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Opening April March 31, 2011

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What a terrible day. First of all, I got stuck in some messy traffic this morning, thanks to a wide load on the highway. Then I got to the office and started trying to print some documents, and my printer didn’t work. Oh, well, I’ll worry about that later. I’ll scan something instead. Oh, wait, that didn’t work, either. Then I decided to shred some paperwork, and my shredder wouldn’t come on! And then I realized that I forgot my phone and my iPad today. They’re keeping each other company on my kitchen counter. Basically, it’s like I have the opposite of the Midas Touch today; everything I deal with breaks! All I need now is to run out of gas on my way home. That would make for a swell ending to my day. Did I also mention that my computer crashed? Thank goodness I have a laptop. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have all of my email contacts, so if you don’t get the blog today and you’re reading it on facebook instead, that’s why.

But, on a brighter note (literally), the sun is starting to come out FINALLY, for the first time all week. It’s a touch warmer than it’s been, and the weekend is supposed to be amazing. That would definitely improve things, wouldn’t you say?

Today is Opening Day for baseball season, and I don’t think anyone is more excited than Jay. Typically, this is a day of celebration for many reasons, like the arrival of spring (although not quite yet this year) and the start of a clean slate for all 30 MLB clubs. In Cincinnati, the home of the first professional baseball team, it’s somewhat of a holiday, with many people taking off work to cheer on the Reds. For decades, the first pitch of every major league season took place in Cincinnati, and they continue to be the only team that kicks off every season with a home game. Jay isn’t a Reds fan, however, he’s a true blue Yankees fan, as witnessed below.

Tomorrow is April Fools Day; are you excited? I’m not a huge fan of this so-called holiday, namely because I’m fairly gullible. I have a friend that likes to send out the panicked “I’m pregnant” email every year, and I fall for it every single time. Because I don’t like to be tricked, I don’t do it to other people. But I do have a few fun ideas for you, in case you’re feeling mischievous.

1.) Buy some jelly doughnuts for the office. Use a straw to suck out the jelly filling and replace it with ketchup. Your co-workers will get a treat they won’t soon forget. (I’m going to be very wary of any breakfast foods that show up at Pineapple HQ.)

2.) Go into your workmate’s office and go to the Google homepage. To the right of the search bar, click on Language Tools. Scroll about halfway down, and you’ll see a very comprehensive list of languages. Click on your choice (Klingon? Chinese? Zulu? Elmer Fudd?) and your victim will be wondering what the heck is up every time he uses Google.

3.) Need a fun prank to play on your boss? Paint over the tip of all his or her writing utensils with a coat of clear nail polish, then watch the frustration grows as he or she tries to make notes. If you’re a little scared of your boss, let him know that nail polish remover will wipe it off easily. You might want to have some on hand.

4.) Here’s an interesting (although slightly disgusting) trick to play on your boyfriend or husband. Scoop out an inch or so of his deodorant, then replace it with cream cheese. Make sure you mold it to the original shape of the deodorant. He’ll wonder why he smells so bad all day. Or you can just wipe bagels under his arms. Whatever you think!

I’m sure your devious minds are kicked into high gear now! On that note, I’ll let you get back to your prank planning, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 

Songs for Japan March 30, 2011

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Howdy ho, and a wonderful Wednesday to you, Pineapple fans! It’s still positively disgusting outside, so if you live somewhere else with good weather, I’m jealous.

The Pineapple People had a productive Tuesday; we had a three-hour brainstorming session, and got plenty of items ticked off our agenda, which is always a good feeling. Of course, we came up with plenty more to add! Now we’ve got a grand opening party to plan as well as two golf tournaments. Being that I’ve always harbored a secret dream of being a wedding planner (until I realized I’d have to work every weekend), this is the next best thing. I love planning events!

Next Saturday I get to give away free stuff! I’ve been in charge of facebook contests on Nelson Mazda’s page and Nelson Nissan’s page, and now I get to give away two gaming systems. I’ll be a busy bee next Saturday, flitting from store to store, but it should be fun. Whoever thought you could win a cool prize for being an amazing Tetris player?

