Halloween prank. Just another day in the office for Steve. Beware of the boxes
Hats off to our silly SF colleagues for this Halloween prank
Textie Welcomes Through the Years
First impressions are everything, right? If that’s case, I’m kind of surprised I still have friends at Text100. See, when you join the team at Text100 you send an introductory note about yourself to the Text100 global network. Some send pictures, some send videos, some send bullets and some send hilarious nuggets that will one day inevitably be dug up to chuckle over. That day, is here. I give you Textie self-submitted intro note gems. Oh, I also stalked you all on Facebook and included a picture of my choosing - from what I could find on your public profile photos. You’re welcome.
“Bonus fun facts: the “K” in “Knab” is silent.” and “‘KNAB’ spelled backwards is “BANK,” which I’m hoping means good things for my future.” – Kelly Knab, Textie since August 2012
“In my spare time, I enjoy being a self-proclaimed social media geek by regularly updating my Twitter (@lauren_ashley86) and Facebook accounts, as well as religiously visiting PerezHilton.com for celebrity gossip. When I’m not glued to my laptop trying to get a celebrity to reply to one of my Tweets, I like going to concerts and musicals, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.”– Lauren Ianuzi, Textie since March 2010 *Blogger’s note: this is 100% still true for L.
“I’m thrilled to be working for what is, in my opinion, the most forward-thinking company I’ve ever encountered in my professional career and my quest for a new work endeavor. I already feel at home and welcomed here in the office and cannot wait to contribute to all my accounts as an integral tour-de-PR force.” – Dinah Alobeid, Textie since August 2010
“I have a knack for finding the most ridiculous animal photo for any occasion. True story: I applied to be the Buzzfeed Animals editor. I’m still waiting for their call…” – Brenna McCarthy, Textie since May 2013
“I also might laugh a little too much, but whatevs.” – Gayle Gaviola, Textie since November 2011
“In my free time I enjoy eating my weight in passion fruit sorbet (or Good & Plenty’s).” – Emily Mullen, Textie since June 2012
“I’ve been playing the tourist around the city and learning all the subtle little quirks of my new home, like ‘don’t stop walking in the middle of a Manhattan sidewalk’ and ‘don’t order the Moo-shu pork from that one take-out place around the corner.’” – Sam Ponedal, Textie since May 2011
“I am originally from the Boston area, so I spend a significant amount of time each year in a state of anxiety, shock, and sadness over our sports teams’ legendary losses.” – Hannah Slocum, Textie since January 2013 *Update: Hannah (and Bob) are holding their breath on this one. Good luck Red Sox!
“I never get tired of tweeting, posting, blogging, pinning and checking-in.” – Ali Smolens, Textie since April 2013
“I try to take all of my vacations on a cruise ship if I can help it. My goal in life is to retire on the Residensea ship.” – Jenn Marquez, Textie since June 2011 *Side note: this is still her goal!
“Exploring NYC aside, I love traveling and have an unhealthy fascination with TV/pop culture. I blame the latter on growing-up overseas and using TV and movies as a means to understand and attempt to keep-up with American culture.” – Erin Lowry, Textie since May 2012
“Before joining Text, I worked as a marketing and public relations coordinator for a company called Aspen Dental (like Lenscrafters, but for dentistry).” – Allie MacPherson, Textie since March 2011
“When I’m not getting up to speed on mainframes and blade servers, I enjoy exploring the city, trying to find the perfect banana ice cream and learning new (non-mainframe) things.” – Katy Rosati, Textie since December 2009
“I dislike squirrels, the rain, bugs and The Dallas Cowboys.” – Robyn ‘Susan’ Douglass, Textie since November 2010
“Away from work, I like to sail, cook, travel (my two favorite cities are Florence and Chicago!) and spend time with friends and family.” – Colby ‘Susan’ Jones, Textie since September 2010 *Side note: Cojo hasn’t sailed or enjoyed cooking in ages.
