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Mailbag: Two Mondays

Allen Ramsey

July 7, 2023

What Day Is It?

A weird week of work and a couple other things you should know.

Welcome back to the Mailbag!

What a strange work week this has been. We had the holiday weekend, in which many of us celebrated Independence Day. Then we had work Monday. Then actual Independence Day, in which many of us celebrated Independence Day. Then a Wednesday that felt like a second Monday, a Thursday that felt like a Tuesday and a Friday that… well, is a Friday, so at least there's that. 

If you're confused, no worries. So am I. 

Like Garfield, Mondays aren't my favorite, and having two of them in a week is less than ideal. It's hard to get in a rhythm on a week like this one. It's fine. It's summertime and we're all having fun. 

So, let's talk about a thing that matters, a thing that doesn't, and why you should or shouldn't care. 

First, in case you missed it, last weekend a newsletter from Texas Tech University was sent out with a story about our legislative success down in Austin

But we need to be clear that the work isn't done. Come November there's going to be a vote on the Texas University Fund (TUF), and we're going to need a lot of support.

TUF isn't just for Texas Tech, but it's certainly something we care about greatly. TUF is a way to help schools like Texas Tech, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas enhance their research capabilities. 

Now, we know that loyal Mailbag readers (and there may be more than a couple of you) won't have any problem supporting Texas Tech with your vote. That's a given. But we need to spread the word as well. 

And we're going to make it really easy on you.

In the newsletter we sent out we highlighted a fraction of the great research being done on campus. People here are trying to change the world for the better. And with that TUF money, they'll be able to do even more. 

And that's the message. It's that easy. 

The work being done here can speak for itself, so long as people are listening. 

Don't worry, we'll share more great research stories with you throughout the summer and early fall so you'll have plenty of examples to show others just how big an impact this university is having. 

Now, for the second thing. 

Would anybody else like to create a social media platform this week?

We've got yik yaks and mumbles and toks and tiks and books about faces and grams and tumblers and neighborhoods and Pterodactyls and places where you brag you Reddit and other prehistoric beast names and angry birds and threads and who knows what else. 

On a week that already had me confused as to which day it was, the last thing I needed was more information overload on another social platform that will almost certainly anger at least half of the half of the half of the nation that didn't already hate it by the time it was turned on. 

Good times all around. 

Hey look, in the time it took to write that little 100-word rant seven more social media platforms have been created and six of them are already gone, so it probably doesn't matter. 

It got us wondering what we would name a new social network if we just built our own for Texas Tech?

Feel free to shoot some names to the Mailbag Inbox and if we get any good ones, we'll share. 

Anyway, y'all have a lovely non-holiday weekend and we'll get back to normal next week. 


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