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Meet Michael B. – Computer-side chat with Michael

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Thrifty Rent-A-Car System, Inc.
Once upon a time, I used to work in the same office space with  Michael B. I could have easily used Michael’s head for paper football practice, we were sitting so close. Now, he is situated in the reservations department, and I, sitting in the middle room in the office. He passes by the middle room and goes through the middle room, so I still see him, but there is surely not enough time to practice my paper football aiming skills. I now play the game with my two computer screens.

Allison poking fun at Michael which is why Michael looks like a mischievous little boy in this picture

Michael’s “mug shot” according to Allison who was just passing through when this picture was taken. Hence, Michael’s sideways glance

I had a chance to catch up with Michael and do a fireside computer-side chat, so he made his journey over to my desk and this is how it went:

K – What do you do?

M – I am in Operations. Right now I’m doing advertising for our City Guides.

K – Pray tell, good sir, what are City Guides?

M- City Guides go out with all of our e-tickets, so our customers have reference points in the city, like where to eat, cab companies, etc., so they’ll have an idea of what to expect when they get to their destination.

K – Cool. From what I understand, this is a brand new position for you. You came from the Ticketing Department.

M – Right. I was in ‘Special Products’.

K – Can you tell me how  that came to be?

M – It was just kind of by accident. I was chatting to Ryan by Skype one day and told him I wanted to do something different. He asked me what I wanted to do and from there it’s history. :)

K – What is you favorite part of the job?

M – I just like being able to use what I know and apply that to an actual job. I have restaurant experience (been a manager for almost a decade), so I know how managers think and how they work. It’s nice to be able to talk them and get on their level.  I’m using all my past job experiences right now.

K – You said you were born and raised in Atlanta. What are three things people should know about this lovely city of Atlanta?

M – Hmm. 1) Well we have a lot of things to offer as far as touristy stuff, we just don’t always know it. Be a tourist in your own town! We drive by so many things, but we never take the time and go see it. Just look around because there is always something to do.

2) Don’t go to downtown Atlanta after dark alone. Dead serious. I mean, have you seen the Walking Dead?

3) 285 does not end.

K – What is you favorite city and why?

M – I love Savannah, actually. I love Savannah A LOT.  I love the history, the cobblestones in the street. I love the Pirate House and how old it is. Treasure Island was written there. So any town with a real rich history– that’s my favorite.

K – Where would you like to go next?

M – I’ve never been to the West. Ever. Never been passed Memphis. If I could get to the West Coast that would be fantastic…. Vegas! Vegas would be cool.

K – What do you like about traveling?

M – I like the newness of it. I love the new experiences, so the new sights, the new sounds, it’s my favorite thing about traveling.

K – If you could take the office to a field trip, where would we go?

M – Honestly, I would take everyone to Washington D.C or New York City. Definitely New York, simply because the vast amounts of things you can do there. It has EVERYTHING. …and hot dog vendors!

K – Do you have any interesting travel stories?

M – I used to travel a lot. I used to be a detective. Outside the big cities in the South, everything is just Podunk. It’s just really bizarre how they operate. I’ve been chased out of Alabama! I outran two Alabama state patrol officers once.

Well I was on my way home, I was tired, and I was stuck in traffic. I found a hole in the traffic, so I got to it and stepped on the gas. I blew by an Alabama patrolman and he came after me. I was just 5 miles away from the Georgia border, so I pushed the pedal a little further and raced him to the border and made it. So that’s my travel story! I was gettin’ home!

K – Tablet, smartphone, or old school book. Which would you use to kill time in a layover?

M – I’m very old school, so it would be books. I like paper, analog, CDs…still watch VHS. I don’t like this new stuff!

K – Do you do more traveling around America or do you travel overseas?

M – I’ve never been overseas, but I would like to see more of America first.

K – Last question: what’s one fear about traveling?

M – I’ve been robbed while I was traveling once and it sucked. It was a very bad experience. Losing my luggage, my credit cards, my ID are just some things I fear because it can really happen.

