Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bad blog pitches- anyone else get these thrilling emails?

I am sure I am not the only one who has been targeted by well meaning MBA spam. I'm talking about the numerous new websites, test prep, case prep, admissions prep, that have popped up on the web and the emails I received asking me to review/advertise them. These are mostly started by enterprising MBAs who clearly skipped the class on communication. Now, I will partially blame business school. We're beaten over the head (metaphorically) until we can produce a perfect business introduction email and a perfect informational interview email, but there is a lack of understanding of social media. It wasn't until I was doing training on social media at work this week that I was able to more clearly elucidate why these unsolicited emails piss me off.
1) You have never before commented on my blog.
2) I DO have my email on the blog, it's just hidden, which means you haven't actually taken the time to read my blog and are just commenting on the first entry. At least the last email I received admitted he just found me on a google search.
3) Assuming that promoting MBA websites was the sort of thing I did (it isn't, see #2 about actually reading my blog) some of the websites SUCK. THEY ARE NOT GOOD. Why would I promote something that is not useful? Actually, an email I received recently was for a very useful service, but one that I consider morally questionable - basically helping people shortcut around case readings.
I give all due credit to my new job for assisting me in properly focusing my anger.
Fellow bloggers what do you think? Are you annoyed? Pleased? Ambivalent about this?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Why on earth are leggings so popular in England? OR My first 2 weeks at work.

As usual, the deafening silence from my blog is related to something I felt unable to discuss while the process was in motion. In this case, the process was... GETTING A JOB! I sprinkled my CSR/sustainability/non-profit applications with a few pure private sector research and consulting positions. Of course the few applications that went forward were private sector - my attempts at sustainability positions beyond my not-really-paid internship were met with deafening silence.

The weather, to quote my favorite BBC Anglia broadcasters has been rather "unsettled" as of late. We don't really have a dress code at the office, which includes people working in pure creative positions as well as people doing a lot of B2B work so on any given day there are lots of jeans and quite a few suits, depending on the department. I have opted for smart business casual as I am simply not stylish enough to compete with the creative types walking around and in my tiny little division I was hired as the most senior person besides the BIG boss so examples must be set. Many of my colleagues around the office deal with the changeable weather by wearing leggings. I have previously discussed how much I despise leggings, but with English I can see the point of integrating them into the wardrobe. Not to say I will, but I can understand the obsession. They are just EVERYWHERE though. I can't escape the leggings. And the main issue in this country as opposed to the US where leggings are totally unnecessary to wear outside the northeast, women in England choose to pair leggings with incredibly short tops and dresses. Leggings are no more flattering and barely more covering than tights and a lot of people just shouldn't wear them.
Rant ended.

I really like the work atmosphere and it is giving me a great dip into a niche consulting area. I have a great MBAish title and all of my peers (who are based in the states) are MBAs as well. I am enjoying my job, starting to receive my own accounts, and starting tomorrow will be supervising interns! London is still a fantastic city. I am starting to get used to the bustle again and I just sit back and blend into the many commuters and wackos on the tube every day. Like the guy who insisted on holding both overhead poles and scrunching up his face in pain randomly throughout the 4 stop journey. Or the woman who brought her dog on the tube during rush hour. Or the woman who saw the dog, screamed, and ran to the other side of the tubecar. Ah, London, I have missed you.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sometimes I get homesick

I am a bit bitter this week because husband is in Boston Massachusetts seeing our old friends and I am stuck in Cambridge ENGLAND working. This bitterness was fueled by remembrance of culinary delights such as Anna's Taqueria and Pomodoro. I went to the grocery store to try to get ingredients for an enchilada-like casserole. I needed some monterey jack cheese, some corn tortillas, chicken, enchilada sauce, jalapenos, salsa.
After a trip to Marks and Spencers I found:
Chicken.
So, that was an epic fail. I went home and had an ostrich burger and salad. I had a think about what else I could do with chicken. (Oh that was such British phrasing...) I decided to attempt a version of my favorite pre-made pasta sauce: Sauces in Love's pink pesto. I probably consumed way more of that stuff than is healthy over the years, evidenced by the little reuseable container collection I had in DC. Minor complaint here - they should be stackable! I decided this would be an equally satisfying homesick cure if I could recreate it. I had my friend in Boston (who was eating a few spoonfuls at the time) IM me the ingredients off the side of the jar and I experimented with some tomato cream bases and voila! Homesickness cured.
Maybe once I move to London the Whole Foods there will carry Sauces in Love. But if not, I've created a solution!

