Today I’m doing background work on an American Express commercial.
We’re shooting a faux concert at a theatre in New Jersey, so there are a lot of us. After the numbers reach a certain level, it’s more about crowd control than acting.
So, to entertain myself, I decided to adopt a different personality for the day. None of these folks know me, so no one will realize the difference, right?
I decided to be shy and introverted…quiet even. Keep to myself. Not be the loud one for a change.
I’m not that good of an actor.
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Lazy Sunday morning. Rory on the couch. French Open Men’s Final on the tube.
I can’t help but flash forward to this year’s US Open on Labor Day weekend in New York City. I haven’t missed the annual tennis tourney since I moved to Manhattan four years ago.
It’s always an amazing experience, but this year’s is gonna be special. Because this year I’m attending the big event…as a member.
Not of the USTA. (I joined a while back so I could buy tickets early.) Nope, I finally caved and got an American Express card. Because membership has its privileges…especially at the US Open.
For the past four years, I have walked past all the booths and kiosks with their special “For AE Card members only” signs. Feeling left out. Feeling…less. Heck, one year I even used my friend Beth’s card information so I could get the special “For AE Card members only” radio headset to listen to the play-by-play during the matches.
Not this year.
I’m one of them now. One of the uppity-ups. Getting all the special drinks, special seats and special treatment.
But don’t worry. I’ll be back with the little people at tourney’s end.
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New Yorkers are nice.
I know this runs counter to a widely-held stereotype, but it’s true. I’ve had some of my more life-affirming encounters with people right here in Gotham City, and here’s one of them:
I was recently walking Rory Dog a few blocks from my apartment. A restaurant along the way was doing construction, and as we walked by, a gust of wind knocked a thin sheet of plywood into Rory.
It wasn’t heavy enough to hurt him, but he got a big old glop of unidentified pungent yellow ‘ick’ on his back. The very apologetic restaurant owner suggested we go across the street to Beacon Hardware.
The guys at Beacon Hardware were amazing. Alex immediately identified the mystery glob as glue, found a solvent that was water-based and dog-friendly, and then — to my surprise — put Rory up on the counter and removed the glue himself.
Alex handled my dog with such care — I’m pretty sure the solvent never touched Rory’s skin — and he even gave Rory a cookie before we left. I returned the next day with a small thank you gift for the guys, but I would have liked to have done more…and maybe I still can.
Beacon Hardware happens to be one of three finalists in the “Shine a Light” promotion co-sponsored by NBC Universal and American Express. “Shine a Light” recognizes the achievements of small businesses across the country. The winner receives $100,000 in grants and marketing support.
Beacon Hardware has my vote. I hope it has yours!
American Express, in partnership with NBC Universal, is recognizing ‘inspiring small businesses’ and inviting viewers to do the same.
I would like to nominate Megan Laboy, the New Jersey social studies schoolteacher who was accused of accepting cash from students to improve their grades.
Laboy told the students she would give them extra credit and give the money to charity. Turns out she kept the money for herself.
Now, there are all kinds of moral and ethical problems here. But in today’s economic downturn, you have to admit — Laboy showed real entrepreneurial spirit. She looked around, evaluated the market and what she had to sell, and sold it.
We could all learn a lesson from this schoolteacher. Except for losing her job and getting arrested, she showed a lot of initiative.