OK, you got me, Bob. Semper Fidelis

One of the most aggressive email marketers laboring to fill up my Inbox is GoDaddy. The only business I’ve ever conducted with them, or ever plan on conducting with them, was buying the rights to bradwarthen.com. And if I remember correctly, my renewal each year is automatic. This makes all of those notices of special deals pretty superfluous.

But I had to stop and acknowledge this one:

Dear Brad Warthen,

Please join me on November 10, 2011, in wishing the United States Marine Corps a Happy 236th Birthday. I’m proud to honor my fellow Marines past and present on this special day. Please take a moment to watch our birthday tribute by clicking the‘View 2011 Tribute’ button below.

I’d also like to extend this tribute to all of the men and women serving in every branch of the U.S. Military – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Thank you all for your tireless commitment to keeping our country safe.

Sincerely,

Bob Parsons
CEO and Founder
GoDaddy.com

Several years ago, I had the honor of being a guest at a Marine birthday banquet, out at Embassy Suites. I’ve been to a lot of black-tie affairs, but never have I felt less entitled to sit down with an assemblage as I did with all those Marines in their dress blues. It was really something. No service honors its traditions with greater ceremony the the Corps, and it was a privilege to have the chance to take part.

And I appreciate being reminded of what happened on this date in 1775.

Semper Fidelis, Bob. And thanks for your service.

And to all you gyrenes out there, Happy Birthday.

1 thought on “OK, you got me, Bob. Semper Fidelis

  1. Ralph Hightower

    Bob Parsons is an ex-Marine, so he’s gung ho on the Marines.

    Interesting that you say that GoDaddy is the one that fills your email box up with the most marketing messages.

    GoDaddy has a rather aggressive anti-spam policy. I’ve reported a few domains that were sending me spam with out my consent and GoDaddy has terminated those domains for violating GoDaddy’s legal agreement policy.

    Yet, GoDaddy absolutely refuses to terminate one of their most consistent spam operations, the National Rifle Association. They have spammed me for two separate extended runs.

    Instead of GoDaddy following their policy of terminating GoDaddy’s legal agreement, I think that Bob Parson got on the phone with the NRA and said “Hey quit spamming this guy from South Carolina.”

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