Is it me you’re looking for?
Flashback: 1984. Homecoming Dance. Heritage High School. My date was Cassie Mongiardo from Jefferson Forest High School. “Cause I wonder where you are and I wonder what you do. Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?”
Ah, the 1980s. Girls just wanted to have fun and loverboys were just working for the weekend and everyone understood the power of love. Seems like only yesterday I was jamming to a lot of music by artists that only had one name; Michael, Madonna, Sting, Slash, Bono, Prince, and Whitney.
In fact, it was yesterday. I picked up my rental car and was cruising down the A1A listening to the “oldies station” and they were playing Vanilla Ice. Stop. Collaborate and listen. The OLDIES station was playing “Ice Ice Baby.” THE OLDIES STATION. The oldies station is supposed to play The Platters and Perry Como, not the Beastie Boys and Elvis Costello. “No, this can’t be happening,” I said to myself. “No.” I listened some more and after I sang along to A-ha’s “Take On Me” in nearly pitch-perfect falsetto, it hit me like a brick. I’m old. The oldies station ads were for testosterone pills and arthritis pain relief cream. #OhTheHumanity
How could this happen so fast? Until yesterday I thought of myself as “middle age.” Only if I live to 106…
Fascinating fact: Although it FEELS like the year 1980 was 20 years ago, it was actually 41 years ago. My head is spinning. I need to take a nap.
Monday, February 22 — Lookin’ For My Lost Shaker of Salt
Any week is a good week when it starts with National Margarita Day. On Monday eleven of eighteen Madison+Main-iacs admitted they took full advantage of this glorious and highly spirited made-up holiday. And I don’t blame them. I was one of them. I briefly blurted that maybe next year Madison+Main will consider it a paid holiday, but of course, they took it with a grain of salt. (See what I did there?) #WastingAwayAgainInMargaritaville
Tuesday, February 23 — Reward > Risk
You can’t escape the news that sports betting/gambling is now legal in Virginia. I’m getting ads for Caesars Palace on Facebook and FanDuel on Instagram. Richmond is weighing a couple of casino resort projects, but I have good news. “Just ask yourself, Punk, ‘am I feeling lucky?’” The Magnificent Midlothian Rotary Club is offering you 25 chances to win in April with the Sportsman’s Raffle. Why throw your money away at a casino or on an app when you can win a Big Green Egg or tons of guns from Green Top Hunt & Fish? Thanks for your support so far. I’ve only sold a dozen tickets and there are 8,000 loyal Weekly Report subscribers. Step your game up, folks. Tickets are only $50 — get yours here.
Wednesday, February 24 — One Year of Androsity!
On Wednesday Account Executive Andrew Simpson celebrated his one-year anniversary as a Madison+Main-iac. We all gave him virtual pats on the back via Zoom for his hard work and dedication shortly before piling on 37 new tasks. In all seriousness, Andrew is a trooper. Andrew was hired just before the pandemic so we only saw the guy a couple of times in real life and he’s been working remotely ever since. Andrew says he lives in Richmond but his Zoom background looks like a Guatemalan jail cell. Andrew, it’s been a year…you need to put something on your walls.
Thursday, February 25 — Shots, Anyone?
On Thursday Account Manager Allison “Pregnant But Wish I Could Drink” Nida and Creative Director Art “Always Up For A Bourbon” Webb trekked up I-95 for a photoshoot at A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Overall, it was a successful Food & Beverage shoot and our friends at Fred+Elliot Photography captured some super stellar shots of their signature cocktails.
Friday, February 26 — Helping the Helpers
Today, we were up and at ’em early this morning to help our friends at Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries spread the word about an upcoming outreach event they are holding in Nottoway County this weekend. While we got an icy glimpse of winter over the past few weeks in Richmond, the residents around Crewe and Blackstone got winter’s worst. Following the February 13-14 ice storm, many in the area have been without power for almost two weeks. To help with the recovery, the “Operation Thunder” mission team from Mt. Gilead is heading out Saturday to deliver 1,500 meals, bottled water, and more to community members in need. #LoveIsTheBoldestBrand
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“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” — Prince (June 7, 1958—April 21, 2016)