Before that, though, the Pineapples are heading to San Antonio for the Texas Auto Dealers Association convention. The guys are driving down VERY early on Sunday morning so they can take advantage of sunny San Antonio’s beautiful weather. They’ll man the booth all day on Monday and head back on Tuesday. It’s going to be a quick trip, but hopefully a productive one. It’s going to be a lonely few days for me next week.

The disaster in Japan is still looming, and plenty of people are wondering how to help. Now there’s something you can do! Thirty-eight musicians have gotten together and made an album titled Songs for Japan. For just $9.99 on iTunes, you can buy this collection, with the funds going to the Japanese Red Cross. The album sounds awesome, and has such artists as Bon Jovi, U2, Lada Gaga, Norah Jones, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Keith Urban and Eminem. It’s a pretty eclectic group, and it’s a fantastic purchase. It’s not often you get 38 songs for ten bucks! Check it out HERE. As you know, Pineapple has several clients that are car dealerships, so I’m always doing research online about various makes and models of vehicles, so that I can be informed. One item that is of interest to everyone is the rising cost of fuel, mainly due to unrest in the Middle East. Being in Oklahoma, our average gas prices tend to be lower than most, for which I’m grateful. We’ve dropped a bit in the past week or so, and gas is now around $3.27 per gallon if you buy at QuikTrip. If you go to Shell, well…don’t bother, you’ll pay about .20 more per gallon. But I just read an article that discussed prices around the globe, and while it may not help our situation, it might make you feel better to know that several countries are paying upwards of $9 a gallon, like Turkey, Eritrea and Norway. Still others are easily paying more than eight bucks a gallon, including Greece, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. So I’ve come up with a solution. We all need to move to Venezuela, where gas is SIX CENTS A GALLON. It’s only .54 cents in Libya, but people are terrified of being shot if they get out of their cars, so sadly, that doesn’t do them any good.

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your day, and here’s to better weather tomorrow! Remember, if you haven’t Picked the Pineapple, your commercials suck. Seriously, they really do.

 

Black, Bieber and Buckingham March 29, 2011

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Hey, hey, Pineapple fans! Well, we’ve survived Monday and are ready to face Tuesday…are you enjoying the absolutely disgusting weather outside? I’m so over this. I don’t care if it’s hot or cold (although I’d prefer hot!); I just wish it would stay one or the other longer than a few days. And my yard is getting longer by the minute, but it’s really hard to get motivated to mow when it’s 40 degrees, not to mention the rain.

Are you familiar with Pineapple’s Surf ‘n Fusion program? It’s basically awesome, and allows us to post your Pineapple-created web banners all over the world wide web, and enhances your web traffic tremendously. We are pleased to announce that our clients that are participating in Surf ‘n Fusion are all having outstanding web traffic this month. Check out our website at www.pickthepineapple.com for more information.

Our big item on the agenda today is a Pineapple People Meeting. It’s a good day to sit and have a brainstorming pow-wow, don’t you think? Since we have so many projects in the pipeline, it’s time to go over everything with our entire crew. And then we’ll talk about how Jay’s wife won the bracket and kicked everyone’s butt. Just kidding…congrats, Kami!

America’s most hated new tween sensation, Rebecca Black, is on point to surpass Justin Bieber as the proud owner of the “Most Hated” video on YouTube. Black’s video for Friday has reached over one million views and is closing in fast on Bieber’s Baby. But Justin shouldn’t feel bad; he still holds the record of having five of the top 10 most hated videos. Except who cares, because I’m pretty sure Justin Bieber has more money than everyone I know combined, and he’s still a kid. Both songs are surprisingly similar, as witnessed by the video below. (This is much less painful to listen to than the original songs, I promise.)

