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It's In The (Mail) Bag: Obamas Become First First Family To Vote Before Election Day

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Let's be honest ... public elections have a lot of useless traditions.

Thankfully, the Obamas are putting an end to it and becoming the first POTUS and FLOTUS to vote before the election via absentee ballots.

And, like most deaths of useless traditions, this went down on Twitter.

On Monday, Michelle Obama sent out a tweet with the above picture of herself with an absentee ballot she was about to pop in the mail that read, "Hey, @BarackObama, I just dropped my absentee ballot in the mail – I couldn't wait for Election Day! Love you! –mo."

The president respond by tweeting, "I'm following @MichelleObama's example and voting early, on October 25. If your state has early voting, join me -bo."

Considering that both the President and First Lady are busy people -- and the time it would take travel all the way to their Chicago polling station and cast their votes -- this approach makes sense. Also, we're pretty sure this public display will encourage others to vote by mail. 

Pretty smart, POTUS and FLOTUS!




Video: Homer Simpson Tries To Vote For Obama
 

 

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Pretty In Pink: FLOTUS & Ann Romney Don Same Color Ar Presidential Debate

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Michelle Obama and Ann Romney were pretty easy to spot at this week's presidential debate -- thanks to their bright pink dresses.

The duo donned pink to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October.

The POTUS also showed his support with a pink wristband, which was tucked into his sleeve.

Normally, we'd say nay to two ladies wearing the exact same shade of hot pink at the same party, but, considering the reasoning, we'll make an exception for this case.

You two ladies look fabulous! We hope to see more politicians in bold colors in the future.



DiD yOu KnOw? 
... Michelle Obama loves bold brights, and we love her for being so daring! Check out a gallery of some of her fun outfits,

 

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The Boss Quits Political Retirement; Joins Up With Obama Campaign

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Bruce Springsteen called it quits on his politicking -- because, according to him, "(political) capital diminishes the more often you do it."

But, the POTUS should never fear! The Boss is back!

The singer decided to come out of his political retirement to join President Obama in Ohio and Iowa later this week.

Though Iowa is showing early signs of backing Democrats, Ohio is a clutch swing state for both campaigns. Bruce will be there to rally support and possibly share some of his sweet tunes with the crowds. Now, all we need is for the two of them to collab on a song.

Get to it, you guys!



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Bruce has been a fervent supporter of President Obama since his first election. You can read some of his chill-enducing words of endorsement for the POTUS in 2008, right

 

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Deeyoon.com Offers Up $1 Million To Obama & Romney To Host An Online Debate

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Deeyoon.com -- a popular debate website -- has offered Mitt Romney and Barack Obama a crazy deal.

Instead of their normal presidential debate, which is happening later this week, Deeyoon would like the debate to take place on its website to offer all Americans the opportunity to participate in the conversation.

Though the website allows anyone to start their own debates (or join other debates), it also structures the arguments by opening statements, rebuttals, and fair timing. 

Should the candidates choose to accept, Deeyoon will give each $500,000, to be donated to the charity or Super PAC of choice. And, considering some of the controversy surrounding the moderators of the debates, we don't see how the change could hurt!

Interested in learning more about Deeyoon? Check it out, here.


DiD yOu KnOw? ... Who would we choose to moderate the presidential debates? Definitely Anderson Cooper.

 

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White House Opens Its Doors To The Public For Fall Garden & Grounds Tours

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This weekend, we popped by the White House for a tour of its gardens and grounds.

And, it was totally amazeballs!

From Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden to Jackie O's flower garden, everything looked gorgeous and did not disappoint.

We saw:

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Garden
  • Rose Garden
  • South Lawn
  • White House Kitchen Garden
  • White House Children's Garden


Want to see it for yourself? The White House is opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on four occasions: Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These Garden Tours are free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children). The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no tours of the East Wing and Executive Residence on the dates of the Garden Tours.

And, if you go, make sure you tweet @glittarazzi and tag #WHgarden so we can RT your pic!


White House Fall Garden Tour

  • Get more information, here
  • Check out our video garden tour 
  • View our photos of the gardens



Video: White House Fall Garden Tour





Photos: White House Fall Garden Tour



Special thanks to the White House for granting access to the White House grounds to Team Glittarazzi for this special preview! 

