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#FollowFriday: Kelly Dietrich

By: Gini Dietrich | April 27, 2012 | 
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Please allow me to introduce you to Mr. D aka World’s Most Patient Man aka love of my life (well, he competes with Jack Bauer for that title).

It is Kelly’s birthday today. Because he’s not on any of the social networks (bane of my existence), it doesn’t make much sense to #FollowFriday him. But I thought it’d be fun to wish him a happy day anyway.

Kelly and I met 13 years ago in a dance club in Kansas City. He likes to say I picked him up on the dance floor. I’m sure there is some semblance of truth to that story (OK – I did). But I had a boyfriend and he had just gotten out of a relationship and so we became friends.

Friends who occasionally met for dinner. Friends who shared reading recommendations (I introduced him to Harry Potter). And friends who tearfully said goodbye when I moved to Chicago and he moved to D.C., just three weeks apart.

A few months after I moved, he sent me a note to say he was going to be in town and asked if I wanted to get together. I took him out to meet some of my friends and, late that night, my friend Michael Stern pulled me aside and said, “Why, on earth, are you not dating this guy?”

After that I looked at Kelly with new eyes and, just a few months later, we were engaged.

I always joke that people like him more than me, which is why I never bring him out. But it’s kind of true.

He’s an extrovert to the nth degree (it gets interesting in our house when I need alone time to recharge and he wants to be around people), he’s charismatic, he’s kind, and he is (by far) the funniest person I know. He never has any qualms going out with my “Twitter friends” when someone is in town or inviting them over for dinner or even have them stay in our guest room.

He treats every human being the same – it doesn’t matter if you run a multi-billon company or sleep on the street. Kelly has blinders on when it comes to that. And he’ll always look you in the eye when he talks to you.

He represents the perfect human being (minus the whole letting his clothes pile on the floor like he’s a teenager thing).

I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a very happy birthday!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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jasonkonopinski
4 years 2 months ago

Hopefully I’ll meet the good Mr. D soon. Rumor has it you have a book launch soon. Or something. 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski Do you think Mr. D is going on the book tour?!

katskrieger
katskrieger
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Bday Mr. D!

MichaelBowers
MichaelBowers
4 years 2 months ago

Probably one the best posts I’ve read in a long time. Happy birthday to Kelly and congratulations to you both.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @MichaelBowers Thanks! I think I’ll keep him.

JoelFortner
4 years 2 months ago

Happy birthday, Mr D!  If my wife described me in a blog post, I could only hope it was this nice.  Hopefully in the future, this “Twitter friend” and my better half will meet you both. Have a superb day!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @JoelFortner That would be awesome! Bring the syrup.

rdopping
rdopping
4 years 2 months ago
Happy B-day to Kelly,   Gini. We don’t know each other and you have no reason to believe this story but my experieince in meeting my spouse is a mirror image of yours (except for the deets, of course). We met 13 years ago, I was married (don’t ask) and we became fast friends. We shared work, ideas, commiserated. While she didn’t move away from Toronto we lost touch when she migrated out of the industry (for a few years). The relationship rekindled when she showed up in my office one day after 5 years.   It took us another… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @rdopping I love this! Thank you for sharing your story. It gave me goosebumps!

rdopping
rdopping
4 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich Me too! Have a good one.

KenMueller
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday, Kelly! 

KelleeMagee
4 years 2 months ago

What a truly lovely tribute and a wonderful example of remembering to tell those around us how much we adore them, and why. Wishing Kelly a great birthday and you two both a lifetime of continued happiness together! 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @KelleeMagee Thank you! He’s kind of a nice boy.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 2 months ago

Kelly is prety bad ass.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @M_Koehler He is, isn’t he?

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich He really is,  you chose very well.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @M_Koehler I was drunk.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich LOL, that would have been a sight to behold.

sydcon_mktg
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday Mr. D! 

Erin F.
4 years 2 months ago

Mr. D sounds like a great guy. Happy birthday to him and best wishes to you both!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Erin F. Well…most days.

Erin F.
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich I guess that’s why he emailed you to say he isn’t perfect.