“ma•lar•key/məˈlärkē/ Noun: Meaningless talk; nonsense.” – Megan ‘Susan’ Malarkey, Textie since September 2012
“I graduated a semester early in December of 2009 from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College as an Integrated Marketing Communications major and Sports Studies minor.” – Yours truly, Brit Kotary, Textie since September 2010 *Explanation: I have none. I’m a tool bag.
“Based in New York City, this fantastic opportunity gave me valuable insight into the field at one of the highest levels and taught me quite a bit about myself as well. I truly was the definition of a small town girl alone in the ‘big city’!” – Yours truly again *Side note: I legit lifted this from a cover letter, why would I word it like that?! Also, I fully support all the eye rolling I probably got from the NYC office at the time of sending.
“My younger brother is my best friend, my favorite color is lime green, and my dream is to get married at a winery and live by the water with a yellow lab named Lily.” – Yours truly one last time *Side note: my brother IS my best friend (shout out Patch!) and I don’t care who knows it, I like lime green but I wouldn’t say it has ever been my favorite color I don’t know why I said that, who wouldn’t want to get married at a winery and I completely messed up my future yet-to-be adopted dog’s name. It’s going to be Lucy NOT Lily. Lily was the name of my first car, my mom’s handed down Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
Rocking Out to Oh Land!
Live music is one of my absolute favorite things. Coming to Text100 marks my return to working in NYC after nearly two years working near my home on the Jersey Shore, and allows me to get back into the amazing NYC music scene. Thanks to my good friend’s cool new job at Live Nation and his
flakiness busy schedule, I was able to bring fellow Textie Dinah along to the Oh Land show at Gramercy Theater. I had been looking forward to this show for so long and was very grateful she was able to attend at the last minute. And, we found out Gayle was attending as well so it turned into a mini night out! As a relatively new Textie, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know folks outside the office.
The show lived up to all of my expectations and more. Oh Land is not just a total knockout, but homegirl can SING! Her new album, Wish Bone, dropped the same day as the Gramercy show and she was adorably excited and anxious about the crowd’s reception. Highlights of the night for me include my favorite Oh Land song, “Rainbow” and the really, really, ridiculously good looking group of guys standing next to us. They were like aliens.
Check out some pictures from the show below, and a little Spotify playlist of my favorite Oh Land jams! Know of some can’t-miss shows coming up? Let us know by leaving a comment!
- Jessie (@jbcoda)
When we interview potential new employees at Text100, one of the first things we tell them is that we value work-life balance. I’ve seen so many agency people work 13-15 hour days consistently, operate at the mercy of their company and clients, and ultimately, seek in-house positions after burning out on this side.
Of course anyone in this industry is going to put in their time and endure a heavy amount of stress (remember that time we were named the 5th most stressful job behind the military, firefighters and pilots?). But what continues to impress me is Text100’s commitment to evening out that industry stress with cultural, and personal, wins.
Beyond the stand-out benefits package that includes five weeks of vacation and two “duvet days”, Text recently gave me the sign-off to spend a year working from home in San Diego while my boyfriend finishes up school.
There are so many amazing things about having the opportunity to spend the year in Southern California, but I think the view from my home-desk puts an exclamation point on it all:
Oh, and did I mention I’m three blocks from the beach?
Here’s to a year of SoCal sunshine!
The Luxuries of Posting Shop at 25th and Park
It’s been an extremely crazy week for many of us in the office with pitching multiple big announcements, providing on-site event support for clients, creating PR plans for the next big campaigns, securing awesome top coverage with Forbes (go Team Gartner!), and so on. Needless to say, we needed a way to de-stress by the end of the week.
Luckily for us, we’ve got plenty of nearby restaurants and bars to help with that, but the best perk is being a five minute walk away from Madison Square Park and Danny Meyer’s iconic Shake Shack. A few of us took a stroll on this beautiful summer day (one of the last!) to get some Shake Shack concretes and custards. We even had a special visitor from the Boston office, Steph Liu (@szliu)!
Happy Friday, everyone!
Funny Friday: The 13th Edition
Are you powering through the end of this work week (has it seemed like a century to anyone else?!) like us? Check out some of our favorite funnies to get you through.
