Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Our Friends

By: Gini Dietrich | November 30, 2012 | 

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, 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. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • 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.

    • belllindsay

      @flemingsean But you’re *infinitely* cooler than we’ll ever be. 🙂

      • flemingsean

        @belllindsay Are you classing yourself as American these days?

        • @flemingsean  @belllindsay We don’t want her.

        • belllindsay

          @jasonkonopinski  @flemingsean Hey now!! I’m half American! (the good half)

    • @flemingsean I’m flying through London in about two hours. I’ll wave hi!

  • Catman versus Razorback woman- I am torn.

    • @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Oh yeah. I don’t know, either. That’s a tough one.

  • 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.

  • joecardillo

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

  • Dogs win every time.

  • debdobson62

    OMG, I so love the doberman!!!

    • @debdobson62 Right? It makes me laugh every time I see it.

  • And THAT is why I love my dogs! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome videos.

    • @TaraGeissinger I wish we had a pool just for that reason.

  • ginidietrich

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

    • 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

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

  • ginidietrich

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

  • 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.

    • @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!

  • I so love the videos this week – all of them! And yes, the Doberman is adorable….

    • @Hajra  Which one was your favorite? I think #3 is mine.

      • @ginidietrich I think the Doberman gets my vote!

  • Have an awesome time! If you move there, you can keep yourself so busy (and worn out) from cycling your double Type A might just go out the door. 🙂

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

  • rdopping

    Cat/dog takes it.

    • @rdopping It would be pretty funny if your friends acted that way.

  • ginidietrich

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

  • ginidietrich

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