50 Things About Me

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I got tagged for this elsewhere and decided I’d share it with you too… Just what you always wanted right? To know more about MouthyGirl 😉

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:30 a.m.

2. How do you like your steak? Pink in the middle…J knows how I like it 🙂

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Ladykillers 🙁 Suck

4. What is your favorite TV show? Hell’s Kitchen

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Mexico

6. What did you have for breakfast? Nothing yet.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Lo Mein

8. What foods do you dislike? anything with that disgusting mushy texture like avocados, cheesecake, those wet cheeses, yuck!

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Edohana

10. Favorite dressing? Ceasar
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 2003 Mazda Protege

12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and shirt with sandals or flip flops.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Key West Islands, Honduras, I’d like to take an Alaskan cruise…

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 full.

15. Where would you want to retire? Screw retiring I’ll always work in some fashion.

16. Favorite time of day? Evening

17. Where were you born? Dallas, Texas

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Basketball, go Mavericks!

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? I guess we’ll see won’t we? 😉

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? No idea

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? All of you.

22. Bird watcher? yeah, I’m watching to be sure they’re not shitting on my car. My silver car scares em.. look around a parking lot, which cars have more shit? The silver ones, like mine.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? I don’t know, long as I’ve had some sleep I’m sure we’ll we’ll get along.

24. Do you have any pets? 2 cats

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? Um, no. New and exciting was 2 months ago.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A cop, a teacher, a writer, a poet, briefly Reba McEntire, not necessarily in that order.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Probably the time Sarah, April and I snuck out to go trick or treating because Mom was at a Halloween party. We didn’t get to eat any of the candy but we had fun anyways.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? I will say cat person for now, but the dog whisperer makes me want a dog so that could change.

29. Are you married? No.

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes

31. Been in a car accident? Yes

32. Any pet peeves? Being compared to other people, smacking while chewing and gum popping. And you slow asses on the highway thinking 60 in the left lane is ok. IT IS NOT. The left lane is for me, the speeder!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Ham and pineapple

34. Favorite Flower? None, they all stink if you ask me, but tulips are pretty.

35. Favorite ice cream? Cookies and Cream

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Wendy’s

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? I didn’t.

38. From whom did you get your last email? An Affiliate company

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I pay cash for my things, I prefer to own them, not rent them for 20 years.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yeah, you could say that.

41. Like your job? Yes i do.

42. Broccoli? Steamed with salt please, thank you.

43. What was your favorite vacation? South Padre..still.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My boys, Jason and Steven

45. What are you listening to right now? The news mavens freaking out about these storms.

46. What is your favorite color? green

47. How many tattoos do you have? two

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? 7 or so

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 6:55 am

50. Coffee Drinker? Yes!

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Gates-Gate

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I really wish the President hadn’t said the police acted “stupid” in arresting Professor Gates at his home. There were better adjectives he could have used like idiotic, nonsensical and moronic. Maybe another word he could have used was alarming.

I will explain, but first let’s get to the facts of the case. Now, when I say facts, I’m assuming that every word in the police report that Officer Crowley submitted were the absolute truth. I have no reason to believe he lied, unless it comes out that he has a history of lying. So far, nothing of the sort has been evidenced. The officer was a responding to a report from Gates’ neighbor who witnessed two black men with backpacks who breaking into the home. The police report states that when Crowley explained to Gates why he was there to investigate, Gates’ responded “Why because I’m a black man in America?” It went on from there with Gates accusing officer Crowley of being racist, asking for the officers name and badge number repeatedly, and interrupting the officer when he attempted to provide that information. And according to Crowley, he continued to call the officer a racist on porch of his home. Crowley then arrested Gates for exhibiting “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public place”.

First, do I think Officer Crowley arrested him for racially-motivated reasons? No, I don’t. But I do think it pissed the officer off that he was even being accused of being racist. Gates kept it going, and really got under the officer’s skin. Anyone would get pissed off being accused of something they are not. The officer felt provoked. Provoked enough to put Henry Gates’ ass in jail and let him think about it. Thus the claim of Mr. Gates exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior or the required code words for a disorderly conduct arrest.

