Meet The Staff: Raymond Contreras

Welcome back to Meet The Staff. Today’s focus is going to be on Raymond Contreras, a 5 year veteran of Pot-O-Gold. This week’s segment is going to be on the shorter side, but hopefully you will get a decent enough picture on what makes Raymond tick. He is a bit of a mystery man. Raymond was born on December 12, 1974 in El. Salvador. In his free time Raymond likes to “play.” Seeing answers like these gets my mind racing. Play what? Sports? Video Games? Cello? Let your mind take you on a journey. Raymond palate favors rice and beans. Possibly casamiento? Casamiento is a delicious rice and bean dish from El. Salvador. If you’ve never tried it, I highly suggest you do. Delicious! If any actor were to play Raymond in a movie, he would want Sylvester Stallone to play the role. Who doesn’t love Rocky or Rambo? Raymond’s ideal vacation isn’t a where, but it’s a when. He want to have a nice December vacation. Doing what? Who knows, but my guess is to take a week off for his birthday. Possibly visit Miami. That’s what I would do. Cumbia, Latin-American dance music, gets Raymond pumped and motivated for the day. I mean can u blame the man? When I think of Latin-American dance music, I think of Shakira. How’s that for motivation? Raymond’s most unusual habit is going to work. That’s right! You heard it here first folks! Maybe Ray Ray here is a man of leisure. There’s no shame in that! To end it, Raymond’s first job was labor. That’s right. Labor. Maybe I had the leisure thing wrong. Maybe he’s a man’s man who loves the feeling of sweat on his brow. Who knows?

Alright guys, that’s going to be it for this week’s Meet The Staff. Don’t forget to tune in next week! Bye now!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are taking a step back from our usual blog this week and we are going to talk about breast cancer.  It’s October so breast cancer awareness is front and center in everyone’s mind. For breast cancer in women, the death rate has decreased by 36 percent between 1989 and 2012. And over the last 30 years, the 5-year relative survival rate for breast cancer has gone up by 21.3 percent, according to the ACS. In 1975, the 5-year survival rate for women was 75.2 percent, but in 2008, it was 90.6 percent. Breast cancer is more survivable than ever thanks to advancements modern medicine. At stage 1, you almost have a 100% 5-year survival rate and 93% at stage 2. Because of these incredible numbers, it is more important than ever to do check yourself for any abnormalities about once a month. Men, this goes for you too. Male breast cancer is a thing. About 2,600 men were estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. That may not be a whole lot, but it still happens so be vigilant.

Every October, there are huge fundraisers across the country to raise money to fight breast cancer. People doning pink show up in droves to donate what they can be it their time or money. Walks are held where these pink clad heroes walk miles to bring awareness to the cause. Don your pink ribbons and march! Because of these efforts, cancer research has been slung forward by many bounds. The funding that raised helped save so many lives. The more people made aware of this cause, the more people you will have to donate to it. With more donations comes more funding for research. With more research…well… hopefully one day there will be a cure.

Meet The Staff: Bobby Crosby

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Bobby Crosby, a 7-year veteran of Pot-O-Gold! Bobby was born June 6, 1973 and is from Hammond, LA. He is currently engaged with his lovely fiance. In his free time, Bobby enjoys “anything sports.” And come chow time, Bobby favors The Chimes’ seafood. If Bobby could go on his ideal vacation, he would like to go white water rafting and hiking in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.

