The Good News is that the blogisphere has two new additions. The Artist Formerly Known As Pest (actually, now that I think of it, she's STILL known as Pest) has started Pest's World. Pest has been commenting on my blog practically since I started. Now I get the chance to return the favor! (And no, that isn't a "threat"....) And Dariachick (who also has been known to comment here), along with Sir Trent, are writing Swats and Thoughts. Both of these blogs should be excellent additions to anyone's reading list. I have links to both of them, and I urge everyone to check them out, and to leave a comment welcoming and encouraging them.
The Bad News? It's not "bad", really--more annoying than anything, in fact. I'm referring to a specific ad on TV and radio--those spots for Free Credit Report dot com. Are there two more annoying songs anywhere? Catchy, yes, I'll give them that, and they're not so bad that I can't get them out of my head. It's not like I'm humming them all day long (thank god!). But it's sneaky and insidious they way they crawl into your mind and stay there. A few days ago I was sitting at the computer and got up to get a nice cold beverage out of the refrigerator. As I walked to the kitchen, out of nowhere I suddenly started singing, "F-R-E-E that spells Free/ Credit Report dot com baby...." The song hadn't been going through my head, I hadn't heard it recently--I just spontaneously started singing it (and most people would tell you that I shouldn't try to sing anything, much less an ad!). Out of all of the great songs I've heard in my lifetime--that's the one that jumps out of my mouth??
That's just not right. There's some trickery involved here.
And if that's not bad enough....The other ad jingle that they use has the line in the chorus, "Shoulda gone to Free Credit Report dot com/ I could have seen this coming at me like an atom bomb". When I hear that, I always want to yell, "And done WHAT, pray tell?!? 'Cause I gotta tell ya--if you can SEE the atom bomb, it's probably pretty much too late to do anything about it...."
I mean....arghhhh!!! No wonder I keep the remote handy! It's a conspiracy, I tells ya.....