Category Archives: IMHO

My Take on Television Commercials

As seen on TVI need to begin by confessing that I despise commercials. It’s not because I object to the effort to promote and sell products through media. I get that it is a necessary means for funding.  My peeve is that I find myself becoming angry and offended by the tone of most commercials, which seem to be geared toward people with lower mentality.

Let’s face it, years ago it seemed that most commercials were aimed towards those who were not the sharpest crayon in the box. Really? Seriously? How stupid do you think we are? I am one of those individuals who talks back to the television all the time. Even though I am alone, and I fully understand that no one can hear me (except perhaps the neighbors), I verbally answer back and or criticize what needs to be addressed on the television. That includes making grammatical corrections orally on a regular basis.

I even speak up when there is an error in a title or the closed-captioning. There are some rather outrageous ones circulating social media that illustrate my point. And, I swear that “on the street interviews” are conducted only with individuals that have no clue, often using the phrases ” I seen…”, or “We got no….” but back to my point about commercials. These really make me grit my teeth and verbally correct them.

To avoid the painful experience for me to watch most commercials, and I’ll admit there are some cute ones – but they usually show up on social media or YouTube. My solution is to record any program I’d be interested in viewing. That way when I get around to watching it (see upcoming blog addressing THAT topic), I fast-forward through the commercials, to spare myself the discomfort. But one day over the holiday season I found myself with a little time on my hands and not much cued up to be watched. It occurred to me that I hadn’t really seen any commercials in quite some time, and it was possible that I was getting “out of touch”, since occasionally someone refers to a product or item that I was not aware existed.

So I spent a day watching LIVE programming. Not recorded, no fast-warding, and boy did I get an education. I now am completely aware of the problems in today’s society, and solutions that can be purchased to resolve them. I am an expert on Erectile dysfunction, constipation, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, toenail fungus, how much toilet paper to use, menopause, acid reflux, and depression.

And now I understand what was so funny about the cartoon that showed a little boy and his daddy at the park – when the boy asked his dad why that one area was cordoned off, and the dad explained that they were planning an erection showing the founder of that park to be displayed there for eternity. And the little boy’s response was “but they said on TV that if you have an erection lasting more than four hours you need to call your doctor.”

Another thing that irks me – what’s up with the repeated commercials?  I am by no means an expert in the advertising world, but I always thought that commercials were controlled, i.e. not repeated back-to-back. I thought someone was in charge of controlling that.  What good is is to run the same commercial multiple times during a program?  I thought paid time slots were allocated – If a sponsor bought 3 spots on Sunday night programming, you would think he would want all three used on the same hour-long show.  Duh!  Repetition isn’t always effective.  There are products I refuse to buy because I’m sick of hearing about them.  And I’m sure I’m not alone.

The epitome of it all is right around the corner.  Soon we will be hearing about how many millions of dollars will be spent on a “Super-bowl” spot, together with the millions of dollars spent to produce these “classic” pieces.  While there millions of people suffering because the money isn’t available, or funding has been cut.  Where are the priorities?

I think I’ll keep on recording and skipping the commercials.  Yes, I can be classified as a grammar Nazi.  But, I must admit that I am showing great self-control by not taking a red pen with me in the elevator where I live, making grammatical corrections to the notices posted inside the elevator by building management. But I do grit my teeth a lot.

My Bizarre Lunch

Most people who know me or have worked with me observed that I usually eat the same lunch each day.  I like to craft a big homemade salad with fresh veggies, crab flakes, green onions, croutons, tiny cubes of cheese, black olives and spinach, romaine or whatever greens are in season and/or readily available (in other words, on sale or not outrageously priced).

I begin constructing my salad by slicing a tomato into wedges.  I love tomatoes, and generally use the “on the vine” variety because they are flavorful almost all year around and not as risky as the cherry or grape tomatoes.  (I say that because in my personal experience I have seen on more than one occasion where I cherry tomato “exploded” as the diner chomped down on them, spewing out of their mouth and in some cases quite a distance. – How embarrassing is that?) I also personally find in many instances the cherry tomatoes that I have grown or purchased have skins that are difficult to chew – almost like they are wearing spanx, although I have never actually bitten into spanx myself, I am just assuming the similarity.

