Mitch Blum

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Entries from July 30th, 2009

The Truth About Men & Sports

July 30th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Humor, Sports

Gather round, ladies, as I take yet another journey into the minds of men everywhere and expose some of my gender’s dirty little secrets. Please use this powerful information responsibly. My goal is merely to enhance understanding between the sexes and I do so at great personal risk.
With baseball season underway, hockey and basketball heading [...]

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When I spot a businessman with a metal attaché case…

July 28th, 2009 · 38 Comments · Humor

When I spot a businessman with a metal attaché case I’m immediately thinking one of two things: that dude is a spy or that dude wants to look like a spy.  Either way, I’m hooked.
If that metal attaché case is handcuffed to his wrist then I’m thinking that that dude has got the nuclear codes.  [...]

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Concert Review: Steely Dan’s Gaucho in Boston, MA 7/24/09

July 25th, 2009 · 11 Comments · Music

The irony of the situation was just perfect for the most ironic duo in rock and roll – Walter Becker and Donald Fagen – better known as Steely Dan.
You see, the acclaimed jazz-rockers retired from the road back in the early ‘70s ostensibly due to Fagen’s stagefright but most likely also due to the difficulty in [...]

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The Secret to Giving Effective Creative Feedback

July 24th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Marketing

One of the most difficult challenges for account service professionals in the agency world is how to deliver effective creative feedback.  Or, put another way, how can an account service person give feedback that the creatives will actually listen to?
Today I’m going to give you the keys to the kingdom.  I’m going to let you [...]

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Book Review: “Soul for Sale” by Jay Williams (2009)

July 21st, 2009 · 11 Comments · Marketing

Book Review: “Soul for Sale” by Jay Williams (2009)
The natural temptation, especially if you were a part of the Boston ad scene at the turn of the century, is to read Jay Williams’ novel “Soul for Sale” as a Primary Colors for the ad set.  And while there’s certainly some enjoyment in playing the “who’s [...]

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Exposing the dry cleaning myth

July 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Humor

As a small child I would watch my father gather up a pile of dress shirts every weekend to drop-off at the dry cleaners.  They would return a few days later, neatly pressed, lightly starched, bagged and boxed.  It was magical.  Or so I thought.
As an adult I quickly embraced the dry cleaning culture.  Although [...]

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An Englishman in New York

July 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Humor

It occurred to me this weekend, after watching the film Music & Lyrics, that I have seen more Hugh Grant movies than any man rightfully should.  What makes this development particularly concerning is that I have watched hardly any movies in the last eight years since becoming a parent.  And yet, without even trying, I [...]

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