Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 27, 2011
April 27, 2011
Not 'Secretary's Day' anymore:
In case you forgot, today used to be National Secretary's Day, or as they now call it, Administrative Professionals Day --they're called APs or AAs for short. It's the day set aside for all those people who take grief from their bosses for 364 days a year.
The same polls on this subject are done every year and routinely offer the same message: If you're a boss, don't send flowers or give 'em a box of candy. Most administrative professionals --usually near three-quarters-- would rather have the cash or some kind of gift certificate. Some say they've gotten socks, a sandbox or a whistle as presents from the boss. Last year, one told an American Express survey she received a canister of mace.
What's the Buzz:
Help your neighborhood raise money for YOUR local fire service organization tonight --whether it's the city FD or a local volunteer organization-- during Baskin-Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night.
It's the fifth annual event, and Baskin-Robbins is partnering with National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to donate $100,000 to the non-profit organization.
In your neighborhood, Baskin-Robbins is providing an opportunity for firefighters, store owners and people who love 31 flavors to come together for 31 Cent Scoop Night from 5-10 pm, so you can have some ice cream and donate to your local fire dep't charity.
For more, head to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at www.firehero.org.
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Want to land a celebrity stud, girls? You may want to enter the lucrative field of cocktail waitressing. The NY Post's Page Six gossip column reports TRACY MORGAN has a brand-new lady friend named DENISE that works at a (ahem) gentlemen's club called Headquarters. Tracy's not alone --MATT DAMON met his wife, LUCIANA, while she was bartending and ALICE KIM landed NICOLAS CAGE when she was slinging hash. (Lee)
CHARLIE SHEEN hit Houston, TX, last night with his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" tour. The Houston Chronicle's KEN HOFFMAN says Charlie was a bit hit with the audience: "He had the wild crowd in his palms --they loved him."
Charlie wore a Houston Astros jersey and a University of Houston jersey, both of which he gave to people in the audience; under those he was wearing a "Duh! Winning" shirt.
Roastmaster JEFFREY ROSS --a regular on the tour now-- also showed up on stage.
Charlie's tour continues tonight in Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center).
Tonight is the night the Biography Channel debuts their "Biography: Kate Middleton." As if you needed one more Royal TV show.
Stupid people, stupid places:
You've heard of renting a palace, renting a mega yacht, even renting an island. How about renting a country?
CNN reports that for $70-thousand a night with a two-night minimum and a very strict cancellation policy, you can rent Liechtenstein. Yes, the entire country. You can rent the country for a conference, a party --whatever you drum up for you and your 900 closest friends.
For the geographically-deprived, Liechtenstein is a tiny Alpine country tucked between Austria and Switzerland, population 35-thousand.
So what to do with your own country? You could start with a wine tasting at the prince's estate while watching your own fireworks show. You want to make this a very personal experience? You can rename the city streets and town squares as you wish and even print your own temporary currency with your face on it.
But if you do decide Liechtenstein is the perfect place for your party, don't cause too much of a ruckus. The nation has only a handful of police officers and no military.
Editor's note: Other big problem: There's only one bathroom. (Maiman)
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