Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Creepy Old Guys and Memories

By: Gini Dietrich | July 22, 2011 | 

Well, to say I created a kerfuffle (to borrow from Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson) this week is putting it mildly. I learned some new blogging lessons this week; lessons I’ll likely share in a few weeks, after the dust settles.

Until then, let’s have a little fun. Both Bob LeDrew and Marc Girolimetti posted AWESOME videos of Sesame Street characters rapping. I was watching them both in the airport yesterday, crying from laughing so hard.

Yeah, I’m the crazy lady who laughs out loud while sitting alone.

There also is the news about the 50-something guy who married a 16-year-old, Google+ removing business profiles, and my heroes at the Tour de France.

So here you go…this week’s Gin and Topics.

5. Google+ Begins Booting Brands. Geoff Livingston and Danny Brown co-wrote this blog post about a swift and severe action Google took late on Wednesday night. They began removing any businesses that thought they’d overstep the personal profile requirement. My guess is Google is preparing for something big for businesses, but don’t try to get there for anyone but yourself. Yet.

4. Child Bride and Creepy Old Guy Give Weirdest Interview Yet. Yes, a 51-year-old actor (who played on Lost, but I can’t figure out who he was) married a 16-year-old country singer claiming she is well beyond her age both in looks and behavior. I will give him that she looks older than me. Dang. You have to watch the video. Trust me on this one. Weeeeeird.

3. Think You’re Tour de France Material? With just a few days left in the Tour, this is a fun article to read about the true strength these guys have as they ride for three weeks during the longest and toughest ride in the world. That said, the writer got a few things wrong. The speed these guys ride on the flats is more like 48 mph, not 25 mph (we ride 25-28 mph every Saturday). And an average three hour ride, for me, burns 3,000 calories, not 450. Well, jeez. I guess I AM Tour de France material! I’ll be the one in yellow next year. (h/t to Crister DelaCruz for the link.)

2. Bert and Ernie Try Gangsta Rap. Ah my very favorite duo, when I was a kid, break it down for us. I seriously had a crush on Ernie when I was little. Oh the memories.

1. Sesame Street Breaks It Down. This seriously had me crying from laughing so hard. But it has a few swear words in it so not appropriate for your kids or for loud speakers in the office.

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!

  • Ok, the creepy guy and the young lady.. more like creepy couple…I don’t know about immoral, but what about marriage at 16…isn’t that illegal? And what is with the weird faces…. 5 minutes of my life I am never getting back and which defined the true meaning of weird!

    The gansgta rap is way too cool.. Ernie is such a dude..I totally understand the crush 😉

  • ginidietrich

    @Hajra Wasn’t that weird?! Apparently it’s not illegal if your parents sign off on the marriage. And hers signed off.

  • Sesame street did it for me too. 🙂

  • Liz

    Gin and topics. Love it Gini!

  • Rap.

  • HowieSPM

    I post a lot of videos of cookie monster on a clients Facebook Page. Some serious rap parodies I have found. Kerfuffle I am pretty sure comes from Joseph Jaffe who uses it a lot.

    @DannyBrown and @geoffliving pretty much nailed it with honesty and ethics. Can’t be said for everyone. I still doubt Brand pages or accounts will ever work to any scale or effectiveness. Scale and Effectiveness is for Brand Websites. That should make @sydcon_mktg happy that I said this.

  • FollowtheLawyer

    I missed said “kerfuffle.” Is there there a helpful recap somewhere?

  • MollyFulton

    I made a Muppet Show reference recently, and my 11yo said “What are Muppets?” Oh, the humanity! Thank you for these. Now, for the creepy couple-eewww! His motives are painfully and pathetically obvious, but there is something seriously wrong with her – drugs? Mental illness? What were her parents thinking- “We’ll get a spot on Dr Phil now, dag nabbit!”

  • ginidietrich

    @MollyFulton WHAT?!? Tell him not to worry! There is a Muppet movie coming out in November.

