What's With All the Dead Pigeons?

Is it me or there a lot of dead pigeons around here lately? It’s gross to think about, but in the last month or so I’ve seen a dead cat and like four dead pigeons…perhaps it was the same pigeon and someone moved it three times…I don’t know, it’s weird (in nothing but very best old school John Travolta voice).

The Coin Count

ALAS! One Penny!

Running Total: 43 cents

Top weird thing on my run today:

I ran thru a Vegas community called Cactus Flower. Not only was there no Cactus, there were no flowers either.

The Toy Fairy - It's like the Tooth Fairy, Only Better!

There are so many things I see on my runs that I want to write about when I get home, but like those dreams one can’t remember the day after, my memory seizes and all I could think about when I hit the computer is food. Today was special. I actually have a story for you. I’m sure you’re thrilled.

As soon as I started my run I noticed a ball that was ‘lost’ – hanging out in the gutter, no home, no owner, no great prospects, and no dreams. Ahhhhh…Poor little ball. I kicked it into the yard that was directly behind it and pursued my aspirations to get in at least seven miles. I turned the first corner down the first major road I normally run down and what do I find in the gutter? Another ball! This road, like many major roads in residential areas in Las Vegas, is bordered up and down with cinderblock walls. I threw the ball over the wall and proceeded. So now my feeble mind can’t help to think of anything but those two balls and what a weird thing it is to find these toys on the street…now we have something! My voyage for the rest of this run was to find as many things that make sense to throw back into a yard as possible…You with me? So seriously, here’s what I found:

Four balls total

One Frisbee

One little black rubbery and stretchy action figure

What looks like a base to a balloon launcher?

Some cartoon-face thingy that had the same consistency as a stress relief ball

I threw all these over a wall or back into a yard – Hopefully all you kids that lost these toys now have them back, safe and warm. If they’re not yours, enjoy your new toys kiddies!

The Coin Count

Nada today, but look at all the other things I found! YAY!

Running Total: 42 cents

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Interested in hearing what all the Tweets are about? Then check out a new little project we put together quickly: twitter.zappos.com . What is this exactly? Well, it is a little place to see all the messages people write on Twitter that mention Zappos ! Oh, and if you are unfamiliar with Twitter here is how they describe it straight from their site, and I quote: “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”

It’s actually a cool little tool to stay informed! Needless to say people are going to Twitter about anything. We discovered that people actual Twitter a good deal about Zappos, so we figured we would share the messages with the world! At twitter.zappos.com you’ll see the good, the bad, the partial, the impartial, employees, customers, enemies, Romans, countrymen, lovers, etc, etc… all mentioning Zappos for whatever reason while using Twitter!!!

There are other ways to get these messages too, if you have a Twitter account type track zappos into the message field and you’ll get all the Tweets that mention Zappos delivered straight to you (might be worth tracking Zappos.com and Zappo as well, just in case). Hopefully you find it as fun as we do, and if you have any questions/comments about enhancing this please leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do to accommodate!


The metallic trend is going strong and shows no sign of abating, but
how does one wear it and pair it? Couture, along with one of our
fashionable fellas, Loren B., accepted the challenge to find a look
that was one part casual, one part fashion and plenty of cool.

The What: Royal Elastics Dalech sneakers

The How To: 1. Akademiks Dominate Stud jean in ‘used’ rinse 2. Affliction’s Dead or Alive tee . 3. Oakley Ducati Hijinx shades

The When: Daytime cool.

The Why: Need you ask?

It's starting to get hot and I'm dreading it...

Today, without a doubt, was the hottest day of the year so far. Yes, I think it actually made it to like 75° today…It wasn’t super hot, but it was the thought that it was gonna get boilin’ hot in a month or so that I couldn’t stop thinking about on my run today- ewwwww, I hate those days when you get back from a run when it’s like 90° out and you can’t pee for six hours even though you drank 2 liters of water during your run AND you smell like a boys locker room…not too mention that wonderful taste of salty sweat the drips off the tip of your nose. Yummy.

The Coin Count

Natta whole lotta, once again. I’m very sad that I’m in this little slump right now X-(

Running Total: STILL 42 cents

Awareness Test

This is an awesome 60-second video. It’s an awareness test — play it and follow the instructions before reading the rest of my blog post:

While the commercial is about bicycle safety, I think the message really applies to communications in the business world. On the marketing side, just because we buy an ad somewhere doesn’t mean consumers will pay attention to it. Internally, just because all the factual information is emailed or said in a meeting doesn’t mean that the message you care about has actually been communicated… The challenge for both is: How do you inspire people to pay attention to what matters to you?

Alfred the Easter Bunny

I’m at the Zappos outlet store in Las Vegas right now (Dean Martin location) and Alfred (COO/CFO of Zappos) is dressed up as an Easter bunny, handing out candy to the kids!

Thorlos and FEETures!

During our trip out to North Carolina, we also had the opportunity to visit Thorlos ‘ sock mill and the FEETures! Distribution Center and sales office. We had great meetings today – The people at these two companies, as well as the Wrightsock People, are all so hospitable – I mean, really really nice. If you’re looking for a thick sock with great cushion, there isn’t anything better than Thorlos – the love is all sewn in! If you’re looking for a tighter fitting, well-cushioned sock with great arch support, FEETures! are a great bet (my wife loves the heck out of these – sometimes more than she likes me!).