So the wedding of the century is coming up on April 29; just one more month until Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton exchange vows at Buckingham Palace. I love that William is following in his father’s footsteps and marrying a “commoner.” Kate is adorable, and they’ve been together for a long time, so I’m excited for them. Then again, I’m a girl, so of course I’m pumped about a glamorous royal wedding. The nuptials have been getting a lot of press lately, and I’m sure it was the same when Prince Charles and Diana wed, except I was only two years old at that time. Needless to say, I don’t remember it! But in this new age of technology, things are a lot more advanced than they were in 1982; one company designed a refrigerator emblazoned with Will and Kate’s image, and a German company is manufacturing tea bags with the couple’s photo. Oh, they’ve got their own postage stamps, too. The royal staff is already busy preparing the palace for the extravagant affair; 19 rooms will be used for the reception. The park in front of Buckingham Palace has already been closed to the public; it’s where the media will be stationed. It’s going to be quite an affair! Click HERE to see some preparation photos, and be prepared to hear a lot more commentary from me on the event as it draws ever near! Check out the invitation below. It has been sent to 1900 people all over the world. Mine must have gotten lost in the mail.

On that happy note, I’m off to take care of business in the Pineapple People meeting. Have a terrific Tuesday, and let’s hope for better weather tomorrow!

 

Oh, Monday… March 28, 2011

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Hello, Pineapple fans! Well…it’s Monday, which is rarely a good thing. Plus, our gorgeous spring weather from last week decided to move on up after the weekend, and now it’s in the 30s and the sun is nowhere to be found. All I need now is to get stuck in traffic (already did that) and spill coffee on myself (won’t happen, because I don’t drink coffee) and it will truly feel like Monday. Today has been incredibly busy, as Mondays often are. It’s spent catching up on the flood of emails from the weekend and getting ready to launch into a new week.

I’ve been playing bookkeeper all morning, which keeps me busy. In addition, I’ve been filling in some blanks on the script that Barlow wrote over the weekend for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America culture video. I had the good fortune to be present during the entire production, and I also got to edit the footage on Friday with the Pineapple People, so I already knew it was going to be an amazing piece of work. After reading the script, I’m even more convinced. I can’t wait to see the final footage! Thank you to everyone at CTCA for being so helpful and welcoming at the production on Thursday! The stakeholders there are amazing, and we couldn’t have asked for things to go more smoothly.

Ever wonder what our crew would look like in scrubs? L to R: Chris from Reliant, Joel, Barlow, Jason and Mark from CTCA

The rest of the week is shaping up to be a busy one; we have a meeting tomorrow morning to go over all of the projects that we are currently dealing with. Pineapples 1, 2 and 7 are gearing up to head south to San Antonio next weekend for a Texas auto dealers convention. This time, they are driving, so the booth will travel with them; let’s hope there are no blizzards coming our way! We plan on meeting lots of folks interested in Picking the Pineapple.

So, my dreams of Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal reuniting are officially crushed, as Miss Legally Blonde tied the knot this weekend with her CAA agent fiance, Jim Toth. I’ve always loved Reese, ever since The Man in the Moon. And of course, who doesn’t love Fear, Election, Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama? Reese and Jim began dating in January 2010, and got married on Saturday at her Ojai, California ranch, where she has horses, goats, pigs, donkeys and chickens. The style of the wedding was “rustic farm” and sounds like the perfect mixture of glam and country. The outdoor decor included lanterns and chandeliers hanging from trees, mismatched antique chairs and distressed benches set throughout the property, a wood plank dance floor, antique leather sofas, jute rugs, wagon wheels and Turkish-textile pillows. (There’s just something about chandeliers outdoors that seems magical to me! Maybe I should hang one in my yard…the neighbors may think I’m strange, though.) Okay, the wedding was beautiful, and best wishes to Reese and Jim. BUT here’s the big gossip: recently divorced Scarlett Johansson (Ryan Reynolds wasn’t good enough? Really?) showed up with fellow divorcee Sean Penn. Seems odd, doesn’t it? I guess “S-Squared” (that’s their silly Hollywood name) has been palling around for a couple of months now, but keeping the relationship under wraps. It’s a pretty big statement to bring your boyfriend to a wedding, so I suppose they are public now. We’ll see how things go for the 26-year-old Iron Man 2 actress and the 50-year-old Hollywood veteran.

Hope your Monday is going well…it’s almost Tuesday! See you tomorrow. Let’s hope for warmer weather, shall we? 