SocialMediaDDS
4 years 2 months ago

Awwww….I’m not going to lie…this sweet and heartfelt tribute to the amazing Mr. D made me a little teary eyed…it is really special that you shared this really great story @ginidietrich You are clearly madly in love and I am guessing that you and Kelly bring out the best in each other.  Kudos to Michael Stern for helping you to see clearly! 
Happy Birthday @kellydietrich and may you and ginidietrich  spend many, many more birthdays together!
Claudia

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @SocialMediaDDS It’s weird to me you haven’t met him yet. We must fix that!

Faryna
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday, Kelly. 
 
P.S. An open basket with wide mouth in both the bedroom and bathroom will solve the clothes-floor thing.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Faryna You would think, but it actually doesn’t!

Nic_Cartwright
4 years 2 months ago

Happy birthday from uk. And I can throw in some Arabic birthday wishes in a day or 2 too…..
Not sure if you meant ” blinders” or “blinkers”. Either way it works, as “playing a blinder” is about as good as it gets over here. And it looks like you played a blinder in the “who shall I marry” game…..

This comment was brought to you by the Pedantic English Social Team

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Nic_Cartwright LOL! You’ve been around the camels too long.

Krista
4 years 2 months ago

Happy birthday, Mr. D! You and Gini sound like a wonderfully happy couple. Gini, I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve taken of my husband sitting with the laptop and our dog curled up by his side as well. Must be a guy thing…

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Krista That’s so funny! It must be a guy thing.

PattiRoseKnight
PattiRoseKnight
4 years 2 months ago

LOVE the picture!!!!
 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @PattiRoseKnight That’s one of my favorites, too. He’s playing Angry Birds with JB sleeping on him.

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 2 months ago

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!! *sniff*

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @belllindsay LOL!!

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich @belllindsay Just so you know Lindsay, Kelly really gets hot for women in biker boots. That is why Gini refuses you a visa to the US.

annelizhannan
4 years 2 months ago

Happy B-Day Mr. D, looks like you’ve have a lap full of love. Hope your day is full of surprises.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @annelizhannan He emailed me this morning and said, “I’m far from the perfect human being.” LOL!

annelizhannan
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich Perfection is overrated, we wouldn’t have anything to fix!

bdorman264
4 years 2 months ago

Awwww, what a great story. Tell Kelly happy bday; sounds like my kind of guy because he sounds so much like me………:). Also sounds like the two of you make a great team; thanks for sharing this story.
 
 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @bdorman264 Actually, the two of you would get along REALLY well!

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich @bdorman264 all I know bill is she called Kelly funnier than us so we must step our game up!

hackmanj
4 years 2 months ago

I think you forgot to mention that he can also give good game recommendations. I look forward to meeting your other half one day Gini. Wish him Happy Birthday for me!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @hackmanj LOL! I’m trying to break that habit, remember?!?

Lori
4 years 2 months ago

Hi Gini,
I love hearing stories of how people met! Yours is a good one! Interesting how someone had to wake you up to what was right in front of you! I can relate to that but in an entirely different way [Read; for a private chat sometime]
Happy Birthday to Kelly!
Lori

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Lori I’ll bring the wine for that private chat!

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 2 months ago

Wait a sec….a *dance club”…?? hahahahaha!!! Happy Birthday Mr. D!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @belllindsay Oh you should know I have a little bit of a wild streak in me. You play so good 80s music and you can’t get me off the dance floor.

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich Um, me too. Cocktails and a bad ’80’s bar next time you’re in town! hahahaha

Erin F.
4 years 2 months ago

 @belllindsay  @ginidietrich There’s an ‘eighties party in Austin this evening… 😉

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @Erin F.  @belllindsay Lindsay! Meet me in Austin!

belllindsay
belllindsay
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @Erin F. HAHAHAHA! Oh man, that would be amazing!!! 🙂

Erin F.
4 years 2 months ago

 @belllindsay  @ginidietrich It would be!

jasonkonopinski
4 years 2 months ago

 @Erin F.  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich Inviting myself to this shindig. Time to DANCE. 

Erin F.
4 years 2 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich Yay! We all have to get together some time. 🙂

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago

 @Erin F. @belllindsay @ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski yes it is true Gini and Mr D used to be candy ravers hitting all the hot clubs dancing all night in a hot sweat. Thy met when Mr D was running the sound boards for the epic 1999 Sasha and Digweed world tour.

patmrhoads
patmrhoads
4 years 2 months ago

Aww, what a nice post for your hubby. Happy Birthday Kelly!

geoffliving
geoffliving
4 years 2 months ago

What a fantastic story! Star-crossed. Happy birthday to Mr. D!

