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@susancellura :) <3! I have SO many great memories at Death Valley. I'll just leave this here for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRTmfUdN3CA
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: An Epic Speech, the Camp Gyno, and Pick-Up Lines
Thanks for the finds. I do enjoy taking a little time on Friday afternoon to do a little laughing.
Sidenote: Susan you're a Tiger fan! GO TIGERS. I grew up about 20 minutes from Clemson and it's pretty much the only college football I care about.
@ginidietrich The 3 series BMW is my dream car! I'm officially jealous. :) Exactly - I DO deserve it. My husband and I don't have children yet and I can't tell you how often I feel that my contribution is not "enough" in the eyes of other women. (That could be a whole another blog post for you, I suppose.) My husband and I work our TAILS off and if we want to buy a new TV, whatever, we've have earned it. Go buy your new bike. Post pictures.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well
@susancellura The answer is it doesn't have to be. Me and my CK dress will be over here plotting world domination while everyone else catches up :)
Little story: About two years ago at Macy's with my mother, I found a beautiful Calvin Klein dress that I simply fell IN LOVE with. The cost was more than I had ever spent on a single item of clothing in my life. As I hesitated, my mother looked at me and told me "You've worked hard. You deserve it.." That dress is STILL in my closet and I love it just as much.
My point in that story is that buying that dress was a point of empowerment for me. Why can't we be fashionable and powerful? Why must it be one or the other? (FUN FACT: Mark Cuban actually holds press interviews while ON THE TREADMILL and no one bats an eye that he is "too rude" to stop jogging long enough to answer some questions. )
On some levels, I have always wanted to BE Melissa. Powerful, intelligent, fashionable, and beautiful. If anything, seeing this photo shoot makes me want to "get there". I want to BE her. She's not just an "executive with good taste in clothes" she's a role model. That's more powerful than anything.
(I haven't weighed in on conversation in a long time, but I still read every day!) This is a topic right up my alley since I work for a provider of these kinds of services. Strangely enough, we abide by the rule that nothing will ever be able to replace the face to face interactions, but tools and services like ours (and others) can greatly bridge the gap between being in the office all day and never being in the office at all. There's a ton of fascinating research out there that breaks down the health risks and psychological "costs" of having limited or no physical contact with co-workers.
I think that a 100% virtual environmental or office space doesn't completely work - in most cases. There are exceptions to every single rule out there but the studies and experiences I've had with various clients show me that a virtual environmental is more successful when it is still treated as an office. If you and all your employees were in the office together, I don't think your boss would like it too much if you showed up in your pajamas with bed head and you didn't wash your face. The boss would be equally irritated if you said "I'll be right back, I really need to get some laundry done" and then didn't get anything done for the next thirty minutes. Creating a virtual environments means creating a place in your home where you "work". I hate spending the work day in my office, but I am super productive at home in hour or two bursts.
Still, nothing will ever be as powerful or as meaningful as the face to face.
1 year ago on Can Technology Replace In-Person Meetings?
@AbbieF Well said, Abbie! I think my concern is the precedence it sets. I think it's funny and awesome to us because it's about two TV companies fighting over reality television. This is the CBS response when they think they are "right" and ABC is "wrong". It's about Big Brother, so we're all rolling our eyes anyway - what if the same thing happened in a different context? Would it still be funny? That's my biggest issue. This is a great debate you've created here @ginidietrich - see, like I said you're out of control!
1 year, 8 months ago on CBS Issues Fake (and Totally Awesome) News Release
Let me be clear - I think this is hilarious. I like funny things. I also think it's kind of childish. Ever try to tell a child to do something and they put their fingers in their ears and say "lalalalala" - that's what this reminds me of. I don't think I watch any CBS programming (not in their demo, I guess) and while they are right that "glass houses shouldn't throw stones", it doesn't paint the network in a positive light for me.
Besides - it's "reality" TV. Most of these shows are all hybrids of another. (Totally unscripted, of course) ABC and CBS should do celebrity boxing with their PR teams. Now that - I would tune in to watch.
Personally, I think it would be great to see that kind of investment in the paper of my home town. I wonder how many locations on Buffet's investments don't have access to high speed internet (my grandmother still has dialup) or the general population is 1.) old and stuck in their ways 2.) doesn't have access to tablets or even computers.
Small papers are almost never full of "generic" content. Unless something major happens in the world, the front page of the small town paper is full of local stories and updates (2 car accident, etc). The only time I've ever seen generic content is when something that makes national news happen in the area. Generic national news is buried in the center of the paper somewhere after the police blotter and the swap shop.
Small town papers know how to make the new social without having to have the content online. People will buy it every week.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Future of Journalism from Warren Buffet’s Viewpoint
@ginidietrich @SociallyGenius This is unacceptable news, Gini.The immaturity of adults just surprises me (assuming it's an adult, of course). I'll go "country girl" on them when you find out who it is :)
1 year, 9 months ago on Social Media and Its Effect On Suicide
@ginidietrich Agreed! The internet seems to give an air of authority to some and makes them just spew hate. I actually wrote about it last week - how we this sort of bad behavior is encouraged by not reacting to it online. It's an interesting thing to break down and look at. For example: We joke about Facebook "stalking" but if anyone "stalked" us in real life, we'd call the police.