Mr. Gates was in essence, arrested for yelling on his front porch and for acting like an asshole. Last time I checked, being an asshole isn’t a punishable crime, although if it were I know a few assholes I’d turn over to the cops in an instant. And while being respectful to members of law enforcement is probably a good idea, it isn’t the law of the land. In essence, Gates was arrested for mouthing-off at the officer. Had the officer just jotted down his name and badge number for Mr. Gates, and then left scene with Gates on his porch yelling and hollering about racism, perhaps the news cycle would have been about the professor’s nutty behavior.

If Gates had threatened the officer, then that would be a different story. There were no threats, just Gates accusing the officer of being racist and demanding the officer’s name and badge number (which is within every citizen’s rights). In this case, this was the cop’s way of showing the professor who was boss. That is what I find alarming.

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CEO Tony Hsieh Discusses Zappos.com

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Early last year I got a notion to direct message a question to Tony Hsieh on Twitter, the CEO of Zappos.com. If you haven’t heard, yesterday Amazon.com purchased Zappos.com, which brings two major online retailers together.

I think it’s incredible, but who cares about my opinion, lol. 😉

I received an invitation to elaborate on the question from him and emailed him several. I appreciated that he took the time to answer my questions. I’ve done the same thing with some other not so incredible people and never received any kind of response so you can imagine what that did for my opinion of Zappos.

What follows is the Q/A that I sent:

What motivates you everyday?

“There are 2 main things that get me excited about Zappos. One is it’s an opportunity to build a brand that will hopefully one day become a household name that everyone is excited about, whether you’re a customer, an employee, or even a vendor that we do business with. We want the Zappos brand to be about the very best customer service and very best customer experience, and hopefully 10 years from now people won’t even realize we started selling shoes online. There are a lot of household names out there, but there are very few mass consumer brands that people are passionate about!

“The second thing that gets me excited about Zappos is the opportunity to help build a company that has a really great culture. For most companies, the culture goes downhill as the company grows. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen at Zappos, so our #1 focus as a company is our company culture. We want it to be a fun place to work, a place where it feels like one big family. You can get an inside peek at our culture at our blogs: http://blogs.zappos.com/ “

What motivated you to work to get where you are today?

“I wasn’t really trying to get anywhere and certainly never thought I’d be CEO of a company that started out selling shoes online. I think I’ve just always tried to get involved in only things that I’m passionate about, and a lot of stuff just happens through serendipity. I’m passionate about providing great customer service and creating a great company culture, so that’s how I eventually wound up as CEO of Zappos.”

What steps would you recommend someone take if they wanted to follow the path you’ve taken?

“When I speak with entrepreneurs, they always ask me questions like what’s the next big market opportunity they should start a company around. And my advice to them is that that’s the wrong approach. You shouldn’t be chasing the money. Instead, do something that you’re passionate about, something that you’d love doing even if you never made any money from it. I tell them to chase the vision, not the money. The vision should be about something that’s meaningful to you, your employees, and your customers. Making money or increasing profits is really not that meaningful in and of itself. If you’re passionate about your vision and you can execute against it, then the money will eventually follow. “

Do you think you had any particular edge over anyone else in life? What kind of work ethic do you think your position as CEO of Zappos.com requires? What kind of hours do you keep? Do you take your job personally?

“Yes, I definitely take my job personally… Not just me, but for most of our employees as well, Zappos is a lifestyle, not a job. I think the edge that we all have (including me) is that we are passionate about the company and what we stand for (customer service), and we love the company culture.

