wwcitizen: (workplace)
This Sunday, Jaguar is running a newly developed ad campaign called "#GoodToBeBad".  The commercials (the 30-sec ad and the 60-second advert) are very well done.  The actors are excellent: Sir Ben Kingsley (in everything!), Tom Hiddleston (Thor) and Mark Strong (Green Lantern!), directed by Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech).

There's an opportunity to vote for the best ad run during the Super Bowl, which should be good fun.  If you'd like to get involved and vote for the ads (many people only watch the ads anyway and wait for the game results later), you'll have to register (for free) online by 31-Jan (tomorrow).

You can see more info about the commercials and Jaguars at the following site:
http://www.jaguarusa.com/british-villains.html

ENJOY!!
wwcitizen: (S&M In Ptown)
Walking out of our hair salon yesterday, Matthew and I waved back at all the stylists and said, "Happy VD, everyone!" and they all waved back with smiles.

As we turned to walk out the door, Matthew heard a female customer with a very heavy NJ Italian accent say loudly, "Are they bruthahs?"

Wish we could have heard the response...

Then, at a diner about an hour later, a guy from another table walked up to me to ask whether my anniversary ring (below) was a championship ring. He approached me as if I were a celebrity and had an interesting look of anticipation on his face like I've never seen before. That must be how I look when approaching a celebrity after a Broadway show. Yes, I just said that after mentioning this guy thinking I was a football player.

(If you look closely, you can see "23" under the feather on the Indian's neck for 1923 - my dad's birth year!)

People are funny. I told Matthew that I should have said to the guy, "No, I don't play football, but I am a tight end." *wink*

Matthew gave me this ring for our anniversary. Isn't it cool?! I collect Buffalo Nickels and other coins, so this was a very thoughtful gift indeed. My right-hand ring finger is a 14, which is quite large. The ring itself is quite impressive in size, so you make it a 14 and it looks like a championship ring. No, I don't know enough about football to know how to have pulled off a "My dad, in fact, played for the Redskins when they won blah blah blah..." response to the guy.
wwcitizen: (Really Big Things)
Very excited! Last year, my family gave me a balloon ride gift certificate for my 40th birthday. When I got the certificate, I was really excited and tried to plan a date to go, but wasn't able to set any dates because of our travel schedule. Well, even though we're leaving for DC on Friday morning, I set a date (because if I didn't right now, there's no guarantee I'd actually do it) for THIS THURSDAY, Oct. 8!! I cannot wait!!

The place is up in Poughkeepsie, NY, which is about 90 minutes up the Palisades Parkway. Matt is vehemently opposed to the idea.** (See below) The balloon ride facility Blue Sky Balloons looks very good. The guy, Bill Hughes, was very professional and friendly and set me a date right away with other folks who'll be going, too.

Not sure if it'll be the French way of balloon flight (where after the first balloon ride, you get a glass of champagne), so I'll be bringing my own bottle of champagne, much to Matt's chagrin. If you have QuickTime, you can check out the virtual tour from online or download the video, which I did. Check it out!!

WOOHOO!!

** Matt's disclosed that he's not afraid of heights, but that he loves our life together and doesn't want me or him to die from wicker basket failure. I share his love for our life together, but that's not going to stop me doing something I've always wanted to do and to enjoy the excitement of it. And he's not trying to stop me from doing it.

I checked out the balloon meister's (love that term!) credentials. Here they are:

Blue Sky Balloons operates FAA certified balloons by FAA certified pilots & has been providing hot air balloon rides in the Hudson Valley, NY for over 36 years with a perfect safety record. Bill Hughes, a former Navy pilot, with over 9000 hrs of flying (everything from jets to helicopters), has been ballooning since 1970 and even helped Malcolm Forbes in 1973 fly transcontinentally!! Bill Hughes is an FAA-designated Pilot Examiner and Safety Counselor.

So, suffice it to say, I think I've researched the right guy to handle my first hot air balloon ride experience. Matt's not being a dick about it at all, though (as I may have implied); he's expressing his concern: he'd rather me not go, but being the eternal pessimist, he's just worried and has dreaded the prospect of me doing this all this last year. But all will be fine and I'll return having had a wonderful time.

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