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Monday, 27 February 2012 17:33

Just hear me out...

I really hate it when I think of something funny but I’m either alone, or no one around me will get it. Yesterday I’m collecting my things following the breakout sessions at Tech Day Asia when I pick up my laptop with the zest of a world’s strongest man competitor. I damn near threw it thru the ceiling. You see, I was distracted by a conversation and temporarily forgot the my new and improved laptop didn’t weigh 2 tons like the MacBook. Then I thought of a stupid First World Problems tweet that read “my laptop is so light that I have to periodically open my bag to make sure it's there.” This is the second time the new machine’s done this to me, so now I’m standing there laughing for no apparent reason, and realize I best let the crowd in on the joke. 

Published in Sapient Salesman
Monday, 20 February 2012 12:03

Making Leaps

So I’m at the gym yesterday trying to undo six consecutive days of schnitzel when I noticed these two guys in wife beaters that matched my own; a fact that made me chuckle. Both gentlemen were pretty swol but the taller of the two clearly ran the show. He could put up more weight than his friend and spent his time as a spotter explaining the best practices his buddy could use to achieve similar weight. After watching the dynamic of this relationship play out I began to assume that the tall guy clearly enjoyed being the “stronger one” and I wondered how well the stereotype played out in real life. 

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Monday, 13 February 2012 05:22

Cash Only

The general consensus of Europe seems to be that Americans arrogantly blow through the region with an unfounded confidence expecting everyone else to adapt. On my flight over the assessment baffled me, but having now spent four days in Munich, I think I get it. You see, the German culture is very anti-credit card, and when you pair this fact with the weakness of the Dollar against the Euro, you get an influx of seasoned American travelers arriving with cash-lined pockets comparable to that of a rapper on their way to a strip club. Seriously, most Americans barely carry enough money to pay their friends back for lunch, so to deplane with funds sufficient to sustain a week abroad after being killed by the exchange rate, leaves even the most humble traveler feeling like a “baller.” 

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Friday, 03 February 2012 17:07

The Best Part of Waking Up

Someone asked me recently how I “got this way," and while I'm sure I responded with some sarcastic retort, the question did cause me to reflect on how I became such a stubborn sell. After some thought I've come to the realization that Folgers Coffee is the reason I ingest ads with such cynical skepticism. You see, one afternoon when I was about 9, I stayed home sick from school. I remember the events quite vividly. I was laying on the love seat watching David the Gnome on Nickelodeon while my dad was sleeping (he worked nights) when a commercial for Folgers instant coffee came on TV. 

Published in Sapient Salesman

Erin Wilson is the author and publisher of the Sapient Salesman

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