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Carolina and Contestants August 31, 2010

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! It’s a beautiful morning, and it seems the heat is creeping back up on us. Although a high of 95 is still much better than 105. And a chance of rain this afternoon may bring some extra relief.

It’s a quiet morning here at Pineapple HQ. I think everyone is still sore from the golf tournament on Sunday. I am, and I can’t figure out what I did, other than run around like crazy all day. I didn’t do any of the heavy lifting like Brock and Charles did. It’s just one of life’s great mysteries, I suppose.

Barlow is on his way to North Carolina this morning to visit with a potential client. We wish him a safe journey, short lines at the airport, and a comfortable hotel bed. We’ll find out shortly if North Carolina is ready to Pick the Pineapple! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for travel updates from the Big Pineapple!

Do we have any Pineapple fans that are also fans of Dancing with the Stars? I’ve personally caught maybe 10 minutes of the show EVER, but it’s always fun when the names of the season’s dancers are released. If you haven’t seen it yet (drumroll, please!), the contestants for the new season are:

Michael Bolton

Personally, I celebrate the man’s entire catalog. To me, it doesn’t get any better than when he sings ‘When a Man Loves a Woman.’ Brandy

Where in the world has she been? Moesha got canceled nine years ago. Margaret Cho

I must admit, although the name was a tad familiar, I had no idea who this person was. Apparently she’s a comedienne. “Her performances have been seen by millions around the world.” Um, not by me. But good luck to Margaret. Rick Fox

Again, I didn’t know who he was. This could be because I’m not an NBA fan, and although his list of television and movie appearances is impressive, I’ve never seen any of them. So we’ll move on now. Jennifer Grey

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” Now this makes me happy! Jennifer Grey has been out of the spotlight for a while, after shooting to fame with hits such as “Dirty Dancing” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Rumor has it that a botched nose job messed up her career. Not because it looks bad, but just because she doesn’t look like herself anymore. I think she’ll definitely have a leg up, since she’s got all of that “Dirty Dancing” experience under her belt. David Hasselhoff

“Don’t Hassel the Hoff!” Oh, yeah, this should be entertaining. Although he used to be an attractive man, I just do not see the fascination. Germany is obsessed with this man, but I think his music and videos are absolutely ridiculous, although funny. Want proof? Click HERE. Hasselhoff was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most watched TV star in the world. What?! I bet he would be a good dancer, though, as long as he can stay sober and he can keep his cheeseburger addiction under control. Florence Henderson

It’s Mrs. Brady, “America’s Favorite Mom!” Who doesn’t love Carol Brady? I picked up a couple of fun facts about “The Brady Bunch” while researching for this blog: “The Brady Bunch” was only on for five seasons (seems like it would have been longer!) and it has never been off the air in the USA. Ah, such a feel-good show. Ms. Henderson has maintained a high level of professional success as a spokesperson for a zillion different products, and now serves as a motivational speaker. Kyle Massey

Another mystery for me. Then I realized that he is a Disney star. Although I admit to watching numerous episodes of iCarly, thanks to my niece and nephew, I have never watched “That’s So Raven” because I have an intense dislike for Raven-Symone. Bristol Palin

Ah, Bristol. Probably the only teenager in the world to get pregnant, engaged, unengaged, re-engaged, and then un-engaged again, and to announce each event on the cover of a national magazine. Audrina Patridge

Okay, I admit it, I watch “The Hills.” It’s a guilty pleasure, go ahead and laugh. And while a beautiful girl, Audrina is my least favorite. She just seems so…airheaded. (I know I sound like that now;  it’s “The Hills”, for crying out loud.) But still. But she is in great shape, so she may be a good contender. Her ‘ceiling eyes’ bug me, though.Kurt Warner

Okay, I have already admitted that I’m not an NBA fan, so I guess this is where I say that I’m not an NFL fan, either. Kurt Warner is the first quarterback to participate in “DWTS.” That’s all I’ve got…sorry. But you can click on any of the contestant’s names for more information.And now for my personal favorite…

