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Really… You Dipped What Into What?

Monday, July 30th, 2012

A few weeks ago I was with my kids at Steak & Shake – it wasn’t my pick, it was my daughter and youngest son’s choice.

Anyway, I look over my right shoulder and see a 20-something year old taking a French fry and dunking it into his chocolate milk shake – I promise you, this isn’t made up or embellished at all. To me it wasn’t appetizing at all, but I am sure it is to some and who knows perhaps how many. Of course my brain went in a crazy direction and ended up at this place: What other items do people dip things into?

For me, I like to dip potato chips into cottage cheese. I have seen one of my little ones dip potato chips into ketchup and soup.

  • What different and fun creations do your kids make?
  • What do you dip things into?
  • What is the craziest or oddest thing you have ever seen someone dip something into?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Please Be Honest And Tell Me What You Would Do…

Friday, July 27th, 2012

So there I am in Mexico with my partner A.S. when all of a sudden my name is announced over the loud speaker, “Merrill Dubrow, will you please report to the American Airlines counter?”

I walk up to the counter and the customer service representative says she has one 1st class seat available. I was next on her list so she asked if I wanted it. When I said I was traveling with someone and that wouldn’t work, she said, “Ok” and proceeded to call the next name on the list. When I got back to where A.S. was sitting, I explained what had happened and the end result. We quickly got into a philosophical discussion of what would most people do.

Would that person split up and take the 1st class seat?

So what I would like you to do is answer these 6 quick questions.
CLICK HERE to start the quiz.

Hey! What’s On Your Key Chain?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

A few weeks ago I was in our Greensboro office, and I got picked up at the hotel from a colleague (thanks B.S.) who dropped me off at the office. Because she still had to drop her son off at daycare and we weren’t for sure if the office front door was open, she gave me her keys.

As I was unlocking the door I noticed her key ring which had color coded keys, a picture of her daughter, some type of medallion on the key ring, and 5+ loyalty cards from different retail stores.

Of course my next thought was, “Blog!”

I thought about my key ring which has very little on it and is clearly very boring!

  • What do you have on your key ring?
  • Do you have different color keys?
  • Do you have loyalty cards attached to it?
  • Do you have a good luck charm on it?
  • Did you get your key chain on vacation?

I look forward to reading your comments.

I Am Not Buying This… Are You??

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I was just reading that the rock group, KISS, is coming out with a new book entitled KISS Monster and will apparently break records as the biggest book in rock history.  Even though I am not a huge fan of the rock group and frankly even know many of their songs, the interesting thing to me was the limited amount of copies and price tag.

There will only be 1,000 copies of this special edition and the cost will be $4,299.00. Yes, you heard that right. The cost is almost $4,300.00! I wanted to share a description of the book, "Anyone who has experienced a KISS performance knows the bigger, louder and heavier, the better! The sheer size of the images the book contains means that the level of detail, vibrancy and intimacy is incredible, bringing the KISS experience alive. Some of the close-up photographs are, quite literally, larger than life! This is the closest any fan could ever get to their heroes without an access-all-areas pass."

I am not exactly sure of the strategy of the limited edition book and price tag so I’m hoping you can shed some light.

  • Why the limited edition strategy?
  • I totally understand supply and demand – so with only 1,000 copies they believe they will sell the book at $4,299. Do you believe they will be right?
  • Are you a fan of the ROCK group KISS?
  • If so, would you buy a copy of the KISS Monster Book?
  • Would you spend $4,299 for a large book of your favorite band?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Is It Me Or Is Google Hangouts Another Application For…

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Daily, if not hourly, I am on Google. Even though I am not a power user yet, I have signed up for Google+. I am still trying to understand all of the benefits and applications, but love getting lost in the program and trying new things.

One of the things I like about Google+ is Hangouts. Clearly it is great for internal training, client conference calls, internal meetings, and tons of other applications.

I thought of another use a few days ago and wanted to see what you thought of my crazy idea.

Here it goes. Please sit down. Isn’t Google+ good for video monitoring a baby? Meaning if you had two laptops (or a desktop and a laptop) couldn’t you set up one in your baby’s room and another one somewhere else in the house to monitor your baby? This way you could easily hear them, yet you could also see if they were sleeping on their back. Not only that, Google+ allows 10 people to connect. So why couldn’t I view them from my office or have their Grandparents watch them as well?

