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Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Our Friends

By: Gini Dietrich | November 30, 2012 | 
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Hello from Amsterdam!

I am totally in love with this city. It is not what I expected. There are bikes everywhere and they have their own lanes, with traffic signals, and the cars respect them. I might have to move here.

The business culture is also very interesting. After I spoke last night, I had a conversation with two lovely young women who taught me the subtle differences between U.S. and Amsterdam work cultures.

The big one? Americans are accustomed to working hard, going the extra mile, even playing in the “rat race” (as they called it). The Dutch believe you are hired for a job, you are paid to do it, and that is enough. They aren’t given bonuses or incentives for doing more than their job. I find that fascinating.

I actually wondered aloud how a double type A like me would get by in their culture. Maybe I won’t move here.

I have just a few more hours here so I’m off to the Van Gogh museum and, yes, I’m going to visit the Red Light district. While I do that, I’ll leave you with Gin and Topics.

5. The Lost Choir. When Lindsay Bell sent this to me she said, “I know Gin and Topics is supposed to be funny, but this is so moving you have to see it.” I didn’t think I’d include it, but after watching it, it’s something you need to see. It’s a choir that walks out on its audience and the message is extremely powerful.

4. Cat Friend vs. Dog Friend. This hilarious video is a drama about what it would be like if your friends acted like your pets. Kat Krieger sent it to me and, let’s be real, this proves everyone should have a dog.

3. Catman and Sauna. I present this one completely without comment, except to thank Mr. D for sending it to me.

2. The Parent Rap. This one has made the rounds on Facebook so you may have already seen it. If you are a parent, it’s a must watch.

1. Sliding Doberman. This is an oldie, but when Marianne Griebler sent it to me, I got to enjoy it all over again. And now you do, too!

Have a great weekend, all!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

33 comments
ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@MAR10i I like it! Let's rule the world together

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@MAR10i It's a really interesting cultural thing. Perhaps there should be a balance between your culture and ours!

rosemaryoneill
rosemaryoneill

I'm still crying laughing over the cat friend/dog friend.  When the cat friend casually flicks the milk off the table...so true it hurts.  My cat simply sat on my keyboard and watched the video with disdain.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@ChicagoTreeMD The Red Light District was, um, disturbing. I never need to see that again.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@westfallonline I'm bummed I missed you while you were in Chicago. Stupid traveling.

TaraGeissinger
TaraGeissinger

And THAT is why I love my dogs! :) Thanks for the awesome videos.

joecardillo
joecardillo

@ginidietrich I sense a #hotcatz meme in the making...

JoeCardillo
JoeCardillo

Someone needs to let the Finnish guy know he doesn't need to create a "real life dissolve" to get his video to fade out.

flemingsean
flemingsean

We (Europeans) are pathologically lazy.

 

I blame it on our socialized health care.  It's made us weak.

 

You should come to London.  Nothing much ever happens there either.  Apart from fog and chimney sweeps, of course.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

 @spinchick I don't know...they are REALLY laid back. My type A might be too much for them to handle.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

 @rosemaryoneill I thought it was hilarious when he climbed on top of his friend in bed and swatted his face to tell him they were out of cereal. It's so true!

westfallonline
westfallonline

@ginidietrich I was hoping to see you and @seanmcginnis have a fistfight. (My money was on you). Next time? Would love to connect IRL

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@westfallonline Next time for sure! And always bet on me against @seanmcginnis. That's just smart.