If Bobby could have anyone play him in a movie, he would like to be Brad Pitt because of “similar appearance.” Bobby must be beating the ladies off with a stick! Rock and R&B music gets him ready for the day. High octane music will do that to you! Bobby’s best attributes are his easy goingness, his kind heart, and the fact that he is a good friend to many. His most unusual habit is reminiscent of Santa Clause. Every night before bed he partakes in cookies and milk. Sounds delicious. If Bobby could have any car, he would want a Bugatti. If Bobby could meet one person, he would like to meet his grandfather. He passed away before Bobby was born. He and I are alike in that regard. Bobby is a season ticket holder to LSU football (Geaux Tigers) and when he was younger he dreamed of playing for the NFL. One of Bobby’s most fond memories was from his teenage years when his team won the championship. Bobby’s nickname is Sweet Daddy. If he could visit anywhere in the world, he would like to visit Italy. Not a bad place to visit if I do say so myself. Bobby’s bucket list includes skydiving (he is much braver than I), Ride in a helicopter (two birds one stone?), and to go deep-sea diving (he is REALLY brave). Bobby’s guilty pleasure is buying clothes for himself. What can you say? “Every girl’s crazy bout a sharp dressed man”- ZZ Top. His very first celebrity crush was Alyssa Milano. The best piece of advice he has ever received was from his father. “If you want something bad enough, be willing to work for it.” Wise words to live by. Finally, if granted one super power, Bobby would choose the gift of flight.

Thanks for stopping by for this week’s Meet The Staff! I will see you guys next week!

Meet The Staff: Toby Martin

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus will be on one of Pot-O-Gold‘s newest members, Toby Martin. Toby was born Feb 4, 1988 and is from San Angelo, TX. He has been working for Pot-O-Gold as a pump truck driver for about 4 months, but he has been a pump truck driver for about two and a half years working for other companies. Toby was raised by his grandparents and is now married to his beautiful wife and became a stepfather to his 2 wonderful daughters. When he has the time, Toby likes to visit different beaches with his wife. Idealy, one day he would love to visit the beaches of the Caribbean Islands. On game day, Toby likes to watch the Dallas Cowboys play.

Now for some interesting factoids!

If an actor were to play Toby in a movie, he would like to cast Mark Whalberg to play the role because “he’s a good actor and one of my favorites.” Heavy Metal gets Toby motivated in the morning. There is nothing quite like some Metallica or Pantera to get your blood pumping in the morning! To wind down, Toby turns on some country music. His best attribute is his work ethic. He works hard and is dedicated to anything he sets his mind to. We need more people in the world like Toby. His most unusual habit is the he “vapes all day, every day.” #vapenation His dream car is a lamborghini. There is nothing quite like the sound of a lambo is there? If Toby could meet any person, he would meet Eminem because he relates to him and he sees him as a good person. One of the most special things about Toby is that he is extremely loyal. When growing up, Toby wanted to be a rock star. I think we have all had this dream. Standing on stage with thousands of people in the audience cheering you on. You’re back to back with Joe Satriani, shredding amazing dual guitar solos that just blow the roof off of the venue. Yea…Toby’s most fond memory is his wedding. It was there that he married the love of his life and it was the last time he saw his grandmother before she passed away. If given the choice to visit anywhere in the word, Toby would like to visit the Bahamas. You can tell that this man really loves the sand between his toes and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. The smell of the sea is just intoxicating. Toby’s big bucketlist items are to own a lambo, to drive a nascar or any car that goes over 200mph, and to hang out with the Dallas Cowboys. His guilty pleasure is ice cream! He tends to eat way too much, but who can blame him. It’s so tasty! His first celebrity crush was Pamela Anderson. I have a feeling Toby used to watch a lot of Baywatch when he was younger. The best piece of advice Toby has ever received is “Always trust in our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and give faith a fighting chance.” His grandparents wrote that in the first bible they bought him. Toby’s first job was working at a fast food restaurant called Best Fried Chicken. At least it wasn’t at Los Pollos Hermanos. To bring things to an end, if Toby could have one superpower, he would love to have the power of invisibility.

Thank you for reading this weeks Meet The Staff. We will be back next friday with another!