Aww :) <3! It doesn't make me sad that I was bullied - it makes me sad that I let others control my emotions for so many years. The bullying actually made me stronger in the end. And those people eventually grew up and became better people. It *does* get better, it's just when you're there in, the the place where everything is darkness, you can't see the light. It's part of the reason why I think I'm so positive and believe in sharing love openly. I could go on and on about this topic. (Strange Six Degrees Moment: I actually spent half my life in a town about 30 minutes from Greenville, SC.)
I remember the night that news about Trey spread - I was not personally connected with him, but I saw the effect it had on the community I was a part of. You've taken a very tasteful approach to talking about such a difficult subject here. As someone who was "cyberbullied" before it was ever a buzz word (anon email addresses with messages informing me how worthless my presence was, etc.) the dangers that social media presents to people often go unnoticed. Social media often plays the scapegoat in these tragic situations and even I have uttered that I never would have made it through high school in today's time.
I'm glad you bring up your friend though - while social media often is pointed at for being the catalyst for tragic suicides, it's often a place where people go to heal. Forums and groups were the place where I found friends and people who liked the things I did. I met my best friend in those places. There are also movements like "It Gets Better" out on networks. I think we as a community have the power to have a stronger voice than all of the bullies out there.
I still get teary when I see that video of Batman keeping my city safe! Considering a few weeks before the city was hit with a tornado, it makes it even more impressive to me that the police and fire departments were willing to donate time to make this happen! I'm so happy you shared it.
I am totally incorporating that dance into everything I succeed at. Get a discount - dance. Street full of green lights - pull over and dance.
1 year, 10 months ago on Gin and Topics: A Real Life Batman and a Dancing Ping Pong Player
As a fellow 28 year old, I think we fall on the cusp between two generations, and the entitled nature is really more of the people in the ages below us. A great example of this is a family member who, after high school, recieved a full ride to the same college I graduated from, but did not return after her first semester. Why? Not because it was hard. Not because she was unprepared, but because she didn't want to get up at 8AM. Meanwhile, my other cousin who is 29 and a single mother of three, worked herself to the bone for five years to get a degree.
I would be so embarrassed if my mother or father called my boss to discuss my career path. Once I turned 18, it was my business to do what I needed to do. I was lucky to have the support of my parents while in college, both financially and emotionally, but my requirement was to go to school and pass my classes. I hate to sound like an old lady, but these kids these days with their rock and roll music and their brand new cars and their cell phones when they are ten - they just don't know how good they have it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Saving the Millennial Workforce from Bad Perceptions
@ginidietrich Personally, I think you're right and I have a feeling that this will end up going much higher up in the long run. However, I think it is important to note that Wal-Mart is the only game in town in many places. For example, the community that I am from does not have a Wal-Mart directly in town and they have access to a family owned grocery store, but since this store has the most ridiculous markup ever, people chose to drive 30-45 minutes to get to Wal-Mart. That won't change just because of this. In fact, most people will probably never know what's going on behind the scenes.
1 year, 10 months ago on The PR Nightmare for Walmart
This isn't the first PR debacle Wal-Mart has been in the middle of and it won't be the last. They pay low wages, work you to the bone, have been sued for not promoting females into positions of management. Sure, we're all upset and angry about this one - but pull up in a parking lot on a Saturday afternoon and it'll be pretty clear just how much the general population cares about their alleged bad business dealings.
It's sad because the business that Sam Walton created was one based on completely different principals and greed has clouded everyone's judgement. I've tried to avoid Wal-Mart as much as possible in the last five years.
@hackmanj @ginidietrichI question the timing of this issue as when she was denied her membership, no one seemed to care. It's topical because of the Masters, and because people are searching the Masters. Augusta has a highly respected reputation not only as a golf club but also as a part of the community.
Is it antiquated? Yes. But it's been their policy for years and still IBM chose to give away their sponsorship dollars and now there's an outrage. They knew what this policy was and gave them their money in spite of that rule - it's not like IBM decided to sponsor them the night before the Masters started.
1 year, 11 months ago on Augusta National Faces Scrutiny on “No Women” Rule
There are a number of other golf courses that either don't allow female members or allow females to play the course. I'm not really bothered by it. If Augusta was the only one, I would feel differently, but it's not the only one. Just my two cents.
Thank you so much for sharing Kay! I really appreciate it.
I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s noticed that the remodeling going on is clearly a way to phase out “that guy”. I agree with you on your previous comment that while regular customers don’t like that guy, they also make it harder to use Starbucks as they marketed it to us. It’s a really interesting position they have put themselves into and I’ll be curious to see how it plays out. Please keep reading us Kay – have a great weekend!
1 year, 11 months ago on Starbucks Freeloaders – Consider Yourself on Notice
Great post, Jayme! While I usually tend to agree with you, I have to go with @beka_dawn here and say that social media is a lot like playing telephone in high school. It's a great place to bring what are really serious concerns to the forefront, it's also a place for information to get lost. Look at the Spike Lee situation that's going on. He grabbed and RTed a fake tweet and now he's catching a lot of grief for it (rightly so, IMO).
I would also add to the overall topic of "pink slime" that the image being presented (the one you've used as well on this post) is actually created from poultry and has nothing to do with the beef industry. The ammonia hydroxide used in the sanitation of the lean beef trimmings is a combination that occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, and even humans. It's also used in a number of other food products (chocolate, for example).
I hope that your post will at least get people searching out the fallacies in the story that is being reported. The stuff in your image is still gross but is a complete misrepresentation.
1 year, 11 months ago on Pink Slime Social Media Blame Game