 

 

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Miss The Veep Debate? That's OK, It's Been Songified For Your Listening Pleasure

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Whether or not you got a laugh out of Joe Biden's constant giggles during the Vice Presidential debate, you might get a kick out of the auto-tuned song version of the event.

The video highlights some of the major points that both candidates made (and includes a fake moderator that adds a joke or two, for good measure).

We highly encourage watching if you have a hard time following the debates themselves -- or if you happen to dislike politics. 

Seriously, folks. Auto-tune makes everything better.

Watch the video, below.



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Can't get enough giggling Joe? Check out @SmilingJoeBiden and @LaughinJoeBiden for more LOLs.



Video: VP Debate Highlights Songified

 

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37 Members Of Congress Join NOH8 Campaign To Celebrate 'National Coming Out Day'

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In support of "National Coming Out Day," several members of Congress posed for a series of photos (by Adam Bouska) for the “NOH8 on The Hill” campaign. And, they all look good. Check 'em out!

 

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Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Rush D. Holt, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI): “Love is love. Whether heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender, no one should be denied the opportunity to express this love through marriage. I stand strong in my support of the LGBT community and marriage equality.” 

Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-NJ): "The NOH8 Campaign is great because you've taken it beyond just opposition to some legislation to a much more positive and inclusive message that should appeal to everyone."

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA): “Projects like NOH8 are ensuring that marriage equality continues to be in the forefront of our fight for equality. I am proud to participate in the NOH8 Campaign to help draw attention to this ongoing civil rights battle in our state.”


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Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Danny K. Davis

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ): “We’ve seen too much policy driven by hate in this country. Laws made by hate never expand liberties or protect rights.  This NOH8 Campaign is about the fact that civil rights and basic liberty extend to all human beings in our nation regardless of any factor in their life, including who they love.  This is why this campaign’s important.”

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL): “I’ve always been a strong supporter of marriage equality for all, so I consider it an honor and a responsibility to draw attention to this cause through unique opportunities like the NOH8 Campaign.”

Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL): “I believe, and I think that people in America, as well as across the world should have the opportunity to love, to care, to be with, to marry, whoever it is they feel comfortable with. I think this campaign is a good one and it’s a decision whose time has come.”


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Rep. Mike Honda, Rep. Ted Deutch, and Rep. Lois Capps


Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA): “The passage of Proposition 8 was a very sad moment for not only the LGBT community, but allies as well.  We’re supposed to be a country of equality, that honors and celebrates the love of all committed couples.  My wedding day was among the happiest in my life, and these beloved memories are experiences I wish for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.  The NOH8 photographs are all about keeping the conversation going, so that no voice is silenced, and our country can have a vibrant and meaningful discussion about the values we all share.”

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL): “I’m excited to participate in the NOH8 Campaign and to stand up against hatred and bigotry of all kinds.”

Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA): “This is a great campaign. I’m from California and the tragic fight we had over Prop 8 is still fresh in my mind.  So this just comes full circle.  NOH8 is a huge statement and I’m honored to be a part of it.”


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Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Rep. Michael Capuano, and Rep. Jim McGovern


Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY): "Hatred of any kind has no place in America. Period."

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA): “I have long believed in marriage equality and am proud to participate in the NOH8 Campaign.  Discrimination has no place in our society, and I hope the US Supreme Court will soon recognize that Proposition 8, and other attempts like it, are contrary to the freedoms granted in the Constitution.”

Rep. Jim McGovern (D- MA): “I’m Congressman Jim McGovern and I’m happy to be a part of this campaign. I believe we need to work together to create a more tolerant, equal society.”


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Rep. Joe Baca, Rep. John Yarmuth, and Rep. Sam Farr


Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA): “We’ve got to make sure that we vote no because we believe in equality, and we believe that everybody should have a choice.  That’s what our Constitution requires and what we, the people of the United States, affirmed when we aimed to form a more perfect union, establish justice and promote equality.”

