From Billings, MT

This is one of those times when I'm not sure what to write. The size of my audience is causing me to wonder. Most of you are probably here to read about my insider thoughts about Microsoft or the tech industry, or because I find cool links to various tech industry things.

But, life is intruding here and it's my personal blog, not a PR vehicle, so gotta push those worries to the background and just write about what's going on in my life and let the chips fall where they may.

We saw my mom yesterday (all three of the Scoble kids arrived at the Billings airport at the same time, which was pretty weird considering we were flying from three separate cities).

When we first saw her, she opened her eyes, stared strongly at us, and had a tear in her eye. She vigorously squeezed our hands. That comforted all of us. A little.

Well, I won't bore you with the emotions I'm feeling. Or the decisions that are going to start coming at us (we're meeting with her doctors today).

I did want to thank everyone for the very kind notes. About 150 comments, all of which were very kind. Many phone calls. Many emails (including emails from people who work for our biggest competitors). This stuff really makes times like this a lot easier. I'm going to read them to my mom (finding what to say to her is really tough).

Needless to say that the next 48 hours probably won't see much blogging.

A little technology note (you know I couldn't resist) the machines that are keeping track of her vitals and helping her breathe are running Windows. Yet another demonstration of just how many machines Microsoft's software is running on.

192 thoughts on “From Billings, MT

  1. Robert–
    *sigh* You are right — it sucks. Big time. I can empathize with your emotions somewhat, as my mother died of cancer some years ago, and my dearest grandmother died in much the same way your mom did.

    I’m glad you got to say goodbye, even if you didn’t One thing I have trouble with is saying that I (or anyone else) “lost” a loved one. It makes it seem liget to say all the things/ask all the questions you wanted to (and I suspect that some of them you won’t realize you wanted to ask her until many years have passed — at least that’s been my experience.)

    I also wanted to thank you for being willing to open yourself up and share your feelings with all of us who read your posts. What’s the Spider Robinson quote? “Shared joy is increased, shared pain is lessened.”

    Hang in there — you are stronger than you know, and
    we are here for you to lean on.

    Grant

  2. Robert–
    *sigh* You are right — it sucks. Big time. I can empathize with your emotions somewhat, as my mother died of cancer some years ago, and my dearest grandmother died in much the same way your mom did.

    I’m glad you got to say goodbye, even if you didn’t One thing I have trouble with is saying that I (or anyone else) “lost” a loved one. It makes it seem liget to say all the things/ask all the questions you wanted to (and I suspect that some of them you won’t realize you wanted to ask her until many years have passed — at least that’s been my experience.)

    I also wanted to thank you for being willing to open yourself up and share your feelings with all of us who read your posts. What’s the Spider Robinson quote? “Shared joy is increased, shared pain is lessened.”

    Hang in there — you are stronger than you know, and
    we are here for you to lean on.

    Grant

  3. Robert–
    *sigh* You are right — it sucks. Big time. I can empathize with your emotions somewhat, as my mother died of cancer some years ago, and my dearest grandmother died in much the same way your mom did.

    I’m glad you got to say goodbye, even if you didn’t One thing I have trouble with is saying that I (or anyone else) “lost” a loved one. It makes it seem liget to say all the things/ask all the questions you wanted to (and I suspect that some of them you won’t realize you wanted to ask her until many years have passed — at least that’s been my experience.)

    I also wanted to thank you for being willing to open yourself up and share your feelings with all of us who read your posts. What’s the Spider Robinson quote? “Shared joy is increased, shared pain is lessened.”

    Hang in there — you are stronger than you know, and
    we are here for you to lean on.

    Grant

  4. Thanks Robert, for the timely reminder. I have been so swamped for the past few weeks, and this morning I dove in ready to keep up the ridiculous pace that has stolen family time from me. I hope this reminder will grab some others attention too. I posted it on GBM, just because I could:

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/RobertScobleRemindsUsOfWhatItIsAllAbout.aspx

    I hope other site authors will do the same. All us tech geeks can use the reminder.

    Praying for you man.

  5. Thanks Robert, for the timely reminder. I have been so swamped for the past few weeks, and this morning I dove in ready to keep up the ridiculous pace that has stolen family time from me. I hope this reminder will grab some others attention too. I posted it on GBM, just because I could:

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/RobertScobleRemindsUsOfWhatItIsAllAbout.aspx

    I hope other site authors will do the same. All us tech geeks can use the reminder.