The concept of “work hours” doesn’t really make sense to me, because I’m always connected or hanging out with people that work at Zappos. If we’re at a happy hour and occasionally talk about the business, but we enjoy talking about it, it definitely helps the company but we don’t think of it as “work” in the standard sense. In fact, we encourage all our managers to spend 10-20% of their time outside the office, to get to know the people that work with in a non-office setting, whether that’s at a bar, on a hiking trip, or going out for dinner. “
-Tony Hsieh
CEO of Zappos.com

What an awesome person to have in the drivers seat for your company! It takes a passion for work to get into positions like he has been in and to have as much success as he has found. In 1998, Tony Hsieh sold LinkExchange to Microsoft for $265 million. Not to mention that Tony also has bragging rights for ordering the first 100×100 at IN-N-OUT.

In light of yesterdays’ news I thought it only fitting that I bring this impromptu interview to the forefront, dust it off and repackage it for you.

What better examples can we ask for than people like Tony Hsieh to show what success can be made of, the affect you can have on people, and what it means enjoy your work and help others enjoy theirs too.

Finding success doesn’t have to be a taxing experience that turns you prematurely gray, and keep in mind everyone’s personal success level is different. Congratulations to Zappos.com for making such a splash in the online retail industry that Amazon.com had to join forces, rather than compete. 😉


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Get a Clue

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I don’t know why this guy emailed me instead of commenting on the post, but since commenting on the post was his intention I thought I’d take him out of hiding. His name is Dave and he went searching for Tammy Dombeck on Facebook and found MouthyGirl 😉 and my post Weather Girl vs. Traffic Girl Fun on the News.

So rather than comment on the post here is what he emailed me:

Mouthy Girl
Do you even know what you are talking about when it comes to local tv personalities? I think not… your love fest with the anorexic and completely annoying Samantha Davies is sad. You obviously haven’t watched enough to know that she can’t get through a weather cast without taking a huge gulp or a breath, she is the joke of our office. Met her one night in Dallas and she was the biggest snob. Bring back Rebecca Miller and lose the skeletal-no personality Samantha, get a clue.
Dave

WTF??! I laughed aloud when I read the email the first time. Then I read it again and it got funnier. He is clearly commenting about the post. I treat email as a personal thing because it’s a means of contact and to me, it’s personal. So for him to have emailed me a comment kind of seemed like a personal affront to me and slightly stupid. Like he was calling me to the carpet…I thought, “Who the hell is this guy? Fruit loop.”

So here is what I wrote back:

“Dave,

I would hardly call one post about her being sassy a love fest. I respect your opinions, I prefer rebecca over jennifer lopez any day but your personal email to me about it is what I think is sad. I am free to write about whatever I choose and you are free to comment on it, but to email me personally over a post written lightheartedly is a tad over the top.

I hope you are a reader who visits regularly, but the tone of this email leads me to believe you just happened by and in that case, you should stick around, I think you might find we agree on a lot of things.

To you I say good day.
MouthyGirl

I didn’t say much because I responded by email while I was at work, eating lunch. The funny thing is that Samantha Davies has only filled in maybe three times on the local news and I know this because I watch everyday. I’m not focusing on how much she has to swallow or take a breath because it seems natural to me that she would have the need to breathe. I’m not watching the news to watch her, I’m watching to get the news. Aren’t we all or am I missing something?

It’s clear Dave is a fan of Tammy Dombecks’ so he definitely didn’t appreciate my comments about her. Ultimately it’s a matter of preference, I didn’t appreciate the tone in his email to me, I felt like I was being scolded and to end it with Get a clue? Was he serious?

I’m gonna venture a guess that Dave here met Samantha Davies at that club in Dallas and hit on her. Maybe she has a boyfriend, a husband, a girlfriend, I don’t know, but she turned our poor Dave down and he didn’t appreciate that for one minute! So he develops these strong negative feelings about her, starts one day believing she’s anorexic, studies her when she’s on the news for any mistake, any flaw. Creepy much?

How about this Dave, you get a clue. When a girl doesn’t like you, she just doesn’t like you, get over it and move on to the next girl. Go back to your searches for Tammy Dombeck, if you get lonely call Texas Instruments, I hear it’s her voice on the phone system, you could be mesmerized for hours. Come by and read D, comment even, I welcome that but don’t be a creep and email me your comments, we’re not going to have some email fight, I’m a grown up.

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