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY): “Our commitment to equality is a reflection our nation’s character and its strength. That is why I am proud to join the tens of thousands of participants in the NOH8 Campaign and the millions of Americans across the country who are standing up for marriage equality and fairness for all our citizens.”

Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA): “I’m Congressman Sam Farr, a Democrat representing California’s Central Coast. I’m very excited about this campaign because it’s sad that a vocal minority has been able to deny a group of citizens their rights. We’ve got to fight for justice for everyone in this country.”


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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Nydia Velázquez

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): "I'm so proud to support the NOH8 Campaign. Marriage equality and equal opportunity are one of the most important issues of our time, and this campaign is an important step toward this goal.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA): “I’m proud to support the NOH8 Campaign. I support equal rights for everyone in America and I’ve been active in the support for equal rights and marriage in California.”

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY): “This is a very important issue for America and is a collaboration that is conducive to make our nation a more perfect union. It is a great day when there are efforts to promote peace, togetherness and respect and dignity for all human beings.”


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Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL): “I’m so proud to be part of the NOH8 effort.  I think this education campaign is really going to help raise awareness and stop hate.”

Rep. Al Green (D-TX): "I believe that Dr. King was right when he indicated life is an inescapable network of mutuality tied to a single garment of destiny - what impacts one directly, impacts all indirectly. Hate, indirectly, affects every person. We have to eradicate hate in all its forms and I am proud to be associated with this campaign."

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR): “There is no place on Capitol Hill or in our society for hate or discrimination. I’m proud to be part of NOH8’s Campaign for equality.”


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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Chaka Fattah, and Rep. Susan A. Davis

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX): “The world needs more NOH8. NOH8 speaks about love, tolerance and respect for human dignity. I’m delighted, not to have to be here because people are treated differently, but I’m delighted to be here to be a part of the world humanity who stands in the majority against hate. And the recognition that the LGBT community deserves all the human dignity of every other person in this wonderful family called the world.”

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA): “I support the NOH8 Campaign and what we need is to have everyone step up and speak out and support the NOH8 campaign.”

Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA): “Inequality has no place in the United States.  The NOH8 Campaign depicts the importance of never being silent in the face of discrimination.”


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Rep. Janice Hahn and Rep. Peter Welch

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA): “I believe marriage equality is a civil rights issue. Love deserves celebrating, not shaming, and no one should feel harassed or unsafe because of who they are. I am proud to stand with NOH8 on the side of love.”

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT): “We’re all the same. This campaign reminds us that we have much more in common and that we ought to embrace diversity and love one another.”


These 26 Congressmen join the 10 participants from our first NOH8 On The Hill Session, held this past February and organized by Rep. Dennis KucinichRep. Schiff posed earlier this year as well. All together, 37 Representatives have posed for the NOH8 Campaign. Slowly but surely, more and more elected officials have begun to speak out on behalf of equal rights - and we're honored to be able to share a piece of that history with you this National Coming Out Day.

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Rep. Adam B. Schiff and Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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Rep. William Keating, Rep. Judy Chu, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer

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Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

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To read more about the first NOH8 on the Hill session and see statements from these Congresspeople, visit NOH8's CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT blog!

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Things That Make Us LOL: VP Candidate 'Paul Ryan's Bicep' On Twitter

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Folks, there is a great tradition going on in this country.

Apple pie? No. Chevys? No.

Twitter accounts based off of the limbs of famous people? Yes.

Like Angelina Jolie's leg and J. Lo's nipple, Paul Ryan's bicep (@PaulRyansBicep) is causing some LOLs on the Twittersphere. The whole thing came about as a result of some hilarious Paul Ryan workout photos, which some people seem to think are ridiculous.

But, come on. How can a man who does P90X be ridiculous? Besides, we've already found the silliest-looking exerciser and his name, ladies and gentlemen, is Michael Phelps.

Don't believe us? Check it out, here.



DiD yOu KnOw? ... Paul Ryan's Secret Service nickname may make you think twice before calling him a wuss. The contender for U.S. Veep is code-named "Bowhunter." As for his wife, her nickname, "Buttercup," is a reference to the classic film "The Princess Bride."



Video: Rep. Paul Ryan - My Workout Routine Is Insane!

