Gini Dietrich

#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.

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • katskrieger

    Happy Bday Mr. D!

  • MichaelBowers

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • 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

       @JoelFortner That would be awesome! Bring the syrup.

  • rdopping

    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 5 before we realized we were meant to be together (I was divorced by this time-don’t ask). Anyway, my wife, Janine, is an extrovert, loves people (she’s a Business Development Exec – go figure) and seems like a duplicate of Kelly. She treats people like, well, people. No matter what. I can’t tell you how much I have learned from her in that regard.
     
    Anyway, sorry for the breathy response. I just loved your story and the alignment is palpable. Enjoy the day and thanks for the platform…….

    • ginidietrich

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

      • rdopping

        @ginidietrich Me too! Have a good one.

  • Happy Birthday, Kelly! 

  • 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

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

  • M_Koehler

    Kelly is prety bad ass.

    • ginidietrich

       @M_Koehler He is, isn’t he?

      • M_Koehler

         @ginidietrich He really is,  you chose very well.

        • ginidietrich

           @M_Koehler I was drunk.

        • M_Koehler

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

  • Happy Birthday Mr. D! 

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

    • ginidietrich

       @Erin F. Well…most days.

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

  • 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

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

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • PattiRoseKnight

    LOVE the picture!!!!
     

    • ginidietrich

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

  • belllindsay

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!! *sniff*

    • ginidietrich

       @belllindsay LOL!!

      •  @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.

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

    • ginidietrich

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • belllindsay

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

    • ginidietrich

       @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

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

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

        • ginidietrich

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

        • belllindsay

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

        •  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich It would be!

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

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

        •  @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

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

  • geoffliving

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

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • KevinVandever

    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

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

      • KevinVandever

         @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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

       @bradmarley I will tell him!

  • ifdyperez

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • MichelleRabell

    Happy birthday, Kelly. Good story! 

  • jonbuscall

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

  • Tribe2point0

    Happy Happy Birthday Kelly!

  • dariasteigman

    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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • ElissaFreeman

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

    • ginidietrich

       @ElissaFreeman Well, most days.

  • kamkansas

    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

       @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.

  • 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

       @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!

  • 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 good in math
    Oh you thought your birthday was about you
    But now Gini needs take out Chinese food
     
    But when you turn 40 things will change
    You will be king of your domain
    Not your house because Gini rules the home
    But http://www.yesma‘amimmediately.com
     
    But I must say Gini made a great choice
    Because only she can laugh in her voice
    When someone writes you a birthday jingle
    About her sending you our for some pringles
     
    I hope one day we will meet
    But Gini will feel maybe it is less of a treat
    For you to have to endure hanging with the alien
    But hey I have beers and vs Gini I am more fun
     
    So hope you had a happy birthday
    They only come once a year
    Unless you are an alien freak
    Because on my planet they last a week
     
     
     

  • 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 good in math
    Oh you thought your birthday was about you
    But now Gini needs take out Chinese food
     
    But when you turn 40 things will change
    You will be king of your domain
    Not your house because Gini rules the home
    But http://www.yesma‘amimmediately.com
     
    But I must say Gini made a great choice
    Because only she can laugh in her voice
    When someone writes you a birthday jingle
    About her sending you out for some pringles
     
    I hope one day we will meet
    But Gini will feel maybe it is less of a treat
    For you to have to endure hanging with the alien
    But hey I have beers and vs Gini I am more fun
     
    So hope you had a happy birthday
    They only come once a year
    Unless you are an alien freak
    Because on my planet they last a week

    • @HowieSPM You are too funny, Howie

    • ginidietrich

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

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • jennwhinnem

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

    • ginidietrich

       @jennwhinnem He is VERY lucky!

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

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

    • ginidietrich

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

  • 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

       @ExtremelyAvg Ever?! Really?

  • 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

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

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

  • rdopping

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

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