has sent me a company memo this morning confirming that they are once again participating in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October and I wanted to pass the good news along to you.
“In 1985, the search for a cure for Breast Cancer was gaining headway and AstraZeneca founded National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness of this growing cause. Thanks to the establishment of NBCAM, in October of each year, organizations across the nation focus on the fight, helping to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the race against breast cancer. HostGator.com is proud to join these organizations in their support for a cure.
So it looks like I’m going pink for October! For those of you who have loved ones who have experienced or are going through this, please give them a Snappyrific hug for me.
Have a great day and think pink.
Also, make sure to get checked at your local physician to help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
The sooner the better!
Written by Josh Loe
Friday, October 1st, 2010
We have all known someone in our lives, either close friends, or family who has suffered from some form of cancer. AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tamoxifen, founded the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
HostGator.com is proud to announce it will be participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year by turning “Snappy The Gator” pink on our website. We have also setup a special coupon code “PINK”, the coupon code will allow 20% off the first month of any hosting account we offer and we will donate the first month from every signup that uses this code to breast cancer research. …