Friday, August 23, 2013 by Sean ValantThe entire HostGator training staff recently took a day off from training and instead spent it volunteering at The Houston Food Bank, which was founded in 1982 and provides food and other products to more than 500 hunger relief agencies in southeast Texas. The Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest-size Feeding America food bank, operating in an impressive 308,000 square foot facility. Before we could begin, an orientation was necessary to ensure we knew exactly what and how we were to accomplish the day's work. Having now been oriented, it was time to get down to work. Although, in the case of Jorge here, work highly consists of photobombing. As work continued for the vast majority of the staff, Jorge continued to excel at his particular style of "work." The day ended successfully, and we want to sincerely thank The Houston Food Bank for the opportunity! If you are in the Houston area and would like to volunteer, please find the information here. When you do volunteer, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes. One of our staff, who shall remain nameless (*cough*David*cough*) had to borrow a mis-matched pair of shoes from the food bank in order to work. Fortunately, for the aforementioned un-named Gator (*sneeze*DAVID!*sneeze*), mis-matched grey is the new black. Thank you again to The Houston Food Bank for the opportunity to have volunteered for the day.
Friday, July 19, 2013 by Sean ValantIt's been a little while since we shared some good ol' gator art with you. We received this drawing from a customer following us having assisted them with a support issue. They were so pleased with the resolution that they emailed us this one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn image of a gator apparently drinking a cocktail on an island. Of note are the nice boat there in the background, which likely served the cocktail to the gator, as well as the beautiful sunset that really brings the whole image together. The artist did not sign their piece of art, so we can only thank them anonymously:
From time to time, as seen in our Office Art series, some of our own staff will get a creative inclination and produce some impressive HostGator-themed art. One of our support staff created the following shirt, featuring a blinged-out Snappy!
Let's take a closer look at this shirt, as it truly is a remarkable piece of bedazzle-y craftsmanship:
We would love to see any HostGator-themed art that you produce! If you're feeling gator-art inspired, please send us your creations at email@example.com ATTN: Blog and we can share your art with the world!
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Sean ValantIt has been historically noted that Snappy hasn't always been in the best of shape. To be fair, eating up the competition can create a caloric surplus, resulting in excessive weight gain. Also, those long hours sitting in front of a computer can negatively impact one's physique. Snappy was once even compared to a blue salamander, which is clearly an insult to a proud gator. At any rate, Snappy has been in the gym, working on his fitness. It's likely that you've gotten a glimpse of the new and improved Snappy in recent weeks on this very blog, but let's revisit Snappy's look over the years, and touch on some of the highlights. It is a rarely-known fact that Snappy threw out the first pitch at a Houston Astros game a few years ago: Every now and again, we'd see Snappy roaming around the HostGator offices and rubbing elbows with his colleagues: Truth be told, Snappy has even been spotted on the roof of the Houston office: As Snappy began to see more and more pictures of himself, he began to really consider getting into better shape. The HostGator Austin building has a pretty stellar gym, Snappy was seen hitting the treadmill in there more and more. It seems like all that hard work has finally paid off, because this is what Snappy looks like today! Clearly this is a far more fit gator, ready to take on the world! Snappy has never felt better, and with summer now upon us, Snappy intends to take his fitness to the next level, perhaps even participating in an Ironman triathlon... assuming there's no Irongator triathlons he can enter. Snappy would also like to get out and about. Maybe you know of some location or function at which Snappy could appear, if so be sure to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN: Blog
Saturday, May 25, 2013 by Sean ValantWith Memorial Day upon us, we wanted to find a way to show some appreciation for our veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. HostGator would like to invite you to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project via our causes.com page, where we will match donations up to $5,000 (total). We hope we are able to hit this $5,000 mark in order to give back a small amount to the veterans who have given so much to the rest of us. We appreciate your participation in this effort, and we again thank our veterans who have risked their lives to protect ours. If you experience any difficulty in accessing our donation page, please use this direct link: http://www.causes.com/actions/1753343-hostgator-will-match-your-donation-to-wounded-warrior-project Thank you again for helping us support a great cause.