Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Customer of the Year

It's possible I have too much time on my hands. Or I don't but you'll end up thinking so after you read today's post.

It started innocently enough (but doesn't it always?). As I sat watching TV the other day, then running to get a drink or go to the bathroom during commercials, it struck me how unfair that is. There are messages there, products and services being offered. Marketing professionals have gone to great lengths to put their professional and innovative skills to work to sell me yes, but to entertain me as well. This is what they do and I am disrespecting their process, their life's work.

That's it, I was on a mission. The next 10 commercials I see, I'm in. I'll buy it, use it, download it, whatever they need. I'm here to support. You can count on me. Customer of the year. Where's my trophy?

Here's how that went:

OK, first commercial is a very informative ad marketing . . . ummm . . . Discreet pads for my bladder leak issues. Just in time too since for not only the show but the next 10 commercials I'll be staying put. From what they say, these pads turn urine into a gel. Which I guess I can then walk around with between my legs. So, if it quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. But if it walks like a duck? It may just be me.

It seems I need Home Advisor's services for all of my mom's home repair needs. Really, that's what they say, not for my home repair needs but for my mom's. Sorry Mom, I'd like to be there to help you out myself but I'm too busy over here supporting marketing majors. Don't worry though, I've lined up a bunch of strangers to stop by. You can thank me later.

I'll be using KT tape to relieve muscle pain. Good news: it comes in lots of fun colors. Bad news: when I'm done taping all of my aches and pains I'll still end up looking like a mummy. A pink one, but still a mummy.

I need the Calm app. No, not because of the marketing, the commercials, the sales pitch. No, I NEED the Calm app. Sleep better? boost confidence? reduce anxiety? With bedtime stories and soothing music. Hell yeah, sign me up. Now where did I put that blankie?

I'll be buying (sing it with me now) Pepto Bismol for my upset stomach, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea . . . guess I'll have to eat out tonight because none of those issues are ever the result of my cooking. Ever.
Garlic Bread Pizza Casserole, garlic bread meets pizza meets lasagna in this family friendly dinner. Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Garlic Bread Pizza Casserole
Garlic Bread Pizza Casserole, garlic bread meets pizza meets lasagna in this family friendly dinner. Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

I'm going to be vaping. Gave up cigarettes many, many, many years ago but all the cool kids are vaping so Vuse Alto, I'll give you a shot. After all, it's just nicotine, not actually cigarettes, right? {{wink, wink}}.

Funny that almost the very next commercial was for Chantix to "help me kiss cigarettes goodbye". Unless, they tell me, I have any of these side affects: changes in behavior, aggression, hostility, sleep walking, seizures, life threatening skin conditions . . . 

Good news! I'm about to have the Quickbooks app for help with my taxes. Because Danny DeVito says so. And I always hoped that one day I'd get tax advice from Danny.

Well this is fortuitous. I'll be using the services of Optima Tax Relief to resolve my debt. Yay. There's nothing I want more than to have someone who can handle my tax debt once Danny DeVito is done with my taxes.

I'm going to learn to speak French through Babble. First lesson: Je devrais peut-etre contracter un emprunt pour tous ces achats (I may need to take out a loan for all of these purchases). Especially if I go with that 11th commercial. Seems Vroom wants me to buy a car using just my finger and my phone . . .

Now where's a commercial for money loaning services when you need one?

So that's what I've been up to. For more marketing support, stop by my friend Dawn's blog to see what the advertisement gurus have had in store for her.

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Garlic Bread Pizza Casserole        

1 loaf Italian bread
1/2 stick margarine, room temperature
2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup marinara sauce, bottled or my Homemade Marinara
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
3/4 cup sliced pepperoni

OPT: additional marinara for serving

*Slice the loaf of bread in half, lengthwise and freeze for about an hour (or longer).
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a deep 9 X 13 pan.
*Remove the bread from the freezer, separate the halves, place crust side down and spread the margarine over the top. Sprinkle evenly with the garlic powder. Slice.
*Mix the marinara and ricotta and set aside.
*Press slices of bread, margarine side down, into the bottom of the pan. 
*Spread the marinara mixture over the bread slices in the bottom of the pan. Top with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, then the pepperoni slices.
*Chop the rest of the garlic bread into pieces. Sprinkle over the top of the mozzarella. Top with the remaining mozzarella.
*Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for another 15 minutes. Serve with additional marinara for drizzling or dipping.


  1. Your post reminds of the scene in Rainman where Dustin Hoffman's character is watching the commercials and jotting the numbers to order! Your recipe is an excellent example for young adults, especially male, in making a meal from scratch and able to eat leftovers!

    1. Funny, I didn't even think of that Rain Man comparison. And about the recipe? I'd love it if my boys would be willing to cook ANYTHING!

  2. Hear me out..... The Calm app is actually amazing.

  3. Oooh...yummy!
    And I am the world's worst consumer. I just realized it's been months since I saw an ad! Thank you for picking up the slack! 😋

  4. Okay, I see totally different commercials than you do. LOL good thing too. Now about that calm app
    And I totally detest that Pepto commercial. I'm a visual learner.

  5. They can advertise vaping? Wow.

    TQ lived in Belgium for a while when he was a kid, and recalled ads there being shown in blocks, so you would have 20 minutes of program, 10 of ads (or whatever the ratio is). The upshot of that was that the advertisers had to make their ads actually appealing! Wouldn't that be nice?

    I don't have a TV, but there's one cute ad I've been seeing a lot on the stupid video game I like to play sometimes. "Sweat! Dedication! Cupcakes!" with the football players. Only hitch for Microsoft is that it makes me want to go to their cupcake shop but not buy the doohickey that the ad is actually for!

    1. Oh, I've seen those cupcake commercials, they really are cute.

  6. We have some really weird and stupid adds on TV here that have you wondering what they are advertising


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