Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sign of the Times?


I'm a bit behind schedule in posting my next blog — I have my theme, just haven't had the time — so for now, let me share this....

I got a voice message the other day. At first I thought a friend had dialed me by mistake while in mid-conversation with someone else and I (or rather my voice mail) was there to eavesdrop — this has happened to you, right? It's an odd feeling knowing you are listening to someone who doesn't know you are listening, not that you did anything to make the situation happen.

But I digress. It was actually a telemarketer, a young unprofessional sounding woman, who did not realize the phone picked up. Clearly a sign of the times regarding the economy:

"His wife comes and goes, 'No no no, you're not ordering that magazine," she says to her co-worker. Then she sighs. "Boom! He goes, 'Oh no, I guess times are tough we're not ordering it.'" Then she laughs.

In other matters, I spend a lot of time with my dad, who does home hemodialysis. I'm his helper so am usually in the same room with him. When we are not having a conversation, he's listening to the radio or watching cable TV news.

Thank god at those time I'm usually working on my laptop.

I say thank god not because I have a problem with cable news.

I have a problem with the constant stream of
Viagra, Cialis or other sexually-oriented drug or lubricant commercials.

Were I focused on the TV with him, how would I possibly react to the umteenth one about getting it on? Jesus, some of these make me blush. I've heard ads for products I didn't even know existed, most recently for women. It's like watching a X-rated soap opera for crying out loud.

I can't imagine what parents of teen children do when these ads come on. To think I used to be embarrassed by tampon commercials!

Bring it on Playtex. I'll take you any day.

11 comments:

Jen said...

It seems I had just gotten over the embarrassment of the tampon commercials when the damn Viagra ones started to fill our airwaves. I don't even pay attention to them anymore but I have noticed that there are a lot of them on Fox News. Maybe they need more help than the people who watch CNN?

Only the Half of It said...

I actually got used to them too. But these new ones are more explicit. Downright embarrassing. I can barely watch a love scene w/ my parents in the room. Must be weird with your own kids.

Debra Darvick said...

I am with you on this one! I cannot STAND these commercials. Even more inappropriate are the PRINT ads featuring graphic diagrams of a limp, uh, noodle. What happened to coy hair color ads asking, "Does she or doesn't she?" Coy is dead and gone. Now it's, "Can he or can't he?" Ugh.

Only the Half of It said...

Well, my jaw was practically dropping over some lube or SOMEthing for women's pleasure. Way too much info in the narrative!

ginogiovannigemignaniboxing said...

When I read "Cialis is here" in the photo, I thought "oh god, Ellen isn't going to tell us about her and Tom's sex life or lack of sex is she?" Talk about embarrassing. Boy was I glad to read it was only about male enhancement drug commercials. I mean, they do a service you know. How else would I know to ask my doctor for it to solve my growing problem? Oops, was that too much info?

Cindy La Ferle said...

I agree. I find these ads embarrassing and in bad taste. (Uh, is there such a thing as "bad taste" anymore?) I miss the days when there was such a thing as romance and mystery, when we didn't have to know everything there is to know about everybody and their dyfunctions. TV and magazines ads have thrown it all out the window. Our whole world is all about TMI, and I worry that we've grown numb to it.

Only the Half of It said...

@ ginogiovannigemignaniboxing: Well, you certainly have a looooong blogger name... you know what they say...

@ Cindy: So I'm curious... how do you handle it with your adult son! So weird! And I agree... I think less is more, in movies, etc. Even network TV shows are getting more racy. Gasp! Am I a prude???

ginogiovannigemignaniboxing said...

I do know what they say and in the case of my size 14 feet, and long blog name, it's not true, not true at all. :-( Just a myth.

You want to talk embarrassing? I am the only relative left in town to buy all the "NEEDS" for my 90 year old incontinent and shut in great aunt. So Every 2 weeks I do her shopping for Depends adult diapers, woman's "pads" and other supplies.
You should see the looks I get standing in line with at least 3 or more of each item in the cart. I know people are wondering, "hmmm I wonder who dresses him up in diapers and spanks him till he goes and then talcs his bum?" oops, did I type that out loud? That's actually what I'm hoping someone would ask to do to me. So at this point nothing embarrasses me. And Ellen you know me well, EVERYTHING embarrasses me. You can vouch for that.

Only the Half of It said...

I still get self conscious when some man is in the feminine hygiene aisle at Target. I wait for him to move on. When he doesn't, I secretly scream at him inside: GET OOOOoooOOUUUuuTTT!!! Then I nonchalantly select my boxes and go.
I'm much better than I used to be.

Sharon said...

Great points - nothing left to the imagination is not my idea of a good commercial. My husband and I think the bathtub scenes are hilarious. Where do these people get these bathtubs and how do they get them outside? What is the appeal of sitting in a separate bathtub, outside - with water or not? It's all so ridiculous that we can't help but laugh.

Only the Half of It said...

You're right. How dumb! I don't even give these ads enough thought to realize how ridiculous that is. I'm busy cringing.