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Bo Obama!: White House Pet Turns Four Years Old This Week

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Happy Birthday, Bo!

The First Pet turned four this week (Oct. 9) -- and celebrated with a playdate. Our sources say that several of Sasha and Malia's friends brought their dogs to the White House Monday for a doggone good time.  

Woof, woof!
 

Photo: Bo, the Obama family dog, lounges in the West Garden Room of the White House, Sept. 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



Video: Bo Obama High Fives The First Lady
 

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Show Us Your Teeth, Big Bird: Sesame Street Responds To Political Ads

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“Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street we have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street.”

No kidding, Barack!

And because you had the audacity to enlist Big Bird in your campaign bickery, even though you’re on his side, Sesame Street has sent the big, yellow “menace to our economy” after you as well.

After Mitt Romney mentioned Big Bird (and Jim Lehrer and PBS) at the presidential debate Oct. 3, everyone’s favorite feathery friend became a major point of contention betwixt the two candidates. 

Obama for America centered their latest ad around Big Bird and PBS funding, but Sesame Street went all Bruce Springsteen on the Obama campaign, issuing a statement on its website: "Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and, as is our general practice, have requested that both campaigns remove Sesame Street characters and trademarks from their campaign materials."

Show us your teeth, Big Bird!



Video: Poor Big Bird
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Buzzword Bingo: Join CafePress For Election Games This Week

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Think boozing it up is the only way to enjoy the presidential election debates?

Think again!

Now you can join CafePress for their Buzzword Bingo during the Vice Presidential debate this week.

How does it work?

Simply log on during the debate and wait for one of the buzzwords to come up on your TV. Discounts will appear on the online t-shirt retailer whenever these words are used:

  • Jobs
  • Economy
  • Middle Class
  • Freedom
  • Wall Street
  • Obamacare
  • Taxes
  • Budget
  • Trillion

Don't worry -- this doesn't have to stop you from playing debate drinking games, but you might want to consider setting a maximum spending amount, should you choose to enjoy both at the same time!
 


DiD yOu KnOw? ... CafePress isn't just for funny t-shirts. They also have a wide selection of shirts you can buy for various charities! You can check them out,

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Pepperoni Or Sausage?: Pizza Hut Offers 'Free Pizza For Life' As Part Of Town Hall Promo

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We've finally reached that point in the presidential election that everyone loves: the debates.

And, if you're left unsatisfied by any of the official questions from of the first potential POTUS matchup, we the people have the opportunity to pose our own questions during the town hall debate on Oct. 16.

Well, we the people ... and the pizza chain.

It seems that Pizza Hut's latest marketing scheme is to try and crash the town hall debate.

On Tuesday, the pizza franchise announced a reward of pizza for life to any member of the audience of the political discussion taking place next week at New York's Hofstra University, who actually stands up in front of the entire country and asks both candidates which topping they prefer on their pizza -- either pepperoni or sausage? What would you expect from the company that came up with this and this?

We're honestly torn over this political pizza ploy. On one hand, it's a crass commercial takeover of an important political discussion on the future of America.

On the other hand, it's free pizza for life!

 

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Zappos' CEO's 'Time Ninja' Liz Gregersen Spills About Shoes, Her Boss & Singing Telegrams [INTERVIEW]

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The CEO of Zappos -- Tony Hsieh -- probably wouldn't be able to get through all of the work he has in a day without the help of his Time Ninja, Liz Gregersen.

Liz started out at the company as a finance administrative assistant and has worked as an executive assistant (a.k.a. "Time Ninja") since 2008, so she knows not only the ins and outs of the business, but, also, all of the juicy details about Tony, who relies on her for everything from delivering singing telegrams to penciling in time to eat.

What's new over at Zappos? They've got all kinds of interesting projects going on, such as the Hope Home Foundation (which provides Employer Assisted Housing with the goal of spurring economic growth). The company also partnered with the Vegas Tech Fund (an investment fund that seeks to foster community in Las Vegas). 

We took some time this week to talk to Liz, who told us all about what it's like working for the CEO of one of the largest online stores in existence.  



