As you may or may not know, Panasonic recently invited me to be their guest this year at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  I saw a ton of cool electronics, but this is not a blog post about that.

I took the opportunity to schedule an interview with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh for my film Life In Perpetual Beta. (I used the HD camera Panasonic gifted me, OMG, wait till you see that interview – beautiful!) And with the interview I got a tour of the Zappos office… and the Zappos office… it’s a little like that dream as a kid where you wake up and toys are falling from the ceiling. The place is fun and alive, and empowering.  We played in the hallways, had a duel, made announcements to the staff and generally had a great time, because we felt included, invited.  When was the last time you felt that in a cubical setting?

They even have a resident life coach. How about that?  Just in case you want someone to help you untangle your intentions, he is there for you, with a variety or crowns and tiaras for you to put upon your lil’ worthwhile head.

It’s a rare occasion that one immediately feels included, wanted and valued in a group situation, where everyone’s voice matters, even an outsider’s voice. This was one of those rare occasions.

And now to include you – Because I have this extra copy of Wikinomics with a Zappos sticker inside the front cover you see, and it’s special. Very special.

So, Wikinomics.

Do you want me to mail it to you?

With a personal note from me?

And a batch of cookies I just baked?

Maybe some confetti?

If yes, leave me a comment, I’ll pick a winner at random early on Monday morning, make you some cookies, write you a heartfelt letter that afternoon, and send you a little package of love via the USPS before 5pm CST Monday night.

Blagica (blah-gee-tsa) Bottigliero, tagged me in a rotating blog meme that states I need to outline 7 random/odd things about me. Here goes.

1. Once a lawyer/ interrogator I was dating gave me the friend test (he introduce me to his friend at dinner for the express purpose of getting feedback as to whether or not I was worthy, fuckabe, sane, fill in the blank) I retaliated by playing the part of a 21yr old club girl for the “interview”.   At some point the friend was so flabbergasted he said to my beau “You know Max, sex isn’t everything.”  I have no idea why this is the crowning jewel in my dating mischief cap, but that line makes me very proud. I still feel a little guilty about this charade but mostly just giddy at the fact that I had the tits to screw with his calculated plan, and the wherewithal to pull it off.

2. I went to college to become an architect and didn’t even make it past my sophomore year. I’ve told everyone I’ve worked for that I got a degree in marketing and they’ve never bothered to check, not once.

3. I once was a model for a Donna Karen show at a Nordstroms in Salt Lake City Utah. I wore overalls and was supposed to pretend to be walking to school with my ultra tall, very beautiful friends. They all had on their model faces, I was the only one who smiled. After the show I met Donna Karen who said she enjoyed my smile, however at 17 I had no idea who she was and I overlooked what a huge opportunity and compliment that was.

4. I crave liver and onions every time it rains and have been known to drive to a Lithuanian restaurant in Bridgeport called Healthy Foods during thunderstorms to get my fix. I think my mother must have made it a lot when it rained, and as I child I remember dreading having to eat the vile combination.

5. My two youngest children were born underwater. (OK, so that’s really about them but I WAS the one who shot them out into the water)

6. When I was 9 yrs old I woke up in the middle of the night and found I couldn’t walk. I dragged myself down the hallway of our house screaming for my mom. I spent a week in the hospital where they could not find a single clue as to why I couldn’t walk, and then just like that, I could use my legs again. Nobody can explain to me why this happened.

7. When I hear music I see splashes of color, moving shapes, and sometimes even whole imagined choreographed scenes in my head. I can’t listen to music while reading or working, I have too hard of a time concentrating. If I can, I like to work in total silence.  This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I was diagnosed with ADD in college or may or may not have something to do with how much acid my mom dropped when she was pregnant with me. The world will never know.

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