Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mister Culpepper Would Like the Cats Meow Massage Please

Mister Culpepper Would Like the Cats Meow Massage Please It was time for a Diet Pepsi break from my desk, so I headed out for the Chevron a couple blocks from my office. A few doors down, there’s this really old building … Continue reading

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Sweaty Fat Girl #3 – Finding Inspiration in Deadly Jellyfish, White Bras and Staggering Disappointments

August 21, 2012 Finding Inspiration in Deadly Jellyfish, White Bras and Staggering Disappointments It really bummed me out this morning when I saw that Diana Nyad was pulled out of the water after her fourth and (final?) attempt to be … Continue reading

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The Naughty Files: Viral Marketing, the Rock’s Arms and Other Fantasies

The Naughty Files: Viral Marketing, the Rock’s Arms and Other Fantasies This past week, I have been working on a marketing piece for work exploring the unbelievable viral marketing success of Fifty Shades of Grey and how those same principles could … Continue reading

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We Graciously Sincerely Apologize You Schmuck

I gave the customer the refund. But I wanted them to feel bad about it. Several years ago, I was in the Reno Raving office bitching about a refund to a customer. I didn’t feel that they deserved it. I … Continue reading

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The best compliment – turn off your phone you yutz!

Engage with me for a moment, will ya? The other day I was in the ladies room and the gal in the stall next to me was chatting loudly on her cell phone. “C’mon now!” I said pretty loudly as … Continue reading

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More celery and peanut butter dammit!

More celery and peanut butter dammit! A tale of caution for those perfectionists out there during Thanksgiving. When I was 22, I had one of my notorious “big ideas” to fix Thanksgiving dinner for my relatives, plus my new boyfriend, … Continue reading

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A Mormon, a journalist, a steampunk enthusiast walk into a lodge …

A Mormon, a veteran Newsweek journalist, a fiction author and a steampunk enthusiast … walk into a small ski lodge in Alta, Utah. I can feel the dampness in my armpits. I end up saying “nice to meet you” more … Continue reading

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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

They might be endearing and funny, or way too needy and demanding at times … How do we respond to our elderly guests at our casinos? Better than their own children? It’s possible. Before my mom passed away last December, … Continue reading

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Sweaty Fat Girl #2 – Finding Your Inner Badass

September 2011 Finding your inner badass It will change your life — take it from the former big, fat, sweaty girl in the back of the class! I met an amazing gal by the name of Netto this summer. She’s … Continue reading

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Sweaty Fat Girl #1 – Starting Over with Folks Half Your Age

February 24, 2011 They sauntered in at 6 am. Mascara applied, perfect butts and perky ponytails. And there I was, in the rear of the room, trying to blend in with the wall, starting all over again. My hair was … Continue reading

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