Sunday, December 15, 2013
Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed. +Edward Young
When I was turning 35, I thought I had so much figured out that I dedicated a blog post to making a list of sage advice. It's just 5 years later, and my views have matured more than I expected. Below is 25 more nuggets of perspective wisdom. I'll let you know how things turn out upon turning 50.
1. Money isn't everything, but sure comes in handy.
2. Sex and love are not the same thing. I can't have one without the other.
3. Having a long history does not mean you must stay friends.
4. You can make your own family.
5. With hard work, you can have anything you want.
6. Most fashion trends don't apply to me, regardless of the location.
7. Having a dog is right up there with necessities like food, clothes and shelter.
8. Alcohol is the most complicated drug on the planet.
9. All women are crazy, myself included.
10. There is other music out there besides the Dave Matthews Band. Kind of.
11. No matter what anyone tells you, business is totally and completely personal.
12. Progress, not perfection.
13. Tell people you love them. Period.
14. I own 26 pairs of Jack Purcells in various colors. I almost always choose the white pair.
15. There is no other magic like sisters.
16. Play hard, but remember that the recovery time has doubled since you were 21.
17. I used to buy products to make my eyes look older. Now I buy items to make them look younger.
18. You get what you pay for. Always.
19. Love can conquer all. If you pick the right person.
20. Teena Touch is the coolest name ever.
21. Karma is not only a bitch, but she has a perfect memory.
22. Feel free to lie, but the truth always comes out.
23. Be thankful for what you have, not obsessed with what you want.
24. Quality, not quantity. In just about everything.
25. Control is just an illusion.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
How can a society obsessed with privacy be equally obsessed with sharing their every personal moment? +Sean Gourley
When Facebook launched Beacon back in November of 2007, it created such controversy that MoveOn.org created a special group that drew 50k members within a week. A class action lawsuit was brought against Facebook and The PR team at Blanc + Otus suffered for months during the utterly insane privacy backlash that ensued until Beacon was shut down in September of 2009.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Okay then there’s the busy days when I get to go to Doggy Day Care. Oh my God! Doggy Day Care! It’s amazing. It’s the best. There’s like 5 other dogs just like me and we hang out when I go there. So awesome. But sometimes they make me take a bath; not a fan. Overall, though, people are nice here. Not at all what Simon said before. Everyone is on a mission too, going somewhere, to do something, to be the best at whatever that is.
- It annoys me that I’m not allowed on the Subway.
- Or a Broadway show.
- People that shout in bars over just about any sporting event need to shut up already.
- Thunderstorms scare the crap out of me.
- Rats are mean.
- Roaches are meaner.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
In the middle of a pitch meeting, a potential client recently declared that he couldn’t work with my technology PR firm if I still carried a Blackberry. This potential client is an old friend, so I know he was simply poking fun at my dinosaur Smartphone.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I can blame it on Dijit or Qik or any other mobile application that I’ve represented in the past 3 years. I can blame it on my fiancé who got me the Kindle Fire for my Birthday. I can blame it on wanting to keep my music separate from my email which I also wanted to keep separate from my banking and social networking.
There’s no one to blame. I’ve become a Gadget Polygamist. I can’t stay loyal to one device anymore.
I’m now ‘That Girl.’
I worked with a gadgeteer at Ogilvy PR in NYC who in 1998 declared that one fine day, we’d all have a chip installed in our brains so that we could talk on our phones pretty much anywhere without looking like a total idiot. Today that chip might come in handy.
I have the iPod Touch so I can utilize my clients’ apps. I have a Toshiba Ultrabook because I fell in love with it at CES (well, that and I left my old laptop on some airplane on January 20). I don’t have email on the Kindle Fire so I can actually get through a book without interruptions. And then my trusty Blackberry. We go everywhere together. I used to just shove my phone in my pocket. Now I have a bag to carry it all.
I used to make fun of people that paid with their coffee with their phones. I used to balk at technophiles who could do their job from just about anywhere with all those devices. My brother-in-law even texted me proudly when he finally gave up his Blackberry for just his iPhone. Yeah, yeah, whatever.
The truth is, I’m in denial. I have so many gadgets because I plainly refuse to give up my Blackberry. RIM has not a lot of market share these days and a crapton of problems. I know, I read the news. I’ve grown up in the world of communications with my constantly blinking Blackberry and I don’t know how to move on.
Maybe Apple will build an iPhone that looks like a Blackberry. Maybe Android will give us many more enterprise-level features in the future. Maybe someday I will part with my beloved Blackberry. We’ve been through so much together.
Don’t get me wrong. No matter what non-Blackberry smartphone I choose in the future, my techie soul will always be searching to check for that little Blackberry red blinking light.