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The new Marlboro mascot...

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I love it! This one should go viral in China! 
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Christian, Thank you! We're switching from magna tiles to magformers after seeing your video.
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Can you return them? Want to buy ours?
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I love it. Thank you!
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Is that your time machine? 
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NYTimes: The Charitable-Industrial Complex
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As more lives are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.”
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Be present, every day is a gift!
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I love this car, but I probably wouldn't ever drive one because I don't want to come off like the guy in the commercial. Luckily for GM, I'm not their intended audience. I'm just the son of a 25 year GM employee who's falling in love with the Japanese automakers who are out to make a difference. Oddly, GM gave birth to the movement, before killing off the EV1. Go back to your roots GM! I want to love you again.
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Oh Walmart. We have such an interesting relationship between us...
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743 Rainier Ave S, Renton, WA 98057
This particular walmart is hard to find and because of the construction, cars were circling all around the block looking for the single entrance, that had standing traffic which was the start of a long line of stopped cars waiting for parking. I parked nearby and hiked into the walmart parking lot.

When I got in line to make my return, the woman next to me started talking to me which caught me off guard. She said "I'm so happy I'm an American. When I get to the front of this line, I don't know what it will take, but I know I will have whatever it takes."

I thought that was the weirdest thing I had ever heard.

But, as we stood there in line together, overhearing everyone's communications at the counter, it was becoming clear to me that, making a return, or what seemed like a simple task to me, was not so for so many. There were four registers open, but 5-10 minute procedures for each customer were having the line move very slowly.

15 minutes later, it was my turn. The little woman at the register (probably in her 70s or 80s) looked up at me and I walked up and smiled. She smiled back and I hesitated. I had prepared a joke I was going to deliver, but all of the sudden I lacked the courage, so I just said "I was going to tell you I bought this at Best Buy, but wanted to return it here". She laughed and laughed and cackled. Then she started speaking really fast in a language I didn't understand and she talked to me for a couple minutes. She seemed so friendly and happy, I just smiled and shared in her laughter. I gave her my receipt and the Ipod I was returning.

She reviewed my receipt and checked out the item. There was a 15 day return policy and she had to affirm I met this criteria, so she flipped over the receipt and wrote out 31 minus 17, she wrote 4 below the line and scratched out the 3 in 31, but then she got stuck. I said, it's 14, but it was clear she needed to figure this out on her own. We stood there together for a couple minutes while she stared at that problem. Then she looked around for help. The first person to walk over threw her hands up in the air immediately and shouted for some one else. Then a small crowd of employees formed around her, all staring at the subtraction problem 31 minus 17... Then a manager swooped in and shewed everyone else back to their own tasks. The manager slowly counted it out on her fingers (which would have been easier if we had 31 fingers...), but eventually approved the return.

They were all friendly and committed, and It took five people 8.5 minutes at the customer service counter to subtract 17 from 31.

I fell in love with that service representative, but I learned that I should budget ~30 minutes for a return at walmart. If you are looking for a small cultural adventure, you're in the right place. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this to everyone.
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If everyone could have this open mind and open heart, we would have world peace.
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A study finds that we shop when we're bummed, but for many that makes us more depressed.
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  • Yale University
    Tactical Change Agent, 2008 - present
  • Byron Fellowship
    Director, 2003 - present
  • AeroVironment
  • Kontron Communications
  • Magwerks
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Carmel, IN - Montreal, QC - Monrovia, CA - Detroit, MI - Denver, CO - West Lafayette, IN
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Gabriel is a new father, Director of the Byron Fellowship, an organizational sustainability consultant, a program leader for Landmark Education, and a doctoral candidate in Leadership and Sustainability at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology. His research focuses on the relationships and possible pathways between micro level flourishing of individuals, flourishing organizations and communities, and at the macro level, a flourishing planet. Gabriel holds an MPhil in Leadership and Sustainability from Yale University, an MS in Ecological Systems Engineering and a BS in Physics from Purdue University. He is also an active sustainability consultant with 14 years of experience whose clients represent a diversity of sectors including: social entrepreneurship, transportation, energy, information and communication technology, commercial and residential development, municipalities, and cultural institutions. His academic, professional and non-profit ventures are committed to the dream of all life flourishing together through people experiencing their life as a calling. His family’s purpose is to powerfully contribute to others.
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  • Purdue University
  • Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis
  • Carmel High School
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Manager wouldn't accept return of internet order ordered to Federal Way, but picked up in Burien store because it would count against his Burien sales numbers. He insisted I drove to Federal Way. Oddly, when I placed the order, the website said it would be same day delivery to Federal Way, but 5 day delivery to Burien, which is why I shipped to Federal Way to begin with. Both managers at Burien and Federal Way seemed flummoxed by this, as parts come from same source daily on same truck on delivery route. Federal Way manager had it forwarded to Burien for me. Instead of taking action to correct website so more customers come directly to Burien, Burien manager was much more invested in sending me away with a negative pep boys experience. When asked whether this was the experience of the brand he wanted to create, manager replied "if you think you're going to say some words and change what happens here, it's not going to happen".
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Manager was super helpful in rerouting an internet order to be delivered to Burien store which was closer to me. The website wouldn't allow me to have it delivered to Burien but he made it happen. Furthermore, because my phone wasn't working, he made several phone attempts to let me know it was on its way. Thank you.
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Wouldn't honor their advertised prices in their google maps ad...
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
We really love this place. We visited a half dozen daycare/preschool centers in the Burien area, and another couple dozen in other places we've lived or considered living and Millennium Kids is definitely in the top 3 of the ~30ish centers we've considered for our daughter.
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I really appreciated Dr Rachel's style and we accomplished a lot in our time together. Her nonjudgemental posture always put me at ease being fully forthright with my health concerns, lifestyle choices, behaviors, etc. The honesty that afforded us allowed for tremendously powerful and pragmatic conversations and quick adaptations that resulted in successful plans of care. More so, I've never met a medical practitioner who so eloquently educated me throughout the entire process. She inspired my learning and matched my pace. Either I was just profoundly lucky to find a care provider I was so well in sync with or she is able to adapt to move and communicate with her patients at a level of effectiveness I have never before seen. My wife was just as excited as I was, which leads me to believe it was Rachel's mastery rather than luck.
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We really enjoyed Dr Aaron Gross and his staff. We've moved out of town and are trying to find a dentist we similarly love.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I love Burien Press. It's beautiful. People are friendly and the food/drinks have all been great so far. The patio is also a beautiful tranquil place and your dog can join you. The only downside I've discovered is that because the front and back doors are open during the summer, there is a really nice draft of fresh air coming through until some one walks by smoking and then you get a could taste of it. I'm not sure how to prevent that. Otherwise, I love this place and am a frequent visitor.
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