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Our #toppicks Slack channel chatter was down considerably this past month. Maybe our team is just too stuffed from all their holiday get-togethers or they are up against some end-of-year deadlines. Nonetheless, a few shared some of their picks after I got them started with my suggestions for the month.
My top picks were…
This Donald Trump 3-D t-shirt with wind responsive hair on Kickstarter. My stepsister finds random stuff like this all the time and this item really caught my eye. The concept is real original and I can’t help but chuckle. My hope is that I run into someone wearing this at some point so I can see the hair in action.
All the news coming from Summerfest recently has me excited to be in Milwaukee this summer. Red Hot Chili Peppers have been on my bucket list of performers to see and I have already purchased my tickets for their show in June at the Marcus Amphitheater. Additionally, the announcement of plans for the new U.S. Cellular Stage that will be built by 2018 looks amazing. I can’t wait to see this when it is done and hope that some of my favorite bands will be playing this stage in the future.
And finally I put a plug in for Charley’s Philly Steaks. I have a feeling this hidden little gem in the Fox River Mall in Appleton may experience a major boost in sales now that I let the cat out of the bag. They have incredible cheese steak sandwiches. I have a feeling our team would really enjoy them…so much that I could see us eating there every week to be honest.
Software Engineer Lawrence Valiquette II share four picks with us. Lawrence says “Every now and then I find myself watching documentaries on Netflix and yesterday I watched one on Algorithms. They did a great job visualizing how the different algorithms functioned and even held the attention of my 6 year- old daughter. It's worth checking out if anyone is mildly interested in documentaries.”
Lawrence’s other three picks were all game related. Here are his hot takes in his own words.
Colt Express - This board game has been out for a while, but I have played a lot of it this year. It is a movement programming game that relies on your ability to remember what actions the other players took. It is also an unwritten rule that you have to talk like you are in the Old West.
Boss Monster 2 - The fun spin with this card game is you play as the boss (bad guy) and have to build your dungeon to prevent the heroes from reaching you.
Life is Strange - I am a big fan of "choices matter" video games like Mass Effect and Heavy Rain, and Life is Strange does a great job of making you feel like the fate of the story is entirely in your hands. It also has a lot of replay-ability as you can go back and pick different choices and see how it changes the game.
Solutions Consultant Josh Forde added a plus one for Life is Strange, sharing that it is “sooooooo good.” He plans to check out Boss Monster 2 based on Lawrence’s recommendation too.
Dwight Trumbower, Solutions Consultant by day and avid skier on snow and water by night, reminded folks that ‘tis the season to check out Nordic Mountain as the people are great and it is centrally located. And switching gears completely in true #toppicks fashion he recommended the Nostalgia Family Size Breakfast Station. He shared that the top griddle comes off and is non-stick…however, it must be for a small family ;).
And lastly, Project Manager Emilie Rusch, shared a new game that she picked up called Bloxels while she was visiting the Mall of America in Minnesota. She says “the one thing I read after the fact is some reviews say you don’t actually need the board (it is kind of pricey) and you can just use the app, but to me that eliminates the fun of it.” Emilie hasn’t had a chance to play it quite yet as it is a gift for her nieces and nephews. But it did spark enough interest from our team that others like Solutions Consultant Chris Nelson plans to purchase it as a gift as well. He did some research and found that you can get it much cheaper when you purchase it from Target or Wal-Mart than from their actual website.
With the holidays wrapping up and gift giving in full swing, I hope that next month we will have many more #toppicks to share with you. What was your favorite item you came across this past month?