    Isn’t that so creepy? My parents didn’t even want me to date when I was 16, let alone get married.

  • ginidietrich

    @FollowtheLawyer Oy. I even hate to post the link here. It was my blog post on Monday about G+ experts.

  • ginidietrich

    @FranchiseKing RIGHT?!! I laughed so hard!

  • ginidietrich

    @HowieSPM Do you use it for your cookie client?!

  • ginidietrich

    @Liz Ah thanks! It was all barryrsilver

  • ginidietrich

    @Tinu I was DYING, with Facebook open, yesterday. Those boys are funny!

  • debdobson62

    You know I so loved the Tour de France story, and I’m still wiping tears from laughing so hard at Sesame Street breaking it down.

  • Narciso17

    This Wk’s #GinAndTopics Includes Creepy Old Guys and #SesameStreet (Hmm) h/t @ginidietrich

  • JuliaStewartPR

    LOVE the word kerfuffle. My Panamian friend Sharon calls women like this “plasticas” (plastic women). Eerily Stepford Wife-ish. Gin, I wasn’t allowed to date until I was 16 either, but didn’t actually have a date until I was 17 because my older brothers made such an active point of discouraging it. My dad sent the class valedictorian home to change, he wasn’t dressed well enough to take me out (he showed up in a t-shirt). Happy Friday! @ginidietrich @MollyFulton

  • JuliaStewartPR

    P.S. I miss the old guys in the balcony, Waldorf and Astoria. @ginidietrich @MollyFulton

  • testharder

    @ginidietrich Sesame Street Raps FTW!

  • Very weird…Maybe her parents need to do an interview too…

  • ginidietrich

    @TheDataDoc Wasn’t that funny?!?

  • TheDataDoc

    @ginidietrich Absolutely brilliant; I’ve already reposted on my other networks. Keep em coming!

  • MollyFulton

    @JuliaStewartPR @ginidietrich Oh, those guys were my favorite too!

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson62 So funny, right??! I did the same!

  • ginidietrich

    @JuliaStewartPR I think we had the SAME upbringing. I have younger brothers, but they did the very same. I’m still friends with one guy from high school and we laugh about it all the time. Oy.

  • ginidietrich

    @Hajra HAHAHA! You could conduct the interview!

  • My son just said (referring to the crazy marriage) who DOES that Mommy? Why would someone 16 marry a 51 year old?

    On the other hand, he just figured out there is a 12 year age gap between me and my boyfriend. Oh well…

  • Waldorf, Statler, Ernie and Cookie Monster are my favorite muppets-but my kids barely know them. Just not the same.

    But they can sing along to Time To Change from The Brady Bunch.

  • No businesses on Google+? Gee, hope people didn’t get the wrong idea from anyone…

  • BreezyFOLLOWME

    @PamMktgNut PLEASE HELP US UK FANS; We want @chrisbrown back in the UK-

  • barryrsilver

    @ginidietrich TY for the shout. Happy travels.

  • @ginidietrich @MollyFulton Just saw the preview for that in the movie theater today – waiting for Winnie the Pooh to begin! What a sweet movie that one is!

  • I was both totally amused and simultaneously creeped out by the interview with the bizarre newlyweds. We live in such a strange world!

  • Ana | Traffic Generation

    Don’t worry, I also sit and laugh all by myself. I think it’s a sign of madness induced by years of solitary working from home. 🙂 If it bothers you much, remember you have many virtual friends that laugh with you via your blog. 🙂

  • Creepy indeed and another news flash, that dude is gay. Nothing whatsoever wrong with that, but it’s pretty obvious so it just jacked up the WTH factor by another notch………….just sayin’………

    I went to parents weekend for my sons when they were at Auburn. That night they were having a party at the frat house. I told them ‘that’s cool, I’ll just hang out with you guys’. My kids said ‘dad, no way; you’ll be that creepy old guy in the corner scaring all the women off’. You think spin sucks, reality sucks even worse…………:).

    The Muppets rap was pretty cool.