Back to my bizarre experience today.  I wash cutting up my on the vine tomato, when much to my surprise,  the seeds inside the fruit (another controversial topic for another day) were actually beginning to sprout!  It literally freaked me out – at first I thought it was filled with tiny worms.   I had just previously killed a strange looking spider climbing up the wall, so my mindset was on creepy crawly things. Upon further review, it was apparent that these were actual sprouts!  The seeds were sprouting inside the tomato!!

I have never before experienced this, or even heard of the possibility.  Which brought me to wonder if anyone else ever saw this?  Is this some sort of Monsanto-ism? Since I am a very frugal person by nature, and only moments earlier had trimmed the mold off my block of cheese before cutting it in tiny cubes, I carefully “seeded” the tomato before proceeding to cut it into my bite-sized wedges.   And, I am pleased to report that the tomato tasted fantastic!  Another flavorful (but seedless) masterpiece created for lunch.

March 1st in Wisconsin

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Growing up as a child, I remember each fall during the World Series, my mom would make a pot of chili and set up the card table in the living room so we could watch the ball games while we ate in the living room.  Normally, eating in the living room was not permitted, other than possibly a snack.  I guess that is one of those sensory memories – the smell of chili cooking with the scent of fall in the air, and beautiful falling leaves.

Isn’t it odd that I recall that today in particular.  Here it is, the first day of March 2014.  The boys of summer are at training camp in Arizona participating in the Cactus league games. Today I am enjoying the first spring training game of the season broadcast on TV.  I  have my bowl of chili to eat (on my lap, after all this is MY living room now.)  The Brewers are looking pretty good, for so early in the season.   I am completely enjoying watching the game,  the aroma of the chili ,  however, not happy about the snow blowing sideways out my window!

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Go Figure

You probably are fully aware of all the efforts and advocates who are dedicated on half of individuals who have encountered accessibility barriers.  I personally experience difficulties with accessibility as I struggle to get around with the help of a walker and sometimes a wheelchair.

My eyesight is currently not one of my handicaps,  but I have several friends who are vision impaired.   I found it quite interesting to read this story the other day, and absolutely found it necessary to comment and share.  Truly people never cease to amaze me…………….

It seems a bit ironic to discover an article recently published on Urban Milwaukee.Com titled “Wait, Wait, Wait – The city’s new audio crosswalk alerts are annoying –and potentially dangerous.”  Hmm, how so? you may ask.  The article continues on with more specifics regarding both sides of the argument, and while somewhat tongue in cheek, does have certain points.

For example, when those in charge, such as the head honchos at the Department of Public Works were questioned about the devices, it was pointed out that the accessibility feature for the visually impaired is being placed into use by most municipalities, with many cities using some sort of variation of the audible alert.  Many of you have probably encountered the bird chirping or “cuckoo” audible crossing signals that seem to be helpful and not quite as irritating as listening to “wait, wait, wait” whenever someone presses the crosswalk signal.

A few other interesting points were made, including that in the State of California these type of signals would violate the guidelines of the California Driver Handbook, which instructs drivers to “not give the blind pedestrian verbal directions.  A blind pedestrian listens to all traffic sounds before deciding to cross the street.”  This could be interpreted to say – don’t blind the visually impaired because they “look” both ways.  Another idea to contemplate – wouldn’t it be more logical to have the audible warning devices inside the vehicles for distracted drivers whose vision is impaired by checking the GPS device, or email, or text messages? The appropriate response should probably be, Touche!

The visually impaired pedestrians definitely need some accessibility help when it comes to crossing roadways, especially those that contain a lot of vehicular traffic. In defense of the State of California, they have a law that gives any blind or partially blind person with a white cane or a guide dog the right of way at all places and times. So, what are your feelings about the audible signals at crosswalks?

Favorite quotes – most times author unknown but definitely not me – wish I woulda thought of that!