One (14.5 oz) can plum tomatoes with tomato sauce
1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
2-3 tb olive oil (few swirls)
small handful walnuts (or pine nuts)
1/3 cup of thinly grated/shaved pecorino (I use a microshaver)
1/4 - 1/3 cup of grated/shaved parmesan
at least 10 leaves of fresh basil, add more to taste
2 oz cream
dashes of salt
2 gloves of garlic, minced

Chop garlic or food process it, then the nuts, basil and the tomatoes.
Add the olive oil and cheeses next, then the salt to taste, then the
cream last. Then simmer over medium heat until warm. Pour over chicken, pasta, etc. Doesn't beat the original of course, but it comes close enough.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Interviewing

This is what I think of when I am preparing for an interview.

Do they like me? Do I like them? Should I be playing hard to get? Should I show more interest? Do I have food on my face? I think if I was still dating, instead of being comfortably settled with the same man for more than seven years, I would be a little less nervous about interviewing. I DO really like the company I have been interviewing with this past week, I don't have to pretend there. What a stressful situation interviewing is! I know it's an overused analogy but it totally still works.

I hope the perfect... job is ready for me!

Friday, July 17, 2009

MBA speak

I probably wrote about this before, but my strategy professor had a list of banned words in her classroom. The banned word that has stuck in my mind is "synergy." Many of my classmates and I had just spent a module in "Mergers and Acquisitions" trying to using the word synergy as often as Obama dropped the word "hope" (it WAS the module during the election) before stepping into Corporate Strategy.
Over some burgers the other night before seeing HP6 we ended up discussing swimming trunks somehow which of course led to talk of Speedos. One of my dinner companions mentioned how he enjoyed his speedo swimming trunks as they did a great suit that was a mixture of leisure and performance. Another dinner companion who doesn't like to be mentioned in this blog - let's call him "husband" interjected. He said that Speedo has a negative connotation as a brand, particularly for its... squeezing/ performance properties. I disagreed... and then MBAspeak took over my tongue and I said something about the brand transcended its original meaning to appeal - with still a performance mindset to a much broader audience. Dinner companion 1 (not "husband") turned and said, wow, you can tell you've just received an MBA. I have no doubt that whatever I said was probably meaningless bsing, but at least my degree has at the very least given me the ability to impress PhDs over burgers.
Speedo undoubtedly has a few MBAs scattered in its ranks, likely including the person who wrote this: http://www.speedo80.com/lzr-racer/comme_des_garcons/

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Attempting to be a green carnivore

One of the best parts about moving to a small town (ok, people keep telling me Cambridge is a city and I keep not believing them) is having access to local deliciousness. The farmers market every Sunday morning has fantastic local products, including my favorite, ostrich.
While I was in business school I actually ate a lot of carbs because carbs (i.e. pasta and bread) are cheap. However, my body suffered for it and since I started on this "caveman" diet I've had a lot more energy. One of my constant internal battles has been knowing that eating a lot of meat is not good for the environment. Though my stomach suffered a bit from all the pasta, my wallet and my sense of being good to the environment kept my conscious happy. When I moved over to the UK, I discovered ostrich is actually an incredibly delicious RED meat. That's right, it tastes like steak. I thought this had to be too good to be true. I did a little research and it turns out that ostrich is a much "greener" meat as well, given the bird itself used less land than cattle and its feed (alfalfa based) is better for keeping land arable. AND the farm is local of course! In short, I found a happy medium between staying fit and being green.
Interesting blog post: http://www.greendivamom.com/2009/03/17/green-meat-how-to-be-an-eco-conscious-carnivore/

