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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Bad advertising... and a weekend of things I love and hate

There's a recent trend in advertising where companies try to downplay the negative aspects of their product or service even though the negative aspect is the product or service itself.

For instance:

Diets don't work.

Weight Watchers does.


Um... last I checked, Weight Watchers was a diet.

Or this one:

It's better than fast food.

It's Wendy's.


Yeah, once again, not really seeing the difference.





Went on a long walk today with Ian. First we walked down to Caffee Niche to get some Niche Quiche, but they were out. So we had open faced breakfast sandwiches instead. As always, they were amazing. And I don't even like eggs.

We forgot to put sunscreen on, though, and my back was facing the sun as we ate our breakfast. So now the part of my shoulders that was not covered by my shirt is bright RED. I hate when that happens. Not only for the skin cancer reasons, but also because it will look stupid when I have darker flesh on part of my shoulders. I'm a pretty (ghostly) white person, though, so maybe the skin won't darken. I can only hope it won't.

I try never to be in the sun long without sunscreen, but I always seem to forget at the beginning of the warm season.

We bought some sunscreen at the dollar store after breakfast, lathered ourselves up, and then walked all the way to Liberty Park. There are a shitload of people at Liberty Park on Sundays. It wasn't as relaxing as the park usually is. But then we walked back up to our apartment, which is up hill the entire way.

So in other words, we earned our amazing dinner of steak, potato salad, pasta salad, green salad, and honey moon ale. I love barbecue season.

We also went to Barnes & Noble so I could spend my $50 gift card which I received from work for secretary's appreciation day. I love being a secretary at a law firm on secretary's appreciation day. I bought the soundtrack for Once (since we saw the Swell Season at the Depot on Friday, and it was swell), and I bought a book of postcards from PostSecret.com. I like reading other people's secrets, and sometimes seeing parts of myself, but mostly seeing parts of other people that I'm glad are not mine.

Today was a good day. Made up for the fact that we spent our entire Saturday sitting on a couch in Wyoming.

God I hate that state.



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11 comments:

Sov said...

Sorry about your sunburn. Hope it isn't too painful. I've had a couple of light burns already this year. Seems like Utah is closer to the sun or something, because it literally only takes about 10 minutes of direct exposure for me to start burning. Being a redhead is no better than being a vampire when it comes to the sun.

heidikins said...

Ditto on the bad advertising of late. Lame!

Sounds like a fantastic Sunday!!

xox

Sra said...

Yeah, the funny thing about the sun is that there's no time period within which you are safe from the radiation. People think that if you are only out for a half hour, you won't get burned. Well, it just doesn't work that way. If you manage not to get burned, it's because you spent enough time in the shade.

tennessee mike said...

Five...five dollar...five dollar footlong!

Melliferous Pants said...

I also have to be careful about the sun...pretty much wear sunscreen everyday of the year. Weee!

And I wish I had been appreciated on Secretary Appreciation Day!

Sra said...

I have to admit... I kind of like the 5 dollar footlong thing. It's catchy.

Miranda said...

Funny, I was at Liberty Park Sunday and also now have an unsightly sunburn. This is because I was riding my bike and got burnt on the part of my back where my T-shirt wouldn't stay pulled down. So now I have this red stripe on my lower back. So hot. Oh, and also, how's that Once soundtrack treating you? I really loved that film.

Sra said...

Too bad we didn't fortuitously run into one another at the Park so we could get burned together.

I like the soundtrack to Once, it's all very well-thought out music and lyrics. I... didn't like the movie though. I thought it dropped the ball when it could have been really great. But I recommend the soundtrack fo sho.

Sra said...

I have to admit... I kind of like the 5 dollar footlong thing. It's catchy.

Miranda said...

Funny, I was at Liberty Park Sunday and also now have an unsightly sunburn. This is because I was riding my bike and got burnt on the part of my back where my T-shirt wouldn't stay pulled down. So now I have this red stripe on my lower back. So hot. Oh, and also, how's that Once soundtrack treating you? I really loved that film.

Sov said...

Sorry about your sunburn. Hope it isn't too painful. I've had a couple of light burns already this year. Seems like Utah is closer to the sun or something, because it literally only takes about 10 minutes of direct exposure for me to start burning. Being a redhead is no better than being a vampire when it comes to the sun.

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