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. Thanks for the update. I am glad you put your personal life out in blogland. I feel like I know U even though I don’t really know U. Try to keep your sense of humor..it makes a huge difference. My wife and I are praying for your whole family!!

  2. Thanks for the update. I am glad you put your personal life out in blogland. I feel like I know U even though I don’t really know U. Try to keep your sense of humor..it makes a huge difference. My wife and I are praying for your whole family!!

  3. Thanks for the update. I am glad you put your personal life out in blogland. I feel like I know U even though I don’t really know U. Try to keep your sense of humor..it makes a huge difference. My wife and I are praying for your whole family!!

  4. Thanks for the update. I am glad you put your personal life out in blogland. I feel like I know U even though I don’t really know U. Try to keep your sense of humor..it makes a huge difference. My wife and I are praying for your whole family!!

  5. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  6. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  7. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  8. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  9. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  10. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  11. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  12. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  13. One interesting artifact of writing in a personal way is my dad called me after he read my blog and we didn’t need to chat about what was going on.

  14. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  15. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  16. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  17. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  18. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  19. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  20. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  21. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  22. Hi Robert,
    This is the first time I’m posting a comment in your really nice blog. Good luck to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Regards from France

  23. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  24. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  25. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  26. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  27. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  28. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  29. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  30. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  31. Dan: good point. There’s a mix of emotions. Guilt. Sadness. Boredom. Helplessness. Hopelessness. All mixed together. Doesn’t make it easy to write about them, that’s for sure.

    One thing: being in hospitals is boring. Thank God for feeds!

  32. “Well, I won’t bore you with the emotions I’m feeling.”

    Isn’t blogging about personal connections and interactions between feeling people rather than sterile, emotionless monoliths?

    Emotions aren’t boring; lack of emotion is.

  33. “Well, I won’t bore you with the emotions I’m feeling.”

    Isn’t blogging about personal connections and interactions between feeling people rather than sterile, emotionless monoliths?

    Emotions aren’t boring; lack of emotion is.

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