Friday, June 19, 2009

Reflections on communism OR my weekend in East Germany

I would like to start this post by saying I am officially too old for my body to effectively handle two, 12 hour parties in one week but I am not too old to push through them like a champ.
The husband and I went to a wedding outside Berlin in the former DDR this past weekend, which was quite an interesting experience. It was actually quite an interesting experience for the German guests, too, many of whom had never been to Berlin. One of my favorite sights was the wind turbines! I realized that I have never seen one in real life before. They are truly an awe-inspiring feat of human ingenuity. Apparently (according to my green energy industry friend and fellow wedding guest) the area we were in has the 2nd most dense concentration of the turbines in all of Europe. The flat landscape and lack of any other kind of industry made it a perfect area for green energy development.
Back to the lack of any other kind of industry. There are two obvious remnants of the communism state - the lack of people and the lack of industry. The town we stayed in is clearly dying. On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon there was no one walking around town. There were no little stores in the city centre like you find in even the smallest American towns. And similarly, no franchised fast food restaurants! Fast food may be the scourge of America, but it is also an excellent small business opportunity.
None of the guests (nor the bride and groom) were actually from Berlin - a combination of factors led to the party being held there. So the foreigners were not the only ones with wide eyes. In a very capitalist move, the catering was mostly staffed from Berlin and brought to the country and the food was bought from a local entreprenuer organic farmer!
Excitingly, we got a lift back into Berlin after the festivities and so got to experience the autobahn. Very fast. Loved it.
From the sparseness of east Germany came the most ridiculous extravagant affair of a Cambridge May Ball. Don't ask me why "may week" is in mid-June. I have ceased to try to solve the many mysteries that make up life in Cambridge... suffice to say it was another 12 hour affair. My feet are killing me, my eyes are showing my age, and I had to sleep for 15 hours to recover. Thank goodness there won't be any more weeks like this in the near future, but I certainly enjoyed this one.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

It's a work day

After spending the better part of Friday simply existing in my new summer house - that is, house I will dwell in for the summer, not "summer home" ala Hamptons hideaway - I need to get some more reading done today. I spent about 2.5 hours last night sending in some job applications and setting up some new job alerts. I really need to be out there meeting people and setting up informational interviews but it is very difficult to determine who the sustainability people are within organizations. Oh, sorry - organisations. I have to practice writing in British now. Everytime I think I have finally covered all my bases in the job search - 3 more sources pop up. Annoyingly they generally cover the same positions, but every once in awhile one source will produce a job the others don't. I'm still searching for the appropriate group/ club to join here on CSR like the "women in microfinance" group I was a member of in DC. Sadly I am going to miss a great Georgetown networking opportunity as I am attending a wedding in Berlin. I'm very excited to see Berlin though! If anyone out there in cyberspace knows of some networking groups for CSR/sustainability in London, shoot me an email.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Back to blogging?

It's been over a month since I last blogged, but as I previously mentioned, there were many good reasons for said absence. I still haven't decided whether I will continue blogging for the long term but as I am still continuing the job search, that's something worth blogging about.
So in the past month (in this order) I got finished my final papers, got married, graduated, drove to St. Louis and was a bridesmaid, drove back to DC, got a summer internship (in CSR, yeah!) and moved to Cambridge, England. And then moved into a house for the summer.
Whew. I slept a lot this week, as one can imagine. Life has been rather exhausting recently. So the internship is a short-term research project over the summer that comes with an expenses stipend which gives me some breathing room and doesn't require me to put my name in for administrative temp work around Cambridge. I'm not sure how much else I can post about it after reading the non-disclosure agreement I was supposed to sign last week, but in short, the project is about corporate reporting on sustainability issues. This is my coveted "CSR" internship I was trying to get during the school year last year but nothing really came through. It's independent work which means I do not have to commute into London very often. I also have the flexibility to take interviews (oh please let there be interviews) when needed.
The internship came together rather quickly and 4 days before I left. I applied Monday evening (understanding the Brits would receive it Tuesday), got an email Wednesday asking for an interview Thursday.
Me: Ummm, I'm in Washington DC until Tuesday.
Them: OK, we'll call you instead.
I had a three hour interview and assessment on Thursday, somewhat distracting from my packing operations. I pored over my advanced regression analysis text for an hour that morning only to have the assessment be like market research stats. Whew.
Persistence and willingness to accept a short-term gig seems to have paid off. Hopefully this will build my CV in the right direction enough to land me a longer term position!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh Winston

Just a quick blog - what is it with old men and Winston Churchill? Almost every person that spoke in our Leadership class mentioned him as a personal favorite in Leadership. This led me to believe that our professor made love of WC a prerequisite for being a guest speaker. I am 4 pages into a 5 page epitome on why Churchill was a great leader and pondering why I wasn't allowed to write about Maggie. Maggie Thatcher that is. Churchill saved England and all, but when you know your professor loves someone, it is incredibly difficult to frame a criticism. And without criticism, my paper looks a little weak! OK, back to work... 2 days until I'm done, 10 days until I'm wed!