Now here is a special tidbit just for you! Michael’s fun Atlanta fact that he tossed into the interview: Atlanta was developed as a railroad hub. That’s why everything is in a circle… because trains and switch tracks and directions in circles.

- Kris

Meet Michelle aka Swiss Army Knife

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Chocolate Gifts from
Michelle is like a Swiss Army knife. She pretty much does everything from fixing printers to creating vacation packages all while handling whatever ideas that Ryan throws at us. It’s pretty fun watching her do her thang in the office. Our Swiss Army knife sat down with me to chat about work, Savannah, and Russell Brand.

K: What do you do?

M: I’m the Co-Director of Operations and Ryan’s assistant, so I help with vacation packages, chargebacks, customer requests and any other kind of special projects Ryan may have.

K: How long have you been working at Reserve123?

M: I’ve been working here since May of 2004 so a little over seven years. I started as a Reservations Agent, then Assistant Reservations Manager, then Reservations Manager, then Marketing Manager and Assistant to the President and CEO, and then we joined Marketing and Advertising Departments which is now the Operations Department. I’ve been here forever and do a little bit of everything!

K: What is your favorite part about your job?

M: The fact that it changes everyday. I’ll be working on vacation packages one day, then I’ll do reviews all day one day, and then the next day I’ll be helping Allison do a special project. I never really know what to expect when I get here.

K: Any news going on with you? Any buns in the oven? Craving pickles and ice cream?

M: Hahaha what are you talking about? Haha I actually put it up on Facebook and made it Facebook official that I am pregnant. Got to see a nice strong heartbeat and saw a spinal cord. I was happy and good, so I made an announcement. =)

K: Congrats!

M: Thank you! I’m due around March 5th!

K: You don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl?

M: Not yet. I’m waiting for a 3D ultrasound to see the baby’s sex.

K: Do you have a preference of boy or girl.

M: I want one of each. Prefer a boy first, but I’ll be happy either way. =)

K: Have you been having any weird food urges?

M: Honestly, I’ve been craving fruit. I want fruit, and I want it all the time! It’s fruits and veggies that’s been standing out. It’s that and salty snacks! It hits me in the evenings; sometimes all I want is popcorn.

K:What’s your favorite city in which to have fun and relax?

M: Nashville for fun. Last time we were there, we got to stand on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Allison got to fist bump Darius Rucker. I got to say hi to Charles from Lady Antebellum. He is GORGEOUS. We were literally standing  on the stage, behind the performers, as they were performing.
For relaxing, I’d have to say Savannah. We really like to go to Tybee Island and lay out on the beach, but Savannah is also fun. You can do so much in Savannah.

K: I’m so happy that you love Savannah.

M: Oh I LOVE Savannah. When we started working with the hotels in Savannah, I was like, “Oh, you want me to come down to Savannah? OK, Sure!”

K: If you could have a live concert in the office, who would play, and where would it be held?

M: Hmm. I would have to say Reba because one of my best friends, Cherie Oakley, wrote a #1 hit for her – “Turn on the Radio”. Cherie was on NBC’s The Voice. I would say Reba in the hopes that Cherie would come with her, and they’d sing it together or something. And where? I’d have to say the Reservations Department because that is probably the biggest area.

K: What is your favorite travel song?

M: Right now, if I were to plug in my iPod, it would be a playlist of songs from Glee. I absolutely love that show. But if I had to pick a non-Glee song, I’d have to pick Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”. I don’t know why, but I love that friggin song.

K: If you can pick the perfect vacation for Nikita, where would she go and what tours would you choose for her.

M: I know Nikita likes New York. She was actually up in New York for six weeks this summer for a photography internship. I would have to put her own a Hop On, Hop Off because who doesn’t get on a double decker tour in New York? There’s some photography tours, definitely the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. And maybe a Broadway show or two, she may dig that. I know she loves museums.

