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Freezing Friday and Happy Halloween October 29, 2010

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Brrrr! It’s our first really cold day of the year, but stay strong…it’s going to be in the 60s today and the high 70s tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m making a million typos as I write this because my fingers are frozen. I’m also wearing a jacket for the first time in months, and I’m still freezing. Patience, Ashley, patience…it will warm up soon! Maybe I should start my cleaning now; that would definitely warm me up! But I HAVE to make Adam help me. Anybody got any good ideas on how I can make that happen?

Today is the last day in the office before the Pineapple Twins head to Vegas. So today I’m making sure that everything is ready for them to pack up and take with them. I have lots of errands to run today to pick up last minute items for them. Guess I’ll just cruise around with my heater on!

Yesterday afternoon was a tense one for faculty and students at Texas A&M in College Station. Around 4 p.m., a bus driver on campus reported seeing a man carrying an AK-47 near Rudder Tower in the center of campus. The school immediately issued a “Code Maroon” alert and put the campus on lockdown in order to search for the gunman. I discovered the event on Twitter, and stayed tuned in to catch the latest, because let’s face it, that’s where the news is these days. “Rudder” was a trending topic in just a few minutes, and it was interesting to see all the updates from students. (My favorite was the guy that posted, “Now my car’s gonna get towed! Why’d I park in front of Rudder?”) I was interested in the story because it shocks and saddens me when I see all of the college violence as of late. Plus, I’ve attended a week-long photography school at A&M for several years, and my class was usually held in Rudder. So at least I’m familiar with the area. But today there is good news for College Station (and the Bush family, which was in town), as it turns out the weapon in question wasn’t real, and there was no gunman. Whew!

It’s finally Friday, and it’s going to be a busy weekend. First of all, it’s Halloween, which is always fun, being that it’s one of my favorite holidays. We expect to see plenty of pictures on our Facebook page on Monday! Whether you’re going out to a party, or staying home and handing out candy, there is no excuse for not dressing up. I mean it! If you have kids that are going trick-or-treating, please follow the basic safety rules for them: carry a flashlight, watch for traffic, and check all of their candy before eating any. You never can be too careful.

Not only is it Halloween weekend, it’s also a big football weekend. Oklahoma State will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, to take on Kansas State. It may be a tough road for our beloved Cowboys, as they will be playing without star wide receiver Justin Blackmon, after an arrest earlier this week. The game will air on Fox Sports Network, and starts at 11 a.m. There are several other important games this weekend, but we here at Pineapple HQ only really care about one team, so that’s all I’m going to write about. Besides, my fingers are starting to hurt from being cold. Have a wonderful weekend and a happy Halloween, Pineapple fans! Remember to be safe and post pics for us on Monday! See you then!

 

Costumes, construction and candidates October 28, 2010

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! It’s been a busy day so far at Pineapple HQ. Barlow is holed up in his office, brainstorming some new creative for a client. Adam is working on a presentation for yet another client, because he’s our professional presentation-put-together-er. Like that new word I just made up? I have been driving all over Tulsa, checking out each construction project on my way. (In case you don’t live in Tulsa, we have construction on every major highway and about every other surface street. It’s GREAT.) I had a couple of stops at 41st and Yale, and there is no way to get on I-44 at Yale or Harvard. Which led me to try Sheridan, but the sign was mismarked (it really WAS!), so I had to take a detour, during which I got stuck by a very long, very slow train. At the rate things are going, you’d think it was Monday instead of Thursday! But long story short, I got all of the errands done, and everything is just about ready for Barlow and Adam’s big adventure to Las Vegas on Monday. The Dynasty Spas booth is going to be awesome! I’m sure the Pineapple Twins will send plenty of pics to share with our fans. (Hint, hint, boys!) Check out a sneak peek at one of the banners for the booth.