Best of Blogging

Well I was bumped out of the top 3 this year but just barely - I did manage to hold onto a solid 4th! And even more so, I was pleased that the bloggers I voted as the 3 best won! Congrats to my personal faves: MaybeMBA, JulyDream and Paragon2Pieces!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Please hire me

This is what the opening to my cover letter says:
Please accept this letter and my accompanying C.V. in consideration for the X position...
I am earning my MBA to expand my general management knowledge and gain more experience in the non-profit sector. Working for an organisation with the mission to transform non-profits is my ideal way to apply the knowledge and skills I have gained in business school...
I hope to work as part of the X team to help non-profits become more impactful institutions.
What I would like to say:
PLEEEEEASE hire me...
I don't know why I am still in this MBA program but I vaguely remember it was because I wanted to help people. Your company is so amazing and I could actually apply the power point skills I learned in business school and I would actually accept the pittance you call an annual salary...
You actually help people. Well you help people to help people, which is more than most jobs can boast. So please, I will work unpaid overtime, take extra projects and pretend like I'm working for an American company vacation wise if you'll only hire me! I need a job! I love you... I mean your company.

Friday, April 24, 2009

New logo for MSB

So I was editing my profile on facebook when an ad for the new Georgetown Leadership program appeared in my sidebar with... the new logo!! The new logo hasn't even been revealed on the main website yet. I think it's pretty basic and less confusing than the old logo while maintaining our color scheme.

Just remember, you saw it here first. ;)

It's an honor just to be nominated.

I've been trying to find a good video to post here saying "it's an honor just to be nominated" that would have made this post a lot more interesting, but alas I have failed in that mission so I am left merely to say it with text only.
It is exciting to once again be included in Clear Admit's BoB contest. I am carefully going through all the applicant blogs to decide who to vote for. Obviously I never read those anymore, so as with last year I am taking a few hours to scroll through and get a good sense of what's what. I am an avid blog reader in general so it doesn't take me to long to spot the diamonds. :) My fellow students I'm pretty sure I know who I am going to vote for already, but I always have difficulty choosing the "best post" I can't wait to see the winners! I hope I'll crack the top ten this year, but there are always some great and more enthusiastic 1st years waiting in the blogging wings!

When I see puppies, I think of my marketing professor

I have Marley and Me on right now and I can only think of one thing. Professor Homa, one of the most brilliant marketing professors at Georgetown. One of the biggest creative check marks I earned in business school was from Prof. Homa on a little project entitled Dewey the Cat. Dewey is a Cat, not unlike Marley, the dog, who is not a pet, but a brand sensation. There are only a few books a year that support the entire industry. Marley was one of them. Dewey is another. The brilliance of the marketing is that the books are not just paper and binding, they are a story. A story that speaks to a large segment of the population about unconditional love. About the bond between humans and their furry friends. The authors of these books were able to communicate this love in a way that spoke to so many people that it became a sensation, again - a brand, rather than a book. The book becomes a movie, a tv series, a childrens' version, a stuffed animal. Animals are the human marketing sensation.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Back to Plato

A bit of reflection, some last pieces of advice...
One of the basic tenants of my application advice was "know thyself" - what you want, where you can live, what you future could entail. With almost two years of business school experience under my belt, I will go back to Plato and say that I have effectively accomplished the goal of any educational pursuit. That is, I do not claim I know what I do not know. I am more aware of all the wonderful possibilities out there in the world, and I know that there are numerous things that I do not know about corporate social responsibility, microfinance and plain old finance.
I think I had a lot more direction in my life before I went to business school. Career wise anyways. In my personal life I have acquired a lot more direction since I started. Marriage does that (16 days and counting...) The economic crisis has made future husband's social welfare state look mighty appealing.
Though I do not know exactly what I want to do in ten years, I have a better understanding of who I want to be. As monotonous as some of my paralegal work was, I could go home every day feeling good about the work I was doing. I am a strong believer that I had the good fortune to be born in one of the best countries in the world, a country that was built on the backs of immigrant labor. A country that allowed my family to prosper. I got to help others take a step closer to that dream and pay off my student loans at the same time.
My personal mission statement currently resembles that of Net Impact's - doing good through business. I am still interested in the non-profit sector but definitely more in the arena of something very business related such as microfinance.
I've learned that I have a lot left to learn after business school. This was merely a slight bump onto a different path than the one I thought I was on in college. I am excited, hopeful and curious about what is ahead. I may blog, I may not. My final advice comes from someone far wiser than I, Dr. Seuss
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Leadership lessons from private equity

