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  @Carla Sprague Pssst, hey Carla, Tina Turner ... er, Gini Dietrich said I rocked. I think I've died and gone to heaven. Oh wait, did Jack Bauer hijack her laptop again? Hey Jack, cut that out!

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @yvettepistorio Thanks, Yvette. Since you're part of the family, you already have favorite-nation status. Since I (along with the rest of the world) was introduced to you in the August 3rd SpinSucks - I'm pleased to meet you officially here!

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @HowieG  Now that made me laugh. I told Gini not to spill the secrets - it took me years to get this blackmail thing down to an art form. Thanks for the warning on Gini - although I have no issues with her and middle management - we had to put up a barricade to keep away the paparazzi, so I understand she's in great demand. But when she started making demands for her posse, she started to cross the line. I mean, who travels and requires bicycles, brie, and bruschetta for ten? Unfortunately, Carla witnessed that and said, "I so want to be her." The legend of Gini lives on...

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @jasonkonopinski Jason, great to meet you as well. I was blown away by your website: Wallace Stevens, Six Degrees of Gini Dietrich, and "Arting Harder"?  Great stuff. You had me sucked in with the wiffle ball in the picture - there's a story there...  I'll keep you posted on the book.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @barrettrossie  That was our loss. Al coached soccer and lacrosse and became a W&M institution. He seemed like a great guy.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @Frank_Strong Frank, I am honored. That is one of the magical milestones, so I appreciate you pushing me over the top. Based on your background and the scope of your tweets, it seems like you subscribe to the Gini Dietrich "squeeze as much life as you can into every day" philosophy of life. Very cool.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @barrettrossie Thanks, Barrett. Lauderdale has been home for about 35 years and love having visitors like Gini. You and I were probably getting sunburned on the same beach at the same time back in the '70s. We also have some other things in common (I saw your bio). I lived in Northern Virginia for five years & went to college in Virginia (at W&M), back when Easter's Weekend at UVa was legendary.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @RebeccaTodd Thanks, Rebecca. I'll keep you posted on the book :).  Meeting at the Spin Sucks is the 21st Century version of a really cool Happy Hour - and generally more entertaining - and safer to drive home.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @ginidietrich  @belllindsay Lindsay, it's amazing how much mileage you can get with a little tear gas and a room outfitted with a canine invisible fence. Actually, the best way to control them is to have a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat speaker like Gini!

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @Carmelo Carmelo, I share the birthday with my daughter, who is out of town. I threatened to go out and celebrate without her and wound up with a butt-kicking cold. I'm pretty sure my daughter infected me with some exotic virus. I'm glad she didn't listen to you - I'll have nightmares about someone extracting birthday candles from my... . Actually, I'm getting a kick out of connecting with the Friends of Gini. I know they have great taste.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @magriebler  @ginidietrich Marianne, pleased to meet you. BTW, your twitter profile is great. It kind of screams "follow me." So I did. :)

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @SocialMediaDDS  @ginidietrich This goes in the category that "any friend of Gini's is s friend of mine."  Pleased to meet you!

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @thejoshuawilner Thanks, Joshua, the feeling is mutual. BTW, I do remember Fedco. :)  And I do hope Stephen King comes knocking...

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @patmrhoads Pat, I do appreciate the gift. I also appreciate the gift of you sharing a piece of your soul on your blog. Lots of depth to your writing and your experiences. Good luck with the baby steps. I'll be rooting for you.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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 @kateupdates Thanks, Kate. I share the birthday with my daughter Carla, who is in Chicago today. The real birthday celebration comes when she returns. And two can play that game - I just tracked you down on Twitter - I look forward to connecting. Thanks for the kind wishes!

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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I was in a full day meeting and just came up for air. Wow. My thanks to Gini, SpinSucks, and the Ginifriends. To the latter, we have something significant in common - we love Jack Bauer. Well, maybe that, too, but I think we all love the one and only Gini Dietrich. Who does stuff like this? Gini. She lives life like few others and gives 'til it hurts. We learn. We grow. And we laugh. Yes, she rocks.

2 years, 2 months ago on #FollowFriday: Karl Sprague

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Integrity? Conscience? Admitting mistakes? Learned from those mistakes? Open to discuss and learn deeper lessons? That, my dear, is why we love you.  (BTW, I think you just earned some write-in votes for November's election. Now wouldn't that be a hoot...) 

2 years, 4 months ago on Blogging Mistakes Equal Lessons Learned

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 @Lisa Gerber Since I addressed my comment to Gini, please accept my apology. You now have license to call me Frank... or Gertrude... or whatever you want. You are spot-on about managing expectations. Spinsucks does a great job of making the social media behemoth real to us and pointing out the good, the bad, the ugly, the scary... and the funny. Keep up the good work. - Karl

2 years, 6 months ago on Social Media Global Domination and too Many Friends

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Gini, you've identified one of the great challenges of social media. However many friends / connections / followers you have, you look for more. Just one more... then one more after that. Pretty soon you start connecting with people you don't know or barely know and then say, "Oh crap!, I don't need more - I need better / deeper relationships with the "right" people. Then after a while it feels like you're making no progress and you start looking to expand your universe more aggressively, and the cycle repeats itself.  Your Hoffmann's example was perfect. You want to be the one to turn others on to Hoffmann's, but when they're everywhere, and people can find them without you, those hot dogs lose their "specialness." New friends are great when they're yours - not when you have to share them with millions of others. Great post!

2 years, 6 months ago on Social Media Global Domination and too Many Friends

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