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Whatever happened to predictability?
What big drip came up with that idea?!??
no witty title today

Whatever happened to predictability?

Where are mah scrunchies?

Where are mah scrunchies?

(searching through Kohl’s sales flyer)

Me: Want a pair of Aqua shorts?
WM: No. I don’t think I will ever wear a pair of aqua shorts
Me: Oh, come on. You can get this outfit, I’ll get the lady’s outfit and we’ll pretend we’re “Full House” cast members.
WM: No.
Me: How rude!

Inside Baseball:
Most of the online sales flyers you see are powered by a Gannett-owned company called ShopLocal. It was also supposed be used for local newspaper ads, which was a colossal failure because many newspaper ads are for services (oil changes, gutter cleaning, “happy endings” massages) and not the product/price ads that ShopLocal was built to display. Plus people buying space in the paper wanted their own space, and an online catalog of local sales only gives you that “space” if someone searches for and finds your product. The implementation of ShopLocal probably took about a year off of my life. (The Daily Deals program took about 3 years off, but that’s another post.) I’m glad ShopLocal found their footing though. Their interface now is very elegant.

What big drip came up with that idea?!??

This the new official logo for U$A T0D@Y.

copyright someone else

You guys!! For about three years, I sat under the prototype of this design back when I was at the CeePee!!!

Photo taken April 12, 2011.

Never before has a company made me want to set myself on fire like that one does.

no witty title today

Uneventful yesterday. I arrived in Virginia last night at 7:30ish, just as planned. This Hilton has a self-serve checkin kiosk, which rocked because I had my room key in hand before the checkin line had moved 2 people!

“Make sure you get to the bar Sunday night!” I was told. Lots of schmoozing to be had. Well, the bar was closed for an “Exxon/Mobil private party”** so there was no socializing at all. Bummer. Because you all know how good I am at just thrusting myself into a group of people.

I actually hit the gym to work out (did 17 minutes on some crazy-ass elliptical type running machine…I was too wiped to go the full 30 minutes) because I indulged in some candy and fried chicken on the way down.

And was in showered and in bed by 9:30. Yay.

I tore through more than half of “The Eagles’ Brood” (“The Beauty Myth” is about 2 chapters away from completion) and hit lights-out at midnight.

This morning I wake up to a painfully sore throat and ears that hurt when I swallow. BvP and my brother (and now I) have had this illness that manifests itself as a cold, goes away for a week to ten days, and comes back worse. Well crap! I don’t think I can cajole my doctor into calling an antibiotic prescription into a pharmacy in Virginia. (Plus, most pharmacists can be prickly and difficult. 😉 ) So the game plan is to get some Tylenol (actually Acetaminophen) from the shop downstairs to alleviate the discomfort, and hope that the big ostentatious corporate office has an on-site health center. Failing that, I will call the docs. There’s a CVS pharmacy 1 mile from the hotel.

At least I won’t eat too much. Heh.

(could this be my most navel-gazing post ever?)

**”The stations in MY territory have upped the prices to over $3.00 and we have no plans of cutting back now that the consumers are used to it!”
“Well, top this! I’ve put out a memo to all the franchises NEVER to make eye contact with or greet a customer again. And to give them the stink-eye if they attempt to purchase less than $10. worth.”
“Brilliant, old man, brilliant!”

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