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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Ads

Advertisements at Christmas time seem to be more stupid, less relevant and just plain irritating than advertisements during the rest of the year.  There are desperate attempts to link the wonder of Christmas and the baby Jesus with a product.  There are ads that offersome thing that is no bargain at all.

 I wear reading glasses.  I must have more than a dozen pairs.  I have a pair in the car, in my brief case, at work, by my bed, by my computer in the Bud Cave, next to my old comfy leather chair in the Bud Cave and extra pairs in my desk.  I used to buy cheapo reading glasses but I notice that the lenses of the cheapo easily scratched and the optics are not that great.  A couple of years back I came across Eyebob’s, an online marketer of reading and other glasses  Eyebob glasses are not inexpensive but they are high quality, both the frames and the lenses.  I have purchased four or five pairs of Eyebob reading glasses.  I like Eyebob glasses.  Because of my online purchases, the Eyebob Company has my email address and they send me ads online.  This week they notified me that if I purchased a pair of glasses they would gift wrap them.  I mean really, how much effort is there to gift wrap a glass case. It bugged me that they assumed I would be entreated to purchase a pair of glasses if they spend 25 ¢ on Christmas paper.

 I never see a Chia Pet commercial except at Christmas time. You have seen Chia Pets before right? Well now they have a President Obama Chia Pet.  I admire President Obama, I voted for him twice, I am glad he won the last election but come on now, a Chia Pet President Obama.  A red clay body with green hair President Obama?  He almost looks spooky or demonic.  Where would you put it?  Who would you buy it for?  Would I really think, “I bet the Lovely Sharon would really like a Chia Pet President Obama”?  Maybe I could buy Chia Pet President Obama’s for my Republican friends.  Not only did your candidate Brother Mitt Romney lose the election and you are still subject to a non-American, Kenyan, socialist, black Muslim president, but you have to have his Chia Pet image on the mantel in your living room.  Take that.


Take a look at this underwear ad from years past.  If a guy did this now he would be arrested as a child molester.


Here is an old Christmas ad:

I think I will buy my 84 year old mother a glock for Christmas. 

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