Anybody got any fabulous Halloween plans? Please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page! Also share any creative costume ideas that you have for you or your kiddos. It’s always fun to see what other people do for this fun holiday. And of course, we expect to see lots of pics posted on Monday for our enjoyment! I’m going to be Alex from Flashdance, and I’m so ready to sport my legwarmers and 80s hair this weekend. I have every intention of being a “maniac, maniac, on the floor!” Tuesday is Election Day. Finally. It seems that the political commercials are getting more and more evil this year; the mudslinging is at a ridiculously high level. If you believe all of them, every single candidate is a nasty crook. I’m sure that not all of them are, right? Anyway, make sure to go to the polls on Tuesday, submit your vote, and wear that sticker proudly! Rock the vote, people! If for some reason, you don’t make it to the polls, I found this handy website where you can print out your own I Voted sticker. I’m sure nobody would wear it under false pretenses, but maybe you sent in an absentee ballot and didn’t get a sticker. Don’t say I never gave you anything.

As I was skimming the headlines this morning for some blog inspiration, I ran across a tragic story from Notre Dame. Yesterday afternoon, a 20-year-old student manager named Declan Sullivan was filming football practice for the Fighting Irish. Indiana was under the influence of extremely high winds, estimated at 40 miles per hour. Nevertheless, Sullivan was sent up onto a 50-foot high mobile scissor lift to tape practice.  Caught in the hazardous winds, the tower toppled, falling over an eight-foot chain-link fence before landing in the street. Sullivan was taken to the hospital, where he later died. From information that I read, the safety out-rigger jacks were not deployed, and OSHA is now investigating. This is a terrible loss for the Notre Dame community, and I can only hope that somebody gets in huge trouble for sending that poor kid into such a dangerous situation.  Not that it will ease the pain of the family and friends of young Mr. Sullivan.Well, on that happy note, I’ll let you get back to it. Tomorrow is Fabuloso Friday, and it’s Adam’s last chance to clean for a few weeks. Want to take bets on whether he’ll help me or not? Have an amazing day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Pineapple Playlist October 27, 2010

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! It’s kind of a gloomy, cool day here in T-town, but I guess that’s to be expected this time of year. It’s a little chilly in Pineapple HQ this morning. But the good thing is, we have control over our thermostat and aren’t at the mercy of anyone else. (I used to work at a place that had no control over the temperature, and it was miserable!) Barlow is taking care of it, so Adam can take his coat off. Thanks, Barlow! Barlow spent the morning on a Skype call, watching a photo shoot for Rogers Automotive in North Carolina. Ah, the wonders of modern technology! Skype is a pretty cool invention, if you ask me. And it’s much cheaper than him flying halfway across the country to be there in person.

As I mentioned on our Facebook page earlier, Adam has been hard at work compiling the ultimate list of songs to be played at Pineapple HQ. We got some sweet surround sound put it a couple of months ago, and we are loving our music these days. We have all contributed some of our personal favorites, and the others have to agree. I was specifically told that no girlie music was allowed, so Britney, Jessica and the Backstreet Boys are noticeably absent from our list. Pineapple fan Nancy has requested a list of some of our favorite jams, so here are 10 on the official Pineapple Playlist:

John Mayer – Who Says

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

J Geils Band – Centerfold

The Fray – You Found Me

The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are

Jack Johnson – Bubble Toes

Counting Crows – Mr. Jones

Augustana – Boston

We are pretty mellow, in case you can’t tell! Plus, I don’t think it would be good for clients to come in and hear gangsta rap, you know what I mean?

I would like to give a special shout-out today to one of my loyal readers, Linda. She has been in the hospital for the past few days, and she even mentioned the Pineapple blog from her hospital bed. Linda, we wish you a speedy recovery and plenty of get well vibes!

Well, I’m off. The big trip to Las Vegas is happening in just a few days, so I’m going to start getting everything ready for the Pineapple Twins. Have a wonderful Wednesday, Pineapple fans. Only a few more days to get your Halloween costume ready! And we expect to see lots of pics posted on our page on Monday! And remember, your commercials suck, unless you’ve Picked the Pineapple!

