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Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: The Dwarf-Tossing Ban

By: Gini Dietrich | October 7, 2011 | 
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It’s been a sad week, with the passing of Steve Jobs. The Apple store on Michigan Avenue is surrounded with candles and flowers. It’s a sad week for all of us who use Apple products…and even those of us who don’t (cough, Chris Barger, cough).

But I also think we’ve reached saturation stories about him so I won’t say anything more.

What I will tell you, though, is it’s marathon weekend in Chicago! I haven’t run the Chicago marathon in six years (MUCH prefer cycling to running), but it’s still tons of fun to go to the expo and stand out and watch the runners.

My high school friend, Mike Koehler, is here to run it so we’ll cheer him on, have some good food, a couple bottles of wine, and reminisce about skipping French class every, single day and my still pulling out an A.

Oh! And! The Bears play the Lions on Monday night. I hope you’ll all be cheering for the Bears to beat the Lions, if only so their undefeated streak is broken. Because, we all know if the Lions go undefeated, the Mayans were right about 2012. That or hell has frozen over.

And with that…Gin and Topics.

5. Who Is this Steve Jobs Fellow? OK. I said I wasn’t going to talk anymore about Steve Jobs. I lied. You’ll see why. This is an actual tweet Michael Oher (the kid The Blind Side is about and offensive lineman for the Ravens) sent on Wednesday night. Thanks to Sean McGinnis for sending it to me last night. Oy.

4. And then the PR Guy Called Me (a bad name). I can’t decide if this is funny or traumatic. I really don’t understand PR pros who don’t know how to communicate. I understand the “reply all” mistake. But to keep antagonizing the blogger in email, after she calls you out for calling her a name? And we wonder why the industry has such a bad perception.

3. Florida Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Dwarf-Tossing Ban. I can’t make this stuff up. The reason? To create more jobs, of course. Duh.

2. 10 Things to Do When You’re Dead. Oh this is good! My favorite? Marriage for cadavers to “provide departed loved ones with comfort and company in the afterlife.”

1. Betty White. I leave you with the following photo. Enough said.

Have a great weekend! Go Bears!

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.

47 comments
missmims1
missmims1

This post was hilarious and a great way to show how to make blogs fun, and interesting. Just because a blog is about the pr industry doesn't mean that it has to be dull and boring. 5 ways to do this, 8 do's and don't, etc.

Al Smith
Al Smith

Too funny. I tried to post comment yesterday. I was rejected. whats up with that ? Love Betty White. She is hilarious. Almost as funny as you. ha. hope you had fun at the race. And always remember, don't drink and ride ....... unless ........ you have on the helmet cam. yes, i'm obsessed with you doing a blog post from bike with helmet cam and mic. would be AWESOME. luv ya. Go Lions !

Al

EricaAllison
EricaAllison

Michael just wants to learn!

There's just no fixing stupid (PR Guy and his responses)

And, my goodness do I LOVE Betty White!

bdorman264
bdorman264

What? Of course we don't make that stuff up; we are all about economic development in the F L A. Plus, it will help with tourism and that's why we don't have a state income tax. I don't think you can have too much dwarf tossing..............just sayin'.........

I like Jenny at The Bloggess; I get that type of humor. I liked the one w/ the 'Found rattlesnake sign'. Very bitey, must have come from a bad home..........

Classic Betty White, she's a sport.

I'm trying to decide if I want to be a runner or a biker and have been doing neither while I'm thinking about it; better come up w/ something quick the way I eat, huh? Have fun at the marathon and hope you have a good week.

lkpetrolino
lkpetrolino

As a proud Florida resident, I have to say that this is a fine example of how fantastically the citizen's of Florida care about the well being of our people. Just because our beautiful state is dominated by botoxed lips, liposucked tummies and silicon boobs (and I'm not just referring to the female populous) , does not mean that we don't respect the rights and hope to improve the quality of life for all citizens. These dwarfs deserve the right to have a career, they deserve the right to be successful, they deserve the right to be tossed dammit!

As it is the only well paying, respectful position available to dwarfs are acting jobs at Disney with Snow White. Meanwhile, thousands of dwarfs are forced to go with out job while they patiently wait for the current Sneezy or Doc to pass on. Unless this ban is repealed the dwarf population will continue to suffer, continue to toil without a job, without a future, without hope of a better tomorrow....

wabbitoid
wabbitoid

The episode on blogess (being called a name) seems to be a bit much because the organization cannot possibly be professional to start with. Apostrophe abuse at that level combined with Khardashians? Who are the Khardashians anyways and what on earth did they do to became professional celebrities? Not worth anyone's time, IMHO.

Tinu
Tinu

You posted. The epic graphic. I salute you.

Levi Wardell
Levi Wardell

Random question. Are those who regularly comment/post on SpinSucks.com considered Spinsuckers?

TheJackB
TheJackB

The other day I wrote that I have a penis and that I know how to use it. In fact, I used that line here. For a moment I wondered if I had pushed the envelope too far, but thanks to Betty White I now that I didn't.

Back to walking tall again.

P.S. I can throw a dwarf 22.8 feet or at least I used to be able to. Been a long time since I made my living that way. Good to know that I can stop working as a writer and go back to the old lifestyle.

Let's recap this comment for a moment. We celebrated being able to write penis and did the Snoopy dance over dwarf tossing. You can thank me for assisting with your SEO efforts later.

P.P.S. That Bloggess chick is fun, isn't she. I love those kind of stories. Her snake story is pretty cool too.

WordsDoneWrite
WordsDoneWrite

The return of dwarf tossing? No wonder this country is going down hill. A complete lack of priorities. Sheesh. And sheesh again...

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel

I almost sent you the Betty White pic, then decided that might not be cool. WRONG!! Love it. I also LOVE the Bloggess. You are a funny girl, G. Who knew?

Todd Lyden
Todd Lyden

Oher... perhaps he was just being funny?

Levi Wardell
Levi Wardell

Don't get me started on the Lions. #Thatisall.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@Ali Mac Isn't that awesome? I'm waiting for my mom to call and use my middle name when she yells at me for including it.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@bdorman264 I've told everyone I know to move to Florida. I hear they have new jobs opening soon.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@lkpetrolino At Disney with Snow White?!? I have tears from laughing so hard. Hahahahahah!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@wabbitoid hahahahah! The apostrophes made me nuts too. That's what I would have emailed back to the PR pro.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@faybiz Do you think so? It looked serious to me. I mean, he's a football player. They don't tend to be the sharpest knives in the drawer.

KyleAkerman
KyleAkerman

@ginidietrich@faybiz Oher is 1 of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack. He did not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write when he was a teenager. And yes, he is a football player. Is it really so unbelievable to think he would not know of Steve Jobs? Just Sayin'.

And if you get a chance, read the book. It is about him, not the "mom" that adopted him.

Todd Lyden
Todd Lyden

well, I'm trying not to be stereotypical... then again, I despised Blind Side so you are probably right... screw the Ravens

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@rustyspeidel Seriously. I just know he slept with a teammate's wife, which is why the O line won't protect him.

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