So good news for my wedding registry - http://www.kpsfund.com/newsandpressreleases/press2009-03-26.asp
Michael Psaros, one of the co-founders of KPS Capital Partners spoke to my Leadership class last night on leadership and characteristics he recognizes in successful CEOs hired by his firm. He is an alum of Georgetown's business school of course - with a bachelor's degree. I understand why the student services office is always trying to inspire love from the MBAs because the new building was almost entirely funded by undergrad alumni of the business school, not MBA alums.
One of the key lessons from class last night was that in a turnaround situation chopping of the head seems to work. At least when the CEO is replaced by someone with the ability to effectively deal with a crisis situation. Experience in turn around doesn't seem to be a key element though according to Psaros. Though what mattered even less than turn-around experience was industry-specific experience. The biggest crash and burn situation from one of the CEOs put in by KPS was one that they hired based off of a headhunting firm's selection process! He said that the CEOs need to be active and are often focused on the organizational chart of the firm as a source of trouble. This fits nicely to what I learned in Leading Organizational Change about how the leader is the expert on aligning people and systems, not managing the details.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Favorite G-20 Quote

From Howard Davies, the director of my boyfriend's alma mater, the London School of Economics (and Political Science, but people forget that part):
"You can understand China; they are part of the global financial system now and you have to hear them out. But while we may have messed things up royally, that doesn't mean we should be taking advice from Argentina."

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fading Out

I remember this time last year when I was giving a Yale 2nd year a hard time (via his blog) about how he didn't post anymore! Well, MaybeMBA is doing a fantastic job keeping up with what has been going on during her 2nd year, as my enthusiasm for the MBA has faded, so has my willingness to blog. Not that I have been filling my time with worthwhile endeavors. I must admit I have spent a fair bit of time watching too much Netflix. (Spooks aka MI-5 is an AWESOME show, btw.) Also, I need a job. Oh wait, and more importantly than that, I am getting married in 35 days. (Thank you wedding website countdown.) Due to impending nuptials, I am taking a lightened courseload this module. Frankly, I deserve it, I almost killed myself in the fall by taking ridiculous classes I barely understood simultaneously.
This module I am taking Models of Leadership, Defending the Bottom Line, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Models of Leadership is taught by the dean, and has served as an interesting summary of the many models and lessons for organizational change and leadership I have studied in other courses. This week we start having guest speakers - our first is the commander of one of my classmates who helped turn Walter Reed around. Gotta love DC and the military action we get every day. Sometimes I forget what it's like NOT to ride the metro with dozens of uniformed individuals every day.
Defending the Bottom Line is a bit of a public speaking/ mind game class. We have to give press conferences and defend corporate decisions. We also have to take the role of the press for some classes, which I think is the more entertaining part of the course. On other side of the role we get a good idea of how corporations can effectively or ineffectively handle crises.
My third class is actually a self-designed tutorial. Georgetown did not have a course on CSR so I made one, and host a seminar style class with 9 other second years once a week. So far we have discussed AngloGold and the company's HIV/AIDS program and Starbucks and how they dealt with activists. Next week we are looking at Ben & Jerry's and the case on how they have maintained a social mission post-acquistion.
That's about all for now. The cherry blossoms are once again in bloom in DC. Today marks the end of peak bloom and by Monday they will almost certainly be blown away due to the windy city DC has become this week.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

3 weeks in Brazil

I am typing from my cute little Acer Aspire at the hostel in Foz do Iguacu in Brazil. I just finished a week in Sao Paulo on Georgetown's Global Integrative experience. My group of five classmates did an analysis of growth potential and opportunities for the domestic branch of an international PR firm. The presentation was well received and the clients themselves were amazing. The Finance Director in particular was a fantastic time - he took us to his favorite neighborhood restaurant and spent a lot of time talking to us and asking us things such as whether the greek system is real and why American bikinis are so big. Hilarious! Tomorrow we are going to the falls and being tourists before heading onto Rio. I cannot wait to get back to Rio and the significant other. A week of mandatory fun with 65 people and mediocre hotel food can be a bit much. The hotel was fantastic though! It's a bit of a shock to go from the 4 star business hotel to the hostel. However, here internet is free!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jobless, enjoying chocolate and wine