  •  “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
  •  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Agatha Christie
  • ‘If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you”.  Life is good.®
  • “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is truly a gift that’s why we call it the present.”~ Kung Fu Panda
  • ‘ Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!” ‘ Life is good.®
  • ‎ “Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.”
  •  “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”—Jim Rohn
  • “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”- Maori Proverb
  • “ A day without a laugh….. is a wasted day.” – Charles Chaplin
  • ‎ “Stressed” backwards spells desserts.
  • ‎ “Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.”
  • “If you get kicked in the rear, you are still in front!”
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • ‎”A man can be broken by a strength outside, greater than himself. Or a weakness inside, which he cannot understand.”
  • “You will not change, what you won’t confront!”
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Diapers and politicians get changed for the same reason”
  • “It is important to find the courage to step into the spotlight & play with that fire if you want to be successful.”
  • “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” William Feather
  • “There are only seven days in a week—and someday isn’t one of them”
  • “You seize the day, I’m holding on to this pillow!!!!”
  • It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~Author Unknown
  • “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life”. ~W. Somerset Maugham
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain
  • Live simply, LOVE generously, Care deeply and Speak kindly!
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
  • Families are like candy bars – mostly sweet with a few nuts.
  • Theres always a little truth behind every “Just kidding.” A little knowledge behind every “I don’t know.” A little emotion behind every “I don’t care.” and a little pain behind every “It’s ok.”
  • ‘Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.’
  •  While knowledge is power, it is useless if you do not take action.
  •   “The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.”  Maya Angelou
  • If you want to soar like an eagle don’t hang out with turkeys.
  •   Do what you like. Like what you do. Optimism can take you anywhere.
  • ‎ “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do… Explore. Dream and Discover.” — Mark Twain —
  • History repeats itself because no one listens the first time 😛
  • Yes, I’m a girl. I push doors that clearly say PULL. I laugh harder when I try to explain why I’m laughing. I walk into a room and forget why I was there. I count on my fingers in math. I hide the pain from my loved ones. I say it is a long story when it’s really not. I cry a lot more than you think I do. I care about people who don’t care about me. I try to do things before the microwave beeps!! I listen to you even when you don’t listen to me. And a hug will always help. Yes, I’m a girl!!!!!
  • Dear auto correct, stop correcting my swear words you piece of shut
  • “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” ~ Edwin Schlossberg
  • Don’t judge me by my PAST. I’m not in the past anymore. Accept me for who I am because this is me TODAY.
  • The only point in looking back is to see how far you’ve come.
  • “The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.” – Marty Feldman (1934-1982)
  • You can’t force someone to treat you differently, you can only choose not to let that person affect you anymore.
  • “If I have ventured wrongly, very well, life then helps me with its penalty. But if I haven’t ventured at all, who helps me then?” ~ Søren Kierkegaard
  • “This a a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou

Revised 05/18/13

Kudos Is Deserved

Many people turn to posting or blogging (myself included) when they need to vent or just release their frustrations.  I feel compelled to counter that, which should probably be done more often than it is.  Since I’m currently experiencing one of those “step back and smell the roses” phases as I try to focus on the good things in life, rather than all the evil, stupidity, and crap that seems to happen to me, I decided it’s time to put pen to paper, or more accurately fingers to the keyboard to write something I have been meaning to for a few weeks now.

I really need to take a minute to give kudos to the good folks at Logitech.  I am a fan of several of their products that I personally own.  Among them their awesome Harmony remote and various computer peripherals.  Recently I dropped them an email because some of the letters on the keys of my beloved wireless keyboard were wearing off.  I was inquiring if they had something to fix this problem.  Now I know what you’re thinking – with all the typing I do you’d think I wouldn’t look at the keys very often, and I don’t.  But for some reason when I do glance down there is a brief wave of panic that comes over me.  I know, that’s silly, but it’s true.

They almost instantly replied how sorry they were that this happened, and they had no method to fix this, however if I would email them a photo of the damage with a scanned copy of the receipt showing the date of purchase they would send me a new replacement keyboard.  I thought that was pretty awesome, so I didn’t hesitate to reply.  Within a few two or three days I received the replacement.  Much to my surprise, it was a designer wireless keyboard!  Who knew they made designer keyboards.  Must admit, I am impressed.  That’s what I call superior customer service.  Check out how cool it is – – http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/keyboard-k360?crid=26.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice, but trust me it’s sharp.