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If I Agree To Tweet I Get Better Seats? Really?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

If you look around everyone is on their blackberry or smartphone. It seems like everyone is making a call, responding to an email, sending a text message or tweeting. However, there are a few places that frowned upon using your smartphone. Announcements are made at Broadway shows, movie theatres and the ballet requesting that you turn off your electronic device and don’t send any communication while you are in the performance.

Well, that may change in the future and in fact in a few spots is has already changed! Connecticut’s Norma Terris Theater, Raleigh’s Carolina Ballet, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Opera have all set aside seats for those who wish to live-tweet performances.

I understand technology of today and the need for speed but tweeting during a symphony? Seriously! These theatres might be ok with it now ASSUMING all of the tweets are positive! What if the people send negative tweets? Are the ushers going to go down and take them out of these “special” seats? Are these “special” seats the best seats in the house? If they are isn’t that creating bias with the people tweeting?

To me cell phones, texting, etc. takes away from a performance and doesn’t add any value at all!

I think this is a horrible idea and one that I hope doesn’t work! Can you imagine the announcement that is made prior to the curtain coming up? ‘Everyone please turn off their electronics device except the special 6 people in the second row who are allowed to tweet during the performance!’

  • What do you think?
  • Would you like someone sitting in special seats and tweeting at a performance that you attend?
  • Would you buy seats so you can tweet?
  • Would you not attend a performance if people were allowed to tweet?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 17 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Yes I predicted the Colts would win their second game of the year and yes the Dallas Cowboys and The NY Jets aren’t very good teams and both might be playing golf next week instead of football.

Congratulations to Jon Last who won this week in a tie breaker and joins Josh Epstein, Scott Wallace, Jacob Adler, Matt Hancock, Sharon Gautschy, Andy Davis, Marshall Toplansky, Amber Leila Esco, Kelly Christine Delaney, Rick Hurwitz, Clay Dethloff, J.R. Venza, Sam Picchiotti, Bob Tekampe & couldbStu in the championship week!

To see the current standings, click here.

Congratulations go out to Andrew Dixon who was the cumulative champion this year and Amber Leila Esco who qualified for the championship week again with her tie breaker win over Willie Martin and now has two spots in the championship week.

The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

REMEMBER THE DEADLINE FOR THIS WEEK’S PICKS IS FRIDAY AT 5:00 CST.

None of the picks will be posted until that time. We will highlight all of the people who qualify for the championship week and there will be a second tie breaker game just in case we need it to determine a winner.

 

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

 

Good luck to all.

When Did I Become A SIR?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

This morning it is 25° in Dallas, which is clearly not the norm. When I got to work the card reader on the side door wasn’t working (perhaps frozen) so I needed to enter through the front door. As I was walking through the lobby I said “Good Morning” to the security guard who said, “Sir, have a good morning.” In the last week I can recall at least 5 people calling me “Sir.” At least 5 people! My new chiropractor said, “Sir, how can we help you?” A stranger at the airport said, “Sir, let me get this door for you.”

  • When did I become a sir?
  • Why did I become a sir?
  • Is it my age?
  • My gray hair?
  • My limp?
  • My suit?

Help please……..

  • When did I become a ‘sir’?
  • When do you start calling someone a “Sir”?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 16 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Yes I predicted the Colts would win their first game of the year and yes I knew that the Philadelphia Eagles would pound the NY Jets – frankly I peaked with those two picks. The rest of my week wasn’t that good.

A ton of upsets – the Packers lost for the first time, the Detroit Lions came back from a 13 point deficit (sound familiar Cowboys fans) to win in the last seconds. San Diego sent the Ravens home with a loss and the Texans, yes the Texans got upset!

As far as the pool goes Tyson Chandler (code name for Josh Epstein) has a one game lead over Genevieve and Sonja Streich. If the Steelers win, Tyson (I mean Josh) wins. If the 49ers win, then it will come down to a tie-breaker…

Congratulations to last week’s winner Scott Wallace. He joins Jacob Adler, Matt Hancock, Sharon Gautschy, Andy Davis, Marshall Toplansky, Amber Leila Esco, Kelly Christine Delaney, Rick Hurwitz, Clay Dethloff, J.R. Venza, Sam Picchiotti, Bob Tekampe & couldbStu in the championship week!

To see the current standings, click here. Andrew Dixon has a four game lead over Erin Jewell and Amber in the cumulative rankings. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will receive $50 and be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

REMEMBER THERE IS A GAME ON THURSDAY NIGHT SO THE CONTEST CLOSES AT 5PM ON THURSDAY!

 

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

 

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO WIN AND BE PART OF CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK!

Good luck to all.

Attention Football Fans! Time To Take A Quick Quiz!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

As the football season is winding down I thought it would be fun to take a quick 2 minute quiz.

Click here to share your football thoughts.

Enjoy!

Am I Lucky Or Unlucky? You Tell Me!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

For years I have been flying a lot. In fact, during my lifetime I have flown almost 1.7 million miles on American Airlines alone.  When you fly that often, lots of things can happen. From mechanical delays to people watching, it really is like a reality show every day of the week.

In the past 18 months I have had a few things happen that were a little different:

    1. On takeoff from O’Hare, we hit a flock of birds and lost our left engine. We needed to make an emergency landing. We were greeted with 5 fire engines and other emergency vehicles back at O’Hare 5 minutes later.
    2. Our flight in Ft. Lauderdale was forced to abort landing (we were about 500 feet from landing). The pilot made an announcement after we went vertical and said it was weather related.  
    3. I had another aborted landing in Atlanta a few weeks ago. This time we were less than 400 feet from the ground (as I am leaving the flight I always ask the pilot how close we were) and again went vertical this time even more quickly.