K: Ok, last but not least —  word association. You know how to play. ;) So.. travel

M: Tours


M: E-tickets!

K: Chargebacks

M:Allison… haha

K: Vacation

M: Relaxation

K: Michael B.

M: Alacatraz. He does Alcatraz Tickets! He’s our special products guy. =)

K: Sacki

M: Friendly

K: Allison

M: Sweet

K: Ryan

M: Fun….hahaha and crazy!

K: Katy Perry… I swear I wrote that before the interview!

M: HonestIy, I automatically think about Russell Brand and the fact that he’s a diva. Makes me wonder who in the marriage is the diva. I feel it would be him.

K: He’s weird. I don’t think he’s attractive at all. I like his accent but that’s about it.

M: Yeah, it’s close your eyes and listen to him speak…

K: Nerd

M: ME!

Unfortunately, you  missed out on about 15 minutes of talk about Glee, Walking Dead, and Cherie Oakley and about 20 minutes of giggling. I couldn’t fit everything on here, but just know that Michelle is a television nerd who can also double as an office Swiss Army knife. =)

- Kris

Meet Allison

Friday, August 19th, 2011


Conference room with intimidating art and giant metal vases

The first time I stepped into the Alcatraz Media office, after the creepy hallway, and Sacki’s happy face, I was interviewed by two bubbly personalities, one of them being Allison. I was so intimidated by the large picture of pencils in the conference room, but Allison and Michelle made a job interview into a friendly chat.   Not many people can do that, and if you can… well, kudos. (I don’t really have anything witty to say about that.)


Fun Fact: Allison emails everyone in the office that it’s your birthday. See? Epitome of friendly…

K – What do you do?

A – I am the Operations and Administrative Assistant. I help pretty much everyone in the department. I handle most of our credit card chargebacks, so that’s what takes up a portion of my day.

K- How long have you been working here?

A – I started in February, so it’ll be six months next week!

K – COngrats!

A – Thanks!

K – What’s your favorite part of the job?

A – I love the travel and hospitality industry. I love looking at all the tours and seeing where everyone is going. I love all the people who work here. It makes it fun to work…when you like all of your coworkers. haha

K – What’s the fastest form of communication for you in the office – skype or email?

A – Hahaha Skype. Definitely.

K – Are you a Mac or PC person? This is a very big question.

A – It is a very big question…It’s a heated question. I have a PC, but my husband a big, huge iMac that I like using because it’s all fast and snazzy. But I love my PC too. I also have an iPhone, so I’m kind of an Apple convert. I’m in the middle! I have the best of both worlds!

K – If everyone were to play hide and seek in the office, where would you hide?

A – Oh my gosh…. umm… I’m thinking.

K – I’m here to ask the big questions.

A – I know. No one has ever asked me that before. I guess…. I would hide in the cabinets in the kitchen. =)

K- That’s good to know. Now you can’t hide there because I’ll know.

A – Well, it’ll be on a day when you’re not here. (ah ha, touche Allison, but I revealed your secret to everyone, You must hide elsewhere!)

K – What’s you favorite coffee drink?

A – I like just regular coffee, or I guess iced coffee the most.

K – What is the first and last thing you do when you enter and leave the office.

A – First thing I do every morning is I have to say good morning to Modesty or she yells at me. hahaha I walk right by her because she always gets her first. And the last thing I do is forget to lock my filing cabinet hahah because  I am always doing that.

K – We were to all have a group office field trip, where would you want all of us to go?

A – Hmm an all inclusive resort like… in Fiji. =)  Got that, Ryan!

K –  What is your catchphrase?

A – Probably ‘awesome’. I say that whether the news is good or bad. ha

K – What is Michelle’s catchphrase?

A – I don’t know. She always talk about tv shows, so not a specific phrase. Maybe like ‘How I Met Your Mother’  or ‘True Blood’.

K – If heaven exits, what would you like to hear God say at the Pearly Gates?

A – Good job.

- Kris

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