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Gin and Topics: Truth is Stranger than Fiction

By: Gini Dietrich | June 1, 2012 | 
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This morning I posted a picture of the temperature on Facebook.

It’s 48 freaking degrees in Chicago. On June 1. It was in the mid-90s this past weekend. Heck, I have a great start to my really unattractive cycling tan already. And now it’s too cold and rainy to ride outside.

If everyone in this city gets sick, you’ll know why.

I hope the weather is better where you are and you can get outside to play this weekend. It is June, after all.

And with that, I give you Gin and Topics.

5. Banker Saves a Dozen Ducklings. Truth is stranger than fiction and that’s definitely the case here. A banker saw a duck waiting for her ducklings to jump from a tree branch two stories high. He was nervous they wouldn’t make the leap so he went to help them. You have to see it to believe it. Thanks to Nancy Cawley Jean for making sure I saw this!

4. Polar Bear Pictures. Jennifer DeVitt sent these to me this morning so I had to move an already written #4 and replace it. It’s worth it. Trust me. And, you’re welcome.

3. Tornado Backdrop in Kansas Wedding Photos. I think I might have to put Deb Dobson on the payroll. She finds the best things for Gin and Topics! Including this one…again truth is stranger than fiction. A tornado coming right at these people during their wedding ceremony. Unbelievable.

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2. The Best of Prom 2012. As if prom wasn’t awkward enough, now we have bloggers choosing the best photos from the web and highlighting them. And when I say “best” I really mean terrible. I’ve inserted my favorite of the bunch below, but if you click on the link above, you can see the rest. Thanks to Rusty Speidel for the find!

1. Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal. This video made the rounds on Facebook last weekend so you may have already seen it. But if you haven’t, I saved it for number one for a reason. It’s a must watch. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll watch it more than once. The only thing I don’t like about it is he’s setting her expectations way too high for the rest of their married lives!

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.

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jasonkonopinski
4 years 1 month ago

I love #1.  And, yes, I cried. Get over it. 

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @jasonkonopinski That’s because you’re sensitive.

jasonkonopinski
4 years 29 days ago

 @ginidietrich Ain’t no shame in that. 

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @jasonkonopinski SISSY!!!!

jasonkonopinski
4 years 29 days ago

 @ginidietrich Bugger off, Gumby. I play rugby. 🙂

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @jasonkonopinski Ohhhhh. Scary.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 1 month ago

The prom thing was hysterical. I do applaude the nerdy guys that had the totally out of their league girls.

And people wonder why I skipped our Prom. I dis ‘t want any incriminating photos showing up somewhere

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @M_Koehler You mean the ones I would show everyone?

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 29 days ago

@ginidietrich You would totally do that. It’s ok, there is a pic of you from an Afterprom boat party on the internet that I’m just dyyyyyyyin’ to post here. Oh and a few other pics from school too. Blackmail, it’s an ugly but delightful game.

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @M_Koehler  Just remember…I know the way to your heart (food) and will cut that off if you ever surface any photos.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 29 days ago

@ginidietrich hence why none have ever made it out. And you do know the quickest way to my heart. Hmm, speculoos ice cream…I might have to make some really soon. Or maybe goat cheese ice cream.

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @M_Koehler  Go get some ricotta cheese and thyme. Warm up 2 T of honey and 1/4 t of thyme in a saucepan. Pour it over the ricotta. Serve on toasted French bread. 
 
Thank you for not sharing photos.

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
4 years 29 days ago

@ginidietrich Totally trying this when I return home

Hajra
4 years 1 month ago

I get the expectations too high logic…. the video has over 11 million hits, they are already celebrities… 
 
Talking about weather; it is 93 F here and we are still calling it okay! 🙁

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @Hajra  That’s too hot. I just want a happy medium. Maybe I could take some of your heat and add it to our cold?

Hajra
4 years 29 days ago

 @ginidietrich Please do… in about a months time we will hit around 120 F with about 90% humidity…. that is when you can talk about others borrowing our summers!

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @Hajra  That’s way too hot. Gross.

debdobson62
debdobson62
4 years 1 month ago

OMG, I’ve watched the duck video several times already and have my whole team watching.  To quote my colleague Shaun, “That’s awesome.  Good PR for bankers.”  And I’m liking this payroll idea.  Kansans aren’t afraid of a lil’ ol’ tornado.

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @debdobson62 Payroll…or an iPad?

debdobson62
debdobson62
4 years 29 days ago

 @ginidietrich
 Oh hmmm,  an iPad please 🙂

AmyMccTobin
4 years 1 month ago

That proposal made me tear up!  To put that much thought and energy into telling someone you want to marry them – plucks my heartstrings!

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @AmyMccTobin I cried, too. Just a little bit.

Andrea Pecoraro
Andrea Pecoraro
4 years 1 month ago

Love it!

TheJackB
4 years 29 days ago

I heard that duck man is supplying some of the cities best restaurants with Foie gras. 😉

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @TheJackB TERRIBLE!!

rustyspeidel
rustyspeidel
4 years 29 days ago

I WAS so many of those prom dates, it scares me even now. 

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @rustyspeidel You were the one in camo, weren’t you?!

Lisa Gerber
4 years 29 days ago

Imagine my surprise watching the duck video and it turns out I totally know the “Duck Man.” And I had no idea. He said he’s going to stop by in the comments over the weekend. 🙂
 
Now about this proposal thing. Clearly there was a choreographer in the family, yes? 
 
 

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @Lisa Gerber The choreographer HAD to be the girl in front.

Lisa Gerber
4 years 29 days ago

 @ginidietrich totally agree, and I think she was the girl’s sister. 

KenMueller
4 years 29 days ago

 @Lisa Gerber I get the feeling several of them must be theater people or something.

KevinVandever
KevinVandever
4 years 29 days ago

What if she had said “no”?

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @KevinVandever That would have sucked!

annedreshfield
4 years 29 days ago

Oh my God, #1. That was AMAZING.

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @annedreshfield Right?!? Did you cry?

annedreshfield
4 years 29 days ago

 @ginidietrich but of course! Now I have to go fix my makeup…darn it Gini! 🙂 

ginidietrich
4 years 29 days ago

 @annedreshfield LOL!! Dab that mascara from the corner of your eyes.

JudyDunn
4 years 29 days ago

On #1. Amazing. Spokane, WA is Bob’s hometown. Makes a person proud. I’m wondering if it was last month, when their annual Lilac Parade took place. Because why else would the streets be blocked off (lucky ducklings) and the handy police escort be there? Reminds me of the children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings,” which is sort of the same story. Thanks for the share, Gini.  : )

richescorner
4 years 28 days ago

I feel so bad for that girl in the prom picture. What they really need is a before and after picture of Dad when she sees that picture.

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