I doubt the postings will last, but I'm going to try to document 2009's yearly sojourn to my old home town, Hudson, Ohio. I'll be staying in areas around and about, but this will always be the place where I go back to in my mind and heart.
I couldn't wish for a better place to grow up.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Posted by Crustodio at 10:35 PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is a few weeks old, but Pope Benedict XVI issued a statement about Facebook.
Yeah, that's just weird on its own. Who asked the Pope about Facebook? Which one of his minions said, "Hey, Bennie, you gotta comment on this Facebook thing. Obama knows all about it and so should you. You wanna reach the kids, you know. No, not that way. What's that? No, you shouldn't update your status in Latin. Anyway, the world is waiting, so I prepared this brief."
It's a pretty innocuous statement, and it doesn't really say anything that people haven't heard, but this familiar-sounding excerpt stands out: "But he also warns that "obsessive" virtual socializing can isolate people from real interaction and deepen the digital divide by excluding those already marginalized."
I don't know about those of you who do the Facebook thing too, but I gotta say the exact opposite happens. I've gotten in touch with old friends that I miss a ton. Learned that some folks I didn't know so well are surprisingly witty, hilarious, thoughtful and I consider them real friends now.
If anything, I'll see more of these people now in my travels. I attend more events. I know what's going on in people's lives, and that means a lot to me.
A friend of my said this, though I'm paraphrasing: "I love hitting Facebook first thing in the morning. Grab my coffee and read my personal newspaper, filled with news about the people that matter to me."
For me, it's more like reading the paper in the evening with a beer in hand, but the sentiment stays the same.
Posted by Crustodio at 9:01 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Posted by Pete Best at 9:27 AM
Monday, January 26, 2009
Apparently this video has been making the rounds, just not with the middle-aged white boy demo. Regardless, it makes me happy inside.
Sure, more than half of the country wanted to have a beer with George Bush four and eight years ago (sort of. damn you, Florida). But I'd rather have a chili dog with the smoothest president I've ever seen.
It's not easy to be cool AND the smartest person in the room. But damn, he's got it.
UPDATE: Apparently the mainstream media is on board too.
Posted by Crustodio at 3:41 PM
I read this post from Gods of Advertising and couldn't help but smile. It is my life.
With great apologies to my family, I am a very literal listener. My father raised me (very sternly) to "Say what you mean and mean what you say", and I'm afraid that lesson has stuck for life. Along with "If you're on time, you're late", but that's another post for another time.
As a copywriter, I certainly think "conceptually" when creating work and when it comes to humor, I have no problem using or understanding metaphors and other tricks of the trade.
But I swear, if we're having a conversation that includes expected results, you better tell me exactly what you want. I will only hear what you say, not what you "really meant". Yes, I realize this is a fault on my part. I'm working on it. But for the love of butter, why can't people just say what they want?
This especially gets the worst of me at work - in meetings, particularly. Just like the post linked above, I'll drift off when you start using acronyms. I'll take a mental powder when you choose long, unnecessary words when a short, succinct phrase will do the trick.
Life it too short, folks. Don't waste my time with "procedural understandings". However, I'll gladly share my thoughts on "how to work together more efficiently".
It's not that I don't understand you. I just don't want to have to work to understand you. I'm in advertising. One of the few grown-up playgrounds that survives on adult ADD, caffeine and wit.
So, are you with me? Get your message across already, will ya?
Posted by Crustodio at 11:45 AM
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Like any sane person, I take all my fashion, musical and dietary advice from Beyonce. So I'm proud to announce that I finished the 10-day Master Cleanse diet/fast on Thursday and am gearing up to eat solid foods again today. Also known as the Lemonade Diet, you subsist entirely on a drink made up of lemon juice, organic Grade B maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. It's actually pretty tasty, though it gets a little old after 10 days. I did the MC last year around this time and this time it was a little easier, mainly because I knew what to expect.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Hey you, person with the laptop on my daily train! Do you need to have your volume up so I can hear when every email and IM arrives? Yeah, didn't think so. Suck it.
Note: Yes, I'm easing back into posting with weak, short material. You get what you pay for.
Posted by Crustodio at 9:20 AM
Friday, January 02, 2009
With an excuse that cute, are you really going to hold a grudge? Moving on, I realize that most top 10 lists should actually come out before the new year begins, but what are ya gonna do? So, here we go - my favorites from 2008....
Posted by Pete Best at 3:28 PM