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They're called GIRL SCOUT cookies for a reason

Wednesday, Mar, 20 2013

Don't get me wrong, I love Thin Mints as much as the next guy. I can't watch March Madness games unless there is a sleeve of them and a glass of cold milk at my side.

But they're called Girl Scout cookies for a reason. Girl Scouts sell them as not only a fund-raising event, but a teaching tool for them about business as well.

Parents; back off.

Enough with selling the cookies for your kids, and especially at work. Today on the PhilCast I'll have a story about one woman who was fired because she had her kid's Girl Scout cookies for sale at the work place.

Now, that seems a bit harsh to me, but it leads me into today's discussion of the topic of parents turning this into some sort of competition about their kids ability to sell the MOST cookies.
Memo to those parents--that is NOT what this is all about.

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Recycling the recycling story

Tuesday, Mar, 19 2013

Coming soon to a driveway near you...
Or perhaps your blue recycling cart has already arrived Appleton.

It's all about automation.

And we'll talk about the city's conversion to these curbside carts coming up today on the PhilCast with someone from the public works department.

Then I'll have Reggie re-play the interview at a later date, because it only seems fitting to recycle a story about recycling, right?

posted by: Phil Cianciola 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


When will TV learn?

Monday, Mar, 18 2013

Like the song says, "The times, they are a changin'" but TV news apparently isn't listening.

Coming up on the PhilCast Monday afternoon I've got a story about the dwindling number of people watching because they are disappointed with what is being offered.

Plus I just have to relate one of the dumbest things I've seen from a local TV news shop, proving my point that they just don't get the information world we now live in.

Also we'll talk live with our PhilCast 'bracketologist' on filling out our brackets as March Madness....the Big Dance...starts later this week.

Have you entered our contest yet?
CLICK HERE to check it out.

You can't win it if you're not in it. Here is the champion's sweatshirt on the line...



posted by: Phil Cianciola 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


National Bike Challenge

Friday, Mar, 15 2013



nationalbikechallenge.org
...go there and sign up to be a part of a summer-long challenge to better fitness for yourself and perhaps a #1 ranking for Appleton in the process.

After doing an interview about this with the head of the Fox Cities Cycling Association this week on the PhilCast I myself have signed up and downloaded the free app on my phone to use while I ride. In a little eight-mile test ride yesterday I found the app to be pretty amazing. It gives you all the stats you need from your ride and automatically posts that info to the web site that tracks all this, totaling your miles and awarding you points.

Using this system in last year's challenge Appleton came in second place for total miles out of the 650 metro areas throughout the country participating. Rock solid, but it's time to bump us up to #1!

The season runs May through September, but you can sign up now and take part in the 'warm-up' phase of the program.

I'll be using the app to update my page throughout the riding season.
CLICK HERE to see that.

And as per usual I also keep a riding blog during the season, which is more about the written word of my experiences while riding than it is about stats.
CLICK HERE to see that.

But most of all, do yourself a favor and ride this summer....and maybe along the way, working together, we can get Appleton up there to #1.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Chef Robert Irvine of "Restaurant Impossible" on the PhilCast

Thursday, Mar, 14 2013

Wednesday nights you can bet I'm either in front of my TV watching or at the very least recording one of my favorite shows on television these days, "Restaurant Impossible" on the Food Network.

Host and star of the show Chef Robert Irvine joins me on the PhilCast Thursday afternoon right after the 3:30 news.

I love this show because in the vast wasteland of reality TV that exists today, this is 'real' reality TV. The big guy comes into a failing restaurant, talks tough and straightens out both the owners and the place itself.

Their track record is impressive. Failing restaurants turn successful. And to me, more importantly, the failing families who are running these places end up getting fixed as well.

It's always fun to interview people you admire and are a fan of. Such is the case for me today. Don't miss the interview.

And for more info on Robert Irvine and the show just CLICK HERE.

posted by: Phil Cianciola 18 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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