“Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.”

The rain continues and another movie night is postponed. Today, at least, is a bit cooler than it’s been so the air is off and the door and windows are opened. Gracie is enjoying the freedom of having access to her dog door without ringing her poochie bells.

I think I watch too much HGTV. Right now a movie is on, and when the victim’s house was shown from the street, I thought craftsman.

I love mac and cheese but I can never replicate the recipe because I use whatever cheese is left in the house. One mac and cheese I remember as the best I ever tasted, but I have no idea what was in it. It’s the same with my meatloaf. Added to the meat is salsa, leftover vegetables and anything else I find in the fridge. Seldom am I disappointed by the taste.

I have a hierarchy of commercials I hate. Topping the list are commercials with talking things, personified things. I just watched a wart taunt, and it wasn’t pretty. Tires brag, Pam and non-Pam muffins harass each other and bugs party. Second on the commercials I detest list are those filled with product icons. Some not only talk but also sing and dance. I remember the Kool-Aid Man with the red Kool-Aid. He was everywhere: racing on the beach, rolling logs and saving the day. The Pillsbury Dough Boy stopped being cute pretty quickly. I could put a tiger in my tank or in my cereal bowl, but luckily, now I won’t have to pick as Tony the Tiger won his court case. I did like the way Mr. Peanut looked. He was the perfect gentleman with his top hat, monocle, white gloves, spats and a cane. One of the first I remember is Speedy. Do you remember the capital of North Dakota? Maybe not, but I bet you can sing, “Plop Plop Fizz Fizz OH What a Relief It Is.”

I hate to admit it but some commercials are clever and funny. I’m not talking getting whipped by your spaghetti or by the tag in your underwear. Nope, I’m talking many Bud Lite commercials. I give kudos to those ad-men. The clothing drive ad and the skinny dipping couple are two of my favorite commercials. They are both funny and clever.

I am not a true football fan, but I am a Patriots fan. I watch every game. If they are in the Super Bowl, I’m thrilled to watch it. If they aren’t, I’ll watch the Super Bowl anyway, not for the football but for the commercials. They are usually well worth the wait.

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26 Comments on ““Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had none of those commercials but I do know about the red cool-aid man though. Over here most tries to make funny commercials, things never speak here 🙂

    I hate when they assume that I’m an idiot! I’ve for instance never eaten a snickers bar just because of that 🙂 🙂 🙂 They showed this fruit and vegetable market with all kinds of wonderful fruits and vegetables and then they show a pretty girl that says: When I feel hungry I eat a Snickers bar. How stupid do they think I am?? Why on earth would she eat a Snickers bar when she had all those delicious things around her?

    I never buy something that has been shown in a commercial like that and thankfully they show very few of those any longer, I have very few brands I can buy now days 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Warm and mostly sunny over here today and I’ve enjoyed it all day except for when I mowed the lawn 🙂 I just can’t understand people that actually likes doing that 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I wish things never spoke here!

      Many TV commercials think we’re idiots. I too hate those. I have to say that sometimes I need a shot of chocolate. For lunch I had melon, and I wouldn’t have minded a brownie afterwards.

      I don’t buy much which is advertised on TV except the cat food mine eat, diet Coke and a few more I just can’t remember.

      The sun came out for a few minutes but disappeared quickly. Iyt should be a nice day tomorrow.

  2. Mark Clark Says:

    The rumor was that the ad people wanted to use “A Hard Day’s Night” for Viagra ads…

  3. Bob Says:

    Another hot one today without any major chance for rain.

    I especially hate the commercials for prescription medications. They tout the drug and then list the possible side effects at warp factor 10 speed. My physician told me that he has patients who come into the office with lists of medications that they saw on TV and want them proscribed. Unfortunately, they don’t have the disease that the medication is designed to help. I love the ED commercials which list an erection that lasts for more than four hours as being a medical emergency and needs to be attended to by the hospital emergency room physicians. If I ever had an erection that lasted four hours I would take out a newspaper ad. 🙂 If that unfortunate side effect occurs the cure involves a needle and a syringe. You can use your own imagination.

    The best part about traveling outside the US is the lack of prescription medication TV commercials. Thank you President Shurb for allowing the drug companies to advertise on TV.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I keep wishing you get rain!

      When I lived in Ghana, the dry season lasts from late October until late April. We use to look at the sky and say it looks like rain-as if!

      You are so right about the medications. The list of possible side-effects can get scary. If I hear of a new one which could be substituted for one I take, I look it up on line and ask when I see my doctor again.

      That four hours always makes me wonder and imagine!

      The TV is filled with car ads, alcohol ads and drug ads, a starnge mixture!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Just watching the olympic closing ceremony WITHOUT ads on public TV 🙂
    Furthermore sincere thanks to the inventor of TV remote controls to skip ads easily.
    Not an ad, but a funny viagra cartoon:
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7qe0zG7t41qb7h3no1_400.jpg

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Funny cartoon!!

