Michelle:w t f - this [Raffi] is like a knock off mr rogers or something!
me:shut up michelle, that is offensive to me
Michelle:you mad bc you never saw mr rogers
me:what?! everyday i did! don't tell me about mr rogers. about that creepy old man who wanted me to be his neighbor? like seriously, wtf is that about? he just wanted to live in a village of children? to do what...molest?
I forgot to put my Coke in the fridge this morning with my lunch! This is an epic failure. Now, when I crack open that red can of deliciousness at lunch (probably in about 1 hour) it will not be as cold as I would like it to be.
There is nothing better than ice cold, bubbly Coke. Sadly, I will not experience that today.
On a positive note - when I went into the kitchen just now to put my Coke in the freezer (God, I hope I don’t forget about it and have to clean up half frozen exploded soda later!), I noticed that the vendor machine dude left an array of chips on the table. I guess they were exiled from inside the glass or something. Well, fear not Bar-B-Q Fritos! Someone wants you, and that someone is me.
This is a big deal because it is illegal to pump your own gas is Oregon.
I pumped my own gas today because I am in Washington, a state that trusts regular citizens like myself to handle a gas pump. This isn’t the first time I’ve ever done it, but it’s been a while. Three years probably. Usually I avoid buying gas in Washington at all costs because I am pretty much terrified of gas pumping. I picture myself dropping the nozzle and it flailing around spraying everything with gasoline. Then someone will probably absentmindedly drop their cigarette butt in the resulting puddle, killing me and everyone else in a fire explosion. Or something.
Fortunately, nothing like that happened. The whole thing went off without a hitch… but that doesn’t mean I’m going to make a habit of it. I prefer to leave gas pumping to the professionals.
I’m from NJ where we have the privilege of having our gas pumped for us, as well. Imagine me: a young and naive 18 year old girl just off to college in Virginia pulling up to the gas pump for the first time…alone. I literally had NO idea what to do. I looked at the pump, looked back at the car, looked back at the pump, etc. because I had no idea where to start. I finally found the courage to ask some nice man if he could show me what to do. He looked at me strangely (and was probably calling me something along the lines of “dumb blond” in his head) until I told him I was from NJ and didn’t normally have to do this kind of thing. It was embarrassing, to say the least, but now I’m an expert and my mom thinks its amazing I know how to do it.
Just a heads up if you are setting your DVR for Lost tonight: it runs through the :07 mark of the following hour. Do not make the mistake of missing the last 7 minutes. Your TV does not deserve to have an object thrown in its direction.
And to make it worse…everyone kept using airline “jokes” because the room was semi-setup like an airplane. At first it was barely humorous and by the end, when the CFO said “We’ve reached our final decent. Please put your tray tables up and seats in an upright position” - nobody laughed. Rightfully so.
2-1/2 hour meetings sitting in lightly padded folding chairs is not fun.
I just got this email about our so-called “Privacy Lounge” at work:
"This lounge has been set up for nursing women who need to pump milk during the work day & for employees who may need a private space to rest for a bit. It will also be used for the semi-monthly massages.”
“Kim, can you please change the date [of your wedding]? The weekend before or after would be better because Dad just told me that he is planning on going to the Pocono race on the 19th. Maybe someone else can walk you down the aisle if you can’t change the date.”—NASCAR > Daughter, according to my Dad.
A bank that received $1.6 billion in bailout money just spent a fortune last week in L.A. hosting a series of lavish parties and concerts with famous singers … and TMZ cameras caught it all.
Northern Trust, a Chicago-based bank, sponsored the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in L.A. We’re told Northern Trust paid millions to sponsor the PGA event which ended Sunday, but what happenedoffthe golf course is even more shocking. Northern Trust flew hundreds of clients and employees to L.A. and put many of them up at some of the fanciest and priciest hotels in the city. We’re told more than a hundred people were put up at the Beverly Wilshire in Bev Hills, and another hundred stayed at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Still more stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey and others at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica.
Here are the highlights:
- Wednesday, Northern Trust hosted a fancy dinner at the Ritz followed by a performance by the group Chicago.
- Thursday, Northern Trust rented a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport for dinner, followed by a performance by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- Saturday, Northern Trust had the entire House of Blues in West Hollywood shut down for its private party. We got the menu — guests dined on seared salmon and petite Angus filet. Dinner was followed by a performance by none other than Sheryl Crow.
There was also a fabulous cocktail party at the Loews. And how’s this for a nice touch: Female guests at the Chicago concert all got trinkets from … TIFFANY AND CO.
As for what all that costs: Well, the company isn’t talking. We spoke with a rep from the band Chicago who said Northern Trust paid them around $100,000. A House of Blues source told us it cost more than $50,000 to close the joint down last Saturday night. As for Sheryl Crow’s fee, her rep didn’t get back to us. Earth, Wind & Fire acknowledges payment but won’t say how much.
As for the golf tournament, a rep from the PGA told us Northern Trust wrote one big fat check in order to sponsor the event. That check covers part of the $6.3 million purse, the advertising costs for the spots on CBS (which broadcast the final two rounds of the tournament) and operating costs. The rep says the fee was negotiated and is confidential.
Lots of people from Northern Trust went to the golf tourney … in special Mercedes that shuttled them to and from the hotels. But for those who weren’t into golfing, they could spend a few hours at the Northern Trust seminar on the credit crunch.
Now how’s this for outrage? Northern Trust laid off 450 workers in December, 4% of its workforce.
And here’s what’s absolutely amazing: The United States Government flat out gave Northern Trust the $1.6 billion in bailout money, and the bank didn’t even request it!
Northern Trust gave us a statement yesterday before going total radio silence. A rep for the bank acknowledges they paid for the events, but that the bailout money did not pay for the events. He claims it was paid out of the bank’s operating expenses. Here’s Northern Trust’s full statement to us.
Perhaps we’re missing something, but money is money. How can they spend like this when they’re using taxpayer’s money, whether they asked for it or not? And where the hell is Congress in all of this? Is there any oversight or accountability?
Your tax dollars, hard at work. Thomas Jefferson was right — “A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.”