Archive for March, 2007

Silly me…

March 20, 2007

for thinking  Best Buy was any different than the rest.

I don’t know why exactly, but I have always liked Best Buy. At least I did until today.

In the past they always seemed like a company you could trust. I always enjoyed going to the store. Its selection is great and its employees are always helpful and friendly. Plus, as far as I could tell they always had fair prices. Basically, I had no complaints.

Then I was alerted to this article about the company, and boy, did it make me sad. Best Buy cheats its customers. I didn’t want to believe it, but after reading the article there is no room for doubt.

Best Buy has a service where if you find its products for cheaper on-line, then that could translate to in-store savings. Essentially, you, as the customer, are supposed to go into the store with the cheaper price and compare it to the price one of the employees finds on the Internet on their store computers.

So where does the problem come from? Well, it seems that a couple of customers did just that, but when they went to Best Buy to compare, the cheaper prices were no longer anywhere to be found. Why couldn’t the cheaper prices be found? Easy. The cheaper prices were gone because the employees that the customers approached went to a secret intranet site that only they knew about. On this intranet site are prices that are the same as the prices found in Best Buy. Therefore, there is no way a customer could get a price break.

Really, as if companies like Best Buy don’t already make enough money. Do they really have to go behind their customers’ backs to rip them off? Shame on you, Best Buy, shame on you!

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

March 20, 2007

Ok, my friends and I have had some recent discussions on a topic similar to this one. Basically, if you don’t want to go to the post, some people think that my generation is overly confident, self-involved and narcissistic.

Do I completely dispute that claim?

No.

However, I do think that the older generations need to take some of the blame.

For example, thanks to the zillion “reality” shows on channels like MTV or CW or VH1, I am definitely left with a certain feeling that young is “in.” Older generations cannot market my generation enough. And after watching it happen again and again, you start to believe that maybe you could be the one being marketed. My friends and I have definitely discussed whether or not we think our lives would be interesting enough for television. Apparently, we do, we think we are marketable. Is that our fault or the fault of the people recruiting for, producing, creating, conceptualizing and airing the “reality” shows?

Sure, it takes a certain individual to air out all of their personal problems on national TV like so many of the cast members on MTV’s Real World: Denver. However, it’s hard not to watch a show like that and think that maybe you could make it more interesting. Or better yet, maybe you could represent your generation in a rosier light. I can’t help but think how crazy so many of those people come across on TV, and sometimes I would like nothing more than to go on there and slap them silly. After slapping them, I would then show the world that my generation can be normal, selfless and still have fun while enjoying our youth.

Fine, maybe the blog is right. Perhaps my generation does think it’s a pretty big deal. Honestly though, with all the media information we are bombarded daily with about being young, pretty, hip and “in,” how could we not start to feel that way? Can you blame us?

Bad housewife!

March 20, 2007

When I was little my family and I would eat dinner at this restaurant called Rock ‘n’ Rogers. One of the main reasons we liked going there was because of the vintage vibe and deocrations it had. On all of the table tops there were old advertisements for all sorts of things. There were ads for Coca-Cola, dishwashing soap, ironing boards, clothes, you name it and they had an ad for it. Naturally, all of the ads were children appropriate and not risque. To be honest, I had never seen a “naughty” vintage ad until today, when I came across this.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like that ad was horrific or anything. It’s just that it has been a long time since I have seen such blatant, sexist advertising anywhere (other than an ad for an adult shop, or anything to do with that industry). I just cannot believe that vintage coffee ad suggests to men that if their wives aren’t “store-testing” for coffee that they should be spanked! Let’s all say this together now, THAT IS RIDICULOUS. Perhaps we have made some improvements over the last four or five decades.

Now I’m curious. Let’s see what else we can dig up for vintage advertising…

Wow! Now this one really is a doozy. As is this one too.

Really, I had no clue how BAD ads used to be. Thank goodness for people like my brother who can continue to make ads better and better. (Come on, I had to plug my brother, he makes funny videos!)

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

March 20, 2007

There was recently an interesting blog posted on the Client Service Insights (CSI) Web site dealing with the issue of lying. That is because many people view the PR industry as an industry that is chock full of liars. No longer do practitioners of PR simply “spin” the truth, but now they’re simply accused of lying.

Although, just as the blog claims, we all lie. It is not a question of whether or not you lie, it is moreso a question of whether or not you’re lying acceptably. Lies that are meant to keep someone’s feelings from being hurt are deemed acceptable, I think everybody can agree on that. However, it’s when lies become so big and so exaggerated that people couldn’t even get to the truth if they wanted that the real problems arise.

PR needs to be transparent. To connect with clients, shareholders, potential clients, the media and whomever else you may be aiming for, you need to first build trust. If from the very get go you decide that you aren’t going to be straight forward with the people you’re working with, then there really is no possibility for that relationship to grow or flourish, it will always be stunted by your lies. Be honest, is that really how anyone should start a business relationship? Easy answer, I know.

Unfortunately, outsiders to the PR industry already have a particular idea of how truthful/untruthful PR practitioners are, and it is a stereotype that needs to be broken. Fortunately, there are some up-and-coming individuals in the industry who give me hope. For example, my brother’s long time girlfriend works within the industry for Yahoo’s media relations department. While I can’t say whether or not she might “spin” the truth when necessary, I am comfortable with claiming that she lies a whole lot less than any other person I have ever met.

