So what the heck is Miles Hoarders?

5 Jan

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Glee: Somebody That I Used To Know

10 Apr

In an otherwise underwhelming episode (I am totally not on-board with the paralyzed Quinn storyline thinly masked as anti-texting-while-driving campaign), the Darren Criss and Matt Bomer cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is, without a doubt, one of this season’s best.

The inclusion of this performance more than made up the less-than-stellar version of Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter” earlier in the episode. Criss was great, but I thought the song choice was odd. And what was up with the awkward (and very unnecessary) shower scene?

Dear Sundance Cinemas: Please make my Hunger Games dream come true

21 Feb

On Hunger Games Ticket Eve, you do not want to find out that your favorite theater may not be participating in midnight showings.  Unfortunately, that is exactly the situation I find myself in. However, I refuse to stand idly by and have decided to take matters into my own hands.

Step one: Build a coalition for the cause.

To: Undisclosed list of Hunger Games aficionados over the age of 24
From: Christina Kuhl, Hunger Games Viewing Ring Leader

It’s finally here! Hunger Games midnight showing tickets go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22. As of right now, the only two options for viewing are the Regal Cinemas (one in Greenway and one on I-10). I was hoping that Sundance Cinemas would also be showing it, but their website was inconclusive (despite the fact that their theaters in SanFran and Madison, WI have midnight showings advertised).  Not satisfied with the ambiguity, I called and spoke with the box office manager at the Houston location.  He thanked me for reminding him to bring this issue up with his boss, but he said to stay tuned.

As we all know, I have a tendency to act impulsively and wanting to secure my Hunger Games tickets is no exception. I really, really want to attend a midnight viewing at the Sundance because there is assigned seating, yummy food and tasty beverages.  So here are the options as I see them:

1.        Start email drive to Sundance Cinemas (address) expressing a keen interest in attending the midnight premiere at their theatre. Asking nicely, begging, whatever you think would get the point across.  I think they need to know that adults will show up and they won’t be overrun with teeny boppers who are more concerned with Team Gale or Team Peeta versus the overarching themes of war, violence and government control.

2.       Buy tickets for the  midnight showing at one of the Regal Theaters and fight the throngs of aforementioned teeny boppers.

3.       Wait and purchase tickets for a Friday evening show at the Sundance Theater.

Thoughts?

May the odds be ever in your favor,

Christina

As alluded to the above note, I have a tendency toward being impulsive. So rather than waiting for my coalition to form, I struck out on my own. You know, just to get things started.

Step two: Influence without authority. Or something like that.

To: Sundance Cinemas Houston Manager (or Robert Redford, whoever I need to talk to for results)
From: Christina Kuhl, Hunger Games Viewing Ring Leader

As you may be aware, tickets for midnight showings of The Hunger Games are going on sale tomorrow. Although I am a 26-year old young professional, I am absolutely committed to seeing the film the night it comes out.  I was on the Sundance Cinemas website earlier today and noticed that while your San Francisco and Madison venues have midnight showings scheduled, the Houston venue does not.  Confused, I called and spoke to a very nice box office employee who told me that a decision had not yet been made, but to stay tuned.

Sundance Cinemas has quickly become my go-to venue for movies in Houston and my extreme preference would be to see the midnight showing from the comfort of my assigned seat with tasty Panini and yummy drink in hand. I have a group of at least 10 friends/colleagues who would love to have the reassurance of knowing that we can enjoy the movie in a beautiful, classy space and not have to fight the throngs of teenagers fighting over Team Gale or Team Peeta.

If there is anything I can do to help influence the decision to host a midnight showing, please do let me know.  I appreciate your indulgence of my note.

Regards,

Christina
[Important Job Title to Prove I’m an Adult]

This may not work out, but it’s definitely worth a try! Keeping my fingers crossed for the optimal Hunger Games viewing experience.

True Blood Alum Make Several Prime Time Appearances

19 Feb

It would be possible for someone to make the argument that I watch too much television.  But how much is too much?  Between the full-time job, MBA classes, the husband and the pup…I think I deserve the right to indulge in some video delight. And it’s not like I watch crap all the time.  Yes, there is the occasional Kardashian, Real Housewives and Bachelor marathon…but I focus mostly on prime time gems like American Horror Story, The Walking Dead and countless HBO programming.  That being said, you can only imagine my delight in the uptick of actor sharing on some of my favorite shows.

