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What is it good for?

Twitter_Bird.svgTwitter, that is.

I have lots of friends that just don’t get it and aren’t on it. And I get that. Twitter often causes more harm than good.

But when it comes to customer service, I stand behind the blue bird.

I have had far more success getting results with a single tweet than with hours on hold or emails that go seemingly into the void.

Cable company gripes? Send a tweet. The response is almost instantaneous.

Pizza delivery subpar? Tweet your dissatisfaction. The corporate account will respond, and you might even get a coupon.

And when something good happens, mention that, too.

When I had a high fever from an ear infection on Labor Day, I was relieved to discover the CVS Minute Clinic was open in my neighborhood, so after my visit, I tweeted a thank you.

Minute Clinic responded, asking how I was feeling — nice! — then sent me a direct message, requesting the address of the clinic I visited and my full name and email address.

I received a $20 gift certificate via email a couple of days later, and I would imagine my local Minute Clinic got some props, too.

Tweets matter!

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Graduation day!

A big thank you to the Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York.

They featured my book You’re a Leader, Charlie Brown in their list of graduation gift recommendations,  and even tweeted out a picture. (Tagged me, too.)

I’ve never been to Nanuet, but it has suddenly made the short list of my future vacation spots.

Coincidence? Not even.

Sticky celebration

wed_english-300x108There’s egg on my face, but for the very best of reasons —

It’s World Egg Day!

Here at the Egg, we’re laying low to avoid the paparazzi, but there are celebrations of some import across the globe.

If you live in Bangladesh, grab one of the more than 5000 free boiled eggs being distributed, and attend “EGG FEST 2016.”

The Philippines is holding a charity Family Fun Run event in honor of eggs, and Canada is focusing their celebrations on the EFC — Egg Farmers of Canada — who apparently are very active in their communities, volunteering and donating eggs.

The American EGG Board has a video about an ‘Adventure Egg’ who travels the globe looking for great recipes, but I think the United Kingdom has the right idea. Their theme?

“Put an Egg on It” — to encourage folks to eat eggs in unusual ways.

Gasp — I just realized my sister is British.

 

 

 

Preach

Paula

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

#WearOrange

A dirty job

I joked today on Facebook that I was going to commemorate Earth Day by posting a list of great movies that had the word “earth” in the title.

Turns out there are none.

Good movies, maybe. Kitschy films, definitely.  But nothing that I would label a classic.

DirtyDancingThe word ‘dirt?’

A completely different story.

There’s Dirty Dancing, of course.  And Dirty Harry.  The Dirty Dozen.  Even Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, to name just a few.

In the movie biz, it appears ‘dirt’ beats ‘earth’ by a mile.

 

 

Don’t sit down

During the month of October, we see a lot of scary things on TV, in movies, on ads in every walk of life — all because Halloween is coming.

But with the exception of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, I don’t think I have seen anything as scary as the couch at this hotel.

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Actually, the photo makes it look kinda vintage. It’s not.

It’s a HORROR.

Wide awake

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. — Anatole France

dog day
Happy National Dog Day!