Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Dogs Who Love Cake and Open Your World

By: Gini Dietrich | May 12, 2017 | 

Gin and TopicsWell, one week from today, when Gin and Topics publishes, I will have 200 miles under my belt…on a bicycle.

I leave Thursday morning for a four-day, 400 mile bike ride and I’m nervous as all get out!

Clearly I was high as a kite when I signed up for the ride because I cannot figure out, for the life of me, another reason I would have done it.

Alas, I made the commitment and paid the fee, so here I go!

I keep pumping myself up by saying, “Think how many steps you’ll have!” and “Think how many calories you’ll burn!” and “Banana splits every day!”

But the truth is, 400 miles in four days is a loooooooong time to sit on a really thin bicycle seat.

Lizzie (my bike) and I will have some stories to tell when we get back, so stayed tuned for that in two weeks.

As I get in two more long rides before next Thursday, I’ll leave you with this week’s Gin and Topics.

Without Further Ado…Gin and Topics

This week’s videos are courtesy of Lou Draper, MATTIE DIETRICH, Kate Nolan, Laura Petrolino, and Lubna Sadik.

5. How to ABC. This is how to ABC, New Zealand style. At the very least, you’ll enjoy the ukulele “playing.” At the most, you’ll learn some new words…but perhaps not their meanings, as I have just learned “yarn” is to chat, not the wool. This video did not teach me that, though Y is for yarn.

4. Open Your World. This made me cry. Why is it we let our political leanings put barriers up between us? We are all just human. We all put our pants on one leg at a time. It’s OK to disagree. It’s not OK to hate one another because of it.

3. Let’s Go Back to the 90s. Well, I feel old now. “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” There are even Trapper Keepers for Laura Petrolino! This is everything you loved about the 90s, in four short minutes.

2. Dog Mom Rap. In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, this video goes out to all of you who are dog mommas.

1. Salma Hayek’s Dog Loves Cake. When Lubna sent this to me, she said, “Based on recent events, I think you’ll appreciate this.” While it’s way too soon for jokes about my naughty dog and the Moana cake, I am thankful it wasn’t someone’s wedding cake.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

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!

  • paulakiger

    Holy moly so fun (the funny ones, obviously). As for the 90s one — I am sure I’ve shared this before, but I was IN DETROIT, FOR THE US FIGURING SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS, when the whole Kerrigan/Harding thing went down. Back in the 90s, we didn’t have social media so we were really pretty clueless—learned most of what was going on by watching national CNN. It was also the championships where a very young Michelle Kwan skated her first seniors (I think). Her sister is/was a skater too. So memorable.

    • You were?!? I did not know that. What a crazy time to be there.

      • paulakiger

        I was! So memorable (not just because of that incident BUT …)

        • Paula!! Did I ever tell you that Harding’s coach was my coach? So that incident took up a good portion of my childhood. We were chased by news people for months as we went into the rink. I was on Inside Edition, Hard Copy, and a few of the others that were super popular at that time.

          • paulakiger

            HOWWWWWWW have we never discussed this?

  • Michael Koehler

    You are doing it because you are one bad a$$ human being…and because you got me riding along side you to do it…and eat all the s’more at the s’more bar at the hotel. WE GOT DIS!!