It's almost done with my 3rd module of my second year in business school, which is as good a time as any to ponder life's direction. Well, not really. This module I am focusing on strategy. I am taking Corporate Strategy, HR for Line Managers, Leading a Management Consulting Firm and my global integrative course. One Friday I am headed to Brazil for over three weeks! For Georgetown's global integrative the entire class performs a consulting project for a company then heads to one of five destinations to present findings to the client. I spent in the neighborhood of 4 hours with my team today working on our presentation deck, but now it's looking really good! We're exploring domestic market expansion for a global PR firm. My group is great and the client is incredibly nice and responsive, so really what more could you ask for?
Of course, being almost-Lent-time of year, I decided to aim my course choices towards those without finals and am therefore able to leave for Brazil on Friday just in time for CARNIVAL! We will be going to the Sambodromo to see all the dancing and... whatnot. :) Spring break WOO HOO!
After 2 weeks of vaca with a week of sort-of work in between, I will head back to DC for my last module. As the title of this post suggests, I am jobless with a growing dependency on chocolate and wine. This too shall pass, but not any time soon I bet!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

U4!

This weekend is the 20th Annual U4 Basketball Tournament hosted by Georgetown. It's a fundraiser for Teach for America and one of the Georgetown MBA program's biggest events of the year. As one of my best friends at the business school is an organizer, I was of course on duty for a shift keeping score and time. I think some of the players (well some of the people WITH the players) were under the impression that I was familiar with details of the game such as why the ref would give a 1-1 free throw shot versus 2 points automatically. Clearly, they were mistaken. The only sports games I usually have any interest in watching/ attending are those in which my professional athlete sibling participates. It is a great deal of fun to see one's last name running up and down. Today was a lot of fun though! The undergrad refs were incredibly professional - they did have to give a bench foul to Columbia at one point. Sadly, there was no penalty for running into the scorekeeper's table and knocking over her coffee, otherwise Duke would have been docked at least 5 points.

Watching MBAs play basketball was not unlike watching a really intense group meeting. Occasionally the ref would have to tell both teams to basically shut up and start playing again when a combination of over-strategizing, testosterone and leadership plays started to delay the game. The other scorekeeper and I couldn't help giggling though a good chunk of the game as obvious MBA characteristics came bubbling to the surface.

Now I have to work on my HR paper so that I can go to the party tonight!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Do Women Apologize?

I have several major projects I should be working on, so of course... I'm blogging.

I'm in corporate strategy which reminds me of something that has bugged me for awhile, as I am presented with a "shining" example every week sometime between 10:10 and 11:50 am Mondays and Wednesdays.

I have an apologizer in my class. She raises her hand and inevitably, for whatever reason, manages to apologize to the professor sometime during the first sentence out of her mouth. She is an incredibly intelligent woman and every time she does this I want to throw something at her because I can no longer follow her point after the unnecessary apologizing. I can be guilty of this crime as well. Where did society go wrong? 9 times out of 10 I have nothing to apologize for. Yet somehow as soon as a critique comes out of a professor's mouth I occassionally feel the "word vomit" coming up and I blurt out "Sorry!" Is it estrogen? Is it society?

I do know that my male classmates never feel the need to apologize, even when they should. And particularly not after making a point in class.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dear Starbucks,

My level of annoyance with Starbucks has reached an all time high today. About a month ago my friends introduced me to the concept of a tea misto, a tea bag and mainly steamed milk for $2.00. At a slight premium over a regular tea, it was a nice way to add some extra calcium and a warm treat to my day. So I went into Starbucks today and ordered the tea misto. It has now been removed from the menu and replaced with a "tea latte." I was served the EXACT same beverage I ordered last week and charged $1.00 more.
Dear Starbucks,
This is bull-oney. I have stretched my Starbucks gift card from Christmas for almost an entire month.
I enjoy my little treats and do not enjoy suddenly paying a 50% premium. I was incredibly happy with your guerrilla marketing campaign when I received a $5 gift card for telling your marketing people they had a Starbucks cup on the car roof.
Kindly,
A Former Loyal Customer