Bringing politics to a dinner party? Dubious! How about dragging them to an island paradise? Well… just this once.
See, we love us some elephants. Some live (in captivity) on Koh Samui, you might see one on a quiet road or decide to go elephant trekking. While Thailand’s Asian elephants were traditionally used for agriculture, they’re today more commonly employed in tourist treks (especially up north in Chiang Mai – pictured), ceremonies and photo ops. Certainly this is the closest we’ve ever come to an elephant – magnificent creatures we could have watched all day.
This has what to do with gruesome politics? This week, while doing some website maintenance (rooting around in its delicates drawer, so to speak) we came across some upsetting information. The company with which we previously hosted our website, GoDaddy, has a founder/ex-CEO/executive chairman with African elephant blood-lust.
To our minds, killing any animal for sport is inexcusable. Yet it was Mr. Parson’s crass choice to publish the videoed aftermath (set to AC/DC) that left us scrambling for the exit door. We missed the story when it broke two years ago, but were determined to immediately revoke our vote and move elsewhere, to the land of ex-GoDaddy customers.
We starting looking further – and hit another snag: our plan B choice of hosting company has a corporate policy of discriminating against nice people who love each other. Guys, it’s 2013 – that’s just not nice.
A moment’s thumb-twiddling, another bout of Googling: we finally found DreamHost. Guess what? They’re carbon neutral. (Check out the new button in our footer – we love it!) No dead elephants and no entitled censorship. Guess what else? Instead of spending suitcases of cash on sexed-up Superbowl ads, DreamHost donates to charity. Novel concept.
Our site was down for over 72 hours this week – we hit eject quickly and finally emerged the better for it. (If not extremely caffeinated). So welcome to our new, three-times-faster, non-discriminating, green, elephant-loving website. We’re happy, you’re happy. Right – all that politics, it must be time for a holiday!