Social Media Launch for Pilot! Coffee anyone?

Hello world! As many of you know, I am the Social Media Marketing Manager for Pilot Travel Centers LLC, headquartered here in the lovely Knoxville, TN.  Well, after a little education and preparation time, we have now launched our first step into the social media world!  You can become a fan of our Facebook  page and receive a free hot beverage coupon good at any Pilot Travel Center or Pilot Food Mart location.  It was a very exciting day yesterday here at Pilot as I pressed the “publish” button for the page. My boss even took a picture he was so excited.

Lynsay pressing publish!

Me pressing "publish"! (Don't look at my messy desk)

We’ve got a lot of exciting stuff in store, and I’m so glad to be pressing forward. Those of you who have been in my office have seen the huge whiteboard wall that I have.  It looks a bit like “The Beautiful Mind” when you walk in with the 6 different Expo marker colors and arrows that seem to point in every direction.  Let’s just say that wall continues to get fuller and fuller as people are seeing the Facebook page and new ideas are sparking.  I love that about digital media!  When you see something, it jogs your creative thinking to come up with more ideas. 

I’m very excited about coffee being our number one conversation piece right now.  I wouldn’t be able to live without coffee, and Pilot’s coffee, especially the Dark Roast with French Vanilla creamer, is my favorite.  It really is the best on the interstate!  I know that when I’m traveling, I always try to keep tabs on where I am on the interstate in relation to the next Pilot.  I can always count on the coffee being fresh and consistent.  I’ve literally never had a bad cup.  It feels good to really love what you are talking about.  If you haven’t tried a cup, stop by your local Pilot and pick one up!  But first, become a fan on Facebook and get a free coupon!


Snow in Knoxville!

I love it that my very first post on my new blog comes just after the first snowfall of the season here in Knoxville.  Snow is so rare in this valley that when it actually sticks on the ground, you must jump into action to take advantage of it.  I didn’t want to sit inside all morning watching the wintery flakes fall just to see it disappear in a few hours.  So I decided to jump on my bike and take a ride around Knoxville for a little adventure. 

First off, I’ve got to tell you a little bit about my bike.  I absolutely love it!  It was a gift from my dad this past summer.  It’s a 1986 Western Flyer Centura.  You don’t see these bikes anymore since they’ve discontinued the brand.  I remember seeing my mom and sister ride this bike when I was a child, and now after a little fixing up I get to enjoy it!  I have thoroughly enjoyed riding the Knoxville greenways on it this past summer and fall.  And now it’s seen the first signs of winter!

rockin' the greenways!

yep, always gotta wear a helmet!

Riding in the cold with wind blowing in my face was a first for me, but it was definitely a lot of fun.  It felt really good to get outside.  If you know me even a little bit you know how much I love being outside.  I mean, I would live in a tent for 30% of the year if I had my way.  Cold weather limits your outdoor time, so I jump at the chance when I get to take adventures outdoors.  Well this particular adventure definitely delivered.  We rode by the docks just past Calhoun’s on the river, and I saw this particularly cool looking boat.  Some of you may have seen this before, but for some reason I just wanted to stop and take a look at it’s vintage-ness. I dig all things vintage.  It looks to me like something you’d see in a Bond movie.  I can just picture a villan perched on top complete with a martini and white cat.

that's Blake. he thought the boat was cool too.

 And of course, the snow began to melt quickly, but seeing just a sprinkling up on the ridge was still cool.

if you squint you can see the snow dusting

Someone once told me that the things you enjoy doing as adults were things you did when you were a kid.  I’m beginning to believe this more and more.  I mean who didn’t love the snow or riding your bike as a kid?  I just love it that you still get to be a kid, all giddy about the snow, even when you’re supposed to be all grown up.  There’s always time to be a kid no matter how old you are.