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#WoollyBurns Pop Culture Diaries Finale Edition

Guys, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play closes this Sunday (boo!) If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet get them here!

For our last blog post, here is the fourth installment of our #WoollyBurns Pop Culture Diaries vlog series, thanks for following along! If you missed ’em, here’s Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.

Without further ado:

Meet Nik: She’s just a happy person in general who likes lighthearted pop culture that makes her dance. Also, we think she might have a little crush on Johnny Depp. Not bad antidotes for the grim apocalypse, eh?

 

Bubble Bubble:

So this guy didn’t share his name, but we’re gonna nickname him Bubble Bubble. Let’s hope his friends last through the apocalypse with him ’cause they would create a whole new awesome level of Glee.

 

Nietzsche:

This philosopher got deep with us…real deep. He’s totally ready for the apocalypse.

 

Meet Johnny: If the world were to end tomorrow, Johnny might not survive ’cause he’s a big chicken. Seriously, we’re not kidding. He might turn into a chicken.

 

~Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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#WoollyBurns Pop Culture Diaries: Round 3

Happy Friday Mammoths! If you’ve been following us on our blog and social media, you’ll know that we’ve created a “vlog” series called “Pop Culture Diaries.” We asked Woolly staff and patrons what piece of pop culture they remember most and what they couldn’t live without if the world were to end—here’s the responses from Episode 1 and Episode 2.

For Round 3:

Meet Bob, he is the master of his domain and his favorite sitcom and yada yada yada…

 

Meet Christina, Christina’s not dumb. She knows what she would need to survive after the apocalypse. Yeah. YEAH-AH. Who wouldn’t want a little Jim Carrey to brighten the rest of your days?

 

Meet Jason, he could be the number 2 guy for Dunder Mifflin’s number 2 guy. If the world ends tomorrow, we’ll have a paper shrine to Dwight Schrute.

 

Meet John, his rhymes would make the apocalypse a little bit brighter. We could probably use some of his wisdom too.

 

~Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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#WoollyBurns Pop Culture Diaries: PWYC Style!

You might have seen last week the first of our #WoollyBurns “vlog” series Pop Culture Diaries. We asked Woolly staff and patrons what piece of pop culture they remember most and what they couldn’t live without.

Today’s videos come to you from the Pay-What-You-Can line for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Without further ado:

Meet Audrey: She’s equipped to outlive you during the apocalypse ’cause she’s got tips from the Tribal Council.

 

Meet Meghan: Her talents don’t include whistling, but if it came down to the wire, she would need to learn.

 

Meet Emily: See who her reality TV cooking hero is. He’s an Original with a lot of spice. ALLEZ CUISINE!

 

Meet Ryan: So he wouldn’t remember The Simpsons during the apocalypse, which we think is crazy talk. He is obsessed with another cartoon, mmkay. He does a pretty good impression though…we’ll give him that.

 

~Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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#WoollyBurns Pop Culture Diaries

For Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Woolly has created a Vlog of Pop Culture Memories. We asked Woolly staff and patrons what piece of pop culture they remember most and what they couldn’t live without.

Here’s Melanie – Listen to her beautiful pipes as she recalls pop songs she loves. See if you can get away with having this catchy tune stuck in your head the rest of the day.

 

Here’s Timmy – Remember the days of young James Van Der Beek and puppy love in Capeside, Massachusetts…”I don’t wanna wait for our lives to be overrrr”

 

Cameron – see what piece of pop culture he connected with when he was just a wee mammoth.

 

~ Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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The “American Dream”

We’ve got a new American Dream: it’s not any easier to attain, but it doesn’t require quite as much hard work. You’ll be rich and famous, but you’ll most likely be judged for it.

It’s the American Dream to be a sellout.

Urban Dictionary included this example in one of its definitions of “sell out.” I decided to explore it a little more.

This American Dream doesn’t quite fit the original, but if you think about it in terms of getting the mansion with all its accessories, most people would go to any lengths to get there. In Civilization (all you can eat), there are a number of characters who are trying to make it in a competitive and unforgiving business world. They all make sacrifices, some more of a detriment than others, to attain the American Dream in the big pig Capitalist world.

How far would you go to achieve the new American Dream? Would you go far enough to sell out?

Here are some big examples of those that may have lost sight of their artistic dreams. Now these might not be people we all dream of growing up to be, but most yearn for their celebrity status.

For an explanation on this one and other examples, read this article on the 7 biggest celebrity sell outs of all time.

This one should be easy. They already have an all-expenses paid life thanks to their macho husbands, and they flaunt it on national television for about $250,000 a season.

Ricky Gervais knows he’s worth more than the Golden Globes, and he might start accepting the big gigs he’s turned down just for fortune. Is he selling out?

Nelly is considered a sell out by some who think he has left his real roots for urban hip hop.

There are those that choose not to sell out though. They work hard and achieve success on their own terms. Like Mark Zuckerberg:

and

Steve Jobs, who admitted he admires Mark Zuckerberg for not selling out.

BUT (and I hate to disagree with a guy who really achieved the American Dream), selling out just might be the new way to achieve the almighty American dream.

~ Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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Fait Accompli & Other Tales

Fate – otherwise referred to as destiny, fortune, chance, luck, doom, future, coincidence – is a tricky thing. If you believe in it, do you leave your life up to the fates and live life without care? Or do you make a desperate attempt to change what you think is coming? How do you make sense of this path that may already be chosen for you?