Q&A: ZAPPOS 'TIME NINJA' LIZ GREGERSEN SPILLS ABOUT SHOES, HER BOSS & SINGING TELEGRAMS 

 

You work directly with the CEO of Zappos, can you tell us about Tony's personal style? We assume that he might be a shoe man, but what other accessories are his must-haves?

"Tony is actually not a shoe guy. He only wears a couple of styles of shoes -- sneakers and dress shoes if he has to go to an event. Every single day, unless giving a speech, he wears jeans and a Zappos T-shirt. I guess the only accessory he has are his phones and Zappos badge."


You both work long hours, what does he typically eat to stay healthy and in shape?

"Tony doesn't have a lot of time to eat.  I usually have to schedule in time for him to grab a bite throughout the day."


We've heard that Tony frequents the Downtown Cocktail Room. What's his favorite drink? 

"He likes Fernet. I think it smells like cough syrup, but to each his own."


Could you tell us about Zappos' Hope Home Foundation and how people can get involved? 

"I've never used it myself, but an employee named Matt Thomas recently did. You can view the blog about his story here. More info on the program itself can be read here."


Zappos is one of the best companies on the planet and we hear it is a great place to work. What do you love most about working with Tony at Zappos? 

"I never have a dull moment. There is nothing worse than being bored at work.  I can be me all day, every day, which is kind of super. It is a nice feeling to wake up each morning looking forward to work. Before Zappos, I'd never felt that before." 


Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? 

"Tony doesn't pay much attention to politics."


The Vegas Tech Fund initiatives sound exciting. If someone would want to pack their bags and check out what Vegas has to offer, where's a good place to start? We hear Vegas Jelly is super-cool. 

"A visitor should go to www.downtownproject.com and read about all the projects and initiatives in the works.  I'd recommend setting up a Downtown Project tour which includes a tour of Tony's apartment and a bird's eye view of the E. Fremont area.  They should get coffee at The Beat, grab lunch at Eat! or Le Thai or Triple George, or Mamitas or Uncle Joe's pizza.  I'd recommend grabbing a drink at Downtown Cocktail room, The Griffin, The Vanguard,  Insert Coins, or listen to the bartenders belting out tunes at Don't Tell Mama.  There is a Nike Shoezeum that just opened and has the largest collection of unworn Nikes in the world.  Thursdays the local tech community gets together to co-work, brainstorm and just get to know each other.  Every other Tuesday there is Trivia night at the Beat.  Too much to name everything."


How does Tony like his coffee? 

"In a cup."


What is one of the strangest tasks you've ever had to do? 

"After Zappos announced we were moving downtown, just under two years ago, a bunch of Zapponians went to a city council meeting to be a part of the official city announcement that we were taking over the old city hall building.  During that meeting, Tony was addressing the Mayor at the time, Oscar Goodman.  He said something like, 'You are sitting in my future chair.'

After that comment I started getting a bunch of phone calls from reporters asking if Tony was planning to run for Mayor.  One local news guy in particular called to get an official comment.  I had to give him this quote: 

'I [Tony] currently have no plans to run for mayor of Las Vegas. However, I do have aspirations to one day become the mayor of all miniature unicorns.'  That was pretty funny." 


What kind of music do you listen to in your office? 

"The bathrooms always have music turned to 94.1, but in the office itself we don't have any music. The office is kind of loud all the time so music wouldn't be heard over the chaos."


What is a typical day of work like for you? 

"There is no typical day. The vast majority of my job is scheduling meetings and taking care of logistics and such.  I do have the opportunity to sing at work. We had a monthly Karaoke day for a while but that stopped about a year ago. There are three people, including myself, that will go around and deliver singing telegrams for birthdays, anniversaries, valentine's day, and sometimes we do caroling during the holidays.  We call ourselves the Zappettes. We have sung the national anthem at the last two years of WCC Basketball championship games in Las Vegas. In (this) picture, I'm the one on the right with long brown hair. I was about 6 months pregnant at the time. We do have a lot of silly fun every day, but we also work extremely hard. Working with people who you consider family makes all the stressful times worthwhile. I feel very lucky to be a part of the Zappos family."



Thank you, Liz, for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with Team Glittarazzi!

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