 

Clavicles and crazies October 26, 2010

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! It’s another lovely day in Tulsa, just cool enough to be pleasant. Let’s enjoy the nice weather while we have it, shall we? I’m wondering if we are going to be in for a horrible winter since we’ve been having such a good run lately. Well, scratch that! I just consulted the Farmer’s Almanac, and it looks like we are in for a “kinder and gentler” winter overall. That’s great news! I’ve spent my morning firming up travel plans for the boys. November is going to be a mass of airports, road trips and living out of suitcases, but I know they will have a wonderful time and get a lot of work accomplished. Of course, this means I’m going to be very lonely at Pineapple HQ. So if you ever want to stop by and share some M&Ms with me, November would be a great time to do it. I suppose this also means I will be cleaning the office all alone. Feel free to drop by and help me clean, and then we can play foosball! Okay, I’ll stop my pity party now, I promise.

Did everyone watch Monday Night Football last night? The poor Cowboys don’t seem to be having much luck this year. They started giving away the game to the Giants, and then poor Tony Romo went and broke his clavicle. And then it was pretty much downhill from there. I thought they might make a comeback there at the end, but it just wasn’t in the cards for Dallas last night. Wishing Tony a speedy recovery! It seems that everyone’s favorite “Cousin Eddie” is having a few problems. Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have recently been getting into one scrape after another. A few years ago, Quaid was accused of not paying taxes. In 2006, he sued a film company for not getting paid more for his minor role in “Brokeback Mountain.” (It must have been minor; I’ve seen that twice and do not remember him. Which role did he play? Anyone?) In 2008 he was tossed out of a play and an actor’s union for inappropriate and abusive behavior. Last year, the Quaids skipped out on a $10,000 hotel bill and were later arrested. When they finally showed up for court (after skipping several appearances), Quaid walked in carrying his Golden Globe from 1987. In August, the Quaids sued their lawyer, accusing him of stealing their money. Now the crazy couple are seeking asylum in Canada, saying that a group called the Hollywood Star Whackers are after them, and they have been responsible for numerous celebrity murders, including Heath Ledger (drug overdoes) and David Carradine (suicide). They are convinced that Randy is next in line. After being arrested in Vancouver late last week on California charges, the couple remains in custody in Vancouver. I think that will be good for them; seems like some detox time may be in order for ol’ Cousin Eddie.

 

 

Monday, Monday, Monday…oh my October 25, 2010

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Well, Pineapple fans, I think we can all agree that it’s Monday. At least the weather is nice! I’ve just returned from four glorious days in Savannah, Georgia, and it seems that the Pineapple Twins were able to hold down the fort while I was away. I bet they played a lot of foosball to help fill the empty void. Or maybe they just sat in my office and cried, I’m not really sure. But I’m back now, and I’m diving into a pile of work that has been anxiously awaiting me!

We are feverishly planning the trip to Las Vegas for the boys; they leave next week and will accompany a team from Dynasty Spas to the Pool Spa Patio Expo 2010. We are counting on a lot of new folks picking the Pineapple next week! We are working on getting all of our materials ready for the booth, so we will be prepared for any situation. Vegas is always exciting, and I know they’ll have a great time with the Dynasty team.

And that’s not the end of the traveling…last week I told you that trips to Canada, Texas and Vegas were in the works. I come back to find that Nashville, South Carolina and Iowa have been added to the list. Time to put my travel agent hat on! The last couple months of the year are going to be huge for Pineapple, and we are jumping in with both feet. Add that to the San Francisco convention in February, and we have a LOT of stuff going on!

Which leads me to this: we are still looking to fill a part-time marketing assistant position here at Pineapple HQ! Twenty hours a week, a reasonable wage, and a terrific learning experience in a fun environment; who wouldn’t want to work here? If you know of anyone who may be interested, please send resumes to ashley@pickthepineapple.com.

