Just Had A Long Conversation With Someone I Thought Was Someone Else

January 15, 2010 — 1

I just called Shannon, a colleague here at MTV, and we had a long conversation, in which I asked about her job, some projects she's working on, etc. I ran the names of a few companies by her, just to see what she thought of them. I asked how her boss is doing. I asked about the view out her window. I asked why, when she picked up the phone and heard my voice, how come she wasn't more excited to hear from me... And then, right after I hung up, Patty informed me that I was talking to a different Shannon. No way! Yes way. I just had a long talk with someone I thought was someone else. I called to apologize, but I got Shannon's voicemail, so I left her a message explaining what an idiot I am. Her rely via email: Dear Ross, Got your vmail! Fortunately, Patty was on it right away so I didn't have to spend too much time figuring out how to get around this:) You have made my Friday vastly more entertaining and I will be screening my calls more carefully moving forward. Have a great weekend and get some rest - you're working too hard, clearly. Shannon


In-N-Out Burger is My New Favorite Follow

July 24, 2009 — 6

GREAT THINGS ABOUT IN-N-OUT BURGER * Best fast food there is * Secret Menu for devotees * Holy shit -- the Bible! (see below) NOT-AS-GOOD THINGS ABOUT IN-N-OUT BURGER * Privately owned and won't franchise * None located East of the Mississippi * I don't work there (yet) My favorite Friday Follow on Twitter today is... @IN_N_OUT_Burger The twitter account is run by former managers who no longer work there but are obsessed, like me.

Bible reference on the bottom of an In-N-Out drink cup
Bible reference on wrapper of an In-N-Out Double-Double
In-N-Out prints discreet references to Bible verses on their paper utensils. The print is small and out of the way, and only contains the book, chapter and verse numbers, not the actual text of the passages. The practice began in the 1980s during Rich Snyder's presidency, a reflection of the beliefs held by the Snyder family:
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Revelation 3:20—"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me."
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John 3:16"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
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Proverbs 3:5—"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."
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Nahum 1:7—"The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him."
  • Paper water cups (no longer in use)
John 14:6—"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."