(Submitted by Conor - conorwgolden - whop may or may not still have a crush on Topanga)
Stemming from this Funny Friday submission, Colby (aka Cojo100 and Pin It, Live It) would like to know more about the inconsistencies with Saved by the Bell. She says, ”Remember Saved by the bell with Ms. Bliss? They were all in Indiana. Fast forward to high school, you have Screech, Lisa and Zach ALL IN CALIFORNIA.” What do you think of that BuzzFeed? If you take it, can you give our girl Cojo some ups?!
(Submitted by Sam - Sam_Ponedal - using the force)
(Submitted by Jeff - jeff_cleveland)
(Submitted by Bob - bwgohn - who has already pre-ordered the uniboot)
(Submitted by Sophia - AIHPOS_EWOP)
Cheers to the freakin’ weekend!
At this point, it’s probably no surprise that a favorite benefit among Texties is the generous vacation policy. Recently, I took advantage by embarking on a two-week jaunt across southeast Asia with my family, to celebrate turning 27. (That wasn’t the sole purpose of the trip; I just like to pretend.)
Aside from a tote stuffed with green tea Kit-Kats, elephant-shaped souvenirs and ridiculous instant noodle flavors (I’m obsessed), below are some additional takeaways (…recommendations? Or maybe just randomness?) I wanted to share in snapshot form. Just in case anyone’s considering an adventure to Tokyo, Bali or Bangkok in their near future, or is happy to be convinced (because come on, TREAT. YO. SELF).
Cheers to adventures — and returning to an amazing place to work! :)
Visiting the Cup Noodle Museum/factory in Yokohama, where I scratched an item off my Noodle Fanatic bucket list and created my own custom cup of ramen. Equivalent to the feeling a 5-year-old gets at Disneyworld? Yes.
What I received when I asked for a Tokyo subway map, feeling confident in my New Yorkness. Ummmm, what.
Ramen with the touch of a button = my wildest dreams come true.
Spending the equivalent of $15 USD trying to win one of these annoyingly adorable bears from the six-floor Sega World arcade in Akihibara. So. Stupid.
Harajuku’s legendary Takeshita Street! Had fun getting lost in the funky shops and coming across so many cool-looking cos-players.
Jet skiing in Bali! My brother and I were going so fast that we got two warnings – whoopsie.
Nasi goreng and mie goreng, AKA the only thing I ate in Bali every day. The fruit was a half-hearted attempt to make this a well-balanced breakfast.
Words of wisdom in paradise.
The Balinese sunset, #nofilter. I can’t even. Please add this to your must-see list in life; you won’t regret it.
Tegallalang rice terraces.
Riding a tuk-tuk past Bangkok’s Grand Palace in crazy rush-hour traffic (not pictured: the suit tailor we were swindled into visiting en route). Be forewarned, not all “free” trips are free. But what’s a vacation without some adventure? Boring, and ain’t nobody got time for that.
Taking in a Muay Thai boxing match at Bangkok’s Lumpinee Stadium on birthday eve – amid an exciting backdrop of gamblers, fanboys and constant beer flow.
….and I’m aware there is a ridiculous amount of noodle real estate in this post already, but can I just sign off with the awesomeness that is Thai food in Thailand?!? After everything seen here was del-eat-ed, brother bear and I both agreed that we could die now.
Texties Answer to Cards Against Humanity
A friend recently introduced me to the game Cards Against Humanity, and I was instantly hooked. If you’ve never heard of it, think Apples to Apples but for those that can handle a little bit of twisted humor. We played a quick round in the office today and had some Texties answer today’s question. Check out their answers below! - Jen Yu (@jenniferzhenyu)
"Getting married, having a few kids, buying some stuff, retiring to Florida, and dying." - Emily (@emilycmullen)
"Shaquille O’Neal’s acting career." - Andrew (@askrepow)
"Vigorous jazz hands" - Kerri (@kerri_johnson)
"Funky fresh rhymes" - Conor (@cgolden217)