I believe that everything happens for a reason, but is that the same thing as fate? Is it fate that I lose my wallet and someone recovers it on my birthday? Or is that just stupid luck? Was it my fate to write this blog post? Hmm…

This time of year we are all filled with gratitude and thanking our lucky stars. Here are a couple of feel-good stories that might make you a believer:

  • On September 11, 2001, people working in the Pentagon watched televised coverage of the Twin Towers. After watching for some time, a naval officer Frank Thorp IV ordered his team to get back to work: “I came to realize, ‘Hey, we’ve got this big project due.’ So I said, ‘Hey, everybody, let’s get back to work.” But then he suddenly changed his mind. “For the first time in my life, I said, ‘But first, let’s all go get a cup of coffee together.’ To this day, I have no idea why I did that. All of us got up, walked out of the Pentagon or walked out of the office, walked down the hallway, and the plane hit about a tractor-trailer’s length away from my office.” You can read the whole story here.
  • Identical twins Adriana Scott and Tamara Rabi were separated at birth in Mexico. At 20 years old, they met by chance through a mutual date in college. They had been living just 25 miles apart in New York for most of their life, and had no idea. Get the details of their story here.
  • Mr Play-It-Safe was afraid to fly. Packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye-eye. He waited his whole damn life to take that flight, and as the plane crashed down, he thought, “Well isn’t this nice.” And isn’t it ironic…*

Or is it just FATE? I guess we can’t avoid it.  

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(left to right) Scott Montgomery, Jessica Frances Dukes, Maribeth Monroe, Travis Turner (photo by Michael Brosilow)

56% of Team Woolly does not believe in fate. What about you? Share your stories with us! Tweet @woollymammothtc using the hashtag #EverybodyDies!

* This is not a true story. Thank you, Alanis Morissette, for your brilliant lyrics.

~ Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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Retail Fairytales

Welcome to the world of retail: where the customers are relentless, the hours are few and far between, your manager is from hell, and you have to work on the weekend. Today we’ve got some Woolly retail fairytales for you:

  • A Brooks Brothers’ Bark: “I worked with a 50 year old guy who would start barking whenever a hot girl walked in.”
  • Cinderelly, Cinderelly: “When I worked at Le Gourmet Chef, I had to mop the floors at closing every night. I felt like Cinderella. My fairy godmother never came to rescue me.”
  • Caught Red-Handed (almost): “I used to work at a small boutique chain that was slow in foot traffic. There were days where less than ten people would walk in (one of my jobs was to actually keep an hourly tally of who came in), so I would get very bored. When there wasn’t any re-organizing or cleaning to do, I would try on clothes. Now, this was started by my boss and fellow employees who would ask me to model new clothes for them. However, it probably isn’t the best idea when you are running the store solo. There was a bell on our door so I could hear when someone came in, but there were a few times where I had to rush to get some clothing on before a customer (or my boss) saw me trying on merchandise. Luckily I came out of the dressing room fully clothed!”
  • Sir, are you alright?: “I work at a Coach Outlet, which has a history with the five finger discount. Recently, an awkward man came in to shop for his wife, which is a totally normal occurrence. He denied any help looking for an item and browsed on his own. He stood by one area for a while interested in one type of purse. I noticed him struggling for about 20 minutes hunched over in a very odd position. I notified my supervisor, who went over to ask him if he needed help. He had said he was fine, but he looked like he was in pain. It was soon obvious that he was trying to hide something. My supervisor asked him several questions and finally confronted him. He had been trying to stuff a very large purse up his shirt. In order to do this, he had to take a lot of stuffing out, which was noticed after he left. He denied trying to steal, and finally gave up, leaving empty handed. You don’t think anyone’s gonna notice a pregnant man walking out of the store??”
  • Can’t get enough of the golf game: “I worked at a golf store where one old guy would come in every Sunday to just sit and chat to me and my friend that worked there. He would talk for hours and not buy anything. Two years later, I stop by the store and he’s working there…guess he wanted to start being paid for coming in every week!”
  • The Customer is Always Right: “I worked at a women’s boutique where several men who would come in shopping for their significant other, or just to browse. An elderly gentleman came in once and gave me the best advice I’ve ever gotten while working retail. He told me ‘If you only do one thing in life, you need to go to Times Square for New Years Eve.’ I thought it was funny at the time and I did take it to heart, but now I feel like he might have been trying to tell me to get out of retail. I have yet to fulfill this goal.”

Care to see what working in a Hobby Lobby is really like? Check out the pros and cons of Hobby Lobby life so generously given to me by our Woolly Literary Assistant Cameron Huppertz. The cons of “slave labor” definitely outweigh the pros of Christian themes, but there are some voices in the reviews worth checking out that are similar to Will, Leroy, Alex, Anna, and Pauline.

Those of us who have worked in retail know it’s an endless monotonous mountain of folding t-shirts, labeling, and register counts. But there are some who find reward in retail. In A Bright New Boise, Leroy even goes so far to make his work day exciting by deliberately making customers uncomfortable with FUCK tee shirts.

Got any retail horror stories? We’d love to hear them! Share on our blog, or tweet it at us with the hashtag #RetailFairytale.

You can also follow this week’s conversation on Twitter: Awkward workplace conversations. Have you been involved in any? What was it about? Where do you draw the line? Be sure to use the hashtag #WoollyBoise!

~ Noel Edwards, Marketing and Communications Assistant

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