So I ask you – Am I crazy?

If I had a baby I would toss the walkie talkies and try Google+ Hangouts for baby monitoring.

  • What do you think?
  • Have you ever used Google+ Hangouts?

PS – Even better, there is NO CHARGE for Google+ Hangouts.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    • Do you agree with this picture?
    • Does it bother you when someone does this to you?
    • How do you ensure you don’t do the same thing?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Sitting Close At A Professional Basketball Game Isn’t Always A Good Thing!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

While I was watching the NBA finals on TV last month with my son, I noticed a loose ball was headed for the stands. The next thing I know is D Wade launching himself into the stands to try and keep the ball from going out of bounds.

I totally understand that all fans (including myself) want to sit very close to the action. There, you can get an up-close and personal look at the players, hear them trash talk, hear the coach yell, or in some cases, swear at the referee and his own players. In some arenas like Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center and a few others, the closer you are, the more you will be seen – which by some standards (not mine) is important.

In most sports you can sit close but are protected. You have the screen in baseball, the boards in hockey, and you can’t get really that close in football. In basketball that isn’t the case. I must admit that I sat in the front row of two basketball games this year. At the first one I sat in the front row with my son right next to the Boston Celtics bench at the American Airlines Center in Dallas and I must admit, I was a little nervous. I didn’t want any of those 275 pound basketball players to fall on my son and potentially hurt him. The second time I was in Oklahoma City and I felt a little bit more confident since the guy I was with (thanks J.B) is a big, burly 275 pound former Texas A&M football player who I had hoped would protect me if Kevin Durant decided to jump in my lap.

  • Have you had any opportunities to sit very close at a basketball game?
  • Were you excited?
  • Were you nervous?
  • Did you have any athletes fall into your lap?
  • Did you like being on TV?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Excuse Me You Have A Little…

Friday, July 13th, 2012

A few weeks ago I was boarding a plane at 5:00am and found myself chuckling a little bit. I noticed that the gentleman in front of me was wearing a sport jacket and the dry cleaning tag was sticking out.

I actually thought about walking faster to catch up with him and letting him know, but it was early and I wasn’t sure how my suggestion would be received.

This situation gave me a minute or two to pause and think of other times when I might say something to a stranger or someone I am with.

So, let’s take a short scenario quiz. CLICK HERE to tell me what you would do in four different situations.

I look forward to reading your comments.

One City, One Street, 4 Hours….. What Is Your Choice?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I was thinking about my favorite cities the other day and for some reason thought of my favorite streets that I had ever been on. I thought about it for a few minutes and here are a few that I thought of:

    • Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL
    • 5th Avenue – New York City, NY
    • Las Vegas Boulevard – Las Vegas, NV
    • Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills, CA
    • Newbury Street – Boston, MA
    • State Street – Madison, WI

So, I ask you. If you had 4 hours to spend on one street in one city, what is your number one choice?

If for some reason it was raining or you couldn’t get there, what is your second choice?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Turn Your Phone Off Will Change To Turn Your Phone On…. But When?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I am sure if you have gone to the movies in the past few weeks or months you have heard the announcement before the movie starts that says, “Please turn your phone off and don’t text during the movie because it can bother other customers.” I wouldn’t disagree with that statement, but the question is, ”How many would it bother and are they in the majority or minority?”

Nobody can argue with the fact that social media has exploded and changed our lives in the sense of what we do and how we do it. Isn’t the movie industry a little these days?

  • Shouldn’t they say, “Go ahead! You like the movie. Tweet away!”
  • Or “Please go to our Facebook page and click the like box.”
  • Or to tell you to email, tweet, etc. everyone you know that you are at our movie theatre, love the food, the customer service, the experience and everything else you can think of.

I truly believe the people that are offended by tweeting and texting during a movie are now in the minority – do you agree?

I also believe that the message of ‘turn off your phone’ will go away very soon and be replaced with ‘please text and tweet all you want’ – do you agree?

  • Does tweeting/texting bother you during a movie?
  • Would you tweet or text if movie theatre allowed it?
  • Do you think I am right or wrong?

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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