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Yes, I watch “Jersey Shore.” Now that we’ve got that out in the open, I think The Situation will be a fabulous contestant! Yes, he’s arrogant, yes, he’s too tan and used entirely too much gel, but he does have an amazing body, and he’s in fantastic shape. I wish lots of good luck to Mike. He’ll probably get a significant amount of votes from women, because “Ladies Love The Situation!” So what do you think about this season’s line-up? The season premiere will be on September 20. I just might watch it this time. Until American Idol starts again, and then I don’t know what I’ll do!

Lori has been busy working on upcoming projects for Pineapple Helping Hands. Don’t forget to contact her if you are interested in being a volunteer. No pressure, no commitment, you just participate when you’re able. Contact her at lbarlow@pickthepineapple.com for more information. Or if you know of any potential projects, please let her know! For all of the latest information on the goings-on of the Pineapple People, be sure to fan us on Facebook, and to follow us on Twitter @PineappleAd. Stay cool, and we’ll chat tomorrow!

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Golf and gifts, Pineapple-style August 30, 2010

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Happy Monday, Pineapple fans! It’s been a crazy day at Pineapple HQ, but then again, Mondays usually are. I apologize for the blog being late today; it’s been one of those days. We are all recovering from a day of fun and hard work at the Nelson Golf Luau 2010 yesterday afternoon. It was a beautiful day, and the tournament went splendidly. Thanks to all of the Pineapples for rolling out and helping in a million different ways. Adam, Charles, Brock, Kiera, and the Barlow clan (including the Barlow Babies), thanks so much for all of your help. I would also like to give a shout-out to Haylee and Davey as well. All in all, it was a terrific day.

The Pineapple People all came early to help set up and achieve the luau atmosphere. We had a delightful setting on the back patio at Emerald Falls. Entertainment was provided a hula dancer, a steel drum band, and a fire spinner. That’s right, a fire spinner! Not too common in Oklahoma, but he did a great job. See below for some of our entertainment photos! We had a grass-skirted table all ready for registration…and you can see little Zoe supervising the situation.After registration, guests were invited to participate in our prize raffle. We had some excellent prizes for giveaway, including a putter, a driver, a gorgeous golf bag (congrats to Mason Gist!) and plenty of gift certificates that were kindly donated by our sponsors. As you can see, our prize table was quite festive as well! After registration and a good look at the prizes, our guests indulged in a delicious feast of Hawaiian pineapple-infused pulled pork, corn on the cob, pasta salad, fruit and honey wheat rolls. After the guests were seated, they were served pina coladas by Kiera and Lori. Girls, you did a great job! Thank you! After lunch entertainment (led by Barlow, our Chief Pineapple), four names were drawn. The four gentlemen selected then each took a turn (with a pink ball!) trying to get closest to the pin. The winner received our largest prize, a gorgeous tile-inlaid fire pit! See the winning shot of the contest below! Congrats to Grant Wilburn! Enjoy your fire pit!The golfers then teed off, and the competition was on! On the third hole, Klondike ice cream bars were available for those who wanted a cool dessert. Guests could watch our hula dancer while enjoying a delicious ice cream treat, given out by Lori and the Barlow Babies. The real fun, however, was on the 16th hole, manned by Charles. After the entire team teed off, the worst drive had the privilege of donning a grass skirt and a coconut top, and having their photograph taken. Photographs were then printed and provided to the golfer as a souvenir. You can see all of the winners (losers?) HERE. After the tournament, the prize raffle was on! Mason Gist was a lucky winner, claiming two prizes. Congratulations to all of our winners. The Pineapple People would like to thank everyone for participating in a wonderful afternoon of golf, camaraderie, and fun. We sincerely hope that all of you had a wonderful time. It was a good way to end the weekend, and to begin the work week. I hope that everyone is having a good Monday, and we’ll talk tomorrow!

