Awhile back I agreed to a Sixers game this Monday, now that Allen Iverson’s coming back on that night and the game is sold out, I am really excited. Watch this video and make sure you have the sound on, really good mix of video/music.
Watch this video to learn some awesome dance moves:
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Hello Temple University,
After an email exchange with you and a promise to be removed from future mailing lists, I have received another exclusive opportunity to save on auto insurance from Temple’s Alumni Association (this was a printed communication sent via the postal service).
Liberty Mutual is offering members of Temple’s Alumni Association 20% off their already competitive auto and home insurance rates!
I work in marketing, I know that Liberty Mutual pays to receive a list of names to distribute this junk mail. Thank you for selling my name and address without my consent! Please remove my name from this list, I have not opted in, I have tried to opt out, and I have been assured that I would not receive this junk mail in the future that is a waste of time/natural resources.
I wouldn’t be annoyed about this if there was an honest and up front communication that said the Alumni Association would appreciate me signing up to receive junk mail to generate revenue for the following initiatives:
Reduce tuition – x amount of junk mail programs stabilizes tuition and we can avoid tuition increase
Subsidize text books – y amount of junk mail programs can provide 5% discount on books
Expand the campus – Z amount of junk mail programs will buy a building
Maybe in a couple years when I am finished paying off my student loans, I will be less sensitive to your continued efforts to profit from me.
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I Do Not Want To Hear From You – Stop Sending Me Communications
Dear Temple University,
I do not want emails or any other type of mail from you. I have tried to unsubscribe from your emails, but instead of a simple link to unsubscribe, I am taken to a site where I need a user name and a password. I do not have a user name and a password because I never signed up to receive useless communications from Temple. I never opted in to receive these communications and now I cannot opt out, this is spam and an invasion of privacy.
For the junk mail you send through the US Postal service offering insurance deals and other “great opportunities brought to us by Temple University”, there is no way to opt out of those communications either. Since you have profited from selling my name and address to a vender, I do not feel compelled to donate anything more to your university.
I liked my time at Temple, I’d recommend friends to go there in the future, but I think you need to improve your communications. Since I’ve graduated, I’ve been asked if I want to give incremental money to you (on top of my student loans) and if want to get different types of insurance through companies partnering with Temple. These are not topics that I want to hear about, these are not topics that are useful to me or Temple. Here are some subjects that would probably benefit Temple and the audience you’re reaching out to:
1. Temple is offering a workshop on “How To Stay Valuable In A Down Economy (job retention)” – it gets people back on your campus, you can introduce MBA programs, it gets people thinking that Temple actually cares and it is worth donating money to them.
2. Offer a workshop on changing professions – Excellent opportunity to get people back on campus and taking more courses. There’s a lot of people who fall into this category, once again, this is an opportunity to make people think you actually care about the alumni and want to maintain a “real” dialogue
3. I’d actually like to know if any of my peers have gone on to open their own Philly businesses, encourage alumni to send in info about themselves and their businesses, let’s find out the places people have gone, let’s build a better community, have a photo contest
4. Tell me why Temple is a good investment? Let us hear about the business end of the deal, I like the touchy feely stuff about new Student Activity Centers and new coffee shops in the cafeteria, but you never share details of what really matters, what are you doing to keep costs down? Are you investing and are those investments working? How did you allocate the money that was given to you through state and alumni donations? Is my donation going towards the president’s salary (in 2008, Temple University’s Ann Weaver Hart made $572,900)?
5. Give people an opportunity to opt out if you fail to make your communications interesting and not make me contact IT or tech support
Good luck and you can do better.
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All day yesterday I thought my flight for Columbus, OH left at 9:50PM. I was pretty tied up most of the day and never bothered looking at my reservation to confirm. I got to the airport around 8PM and the economy parking lot was completely packed and closed.
I drove around and found the Wally Park parking lot. The parking lot was great, a minute after parking a little shuttle picked me up and rushed me to the airport. I checked in around 8:20PM and the ticket said my flight took off at 8:50PM (in 30 minutes!). Oh crap, I need to get to my plane in a hurry, luckily I don’t need to check any bags. I get to the security line and they tell me my bag is too big. I said, my bag isn’t that big, they measure it. “The bag is 25 inches, you are only allowed to have a 22 inch bag.” I reply, “I’m sorry, but my flight leaves in 25 minutes and I need to catch the flight.” She says, “I don’t care, I have rules that I need to follow and the rule is no bag over 22 inches.”
I run back downstairs and try to check my bag, she says that it is too close to takeoff, I can’t check my bag. They say I need to reschedule my flight and there’s no more flights to Columbus until tomorrow. That won’t do..
I run back upstairs. “Listen I need to catch this plane, I will figure it our with the flight attendants, let me on with my bag…PLEASE”
“No sir, you can’t take the bag, it is 25 inches, you can only have up to 22”
“Okay, I will take everything out of the bag and carry it on the plane, you can have my bag.”
I take everything out, start to proceed to the security check point and the security woman stops me: “You can have your bag sir”.
“Thank you, I won’t use this bag again moving forward.”
I run to my gate, go straight onto the plane, half of it is empty, my bag fits perfectly and we take off.
Yesterday was foggy, misty, rainy. The pilot warned of heavy turbulence and he was right. The plane shook violenty at times and I’m sure all the passengers were scared at times. I started to think, “Oh my God, I had so many warning signs, the parking lot was closed, the plane was earlier than I thought, the bag was too big and they wanted me to take a flight tomorrow, I am not supposed to be on this flight! This flight is destined to crash, it is shaking, the wing is rattling up and down, and I was supposed to miss the whole thing!”
Luckily, my plane made it through the flight without any issues and I read about 40 more pages of Atlas Shrugged, which is becoming my favorite book ever.
Haven’t seen much of Columbus yet. Today I am in market research, behind the mirror watching docs talk about our ads, tonight I go to a steakhouse, can’t wait for steak.
I’ve been meaning to jot down a note about this for awhile. Target (the Bullseye store) needs to seriously upgrade their food court offerings. Target is not KMart, not Walmart, and its not Sam’s Club. Target is a slightly more upscale department store, but it has the worst food court offering of any department store. Anyone ever try their pretzels? They look big and delicious, but taste like a wet paper towel that was whacked against cardboard. They have hot dogs scooting around on the hot dog rolling machine (what a weird way to cook something by the way, I never really thought about this before, but how is it cooking on there, are the rollers hot? Seems to me there’s a better way to cook hotdogs), they have popcorn pre-bagged sitting in a heat lamp, and they offer some chips and fountain soda. Target should bump up their offering, give us something Target worthy, until then, steer clear of their food court.
I was at Lincoln Financial field again for a work meeting this time. We had a meeting in the President’s Club and the suites were sweet. I have a video that I’ll post when I have a chance, I also got to go down to the field, but just like the tour of Citizens Bank Park, they’ll shoot you if you touch a blade of grass.
Tonight I head out to Columbus, Ohio for work. Never been to Columbus before, I’m looking forward to it. I wanted to see the wife and kids before I left, so I booked a 9:50PM flight to get there close to midnight. Market research start at 8AM tomorrow.
Everything is going well, I think I am getting very close to being offered a full-time permanent employee position. It will hopefully happen in early to mid-January.