 

Welcome back, Pineapples! March 23, 2011

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Good morning, Pineapple fans! Well, I woke up this morning a little grouchy because it was cold. All I kept thinking was, “It’s been 80 degrees the past few days, and the Pineapples come back from Alabama and now it’s cold.” Apparently I misread the weather, because I decided boots and a sweater were in order. And then I got in the car and heard that it’s supposed to be 74 today. Oops. So if you see a girl sweating in a sweater today, that would be me.

Pineapples 1 and 2 are landing this afternoon, and they are hitting the ground running, because we kick off the production for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America tonight. No rest for the weary here at Pineapple!

The world lost a legend today, as Hollywood says good-bye to screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. She passed away after a bout with congestive heart failure this morning, surrounded by her four children. Taylor has been a shining star on the silver screen since the age of 12. Being that she was 79 when she died, that’s quite an impressive career, especially for a movie star. She made more than 50 movies, including National Velvet, Father of the Bride and Cleopatra (the most expensive film ever made). But the greatest movie never made was about her personal life. Taylor was known for her eight marriages and seven husbands (she married Richard Burton twice), her addiction to sleeping pills and painkillers, and her drug and alcohol abuse. She suffered many health issues, including a nearly lifelong back injury, pneumonia, hip replacements and a brain tumor. But she was also known for her loyalty to her friends, and supported such pals as Michael Jackson and Rock Hudson during times of need. Rest in peace, Liz.

Yesterday I told you about Rebecca Black, the 13-year-old girl who sings Friday, which has been hailed as “the worst song ever.” People are still laughing about her and making parody videos, but I bet none of them have been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That’s right, little old Rebecca chatted with Jay last night and sang the song live on the show. And it sounded just as bad in person as it did on the video. Jay did play a pretty good parody video, though, and it’s a good thing it was funny; I would hate to see a teenager burst into tears on the show.

Things aren’t getting any better in Japan. In addition to all of the other troubles, now tap water is unsafe in Tokyo due to radiation. At least, it’s not safe for infants; they say radioactive water is just fine for older children in adults. I wouldn’t want to drink tainted tapwater, though, would you? Naturally, there has been a mad rush for bottled water in stores, and even though a limit of two bottles per person has been enforced, supermarkets are still sold out. Radiation is also being found in vegetables and dairy products. Yum. You’ll be glad to know that food imports from the areas affected by the tsunami and hurricane are being halted into the United States. The Japanese incident is being referred to as the world’s most expensive natural disaster on record, with estimated costs at $309 billion. Death tolls continue to rise, with 9,400 bodies counted and more than 14,700 still listed as missing. Keep praying for those poor people!

Well, Pineapple fans, I’m off to tackle my to-do list and make some final preparations for tonight’s production. I will be out of the office the next two days, and I will do my best to blog from the production site, but I can’t guarantee! Be sure to check our facebook page for updates, though. I certainly hope the rest of your week isn’t ruined now.

 

Happy birthday, Captain Kirk! March 22, 2011

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Well, the first day of spring was gorgeous. The second one…not so much. I keep looking out the window at the gray clouds and waiting for the thunderstorms that have been promised. Nothing yet, but I know they’re coming.

Yesterday’s production in Alabama for Gilland Chevrolet was a success! Barlow is pleased with the way things turned out, and the Gilland staff was friendly and fun, two qualities we enjoy working with. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Guess I need to be patient. Good things come to those who wait. (Well, bad things come, too, like wrinkles and weight gain, but that’s a different story.) Now the Pineapples are taking a well-deserved break for a couple of hours and kicking back on the beach, or so it seems, based on the photos they’re posting on our facebook page! Or it’s possible they’re fishing. Either way, the sun is shining, unlike here. (Update: they’re fishing. And while fish are being caught, they are nothing to brag about!)

