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Quicken Loans DIFF wishes you a Happy Halloween!

Quicken Loans DIFF wishes you Happy Halloween!

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Doctor M. David Jackson Will Tickle Your Funnybone as He Measures Your Muscles

Dr. Jackson Will Tickle Your Funnybone

Going to the doctor can be a drag. But if you have a great doctor, you might even look forward to it!

Honestly, my own doctor, Dr. Peter Dews of the Providence hospital group in Detroit, is one of the great ones. In fact, when I recently called to make an appointment and learned he had moved to another hospital group many miles away, I gladly tracked him down and followed him there. He’s one that I could not let get away. In fact, he really renewed my faith in the medical profession after several bad doctor experiences.

But in this post I want to talk about a doctor that Dr. Dews referred me to. A doctor that made me laugh, despite being zapped with electric shocks and repeatedly stabbed with long needles.

In an effort to try to find out what is wrong with my continually painful wrist (other than the fact I am on the computer for 14+ hours a day!), Dr. Dews referred me to Dr. M. David Jackson for an EMG. That’s Electromyography for the uninitiated. And I have to say I had no idea what it entailed.

Completely innocent of what an EMG was, I went to see Dr. Jackson with no expectations. On the way to the appointment, I encountered construction and was running late that morning. I sat for some time in the examination room, face-to-face with a strange looking computer, and assumed this was the Electromyograph thingy.

I was correct, but it was more than that. When Dr. Jackson came into the room he explained that this machine would not only record the response of my muscle cells, but would do so by administering a series of increasingly powerful electric shocks.

Referring to my lateness, he fake-maniacally laughed as he attached the electrodes to my hand and arm, and said, "After this, you’ll never be late again."

Ha!

I must say that this procedure was overall very, very unpleasant. But this joke made me laugh, and set the tone for the rest of the ordeal, which was made much less of an ordeal with humor.

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YOUR EMAIL WILL BE DELETED WITHOUT READING IT

UFL has a silly email policyHere's a story I find interesting.

To make a long story short, the other day one of the team leaders from one of the Quicken Loans family of companies sent an email to the UFL and this is what happened.

The UFL, for those not in the know, is the latest attempt to compete with the almighty NFL to supply the American public's never-ending thirst for good pro football.

I don't want to mention the obvious, but lots of others have tried and failed (remember the USFL, the XFL, the World Football League, even Arena Football????), and that's what makes the email reply that the team leader got back from them all the more ridiculous.

Anyway, so here's what happened. Our guy wanted to send their guys a suggestion about their uniforms. Nothing big. Just a friendly suggestion. So he went to the contact page (http://www.ufl-football.com/contact) on their site and found this:

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Quicken Loans office fun: your shiny new cube

Word to the wise: 3 weeks is far too long to leave your mischievous co-workers alone with your belongings.

Yes, my brother works at Quicken Loans too. Yes, this is his desk. Yes, he spent 3 weeks in Italy with his wife. And YES, his team wrapped every single item of his in tin foil.

Quicken Loans Pranks

As a co-worker, I find this hilarious and awe-inspiring. As his little sister, I find it AWESOME.

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Quicken Loans is hiring & attending job fairs!

Got a heads up from my friends Pete and Eric on our Recruiting team about 2 career fairs in Michigan. I think this is cool not only because we'll be there, but, well, Michigan's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country. So, Michigan, if you're reading this and need a job – get to one of these career fairs tomorrow!

To check out what we have to offer, visit our Careers site and view all of Quicken Loans job listings.

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Happy National Boss Day from Quicken Loans

Happy National Boss Day!

Even though the word "boss" is a 4-letter word at Quicken Loans (we use the term "leader"), we took a few minutes to celebrate the leader of the DIFF/Brain Storm team, Mr. Clayton George Closson III today, National Boss Day. Treated him to his favorite coffee (Starbucks), some Halloween candy and of course, a slightly irreverent card. It's me and the big guy in the image above.
Happy Leader Day!

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Starbucks Via Ready Brew is an instant hit!

Starbucks Via Ready Brew instant coffee is GREATStarbucks has done the impossible.

Starbucks Via Ready Brew is an instant coffee that actually TASTES GOOD! I'm not kidding. I never thought I'd see the day.

I remember years ago when my grandfather came to live with us for a few months. He was this grumpy old Italian guy and he actually preferred instant coffee to the fresh stuff my father made everyday. I never understood it. He made me a cup once and it tasted like burnt mud that someone left out in the sun for a week.

But not Starbucks Via. It tastes almost like fresh-brewed Starbucks. It's kind of scary. How do they do it? What secrets from the annals of Alchemy have the wizards of Starbucks ressurected to create this strange but tasty brew? I guess I really don't care, because I like it so much.

If anyone from Starbucks happens to read this, I'd LOVE some free samples of Starbucks Via (just to make sure I really do like it). Seriously. That would make me happy.

Clayton Closson
Quicken Loans Marketing
20555 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48152

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Stylecaster: the iPhone Clothing Recommendation App

Stylecaster Indecisive about what to wear in the morning?  Unprepared for the temperature outside? Thanks to StyleCaster, there's now an app for that.  Yes, your iPhone can now suggest what to wear to help you get dressed every morning.

This iPhone app takes into consideration what the temperature is outside in your location, and provides recommendations of stylish looks.  Like the StyleCaster website, this app it provides customized style tips, news, videos, and beauty trends.  You can now have an extensive catalog of the latest designer clothing right at your fingertips.

Beyond clothing, consumers can also get information on products, hair styles, stores, and makeup advice all from each styled look.  The best part about this app?  It's completely free.  So check out the StyleCaster iPhone app, and cut your time getting ready in the morning by half.

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Artie Lange Concert in Detroit to Benefit Quicken Loans Team Member Adam Niskar

Channel 4 WDIV interviews Adam Niskar at Quicken Loans office before Artie Lang Benefit Concert Just over 10 years, ago Quicken Loans team member Adam Niskar had a day that changed his life forever.

A day and a 10 year journey that is best explained in the words of his brother, Ross: 

It was an extremely hot summer and Adam attended a lake party with
friends. He decided to go swimming and, like he’d done many times
before, Adam went running off the dock.

This dive was different.

Water
levels were dangerously low. Adam hit his head on the bottom of the
lake. What he thought was a safe level was only 30 inches of water.
After he hit the lake floor, he immediately knew something was wrong.

Adam
could not move his limbs. He was laying face down and in danger of
drowning. At first, his friends thought he was joking. But this was no
joke.

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Augmented Reality: Your Phone + Virtual Reality

The invention of the iPhone seems to have spurred on a whole new world of possibilities.  Gone are the days where phones only capable of text and calling are good enough.  With smartphones now able to browse the internet like your computer, edit documents, and get you directions while showing all the traffic jams, what can a phone do next?

Augmented reality is a brilliant concept that connects reality and virtual reality to provide more information, faster, and more accurately.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017