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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Danny Melendez

August 23, 2013
UncommonGoods Inbound Ops Supervisor Danny Melendez
Danny Melendez, UncommonGoods Inbound Warehouse Supervisor

My hometown is…
Queens, NY

My favorite process in the UncommonGoods warehouse is…
Large Packing, one of our shipping processes. It involves packing shipments of varying quantities and sizes. It was my first role at UncommonGoods and I enjoyed the speed and challenge. I don’t pack regularly now, but I will occasionally hop on the line to show that I still got it.

I’m inspired by…
A strong work ethic. I always need to work hard and succeed in what I am doing.

My first purchased uncommon good was…
Nest Egg Necklace (for my girlfriend’s mom).

An uncommon fact about me…
I used to work for the Big Apple Circus.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Watching Cartoons.

The word that best describes me…
Tall.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
How to use Excel, project management, and putting reports together.

Would you rather … Watch Star Wars Episode I 20 times in a row OR give up all of your Star Wars minis? (Yes, we know about your collection!)
Definitely would not give up the minis. So I would stomach watching Episode I 20 times.

Gift Guides

Gift Lab: How to Stay Chill & Kick Back Cold Ones

June 11, 2013

Research
I was already familiar with the Corkcicle, but was excited to hear of the introduction of the Chillsner— a stainless steel tool you freeze and then put in your beer, juice, or soda.

Hypothesis
My hope is that my beverage remains cold, even if I get distracted playing video games.

Experiment
I have to admit I was a little skeptical about using the Chillsner. Also I was a little nervous my lips would get stuck to it, due to the Chillsner’s time in the freezer. So on the first night, I put the product in the freezer for an hour. (The instructions call for 45 minutes.) I took it out and stuck it in the bottle, but not following the instructions, I spilled some of my beer because I didn’t take a sip first. Stupid physics.

The first attempt worked pretty well, even though I purposely put the Chillsner in a warm beer, and it cooled it pretty quickly. Yum.

The next night, the Chillsner had been in the freezer for 24 hours. My lips still didn’t get stuck. Also I made sure not to spill my beer. It kept my chilled beer chilled as I nursed it for an hour and a half. Normally I don’t take this long to drink a beer, but sacrifices must be made in the name of science.

Conclusion
Overall, I was pleased. My beer stayed cold for much longer than I was used to. I look forward to using the Chillsner this summer.

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