First, there was Ryan Kwanten (werepanther Jason Stackhouse on True Blood) as Jess’ alm0st-one-night-stand-who-loves-lunch on New Girl. He played a boring guy on the show, which is ironic given his complete and utter lack of a personality in real life. I saw him on a Chelsea Lately episode last year and it was painful. If I remember correctly, Chelsea even called him out for being a totally awful guest. But it wasn’t all bad…at least he’s easy on the eyes.

Next, there is Lizzy Caplan‘s (Jason Stackhouse’s V-loving girlfriend Amy Burley on True Blood) recurring role as Julia the lawyer on New Girl. I attended a premiere of the dark indie comedy Bachelorette a few weeks ago at the local Sundance Theater (which was just picked up for national distribution – so stay tuned for showings in a movieplex near you) and was reminded of just how much I enjoy her dry, sarcastic demeanor. Despite my desire for Jess and Nick to end up together, I do hope that Julia sticks around for a while.

Finally, there was the brief appearance of Michael Raymond-James (crazy killer Rene Lenier on True Blood whose victims included Amy Burley) as Dave on The Walking Dead. Although killed by Sheriff Rick for for insisting that his buds be allowed to hole up at the newly zombie-free farm,  his appearance rounded out the week’s True Blood trifecta. Score!

The moral of the story is: thank goodness I watch so much tv.  How else would I be able to make all of these connections?

Who knew car commercials could be so inspiring?

15 Jan

When Mr. Kuhl proposed to me, I knew I was ready to get married. I didn’t doubt it for one second.

Now that we’ve been married a whopping (almost) 3 months, the obvious questions/jokes have arrived. Will we be enjoying the pitter patter of little feet soon? Any special plans for that spare room in your house?

That’s right – the baby questions. And just like I knew that I was ready to get married, I know that I am not ready to have kids.

My certainty about living a few more years sans baby has made me very comfortable with discussing the few major things I want to do pre-kiddos. The most important one is taking a trip to Europe. But now that we’re married and the idea of expanding our family beyond Molly Monster is looming, the list of things I need to do seems to be growing.

I’ve been told by some of my more “experienced” colleagues that I am too young to have a Bucket List. So enter a new term: Leap List.

I don’t know if it’s right to attribute the invention of this term to Honda, but I’m going to anyway. A Leap List is built upon the same premise as it’s predecessor the Bucket List, only the date of completion is determined by a major life milestone other than death. A little more optimistic, eh? Milestones include getting married (check!), buying a house (check!), having a baby, turning 30, 40, 50, etc.

These commercials came at a great time. I was already in the market for a new vehicle and had all but decided on the new 2012 CR-V. My test drive last weekend sealed the deal. Just had to handle all the necessary (evil) paperwork prior to purchasing.

As a public relations practitioner, I hate to admit when I am “influenced” by advertising. Shouldn’t I be impervious to targeted messaging? I guess we now know that well executed car commercials are my kryptonite.

I give Honda major props for this new ad campaign. The new CR-V is more luxurious, tech saavy, and just plain cooler than previous years. The body design is sleeker than the 2011 model, and it looks like the perfect mix of the BMW X3, Acura RDX and Volvo X60. The best part? It’s still less than $30K!

This car is clearly designed and marketed to appeal to yuppie 20somethings who are just getting settled into their adult lives, make good money, but are dedicated to living within their means and don’t try to impress with conspicuous consumption. The new Honda CR-V is the sexy yet responsible choice for the gainfully employed Millennial who, in order to survive on Texas highways, needs a small SUV to get them from point A to point B.

In other words, it’s for me.

I know this makes me sound pathetic, but these commercials really inspired me. I talk/whine to Mr. Kuhl all the time about things I need to do before we really settle down, and this reminds me to actually put some pen to paper. I am someone who derives an unusual amount of satisfaction from checking things off lists, so I need to set myself up for success and create an official Leap List.

