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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
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    Director, 2003 - present
  • AeroVironment
  • Kontron Communications
  • Magwerks
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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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Wouldn't honor their advertised prices in their google maps ad...
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
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 - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months 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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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Seems a bit strange that I'm excited by waste management. I hate the idea of waste and landfills, but nevertheless, I'm still making trash and as long as I do, I'm glad some one is dealing with my mess. I'm excited because all three of my customer service encounters have been phenomenal. Signing up, was easy. I was delighted by their extraordinarily large recycling container and small waste bin option. I didn't opt for composting, because it was extra, and that left me feeling like I may be selling out on my grand children, but the person on the phone wasn't adding to my self-imposed condemnation. I didn't understand my first bill. It was approximately three times what I expected to pay per month. So, the customer service representative kindly explained they bill three months at a time and pointed to the service period written on the bill. They were friendly, helpful, spoke clear English, and as usual, there was no wait to reach them. Last, I received an email that my credit card was expiring and called the 800 number when I had a spare moment in my car, rather than trying to navigate their website on my smart phone. Again, I immediately got an agent who was friendly, spoke clearly, and updated my card without any problem. She told me I could expect a confirmation email which arrived immediately, actually while she was saying it would arrive, instead of taking minutes, hours, or days like some companies. She asked if there was anything else she could do and left me feeling like they are genuinely available and empowered to help. These are all simple achievements and they simply add up to the company working, which only looks miraculous against the backdrop of all of the other companies I deal with regularly. Nevertheless, while economies of scale make sense in theory, perhaps it is miraculous that waste management can make work what they're making work.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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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.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This particular walmart is hard to find and because of the construction, cars were circling all around the block looking for the single entrance. Once found, the entrance was filled with standing traffic which was the start of a long line of stopped cars waiting for parking. Although most neighboring businesses had crafted counter measures to prevent me from doing so, 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 was pondering to myself whether that could be 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 each guest was spending 5-15 minutes at the desk, so the line moved very slowly. 15 minutes later, it was my turn. The little woman at the register (probably in her 70s or 80s) looked up and greeted me with a smile (that was somehow shapped like a frown, but I could tell it was a smile). I walked up to the desk and smiled back. 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, she said so much in those two minutes, but I didn't understand a thing. She was so happy and loving, I could have listened to her for hours. I just smiled and shared in her laughter. I gave her my receipt and the Ipod I was returning and she kept on talking to me while she went through what looked like a normal return procedure. She reviewed my receipt and checked out the item, scanned it, made sure everything was in the box, etc. 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 subtraction problem and I stared with her. 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 slowly gathered around her, all staring at the subtraction problem 31 minus 17, with four of them and myself all looking at the same thing, I noticed other customers and staff starting to be interested... 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 anyone in the group had 31 fingers...), but eventually she approved the return. They were all friendly and committed, and, all in, It took ~6 people 8.5 minutes at the customer service counter to subtract 17 from 31. I fell in love with that service representative. I also 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, while I liked it, I can't recommend this to everyone and before I do return to walmart, I will first shift my expectations to look for something beyond what I had previously looked for in a shopping experience.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
People are always happy and fast. If there's something that doesn't look fresh, they've often offered to make it fresh for me. When they haven't, and I've asked them to make something fresh, they have been happy to serve. Even when people behind the counter are busy, doing 2 or 3 things at once, they are still pleasant to be with and respond helpfully to any request. Nearly all of our experiences have been great. There are a couple exceptions. Once they forgot to give us fortune cookies, but we were eating inside, so that was an easy fix. I had one drive through experience where, after I confirmed with the server that utensils and napkins were included, we showed up at the park for a picnic and discovered they were not. That didn't work. The fact that I trusted the server's word to begin with shows that I trust them far beyond any other drive through. My 18 month old daughter loves their food and I feel good bringing her into the atmosphere of friendliness they create. The place is also always exceptionally clean for a fast food restaurant.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago