I recently hosted a house party as a member of the Verizon Boomer Voices Program. I called it “A Very Verizon Party,” and it featured my own take on Michael Feldman’s Whad’ya Know? quiz show, a program produced by Public Radio International. I’m pleased to report that a very good time was had by all, what with the great food, good fun, and gadgets galore courtesy of the techno-geniuses at Verizon Wireless. I wish all of you could have been there, but there wouldn’t have been enough Chocolate Tea Cake to go around. (Do you like the way I incorporated the black and red Verizon Wireless logo colors into my dessert?)
As a reader of this blog, this is your consolation prize: the chance to peer through the looking glass of your screen and glimpse a few highlights from the party. You’re never far from my thoughts, dear readers. Come along and enjoy!
Look at the great swag nestled in those black and red bags: A water bottle (complete with a nifty ice holder); a phone holder; a stylus that doubles as a pen; a flash drive stocked with detailed information on the devices demonstrated at the party; a list of nearby Verizon Wireless stores and, to go with it, a $50 coupon redeemable with purchase at one of those stores.
And check out the buffet table! In addition to the chocolate tea cake, I served fresh strawberries, an array of cheeses (and crackers), assorted nuts, and a few decadent sweets from Trader Joe’s.
These are some of the prizes that were up for grabs:To keep things moving along, I held a few old-fashioned drawings. But my guests really loved playing “Whad’ya Know About Verizon Wireless?” They wrote their names on index cards upon their arrival, and I drew two cards for each round of play. I had already downloaded two service bell apps—one for my iPhone and on for the DROID RAZR MAXX HD I’ve been testing for the program. Whoever rang the bell first got to answer the first question (there were five questions in each round).
I wish I had pictures of the contestants playing the game, but here are some of the sample questions. As with Feldman’s program, the questions were painstakingly researched, but the answers were not. (How would you do with these questions?)
I. A FITBIT is:
a) a device that fits into a horse’s bridle
b) a type of healthy, delicious candy that has zero calories
c) a item of apparel that will always fit you no matter how much weight you gain
d) a device that tracks your calories, activity, and sleep and syncs with your mobile device or laptop
II. TRUE OR FALSE:
Accessories and devices available through Verizon Wireless will only work with the Android Operating System
III. The slogan or tagline in the old Verizon commercials is:
a) Rethink Possible
b) The Power of a Network
c) Can You Hear Me Now?
d) Just Do It.
IV. TRUE OR FALSE: The iconic spokesperson for Verizon Wireless, featured in the “Can you hear me now?” commercials, had blond hair and wore a long-sleeved blue shirt.
V. The Verizon Wireless store closest to where we’re having this party is located:
a) at Westgate Mall
b) at Crocker Park
c) at Tower City
d) at Legacy Village
Here are some pictures of my guests.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my virtual party! So long for now!
Cheryl Therrien (@geekgirlusa) said:
Love it! I might have to borrow some of your ideas. 🙂
Have at it, Cheryl! Good luck with your party!!
Karen Williams Taylor said:
I love this. It would be so much fun. I also love Verizon! You did a great job with this…party and post!
Thanks, Karen!! I listened to “Whad’ya Know” today and reminisced about my party.
Stillblondeafterall (@stillblondeaaty) said:
Loved peering into your party. SO much fun! You make me feel like i was there.
Thanks! My guests appreciated the product demonstrations, too. We covered a lot of ground while having fun.
Sandra Sallin said:
Well, you already sold me because I’m on verizon. I’m sure it was because of you.
Thank you for letting me know! And as always, thanks for reading the blog.
Generation Above Me (@TheGenAboveMe) said:
Thanks for sharing this info with me! What a lovely home you have.
My goodness…thank you! We’ve only been here since February and have lots to do (painting the living room, for one thing), but it’s a wonderfully comfortable home.
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