The plan moving forward? Writing my Leap List sometime today (after the Texans game, of course). If all goes according to plan, I’ll be driving home tomorrow in a new, beautiful, silver CR-V. I hope it’s ready to take me anywhere and everywhere I need to go.

7 Jeans + Christina = Denim match made in heaven

14 Jan

I have been in desperate need of new jeans for a quite a while. So while engaged in the great gift card redemption of 2012 (thanks family!), I stopped in the 7 For All Mankind store to find some quality denim.

I was in the middle of giving Mr. Kuhl my “yes, I know they are expensive but they fit great and will last forever” spiel when I saw them: 40% off sale signs! It was my lucky day!

I walked out with the pair to the left – Original Bootcut in New York Dark – only difference is the pair I purchased are in a normal person size (who owns this waist? Give them a cookie!).

*Note: I acknowledge that $100 jeans are absurd, but they’re not as absurd as $189 jeans!

Gen Y Is More Capable Than You Think

14 Jan

Lately I have been bombarded with articles about Gen Y. As someone who sits right smack dab in the middle of this age cohort (1985 represent!), I can’t help but be interested in the overgeneralized assumptions that are made about my fellow 20somethings.

The first issue of the week came from an article published by Forbes entitled  “The Future of Work? Top 10 Employers of Gen Y Workers.” As a gainfully employed Gen Yer, this piece piqued my interest. Turns out, it also piqued my bullshit detector, because that’s exactly what this study is: poorly researched, grossly overgeneralized bullshit.

Analyzing Facebook profiles should not be considered a scientific or appropriate way to collect data. There is no way to ensure that any of the data listed on the site is accurate, and people write (and post) pretty much whatever the hell they want. Doesn’t exactly scream of an impeccable data set.

I find it hard to believe that a legitimate publication like Forbes would promote this article sans critique, leaving the reader to believe that they actually believe this stuff is real science.

But it doesn’t end there. Yesterday I saw the same article cited on The Grindstone under the heading “8 Ways To Use New Gen Y Research To Connect With Millennial Employees.” To The Grindstone’s credit, they didn’t promote this article as gospel like Forbes, but I do take issue with their further promotion of this junk science piece.

I couldn’t help myself. I had to respond:

As a fellow 26-year-old Gen Yer, I hate reading articles about how lazy, entitled and bratty 20somethings are. But to look at the data from the Forbes study and jump to the conclusion that we are an entrepreneurial bunch is more than a little premature.

Yes, “owner” came in as the 5th most popular job title, but it only represented 1.2% of the whole group (with the highest percentage a meager 2.9%). That doesn’t scream entrepreneurial to me. Also, Facebook does not require validation of the employment listed in your profile (with the exception of joining a company’s network with a valid email address…which I’m pretty sure doesn’t apply to that 2.9% working at Olive Garden or Red Lobster). I could list myself as the “owner” of “Totally Fake Cool Company” and Facebook would be none the wiser.

I think that this Forbes article is extremely weak. If people are going to make real generalizations about Gen Y, they should use more legitimate sources, like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or tax return data.

No one has since commented, so I am neither vilified or vindicated. Guess I will have to let this issue go for now….

But wait!  There’s more!

Flipping through the Winter 2011 issues of PRSA’s The Strategist, I saw this sentence in an article entitled “Is the Gen Y gap just a misunderstanding?”:

Today, some organizations are creating programs to help Millennials learn how to behave and succeed in the workplace.

I’m sorry….behave? BEHAVE? Really?! Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy! Organizations assume we can’t hack it in the “real world,” so they put some type of life skills/how to play nice with others/office etiquette class together, and voila – perfect angel employees.

By implementing these programs during the on-boarding process, you are denying Gen Yers the opportunity to figure it out for themselves. We may have been raised with great expectations, but we’re not stupid.  Give us a chance! It takes a little while to assimilate into an organization’s culture, but it’s been like that since the beginning of time. Boomers, Slacker Xs, they all did it.  So why do managers assume Ys can’t?

I agree there are some kinks in the Gen Y attitude, but that’s no reason to underestimate us. We may just surprise you.

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