C_Pappas
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday Kelly!! Sounds like Gini is a very lucky woman and you are a very lucky man! Love this stuff!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @C_Pappas Well, now. Let’s not go that far. He’s definitely way more lucky than me!

KevinVandever
KevinVandever
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday Mr. D! 
 
I met my wife at a dance club, too. Did the whole phone number on a cocktail napkin and everything. Through thick and thin, we’re still together twenty one years later.
 
I can picture Gini dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld and Mr D, with his blinders in full effect, feeling bad for her. 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @KevinVandever WHAT?! I am a phenomenal dancer! You forget I studied ballet all the way through college. I can keep a serious beat.

KevinVandever
KevinVandever
4 years 2 months ago

 @ginidietrich I remember going a specific club in the 80s and every once in a while we’d see this dude on the dance floor who was an obvious ballet dancer. The reason we all knew it is because he did his ballet moves to Bobby Brown and Gap Band tunes. This only solidifies my belief in Mr. D’s blinders. 🙂 

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @KevinVandever Yeah…I don’t do ballet moves to Bobby Brown. But I can totally picture that guy!

TheJackB
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Birthday Mr. D.  
 
If it was me writing your story I’d have made it a gay dance club and then thrown in a couple of funky twists and turns. Although something tells me that someone has already written that story- bastards keep stealing my ideas.
 
Oh well. Enjoy the birthday and don’t let Jack Bauer get to the cake before you do.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @TheJackB When he tells the story, it’s much more embellished than the way I told it.

bradmarley
4 years 2 months ago

Gini – This is a tremendous story. Thanks for sharing. Please wish him a happy birthday from that one guy who sometimes leaves comments on your blog.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @bradmarley I will tell him!

ifdyperez
ifdyperez
4 years 2 months ago

AWWW I LOOOOOVED THIS GINI!!! *tee hee* I’m giggling. Happy Birthday Kelly!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @ifdyperez Well, you know. I try to be nice once a year.

MichelleRabell
MichelleRabell
4 years 2 months ago

Happy birthday, Kelly. Good story! 

jonbuscall
jonbuscall
4 years 2 months ago

That’s a very sweet post! “Grattis” Kelly. All the way from Sweden

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0
4 years 2 months ago

Happy Happy Birthday Kelly!

dariasteigman
dariasteigman
4 years 2 months ago

Reading through my RSS while waiting to go out to dinner. What a lovely story… Happy Birthday Kelly! I’m sure Gini has a wonderful weekend of celebration planned (aren’t Friday birthdays the best?).

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @dariasteigman Yes, I do! Vegas, here we come!

jeanniecw
4 years 2 months ago

You two are a great pair! Have a blast in Vegas but remember you’re missing the real celebration at Chuck’s! Happy birthday, Mr. D!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @jeanniecw I SO WISH I were going to Chuck E. Cheese’s with my boyfriend!

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago

 @ginidietrich @jeanniecw sadly your boyfriend has to wait til after Mr D’s bday to go to Chuck’s with you

ElissaFreeman
ElissaFreeman
4 years 2 months ago

Happy birthday, Kelly!  And by the way? You’re married to a great girl!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 2 months ago

 @ElissaFreeman Well, most days.

kamkansas
kamkansas
4 years 2 months ago

This fellow Jayhawk wishes you an amazing birthday and a fantastic year ahead, Kelly! I’ve laughed a lot with Gini and learned a ton from her on Twitter. Sounds like the two of you make a wonderful match! Congratulations.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @kamkansas You just had to add the fellow Jayhawk part. I met someone on Twitter yesterday who named their dog Roy Williams. That made me laugh. Out loud.

MimiMeredith
4 years 1 month ago

I’m late in sending my regards, but I’m glad to join Gini’s known social media universe in wishing Kelly a happy celebration of his birth. I am grateful you two have one another. I look forward to meeting the Amazing Mr. D. He sounds like a wonderful guy and I’m pretty sure he’d remember not to lock me out…just sayin.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @MimiMeredith HAHAHAHAHAH!!! It’s not like I locked you out on purpose! AND it did make for a great photo. AND I did bring champagne. OK. It was my champagne, but I shared it!

HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago
Oh damn I missed his birthday! Well never too late for a birthday song right?   Happy Birthday Mr D Happy Birthday Mr D Now that you are 39? And 13 years like a fine wine   Getting Gini her Coffee Getting Gini her Cupcakes Getting Gini her IPhone Getting Jack Bauer his bone   Going out and having a beer As long as Gini knows you are near Just in case she needs you to go to the store Just in case she forgot and needs something more   Drawing Gini her footbaths Helping her since she is not… Read more »
HowieSPM
4 years 1 month ago
Oh damn I missed his birthday! Well never too late for a birthday song right?   Happy Birthday Mr D Happy Birthday Mr D Now that you are 39? And 13 years like a fine wine   Getting Gini her Coffee Getting Gini her Cupcakes Getting Gini her IPhone Getting Jack Bauer his bone   Going out and having a beer As long as Gini knows you are near Just in case she needs you to go to the store Just in case she forgot and needs something more   Drawing Gini her footbaths Helping her since she is not… Read more »
Erin F.
4 years 1 month ago

@HowieSPM You are too funny, Howie

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @HowieSPM Wow. I am seriously impressed with this, even though some of the facts are incorrect.

AmyMccTobin
4 years 1 month ago

THAT is so sweet!  As far as the leaving things on the floor – they ALL do that.   Good for you two!!!!!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @AmyMccTobin They do?! Do they ever learn not to? Because it drives me insane.

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem
4 years 1 month ago

Happy birthday Mr D! You are a very lucky man (Gini is a lucky woman, etc).

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @jennwhinnem He is VERY lucky!

lauraclick
4 years 1 month ago

I swear I left a comment on Saturday, but it must have been eaten by the interwebs! 
 
Happy belated birthday Mr. D! Sounds like you’re a pretty amazing guy…even though you DID go to Kansas. 😉 
 
Anyway, Gini, please let Mr. D know that we appreciate him sharing you with us on his  birthday! I really loved getting to meet you at Social Slam! So fun. Maybe I’ll have to make a trip to Chicago to meet Mr. D and eat some of your amazing cooking while I’m at it! 😉
 
Hope you guys had fun in Vegas!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @lauraclick Bring Mr. Click with you…but not on a Sunday because I know he likes to go to jail those days.

rachaelseda
4 years 1 month ago

Aww happy belated birthday Kelly! He actually sounds a lot like you Gini in many ways as well. I’d love to see you both together, I’m sure you compliment each other perfectly! Gotta love fate, oh and ya know those friends who give you a good swift kick in the behind to wake you up 😉

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @rachaelseda We actually are a good pair…people love being around us both. But mostly him because he’s so charismatic. 

Shonali
4 years 1 month ago

Ohmigoodness, Jean Genie. I missed this on Friday because I was traveling (and you know what else), but what a sweet post. Happy belated birthday, Kelly! I hope I get to meet you (him) soon!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @Shonali While you don’t get to meet him this week, *I* get to see you!

LucretiaPruitt
4 years 1 month ago

Happy Belated Kelly!! Everyone should be so lucky in their spouses (yes, I’m talking about both of you!)

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @LucretiaPruitt Well now, let’s not get too out of control. I mean he’s lucky, but me… ?

ExtremelyAvg
4 years 1 month ago

This may be my favorite post I’ve ever read on Spin Sucks.  Such a great story.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Happy Birthday Kelly!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @ExtremelyAvg Ever?! Really?

Late_Bloomers
4 years 1 month ago

Happy belated birthday, Kelly! This is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. Kelly not only reminds me of Bill but also of a very close friend of mine. And you make a great team, thanks for sharing,

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
4 years 1 month ago

 @Late_Bloomers Ah…what a nice comment. Thank you!

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kateupdates
3 years 7 months ago

Love this, Gini. Excellent #FF. Definitely a keeper 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 7 months ago

@kateupdates He’s alright.

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 7 months ago

I guess the better half has true meaning here, huh? Happy Birthday Mr. D.

ginidietrich
3 years 7 months ago

@rdopping Hey! Watch it!

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