 

A weekend of golf and dogs! August 27, 2010

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It’s a gorgeous Friday in Tulsa, ladies and gentlemen! I believe the high today is 89 or so. The last few days have been perfect! We just need to appreciate them now, because when the temperature shoots back up to 100 (which I have no doubt it will) we will be back to being miserable.

You know what day it is, right? Fabuloso Friday, of course! The Pineapple People have a cleaning party at 10 a.m., and we are all going to pitch in and make Pineapple HQ sparkle. Being the only female in the office, I have to be tough and get these boys to pitch in and help. A tough job, but someone’s got to do it!

This Sunday is the Nelson Golf Luau 2010 at Emerald Falls in Broken Arrow. It’s time to purchase all of the odds and ends that need to be taken care of still. So today I get to go out and do what women love…SHOP! Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend my Friday. It’s going to be a great day! I’m really excited about the tournament, too; I think golf tournaments are a blast, and working them is great, because you don’t have to keep score. If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge animal lover. I get sad when I see bundles of trash in the road, because my vision isn’t that great, and I always think it’s a dead animal. I can’t even tell you how many times my husband has laughed at me for saying, “Awww, how sad!” and then he points out that I’m sad about a bag of laundry or something on the highway. Animals really touch my heart; I can’t even go to the pound without tears being shed. That being said, I was seriously angered when I saw THIS on the news yesterday. Luckily, the kitty was found 15 hours later, and is fine. But the messed-up part of this situation is that the lady that did it now has police protection outside of her home because she’s scared of what people might do to her. If you’re going to do something like that, you deserve what you get, in my opinion. The cops need to be arresting her for animal cruelty, not protecting her! Perhaps throwing her in a dumpster might be a fair punishment. If you’re mad right now like I am, watch THIS to make your day a little brighter.

Well, Pineapple fans, it’s time for me to get geared up for my day of cleaning and shopping. I hope that everyone has a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend. If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family, take a trip out to Claremore to see the world-famous DockDogs! The event begins on Saturday morning at the Claremore Expo Center and will be a lot of fun. Check out a sample of what these dogs can do HERE. Have fun, Pineapple fans, and we will chat on Monday! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PineappleAd, and suggest us to your friends on Facebook!

 

China, Chile and Caribbean flair August 26, 2010

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Happy Thursday, Pineapple fans! We are just one day closer to the weekend…and the Nelson Golf Luau 2010! Yes, that’s right! The tournament will be held this Sunday at beautiful Emerald Falls in Broken Arrow. If you are not affiliated with Nelson Auto Group, but would still like to play, you’re in luck! For just $100, you can participate and play a round of golf, while enjoying Caribbean entertainment and a delicious island-themed lunch. Please contact us via our Facebook page, or you can e-mail me directly at ashley@pickthepineapple.com. It’s going to be a really fun tournament, I promise! It’s been a busy week for the Pineapple People so far. We’ve been adding some new furniture and decorations to Pineapple HQ, and it looks great. (As if our office wasn’t already super-cool!) We have also been getting a lot of mileage out of our new surround-sound speakers, and I’m pleased to say that Charles has let Brock and me have our way and listen to Gen-X all week, which is very generous of him. It’s funny, because although he complains about it, he’s beating both of us at “Name that Tune.” Yesterday we talked about the epic traffic jam in China that was expected to last another three weeks. Apparently a group of reporters went to find it…and it’s gone! Nobody knows what happened, but traffic is moving again. That’s pretty spooky, if you ask me. But man, I bet those people are relieved. Now they can go home and eat whatever they want, not just what random bicycling villagers happen to be selling (at ten times the normal cost), and they’ll have their own restrooms. I don’t know what happened, but I’m really happy for them!

