Commercial success

Every once in a while there's a commercial on TV that resonates with us and reminds us that maybe there still is a bit of imagination and creativity left in the advertising business. We still love to yell, "Start the car, start the car" when we score a bargain, thanks to IKEA. My friend Margaret just sent me a great one from the Canadian employee-owned airline, #WestJet that deserves a special mention. It's particularly apropos during this season of giving. Have a look by clicking on the link below:

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A reminder to remember

One of my first blog posts, “My kinda’ gun control” was in support of a gun amnesty program in Newark, New Jersey that began under the leadership of Corey Booker. As the anniversary of the horror of #Sandy Hook approaches, I think it is worth bringing the issue forward again.

The Caliber Foundation dismantles guns seized by police or surrendered during amnesty programs and recycles the metals to Caliber collectionmake jewellery. The rings, bracelets and necklaces are engraved with the serial number of the original weapon and proceeds from the profits are returned to support victims of gun violence and further amnesty programs.

This morning as I was half-watching The Today Show on TV, they described a similar venture that I think is worth mentioning. As a Canadian, it is easy to be self-righteous about the ubiquity of guns in the United States but we aren’t without our own problems. (more…)

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Shame on Joe Fresh

Ordinarily I'm a huge fan of the Joe Fresh brand. They offer affordable, fashionable clothing with quick turnover of designs. They let me down however when I saw their most recent commercial for children's clothing. As I was watching the CTV news at 6:00 p.m. the other night, a #Joe Fresh commercial aired that made me very uncomfortable. It showed a number of small children dressed in adult-style clothing performing adult-style choreography. Their provocative moves were meant to be cute but struck me as being sexually exploitive of children -…

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Dear Mr. Gates and the rest of you b#$%@&ds

I try to keep up, I really do. But it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for me to be our household I.T. Manager. Why can’t the so-called brilliant minds at our high-tech companies devise gadgets that work like they should – the first time – and stay computer frustrationworking. The problems of maintaining all our electronic gadgets is becoming too much for me to manage.

Yesterday, my husband spent more than an hour on the phone with a technician about a new password. Speaking of which, I have more than two full pages of passwords for accessing various sites and accounts – apparently all for my own safety. That means changing forgotten passwords regularly, which they say is a good idea but I’m not so sure. The only person who can’t access my accounts is me. And my husband has only once in the last several years been able to successfully change the toner cartridge in his printer by himself without having a major meltdown.

About a year ago  (more…)

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Do ‘ya read me good buddy?

Have we really come a long way baby? About 40 years ago, in the olden days before cell phones, we had the CB radio. Remember them? My first husband was a bit of a zealot and installed one in our car and our boat so he could keep in touch with his guy friends while on the move. Popular with truckers, CBs were the communication link  that allowed them to inform their good-buddies of their exact “20” (location) and other seemingly vital daily minutia.

CB users had their own idiom with secret codes and abbreviations for various common expressions. Chatting to each other when driving to the cottage or boat, CB’ers would warn of “Smokies” (police) so the smokeyfollowing car could avoid radar or at least slow down. Many of them set these radios up in their homes to listen and chat with others at any hour. I thought it was embarrassingly juvenile, like little boys playing with walkie-talkies. This, despite the fact a hugely successful movie, Smokey & The Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason also starred a CB radio in a leading role used to facilitate the smuggling of beer.

Fast-forward to 2013 (more…)

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Celebrating 50 big ones

Now that I've officially posted for the 50th time on my blog, I would really love a little feedback from my readers. How am I doing? Please comment below so I can better understand what you like to read. Here are a few questions to help get you started: 1.  Is the content on interesting to you? 2.  What subjects would you like to see me cover in the future? 3.  What previous post particularly struck a chord with you? 4.  Is there an article or posting that you…

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