Saturday, April 14, 2012

Blame Canada! Blue Jays Photobomb

Peep the sneaky kid from Friday Photobombs on The Chive.

I bought a Heineken at Comiskey when I was 18, but that's barely  beer so it shouldn't even count. My Dad was not amused because he was a school administrator in the CPSD, so I drank it while I wandered the stadium. I was in college and just happy to have a brew.

I know exactly what this kid is feeling and it is awesome.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

PR Girl Problems

My second favorite Twitter hashtag, after #Yankees, is #PRGirlProblems. Right now, I'm sitting at the conference table, alone, working on a media strategy. I've got some Ri Ri blasting, my Twitter feed open and GameDay prepped. It would be optimal, considering my current cable problems, if our office cable box included the YES Network, but it doesn't.

For some reason, I cannot convince our office manager, Lizzie, that upgrading our cable package is integral to productivity. I'm not sure if these are #PRGirlProblems or #YankeesFanProblems.

Whatever they are, first pitch is on. Let's go Yankees!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Social Media in Action

As a PR girl and the writer of this blog, I use social media in my personal and professional life. I really can't escape it on any given day, even if I wanted to, without going to a remote island, or at the very least, back to London where my mobile didn't work and my internet access was tethered to my proximity to my laptop and Tom's secure WiFi connection. I found social media joining my home life when I realized that I was having a problem with watching my New York Yankees in the comfort of my living room.

The season has just started and I've seen about half of the Yankees game (since tonight is game five, that would be two and a half games). I watched the game on Friday with two colleagues at Old Town Bar (when you go, sit at the bar by the sole TV, ask for Patrick to pour you pitchers and shots, but don't bother with the trip to view the city's oldest urinals in the back).

I should be watching my fifth full game right now as the Yankees are in extra innings against the Orioles and it is the fifth game of the season, but, on Saturday, my cable box decided it didn't like delivering its service and the signal began to come in choppy, with extended periods of freezing, no sound and total black-out. This meant that I saw part of the game that afternoon and then, to my further chagrin, even less of the game on Sunday.

While on hold with a Time Warner Cable phone rep on Sunday (when my TWC landline was also going in and out and hissing crackling noises in my ear while the helpful Spencer patiently tried to work through my electronic issues), I tweeted that my cable was preventing me from watching the Yankees play, but that they were playing so poorly that the sting wasn't as bad. I didn't tweet @TWCableHelp, but did use the company name in full. Within minutes, I had a response:

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The tweet came in while I wrapped up my call with the TWC rep, who got me an appointment for seven days later (!!!). I continued to try to watch the game, engaged in other light game-related banter on Twitter and then, I responded to the tweet from the cable company:

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Well, other things did arise. First, later that evening, Mad Men was rendered unwatchable by a screen that flashed fragments of AMC's broadcast image followed by an all-out freeze at the 20 minute mark (still haven't watched it). Mad Men wasn't enough to make me tweet at that very moment, but the next evening, when I returned from work, I found the YES Network showing a black screen, not the Yankees at Orioles.