Have you heard about the miners trapped in Chile? I heard bits and pieces on the news recently, but I finally did some true reading about the story this morning. A group of 33 miners were the victims of a mine collapse in northern Chile. Of course, mining accidents rarely have happy endings, so the world was stunned when on Sunday, 17 days after the incident, it was discovered that all 33 miners were indeed alive. Now comes the bad news…for various reasons, they probably won’t be rescued for four more months! (I’m hoping it’s sooner than that; look at the China traffic jam.) The men were told that there was no way they could be rescued before mid-September, and they were hoping to get them out by Christmas. Can you imagine, being trapped underground for that long? What a nightmare. I pray that they all stay healthy and get rescued soon! Don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PineappleAd. I hope everyone has a terrific Thursday! Stay cool, and we’ll talk tomorrow!

 

Wonderful weather and terrible traffic August 25, 2010

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It’s another gorgeous day in Green Country! The high today is 85, and I am LOVING it! I’ve always dreamed of living in Florida or southern California, where the weather is perfect like this most of the time. Today, I’ll just pretend…is that the sound of ocean waves I hear? Oh, no, it’s just the construction guys outside. Oh, well.

The Pineapples are having a busy week; it’s always a bit crazy toward the end of the month. In addition, we are preparing for the Nelson Golf Luau 2010 on Sunday afternoon at Emerald Falls. It’s going to be a great tournament! If you are not a Nelson employee but love golf and would like to participate, you still can! For just $100 per person, you’ll get a round of golf at beautiful Emerald Falls in Broken Arrow, as well as a delicious lunch, and plenty of fantastic entertainment. We are also looking for volunteers, if you don’t have any major plans! The tournament kicks off at 12:30 on Sunday, beginning with lunch. If you are interested in playing or volunteering, please contact us on our Facebook page, or e-mail me at Ashley@pickthepineapple.com. Now, everyone knows that all of Tulsa is under construction, and we all complain about it every day. But at least we don’t live in China, where folks have been stuck in a traffic jam for TEN DAYS. Yes, that’s right. The jam stretches for 60 miles, and vehicles are at a standstill. And what started it? Construction. It’s unbelievable, really. The worst part is, the jam could last for another three weeks! Can you imagine? Do you just tell your boss that you need a month off because you’re stuck in traffic? It sounds funny when you say it out loud (I just did, all by myself, in my office) but that’s how it is, I guess. Supposedly people are just hanging out by the road, playing cards and whatnot to pass the time. Local villagers are coming by on bicycles and selling food at outrageously inflated prices. And think about this…no restrooms. (One tidbit of information stopped me: bottles of water are being sold for $1.50 each, 10 times the normal cost. Really? I thought that was a great price!) Pineapples are considered a sign of good fortune in China; maybe that’s what the vendors should be selling! So the next time you’re stuck in rush hour, think about the drivers in China and thank your lucky stars that you won’t be sitting there for a month. Enjoy this gorgeous weather today…there is no telling how long it will last. Don’t forget to suggest our Facebook page to your friends and be sure to let us know if you’re interested in the golf tournament. Cheers, we’ll chat tomorrow!

 

Ozone and obesity August 24, 2010

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! It’s finally not a zillion degrees! Hooray for another “cold front.” Even though it’s rainy and the skies are gray, it’s a welcome relief from the relentless heat. I’m glad we finally got around to mowing the lawn yesterday; that could have been pretty messy if we had waited. Of course, half of the lawn is dead, which made the job a lot easier. And yes, I know it was an Ozone Alert day, but we waited until the evening. And my weedeater is electric. So please don’t lecture me.

It’s a peaceful day at Pineapple HQ. We got some surround sound speakers installed last week, though, so now we’ve got some great tunes going on. Yesterday was “Ashley Music Day” so we jammed out to Gen-X FM all day (it takes me back to high school). Brock enjoyed it as much as I did, but Charles, the eternal Alabama fan, wasn’t quite as pleased. He claimed today as “Charles Music Day” but it’s still tuned to Gen-X and he hasn’t said anything yet….this will be a true test to see if he reads my blog or not, because I guarantee that he will change it once he realizes that it’s his turn.