    Yes, I’m a laugh out loud easily amused person as well. Like Ana said, probably a touch of madness, but I’m ok with that; I don’t know any better.

  • ryancox

    I watched the tour yesterday @ginidietrich .. and I just found myself saying, “Contedor couldn’t attack me like that.”

  • JayThornton000

    I love this post. Recaps on the week are where it’s at. Thx for the forward @tedrubin. Subscribing

  • Hahaha I am cracking up over here with those Sesame Street Clips!! Great post!

  • @ginidietrich Yes, more like a confrontation… and why did they do that to their lil girl!

  • debmorello

    Now listen here missy, I got the market on the crazy lady who laughs out loud while sitting alone LOL (oh I just did it again) actually I talk to myself in public and then laugh too 🙂 I love this post, you hit all the good ones here! Especially Bert and Ernie… err oh wait, or was that @DannyBrown and @GeoffLivingston

  • @debmorello@geofflivingston Nah, we’re more like Statler and Waldorf.

  • debmorello


  • spofcher

    4. Child Bride and Creepy Old Guy Give Weirdest Interview Yet = Too creeepy. She is NOT 16 and he must have been an extra on Lost

  • kmtirpitz

    @ShellyKramer Interesting article that some how envelopes me in it’s cloak. I’m glad for the sense of humor.

  • surjeet437

    @JohnLusher good news for women and girls

  • B_Batchelder

    @mstory123 is coming out to hang in WV. I hope he brings his A game!

  • michaelgiese

    @ginidietrich You could have done the tour this year. Next year you will be the one wearing yellow!

  • ginidietrich

    @michaelgiese Unfortunately they don’t let girls in. But I SO would own that yellow jersey if they did!

  • ginidietrich

    @spofcher Mr. D said to me yesterday, “Do you really think she’s 16?” I think you’re right – no way!

  • ginidietrich

    @debmorello @DannyBrown@geofflivingston LMAO!!! You just called Danny and Geoff Bert and Ernie. I am SO running with that one!

  • ginidietrich

    @Ali Mac Right?! They’re very funny!

  • ginidietrich

    @JayThornton000 @TedRubin Oh yes! Thanks Ted for the tweet! and thanks, Jay, for the comment!

  • ginidietrich

    @ryancox He’s a whiny baby. I’m glad he didn’t even reach the podium.

  • ginidietrich

    @bdorman264 How do you know he’s gay?!? Reality sucks even more. HAHAHHA!

  • ginidietrich

    @Ana | Traffic Generation Next time, I’ll just tweet you and have you rescue me!

  • ginidietrich

    @Nikki_Stephan They did an interview on GMA after this one ran and it was even worse. He was talking and she was licking her lips at him. Watch…it’ll come out she’s an actress and this was all for publicity.

  • ginidietrich

    @DannyBrown That’s the best you have?!?

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB I’m not sure I can sing that Brady Bunch song! That’s impressive.

  • ginidietrich

    @NancyD68 Your son is one smart kid! I think there is a HUGE difference between their situation and yours.

  • mstory123

    @B_Batchelder – Headed out soon. Will be there by 6:30.

  • @ginidietrich I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s ridiculous what people will do for publicity!

  • @ginidietrich Imelda, I am not buying that. BTW, I can always tell when you are responding to comments because my inbox explodes with Livefyre notifications about updates in the conversation. I am truly impressed with how good you are about that.

    Very few bloggers would do what you are doing.

  • autumnmthompson

    I saw creepy old guy and his poser wife. If she’s 16, I’m 21. There were some bizzare people on Dr. Phil the other day with the same deal. Yuck!

    You know what bothers me about the Tour? I know it’s like all tradition and that. But, to have one day left to win the race and you aren’t going to race in Paris! Man, it stinks. You battered your body to just say OK, I’m done. Let’s just take it easy. Why even bother riding today? That’s my rant for the weekend. Hope everyone had a great one.

  • B_Batchelder

    @mstory123 needs a spotify invite, can someone hook him up, pls?