Does the name Rebecca Black mean anything to you? Well, it didn’t to me, either, until I saw her story on TV last week. Rebecca is responsible for releasing what many are calling “the worst song ever made.” Now, that’s a bit harsh. First of all, she’s only 13 years old, and she didn’t actually write the song, she just performed it. And made a ridiculously cheesy video to go along with it. Second, I feel that there are MUCH worse songs out there, like Barbie Girl or Sisqo’s Thong Song. However, it’s a matter of opinion. Rebecca has been making the talk-show circuit, talking about how it feels for the world to talk trash about you when you’re only 13 and just trying to make something of yourself. The poor girl just wants to sing! And she may be able to, but it’s difficult to tell since the synthesizer takes over for her so much. Rebecca will end up getting the last laugh, though, since her song has skyrocketed on iTunes, and she should make a hefty paycheck, which she plans to use to help relief efforts in Japan. What a sweet girl! It’s also taking YouTube by storm, and inspiring others to make equally bad parody videos. Check out Rebecca’s viral video below, and tell me what you think. Worst song ever? No. And it will definitely get stuck in your head.  Poor kid, but remember: she’s laughing all the way to the bank. I would also like to note that when I was 13, I was having slumber parties. I was not dolled up in prom gear rolling in the back of a guy’s convertible to an unsupervised house party. That came later.

Today we celebrate the 80th birthday of one Captain James T. Kirk…William Shatner! Bill has been acting for nearly 70 years, if you can believe it. I always loved him in the Star Trek movies when I was a kid (I’m no sci-fi geek, but I did have the VHS box set; this is mainly because I loved the fourth movie when the Enterprise crew came to earth to save the whales). It’s wonderful that long after the starship flew off into the cancellation airwaves, Bill Shatner is still a household name. He’s still quite active, especially for an octogenarian. I expect that between his horse breeding and his Priceline Negotiating, he’s a busy guy. Happy birthday, Bill!

Well, Pineapple fans, I’m off to take care of some important Pineapple missions. Have a terrific Tuesday, and we’ll talk tomorrow!  

 

Monday, M&Ms, Mexican, Manicures & Matching March 21, 2011

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Happy first day of spring, Pineapple fans! It’s a breezy, warm day here in T-town, and even though the sun is hiding right now, it’s still nice out. High fire danger, though, so watch yourself.

Pineapples 1 and 2 are in southern Alabama today, filming several commercials for Gilland Chevrolet GMC in Ozark. They got an early start this morning, and have been traveling to multiple locations all over town. Only the Pineapples would hit an army base, a manicure shop and a Mexican restaurant all in the same day. I hope they had some secret extra-hot salsa for the boys. Remember, they all do; you just have to ask for it. Those are words of wisdom from our Chief Pineapple.

They’ve been posting some interesting photos on our facebook page, if you’ve been keeping up. I’ve never seen Adam get on another man’s shoulders in person, but the photo was entertaining enough! Maybe we can get him to reenact it when he gets back later this week.

The boys have another busy day tomorrow before heading back to Tulsa for another two days of production. We will start shooting on Wednesday night for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and we are really excited about. It will be a different type of project for us, and one that is close to our hearts for many of us. (By the way, I found my missing Livestrong bracelet yesterday. I didn’t have it for a week and I felt naked without it.) We will hit several locations on Wednesday evening (I did some fun location scouting this morning) and we will film at the treatment center all day on Thursday. It will be a positive and rewarding experience, and it will be Jay’s first production, so it’s a big day for everyone!

Jake forgot to eat lunch today, so he’s hoarding M&Ms. He thinks we don’t notice, but check out his workspace.

In other fun news, Jay and I are wearing the same shoes. No, we didn’t plan it. Guess which one is wearing pink!

It’s a wonderful day for a birthday, don’t you think? No, it’s not one of the Pineapple People (although mine is next!) but our favorite micro-blogging site, Twitter! Happy fifth birthday, Twitter! Formerly known as ‘Twttr’, the site launched five years ago when co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first live tweet. Do you know what it was? Post it on our facebook page if you want to guess! Twitter has come a long way since its humble beginning; now more than 200 million users around the world post nearly 1,600 tweets a second. If you don’t already, be sure to follow us on Twitter @pineapplead.

Pineapple fans, I hope the first day of spring is treating you well; let’s hope that March continues like a lamb instead of a lion. See you tomorrow!