These situations happened very quickly and there is little time to freak out. Because I was traveling with my son during the Ft Lauderdale flight, I had a little more reason to pause and think about what happened.

The question is, am I lucky or unlucky?

I am really curious how people view this. I can argue both sides of the coin. Wow this happened 3 times clearly you are unlucky with the other side of the coin is yes it happened but I landed safely and not one person got hurt so that makes me lucky.

From my standpoint I would say I am lucky. In fact, very lucky!

Typically I am pretty positive about things and wonder if there is a direct correlation between people who would view my experiences as unlucky to being pessimistic in nature and people who would view them as lucky being optimistic most of the time?

Just a thought.

So I ask you….

  • Am I lucky or unlucky?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 15 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, December 12th, 2011

WOW!!! Are you kidding me! Yes I was at the Cowboy game and shocked they gave up a 12 point lead with 5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter! All you hear from the media around here is that Rob Ryan is a genius…. really you give up over 500 yards in the BIGGEST game of the year!!!! at home!!!!! On national TV!!!!!! Seriously… Wow Congrads to Eli Manning and the Giants for a huge come from behind win!!…. FYI I picked the Giants to win and that was one of my 12 wins…. As far as the pool goes Scott Wallace and week one winner Sam Picchiotti are tied with 14 wins and if the Rams win tomorrow night they will be joined by Aaron Thomas in a tie-breaker.

Congratulations to last week’s winner Jacob Adler who becomes the first repeat winner from last year! He joins Matt Hancock, Sharon Gautschy, Andy Davis, Marshall Toplansky, Amber Leila Esco, Kelly Christine Delaney, Rick Hurwitz, Clay Dethloff, J.R. Venza, Sam Picchiotti, Bob Tekampe & couldbStu in the championship week!

To see the current standings, click here. Andrew Dixon has a two game lead over Erin Jewell in the cumulative rankings. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will receive $50 and be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

REMEMBER THERE IS A GAME ON THURSDAY NIGHT SO THE CONTEST CLOSES AT 5PM ON THURSDAY!

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

Attention Researchers! How Quick Needs To Be Addressed!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

For those of us who grew up in the industry, we are familiar with surveys that had a question that began with, ‘thinking about the last time you shopped at…’ With the technology that is available today, those questions could be asked while you are shopping at the store, just finished shopping or after you drove by the store.

With geo-targeting, smartphones, and thousands of different apps, all of this is pretty easy to set-up.

The question is, how quick should it happen? I want to share two quick experiences. The first one was when I purchased three televisions from Best Buy and I received an email from them thanking me for the order before I was out of the store. In fact, that thank you came before the sales associate had a chance to thank me. The second experience was when a colleague of mine checked-in through foursquare in a fast food restaurant and 5 minutes later got a link to a survey asking him about the experience.

In my mind, both of those interactions with customers were too quick. In fact, both of us were a little offended. I understand big brother but to get an interaction that quick using the latest technology is a little eerie. My colleague felt the same way. Actually, it really turned him off to the point that it left a bad taste (no pun intended) in his mouth regarding the fast food restaurant.

  • How fast is too fast?
  • How quick should a survey link be sent out?
  • Take a second and think of yourself as a consumer and decide, what makes sense?

I think we should wait at least 24 hours. If not, it could really have a negative effect on this great industry.

  • What are your thoughts?

I look forward to hearing from you.

What’s Your Price To Take Another Plane?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

A few weeks ago I was boarding a plane to Las Vegas and as with most flights, the plane was sold out. Actually, it was over sold. The announcements started with “we are over sold and looking for volunteers to take another flight about 90 minutes later and were giving a $300 travel voucher.” Well, apparently not enough people thought that was an appetizing offer so 10 minutes later the offer was raised to a $400 travel voucher.

When I was younger I may have jumped at both of their offers – but today, no way! I want to get where I am going and as fast and easy as I can. I don’t like being part of any delays and more importantly I don’t want to create a delay for myself for $300-400 travel voucher.

Funny I am not sure I am alone – I watched and very few people rushed to take the offer.

  • So I ask you what are your thoughts?
  • Do you have a price that you would take a later flight?
  • How would you feel if you took the $300 travel voucher and 10 minutes later they were offering $400?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 14 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Did you know that 184 people entered the pool last week and (drum roll please) 122 have a better score than I do! A few people were tied with me and get this – only 22 people had less wins than I did. Clearly there should be a strategy to look at my picks and go in the other direction! With 15 games in the record books it will come down to Matt Gershner (a research veteran) or Jacob Adler (a weekly winner from last year) son of Jeff Adler and still a teen! In fact the tie breaker won’t come into play tonight. If San Diego wins so does Jacob if not Matt Gershner takes home the prize!

Congratulations to last week’s winner Matt Hancock, who joins Sharon Gautschy, Andy Davis, Marshall Toplansky, Amber Leila Esco, Kelly Christine Delaney, Rick Hurwitz, Clay Dethloff, J.R. Venza, Sam Picchiotti, Bob Tekampe & couldbStu in the championship week!

To see the current standings, click here. Erin Jewell has a slim one game lead over Andrew Dixon in the cumulative rankings. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will receive $50 and be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

REMEMBER THERE IS A GAME ON THURSDAY NIGHT SO THE CONTEST CLOSES AT 5PM ON THURSDAY!

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.