Monthly Archives: December 2008

Hello, PC. Well, hello, Mac.

Dell Latitude D410I’ve had my Dell Latitude D410 for about three years now, and it’s served me well. But, the battery doesn’t work which means I need to keep it plugged in at all times or it turns off immediately and the embedded keypad doesn’t respond correctly, so I have an external mouse. It’s loud and runs unbearable slow at times. Ultimately, for all intents and purposes, it’s no longer the  ultraportable notebook I bought in January 2006, but a loud, clumsy desktop from the 90s.

Therefore, after three years, I think it’s time to upgrade. My options are to buy another Dell or switch to Mac. I’ve always heard that Macs are the premium standard, especially for those involved in web development or design. But, I have some hesitations – my computer now is super small, and even the 13″ Macbook is bigger and heavier, I’m afraid. Also, looking ahead to the possibility of Grad School, it seems like PCs are still the requirement there. (I could argue, however, that Grad School is at least three years out, if at all, and by then, it would be time to invest in a new computer anyways.) And, to be frank, Macs are pricier than PCs.

So, I’m asking you, my friends and readers, for help. Please take the poll below and, more importantly, leave a comment on why you have chosen the computer you use and/or any advice you may have for me. If you switched from one type to the other, what was reason? Was it hard to learn a new system? How do you view Macs versus PCs?

Thanks in advance!

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Day 94: Good Stuff, Happy Hour & Scavo Twins

I chuckle (yes, chuckle) when I think about how aptly I’ve named this blog. And tonight was the perfect example.

First, I had dinner at Good Stuff Eatery, which was opened this past July by Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame. I got the Farmhouse Burger and it was delicious. Spike was working and brought the orders out to us. (I was able to snap this picture from the upstairs seating.)

Next, it was off to GesherCity’s annual Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill (try saying that three times fast).

The DCist puts it well:

If there’s one night to circle for every young Jewish professional in D.C., it very well may be the night Gesher City hosts their annual Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill. Every young Jew you’ve ever met or will meet will likely be packed somewhere within the three floors of the Pour House tonight. It’s the perfect place to bump into that cute girl you met at Shabbat services a few weeks back or avoid your ex-boyfriend like the plague. Why not both? The HHHH is co-sponsored by a laundry list of young Jewish organizations.

I was told the event was too crowded last year but decided to go and check it out. For the most part, it was an awkward mess (these types of happy hours always are), but I felt like a rebel being out on a Monday!

Afterwards, we hopped on the Metro and as we were waiting I turned to see Porter and Preston Scavo walking down the steps! Charles and Max Carver with Julie MinevichYes, that’s right you Desperate Housewives fans, the Scavo twins are in DC. We ended up boarding the same train as them and I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t welcome them to the city and, you know, snap a quick pic.

Charles and Max Carver were extremely nice and obliged. They are in DC visiting their father (who was with them) and said that they haven’t been recognized that much yet. I told them how I spent my Sunday nights with them and that I was excited about all the twists and turns of season five.

Meeting them was a good reminder why one should always make an effort to:

1. Carry a camera.
2. Look somewhat presentable.

We all got off at Dupont Circle and went our separate ways. And with that tonight’s misadventures came to a close.

Day 92: A Tylenol Taxi Ride

The Tylenol TaxWhen I meet people, I tell them that I’ve been on a strict social schedule since moving to the District, but not everything can be glamorous. As such, I spent the better part of yesterday, my 92nd day here in DC (3 months exactly since I flew down), pretty uneventfully… namely, shopping.

But getting there was quite an adventure in itself and reflects my time here: You never know where, when, how, and/or with whom you’ll find yourself in absurd circumstances which later become a great story to tell.

A friend and I had designated the day for some much needed shopping, but she needed to stop by CVS first. We were leaving the store when we were ambushed by people in Tylenol gear and before we knew what was happening, we were sitting in a Tylenol-branded taxi on our way to our destination.

Little did these Tylenol brand ambassadors (as they were called by the taxi driver) know that they had stumbled upon one of DC’s most active marketing bloggers!

“Coming down with a cold? Warm up with a free ride” was written on the side of the taxi and my friend and I each received a booklet and a coupon for the new Warming Liquid.

The booklet reads:

Catch a warm ride home. It’s better than catching a cold.

It’s starting to get chilly out. And you know what that means. Cold season. So how about it, hop in. It’s on us.

A cozy ride. A steamy shower. A warm blanket. When you have a cold, a little warmth can comfort. New TYLENOL(R) Warming Liquids relieve your painful cold symptoms and give you a gentle, warming sensation. So not only do you feel warmer, you feel better. All over.

From what the driver told us, this campaign has been going on in cities all over the East Coast. The taxi can only pick up people from CVS (I assume they are a partner in the campaign) and the Tylenol brand ambassadors have to be the ones to usher the passengers into the car.

What I found surprising was that 1. we were the ones to bring up the Tylenol Warming Liquid, 2. the driver had never tried it and couldn’t give us some positive feedback…

I don’t know if/how this campaign will translate into sales for the company, but it’s certainly an example of how marketeers can think outside the box, raising brand awareness and leveraging viral marketing, all within a cohesive campaign. Overall, this was a unique, memorable experience for me – one that will have me remembering the product and talking to others about what happened.

Nicely done on this one, Tylenol!