So it was a miserable weekend for Oklahoma football. Whether you prefer orange or crimson, we know you were sad on Saturday. It was rough, especially being homecoming weekend for the Cowboys. But hey, we’ll try again next week. The Cowboys will take on Kansas State on their home turf on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., and the Sooners will challenge Colorado at home at 8:15 p.m. Both games will be televised, so put on your collegiate apparel and get ready to cheer on your team!

And now it’s time for your odd news story of the day, since it’s Monday and we’ve just been through a full moon. A former real estate agent in California was recently found to have been driving around with a dead body in her passenger seat for months. Police discovered the body when they were called about the woman’s vehicle blocking a driveway. When they arrived, they smelled a terrible odor coming from the car, and then saw a foot sticking out from under a blanket in the front seat. When questioned, the realtor initially denied knowledge, then came clean, saying that she had given a homeless woman permission to sleep in her car. The deceased died of unknown causes, and instead of contacting authorities, the realtor continued to cruise around with the body in the passenger seat. Police estimate that the homeless woman had been dead between three and 10 months. I bet she had to buy a LOT of those pine tree air fresheners. Well, enjoy the rest of your Monday, Pineapple fans. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @pineapplead. See you tomorrow!

 

America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration October 20, 2010

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Well, it’s time for “American’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration”…it’s time for Cowboy Nation 2010 at Oklahoma State! Yes, that is this weekend in Stillwater, and it kicks off tonight at 5:30 p.m. with one of the greatest traditions of all, the Walkaround. If you have never attended Homecoming at OSU, you’re missing out, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my school. It really is a fun weekend, and there is a lot of stuff to do.

If you’re unfamiliar, Walkaround is when folks “walk around” (haha, clever) the Greek neighborhood and admire (oooh, aaaah) the house decorations (or “house decs”) that have been lovingly handcrafted by the fraternities and sororities. At the beginning of the school year, when the Homecoming theme is announced, each fraternity is paired up with a sorority. They are homecoming partners, and they come up with a design for the house dec based on the year’s theme. And then…the work begins. Huge rolls of chicken wire are unrolled and welded to huge poles to form the frame. And then each person spends hours upon hours placing tiny squares of tissue paper dipped in glue through the holes in the chicken wire (this is called “pomping”). And somehow, after weeks of hard work (and an all-night pomp session the Thursday night before), the pattern emerges, and you’re able to see what you’ve been doing this whole time come to life. It’s kind of like a giant paint-by-numbers, with glue and tissue paper. A lot of the time, these house decs are really something, and they generally have moving parts. There is a contest to see which houses win, and it’s always a big deal to win the Homecoming house dec competition. But the fun part is on Friday night, when hordes of people are walking past, stopping to admire all of your hard work. It’s a great sense of accomplishment, even if you don’t win. (But that’s usually a better feeling.)

Saturday will be a full day of fun, beginning with the Sea of Orange parade at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Stillwater. A pep rally is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., complete with the Cowboy Marching Band, Pistol Pete and the OSU Spirit Squad, and the Spirit Walk will follow at 12:15 p.m. Tons of places will be offering food for alumni, and of course, there will be plenty of tailgating going on at the stadium.

And then…our #15 ranked Cowboys (6-0, tied for #1 in the Big 12 South with Oklahoma!) will take on #13 Nebraska at 2:30 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium. I would like to add that the Cornhuskers have lost their last two games against OSU, in case you were wondering. The Pineapples will be on hand to cheer on our beloved Cowboys, so feel free to find us and say “hello.” We could wear Pineapple shirts and you could play “Where’s Pineapple?” in a sea of orange, but that would be too easy. Homecoming will be a perfect way to cap off a busy week. So we’ll see you in Stillwater, and remember…your commercials suck (unless you’ve Picked Us!).  Have a great weekend, Pineapple fans, and we’ll talk on Monday.