      I started watching the ceremony on line, and then it started buffering, and I couldn’t stand it any more. At least it waited until the athletes started to come into the stadium before it was no longer watchable.

      I’ll be stuck with commercials tonight.

  5. Hedley Says:

    So we go “running up that hill” with Kate Bush, but only on soundtrack. Ray gets out of a taxi with Macca hair color styled like Coco the clown and promptly brutalizes “Waterloo Sunset”

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I am always amazed at how ad people can come up with ideas. Having had to do something rather like that and found it very difficult, I can only wonder at their powers of weird association and creativitiy. Yes, it falls flat a lot but that’s to be expected considering how much of it is done. Ads are a bit like puns; most are real groaners but then there are the really good ones that stay in the mind.
    There is one commercial that I will mute every time and that is the Dragon software for PC’s that allows you to speak at your computer and it will obey. I do not like that commercial. It’s too long for one thing. Mostly I dislike it because of the phony user stories with the silly fake scenarios. It reminds me of the training videos at work. Eeek!
    Sunny and humid up here except when it is cloudy and humid. Always it is warm. I’m waiting for the drier weather to arrive. 🙂
    Enjoy the day.

    • Bob Says:

      The commercial for the software was a success, you remember the name of the company, the product and what it does. Many advertisements are created to be incipient, stupid or annoying so that you will remember the company and the product. We have to remember the reason for an ad is to get you to buy the product or service. The first goal is to get you to remember the product when you are shopping.

      • Caryn Says:

        If a commercial is so annoying that I have to mute it or surf away from it, they haven’t got me as a customer. And they haven’t got me in a bad way because I’m not even going to look at any positive things the product might offer.
        I remember a lot of commercials for things I would never buy… like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mAC9Yj6Wj8
        Nice legs though. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        You’re right about it being a success if we remember it whether we liked or hated it.

        Some are really clever but I remember the music but not the product.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Some commercials are amazingly clever and do stay with you. Some of the Clydesdale ones for Bud are beautiful and tender. The really bad ones, whether we like it or not, also stay with us too long. I find myself singing jingles.

      It was mostly damp and cloudy all day. The sun came out for a little while, and there was a breeze.In the last hour or so it has gotten horribly humid again so the air is back on. Even poor Gracie was panting in the house.

      I think it will be drier tomorrow.

      Have a great night!

      • katry Says:

        Caryn
        That commercial was unbelievable, “Have a treat, not a treatment!” I liked the tapping a lot, but I think the little one got just about run over.

  7. Hedley Says:

    Classic NBC, this has been very badly cut and edited.

    • morpfy Says:

      20 Minute Tuna Casserole
      ————
      Ingredients
      Salt
      1 (12 ounce) package extra wide egg noodles
      1 cup Frozen Petite Green Peas
      1 (6 ounce) can Chunk Light Tuna in water, drained
      2 tablespoons Lucerne(R) Sweet Cream Butter
      3 tablespoons Organics All-Purpose Flour
      1 3/4 cups Organics Chicken Broth
      1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
      1/4 cup dry white wine
      ——————–
      Directions
      In a 5- to 6-quart pan, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil over high heat.
      Add noodles; cook according to package directions. Add peas to pasta and cook until peas are bright green and tender to bite, about 1 minute.
      Drain noodles and peas, then return to pan. Blend in tuna.
      While noodles cook, in a 12- to 14-inch frying pan, melt butter over medium-high heat
      . Add flour and whisk vigorously until a smooth paste forms; stir mixture until it simmers, about 1 minute. In a bowl, mix together broth and milk.
      Very gradually, add this mixture in small batches to frying pan, whisking vigorously after each addition until smooth.
      Add wine and cook until sauce simmers and thickens, about 2 minutes.
      Pour sauce over tuna-noodle mixture and gently stir to mix well. Serve immediately.
      —————————-
      Notes:
      To trim additional sodium, use reduced sodium chicken broth.
      Nutrition per serving Calories 297 Total Fat
      7 g Saturated Fat
      3 g Cholesterol 68 mg
      Sodium 532 mg
      Total Carbohydrates 42 g
      Dietary Fiber 3 g
      Protein 15 g

      • katry Says:

        Thanls, morpfy

        It’s been a while since you’ve posted a recipe-glad to have one again.

        We couldn’t eat meat on Friday so my mother often made a version of a tuna casserole, but nothing with egg noodles or wine. Thanks for what sounds delicious.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I had to stop watching on-line as it started buffering and din’t stop so I missed the last forty minutes or so.

      Ryan Seacrest, Mr I’m at everything even if I know nothing about it? Another mistake by NBC.

      • Hedley Says:

        Next for Mr I’m at Everything and know nothing …weather reports…lots and lots of weather reports

        I’m very glad I was at the Opening ceremony !

  8. katry Says:

    MDH,
    I loved the pictures you sent-they mitigated the envy a bit!

  9. katry Says:

    MDH,
    And well you shouldn’t.


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