    Praying for you man.

  6. Thanks Robert, for the timely reminder. I have been so swamped for the past few weeks, and this morning I dove in ready to keep up the ridiculous pace that has stolen family time from me. I hope this reminder will grab some others attention too. I posted it on GBM, just because I could:

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/RobertScobleRemindsUsOfWhatItIsAllAbout.aspx

    I hope other site authors will do the same. All us tech geeks can use the reminder.

    Praying for you man.

  7. Thanks Robert, for the timely reminder. I have been so swamped for the past few weeks, and this morning I dove in ready to keep up the ridiculous pace that has stolen family time from me. I hope this reminder will grab some others attention too. I posted it on GBM, just because I could:

    http://www.gottabemobile.com/RobertScobleRemindsUsOfWhatItIsAllAbout.aspx

    I hope other site authors will do the same. All us tech geeks can use the reminder.

    Praying for you man.

  8. Those are all entirely understandable emotions. I’m glad to see that you’ve opened up a bit and that you’re starting to process all of this. Godspeed.

  9. Those are all entirely understandable emotions. I’m glad to see that you’ve opened up a bit and that you’re starting to process all of this. Godspeed.

  10. Those are all entirely understandable emotions. I’m glad to see that you’ve opened up a bit and that you’re starting to process all of this. Godspeed.

  11. My thoughts are with you and those around you.

    [I am ashamed to say that from the title I thought this post was about Al Billings, formerly of IE, and his disgraceful recent blog behavior].

  12. My thoughts are with you and those around you.

    [I am ashamed to say that from the title I thought this post was about Al Billings, formerly of IE, and his disgraceful recent blog behavior].

  13. My thoughts are with you and those around you.

    [I am ashamed to say that from the title I thought this post was about Al Billings, formerly of IE, and his disgraceful recent blog behavior].

  14. My thoughts are with you and those around you.

    [I am ashamed to say that from the title I thought this post was about Al Billings, formerly of IE, and his disgraceful recent blog behavior].

  15. My thoughts are with you and those around you.

    [I am ashamed to say that from the title I thought this post was about Al Billings, formerly of IE, and his disgraceful recent blog behavior].

  16. My thoughts are with you and those around you.

    [I am ashamed to say that from the title I thought this post was about Al Billings, formerly of IE, and his disgraceful recent blog behavior].

  17. Wishing you well during this trying time. Spend time with your family, the blogosphere can wait for you :-)

    Sean DALY.

  18. Wishing you well during this trying time. Spend time with your family, the blogosphere can wait for you :-)

    Sean DALY.

  19. Wishing you well during this trying time. Spend time with your family, the blogosphere can wait for you :-)

    Sean DALY.

  20. Opened your blog today to find out how your mum was doing. Glad you are all able to be there with her. I’ve been through this wih my own mum so I know a little of what you are going through.
    Thoughts and many, many prayers are with you, your mum,and all of the family.
    God bless.

  21. Opened your blog today to find out how your mum was doing. Glad you are all able to be there with her. I’ve been through this wih my own mum so I know a little of what you are going through.
    Thoughts and many, many prayers are with you, your mum,and all of the family.
    God bless.

  22. Opened your blog today to find out how your mum was doing. Glad you are all able to be there with her. I’ve been through this wih my own mum so I know a little of what you are going through.
    Thoughts and many, many prayers are with you, your mum,and all of the family.
    God bless.

  23. Opened your blog today to find out how your mum was doing. Glad you are all able to be there with her. I’ve been through this wih my own mum so I know a little of what you are going through.
    Thoughts and many, many prayers are with you, your mum,and all of the family.
    God bless.

  24. Opened your blog today to find out how your mum was doing. Glad you are all able to be there with her. I’ve been through this wih my own mum so I know a little of what you are going through.
    Thoughts and many, many prayers are with you, your mum,and all of the family.
    God bless.

  25. Opened your blog today to find out how your mum was doing. Glad you are all able to be there with her. I’ve been through this wih my own mum so I know a little of what you are going through.
    Thoughts and many, many prayers are with you, your mum,and all of the family.
    God bless.

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