Did you hear that Tiger Woods’ divorce from Elin is finalized? Elin has returned to her maiden name of Nordegren, no longer wanting to be associated with the pro golfer, I guess. Makes it kind of awkward for her children, I would think, but that’s her business. The details of the divorce settlement have not been released, but I heard this morning that Elin will receive 500 million bucks. Nice chunk of change, wouldn’t you say? Other sources say the amount is between 100-150 million. But either way, I wouldn’t complain. I’m sure she’s just glad to be free of the mess that he caused.

If you watch television, listen to the radio, or spend any time at all online (which we know you all do!), you know that America is obsessed with weight loss and healthy body image. This is probably due to the fact that the United States takes first place on the list of the world’s fattest countries. (Oklahoma is #11 of fattest states, by the way.) Airlines have started charging overweight passengers for an additional seat, and forbid them from sitting in an exit row. But get this: a woman in Georgia was recently charged an additional $5 fee at a nail salon for being overweight. The salon owner’s reasoning: overweight people have a chance to break the salon’s chairs, so they charge each one an extra five bucks. The woman was completely humiliated, of course, and did get refunded her five dollars. But then the salon owner asked her to take her business elsewhere, and now the customer is on the Today show. Wonder how long that salon will be in business?

Have a terrific Tuesday, Pineapple fans. If you have a convertible, I would advise that you leave the top up, unlike the poor person I saw pulled over on 169 this morning in the rain. Stay dry, enjoy the cool(er) weather, and we will chat tomorrow. Don’t forget to suggest the Pineapple Facebook page to your friends, and become a fan of Adoorables, as well. You can also follow us on Twitter @Pineapplead.

 

Hunters and hot tubs August 23, 2010

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Happy Monday, Pineapple fans! It’s been a busy morning so far at Pineapple HQ. Lots to do to prepare for a bustling week ahead! It’s hot outside (still!) and we are under another Ozone Alert today. So once again, the men are off the hook when it comes to mowing the dead grass. Carpooling is still a good idea, and don’t put fuel in your car until dusk.

On another note, school started for Tulsa Public Schools today, to watch your speed and slow down in those school zones; the speed limit is 25. Extra police officers are on duty and they are not writing any warnings, just tickets. There is a lot of additional traffic out today, so allow yourself some extra time from here on out.

The Pineapple People had an insanely busy and long day on Friday, and it was a blast! We started in the woods north of Tulsa at 6 a.m. We had our actors and Car Country’s Credit Cruncher decked out in full camouflage for our hunting-themed commercial. It is going to be so good, I promise! The script is really funny, and everyone loves the Credit Cruncher (he’s not scary!). I took a ton of photos, and you can check them all out HERE. Get ready!

After we were finished “hunting”, the gang headed farther north to Bartlesville, home of the newest Car Country location. Yes, Bartlesvillians, the Credit Cruncher is now in your town! We filmed some more with the Credit Cruncher, and our actress, Tosha. Thank you, Tosha, for a job very well done! After Bartlesville, we all loaded up and headed back to T-town for an afternoon of shooting in the studio. Roger did a terrific job, as always, he’s a pro by now at this Credit Cruncher business! We’ve got two new Car Country commercials headed your way very soon, so stay tuned for those. You know the song and dance! After the studio, we were all finished with Car Country. What to do next? How about shoot a commercial for Dynasty Spas in Athens, Tennessee? We had a kind couple loan us the use of their home, and we had six actors/actresses participate in the hot tub shoot. It was a lot of fun, and we know it will turn out great. A huge thank you to Josh and Kathy Loehr for allowing us to use their home, and a special thank you to Ally, Dicksy, Becky, Charles, Alex and Patrick. Great job, everyone! Check out all of the photos HERE.All in all, it was a terrific day. You know how much I love production days! You never know what’s going to happen, and that’s half the fun. We will keep you updated and let you know as soon as the final spots are ready. Stay cool, Pineapple fans, and we will chat tomorrow!