It’s time for the PR industry’s stereotypical image of liars to change. Let’s show the world that we can be both honest and amazing at our jobs at the same time. Let the transparency begin.

Artistically Challenged

March 20, 2007

I know nothing about art. Actually, let me rephrase that. I know what I like, but I can’t easily communicate why I like it. I usually end up saying something along the lines of “Oh, wow, that’s really cute/pretty/cool/colorful!” And don’t even get me started if a piece has glitter or sparkles somehow involved in its creation, because then it’s a whole new ball game. I LOVE SPARKLES. Basically, I think I need a crash course in the language of art.

That’s why it’s handy to have friends who have gone to school for art. It’s such a treat to hear what they have to say. Beyond that, compared to myself, it seems like most art students have been trained to think differently than me. We might both be staring at the same painting or photograph, but I know we’re not even close to thinking the same thing about it.

For example, I went with my friend to see an undergrad art show yesterday at the LaVerne Krause Gallery and I didn’t even know where to begin. The entire reason we went was because I knew one of the gorgeous young ladies showing her work, but as soon as we arrived I became tongue-tied. While we were looking at her photography I just kept thinking how fantastic some of the framing was, but even that doesn’t put into words what I was thinking. Whereas when I asked my friend what he thought (keep in mind he went to art school), he was able to talk forever about what he thought about the images in front of him.

However, one thing that we both agreed on was how wonderful it is when art causes a reaction in you. It doesn’t really matter if it is a good or bad reaction, as long as it is causing something inside of you to stir. I’m happy to say that a few pieces at the show caused a reaction in me. One was an art instillation of travelling. It included a couple of props and a video that made me dizzy, but at the same time made me think. The video was very film noir because of all of its black and white images, as well as all the geometric lines and shapes found throughout. I really enjoyed this specific instillation because not only did it make me happy to look at, but it also made me think.

Anyway, I know I will never be an artist or an art critic, but I still think I am in dire need of a crash course in the language of art.

RAIN

March 19, 2007

Weird, it’s raining.

Honestly, it never rains in Oregon. It’s also never grey, never gloomy and we have the tannest people to walk this earth living here. Surprised? You shouldn’t be, Oregon is sunny, sunny, sunny!

Sorry, I’m sitting in front of a window watching the weather be the way that it is for nine months of the year.

When I was younger it never bothered me. I loved nothing more than grabbing a big umbrella, boots and a rain coat and heading out into the down pours. Maybe that all changed when I no longer enjoyed being soppy and soggy.

Still, I will always and forever defend my home state. Mainly because as I have gotten older (I’m ancient at 22) I have come to realize how lucky I am. Yeah it rains a lot in the city I live in, but truly, Oregon offers it all. I live smack dab in the middle of a valley, and you know what I have to either sides of me? EVERYTHING. To the west you will find the ocean and to the east you will find the moutains AND the desert.

Furthermore, if nature isn’t quite your thing, then why not try Portland? It may not be the biggest metropolitan area in the U.S., but it is one of the best kept secrets. Portland offers everything you could want from a big city in such an intimate manner that it’s impossible to dislike your time spent there. Like gourmet food? Why not check out Oba? It’s a newer restaurant situated in The Pearl District of Portland.

Or are you more of a shopper or a music buff? Well, then Portland has you covered as well! To find great shopping you don’t need to look any farther than Pioneer Place and to find/discover great music there is always the newly opened Doug Fir Lounge.

Moral of the story? Yes, it is rainy, grey and gloomy for most of the year in the great state of Oregon. However, if you were willing to give this place a chance, I think you would be surprised at how much you would truly fall in love with it.

The End

March 19, 2007

It’s near.

After almost four years at the University of Oregon, I will be graduating in the spring. I can’t believe it.

Before I know it this is going to be me (minus the whole graduating from law school thing). It seems like I just wore a cap and gown to my high school graduation. It simply boggles my mind that four years have passed since high school. True, I’m older, slightly more mature and living away from my parents, but still! Where did college go?!?

I’m definitely excited about starting a new chapter in my life; I’m just also a little scared about the “new chapter” at the same time. It is the unknown that makes me anxious. Also, I think it is the funniest/craziest thing in the world that sooner than later I’m going to look more like this and less like this. For the record, and for all my potential employers, I no longer have the lip ring. I knew when I had it done I would have to give it up and I have.

 Hopefully I can still dress slightly “funky” when I finally find a REAL JOB : )

Aggravated

March 19, 2007

Ok, third time is supposed to be charm, right? I hope so. This is my third attempt at having a blog account and my third attempt at posting a blog today. I was aware prior to today that computers and I have a somewhat tumultuous relationship, but seriously, today has been like no other.

First I went back to Blogger where I tried to retrieve my first blog account. After that was unlucky I decided to make a new Blogger account. Once I created that I wrote my first post of the day. Unfortunately I saved my post to my drafts rather than posting it immediately to my blog and what do you know, I lost the post.

It wasn’t the greatest post in the blogging world or anything, but it did talk about Angelina and who doesn’t like her?

Aww, and it continues. Thank goodness for the lovely people who work at the Knight Library, without them and their knowledge of HTML I would be lost. It just took one of them and myself about ten minutes to get the Angelina link to post. Computers LOVE me.

On a completely unrelated note, I wish I was here rather than in front of the computer growing more frustrated as each post somehow messes up more than the last.