Meet The Staff: Daniel Pacheco

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is on Daniel Pacheco, a nine month long Pot-O-Gold employee. I like to call 9 month long employees POG babies…because you know…babies take 9 months in the oven…yeah…bad joke. ANYHOW! Daniel was born August 9, 1978 and is from Denver, Co and Waxahachie, Tx. Daniel is a single father of six beautiful children. He is definitely a family man, and as a family man, his ideal vacation would to be to go visit his family in Denver! In Daniel’s free time, he enjoys playing video games (easily my favorite pastime) and playing with his kids. When it comes to food, he enjoys Chinese and Mexican.

Now for a little bit of Q & A!

What actor would you want to play you in a movie?

Al Pacino

What music get you motivated for the day?

Rock / Country

What do you feel is your best attribute?

Hard working and loyal

What is you most unusual habit?

I’m a clean freak

If you could have any car, what would it be?

I want a BMW MS

If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Al Pachino because he is a good person and actor

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

I have a bit heart.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a pilot.

What is one of you most fond memories?

My children being born.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Yes, Checo.

If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go?

Russia

What three things would you put on your bucket list?

Skydiving, driving a nascar, flying a plane.

What is one guilty pleasure you have?

chocolate

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Emma Stone (this man has a great taste in women)

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

Men want respect and women want to be loved, so men must love to get respect from a woman.

What was your first job?

What-A-Burger

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Super speed

 

Festivals: The Sequel

There are a lot of festivals coming up soon in New Orleans alone. Fried Chicken Festival, Oktoberfest, New Orleans Film Festival, Louisiana Seafood Festival and more. The good times will be rolling and the food will be flowing. And beer. Lots and lots of beer. Especially during Oktoberfest. How’s that for a good time?

Thousands of people flock to these events that last for days at a time to experience all they have to offer. Nothing is quite like spending time with friends and family at a festival having the time of your life. Chowing down on delicious food, tossing back tasty lauger, and watching some incredible indie films make for a wonderful experience. Pot-O-Gold is here to help elevate that experience.

Pot-O-Gold is the gulf south’s premier portable toilet and dumpster company. We have been around since 1983 gaining a ton of loyal customers who use us for every event, construction project, and disaster relief. Pot-O-Gold’s event portable toilets provide an excellent restroom solution for any festival. Our handwash stations are paramount to help keep your hands clean and free of dirt, grime, and germs at the major food festivals. Pot-O-Gold’s roll off dumpsters provide a fantastic way to manage all of the garbage that accumulates at these events.

Visit potogoldwaste.com or call 1-888-768-6465 to learn more.

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Meet The Staff: Norman Collins Jr.

Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s subject is Norman Collins Jr, a gentleman who has been a pump truck driver for Pot-O-Gold since November 2016. Norman was born February 5, 1971, is from Baton Rouge, La, and has 3 children with his beautiful wife. In his free time he likes to make music; a fantastic hobby if I do say so myself. Norman is a lover of fine surf n’ turf. His favorite is steak and shrimp from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. opulence! His Ideal vacation would be an all-inclusive trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Now for some Q and A!

What actor would you want to play you in a movie?

Boris Kodjoe. People said that we looked alike

What music gets you motivated for the day?

Any kind.

What do you feel is your best attribute?

I try to be a good listener.

What is your most unusual habit?

eating sunflower seeds.

If you could have any car, what  would it be?

It would be a full-sized Denali.

If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be and why?

Tupac. Very smart person and seemed like he would be fun to hang around.

What is something special about you most people don’t know?

That I used to act.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A professional basketball player.

What is one of you most fond memories?

The day my wife and i got married.

Have you ever had a nickname?

yes i did.

If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go?

Rome (Vatican)

What three things would you put on your bucket list?

Trip to Rome, Visiting Medjegoria, and traveling to Australia.

What is one guilty pleasure you have?

Not knowing when to stop eating shrimp.

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Nia Long.

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

You can’t change what has been done so accept it and make the best of it.

What was your first job?

Customer Service rep for Delta Airlines.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

To heal people of their illnesses.