Right up front, let’s be clear about my editorial position: I think CS is an incredibly compelling and exiting discipline and I think the VT CS department is a great place to work and study. Since I’ve been drawing a paycheck from the department since 1987, I’m not exactly impartial on this topic. But maybe my ramblings will be useful to some of you who are thinking about studying CS at VT. Or maybe it will prompt an interesting discussion about the dynamics in our field today. Or maybe it will provide deep meaning and answer the great mysteries of life. Or not.