 

Things I’ve Learned as a Pineapple

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! I trust that everyone is having a terrific Thursday…we are only one day away from the weekend, so that should make everyone cheer up a little bit. As you already know, it’s been a crazy week here at Pineapple HQ, and you already know what we’ve been up to. So I thought I would do something a little different today. A few months ago, I wrote about some of the interesting things I’ve gotten to do since I worked at Pineapple. Today, I would like to talk about some different things that I’ve learned while working here.

1.) Travel isn’t as easy as 1,2,3

After several months as a Pineapple, I can book the most complicated trip on the planet. When I was first informed that I would be taking over the travel arrangements, I thought, “Sure, that’s easy.” I’ve booked all of my own travel, including honeymoons and a European adventure, and all of my mom’s travel, this would be a piece of cake. Boy, was I wrong. I didn’t realize that one business trip could take the Pineapples to at least four different cities and two countries, in less than a week. Barlow, like anyone, has certain airlines, rental car companies and hotel chains that he prefers. But of COURSE, those are never in the cities that I need them to be in. I already knew that rental cars could sometimes be returned to a different location than where you picked it up. But I didn’t know that they charge over a dollar a mile. Now, that’s just highway robbery!

2.) Media Buying is an Art Form

As you all know, Adam is our media buyer. His job is to negotiate with the reps from the media outlets (TV and radio stations) and get our clients’ commercials in the best time slot, for the lowest amount of money. It’s not a coincidence if your commercial comes on during Monday Night Football or American Idol; that’s someone like Adam, working hard to make that happen so that millions of people see your commercial. If your spot only comes on at three in the morning on a channel nobody watches, nobody is going to see it. Adam is a media-buying Jedi Master, which is just one more reason to pick the Pineapple. (Shameless plug, I know!)

3.) Golf Tournaments are Like Weddings

It’s not a secret that I have planned two of my own weddings. I loved every minute of it, and thought it was fun. When I took on the Nelson Golf Luau a couple of months ago, I felt that golf was a game, and it should be fun and easy to plan. Much to my surprise, the only game to it was the golf that was played that afternoon. It felt strikingly similar to a wedding, when it came down to details like chicken or pork, which color tablecloths, what kind of decorations to have. And all of it was budgeted, just like a wedding. Of course, I didn’t give out prizes for the longest drive at my wedding. All in all, I learned a lot from that event, and I’m ready to take it on next year, and this time I’ll know what I’m in for!

4.) Don’t be a Doormat

I’m basically a shy, quiet person, until you get to know me. Years spent in the military taught me to never volunteer, stay in the background, and agree to whatever you’re told to do. Working with Barlow and Adam has taught me that that’s not real, and it’s not the way to get things done. Although I still don’t like speaking up much in group settings, I’ve learned to speak up when I feel that I’ve done something worthy, something that will help the company or a client. I’ve learned to disagree when I feel that something isn’t right. Working at Pineapple HQ has taught me to stand up for myself and to do the best that I can. I’ve also learned that working with three grown men is much more drama-free than working with 30 high school girls. I’m just sayin’.

5.) There’s a Way to Do Nearly Everything

For a price. But the fact is, there were several instances in the beginning of my Pineapple life when I thought, “Hmm, I have no idea how to do this. I guess there’s no way.” But now I’ve learned otherwise, and as Barlow says, “When you hit a wall, don’t bounce off, just break through it.” So I’m figuring out how to break through, and how to get things done. It’s a terrific lesson, and it is serving me well so far. Barlow is good at not micro-managing; he wants us to learn how to do things ourselves, without holding our hands. It only makes us stronger, which is an excellent thing.

All in all, not only has Pineapple grown as a company in the last several months, I’ve also grown as a person (and not just because of all those peanut M&Ms). Now I just trust that all of us continue to grow together as a team, and we’ll be a basically unstoppable force with a Jedi Master on board. I’m just sayin’.

Have a great day, Pineapple fans, and we’ll talk tomorrow!