Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Get Bent, Jack

I don't shop at Jack in the Box much for a couple of reasons. I don't eat much fast food and I don't like many of their products. The shakes are good.

On the other hand, I think their commercials are hilarious. And don't get me wrong, I think their latest campaign is funny, too. However, I don't think that advertising is effective when its only purpose is to ridicule the competition .

Let me describe the commercial. Jack is standing in front of a diagram of a steer in a meeting room with his marketing people. The diagram delineates the various cuts of meat. He points to the sirloin area and tells his people that their new burger will be the first in the country to be made from pure ground sirloin. One of his men points out that the competition uses Angus beef and would he be kind enough to point out the Angus area of the steer. Jack makes a little off handed circular motion with his pointer around the tail of the steer, and says he'd rather not. Pretty funny.

One problem. What Jack should have said was , "You ignorant putz, Angus is a breed of cattle, not a cut of beef. Actually, it's known for producing some of the best sirloin out there." But, Jack in the Box is counting on the fact that their client base has so much marbling of the brain that they don't know that. I have no idea who they are slamming with this piece, but if I see a burger is made from Angus beef, I would be inclined to pick it over one made from generic sirloin. Dumb commercial.

Bad Jack.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Shopping tips

They say one should not go grocery shopping when you are hungry. I have a tendency to over-buy after good sex, too. Not sure if there is some kind of connection.

I eat ice cream maybe twice a year. When I do, I have a favorite that immediately starts calling my name. Häagen-Dazs Cherry Vanilla. There really is no substitute when you're talking store bought. It's made with nice big black cherries, not those sugary faux-cherry maraschino kind like Ben and Jerry's uses. Maybe I should say was made because I haven't seen any in the grocery store for months. Häagen-Dazs still lists it as an active flavor on their corporate website so maybe I'm the only person in town that likes it and my pint a year doesn't warrant stocking it. Speaking of pints, one of the biggest laughs in the store is that Häagen-Dazs thinks that there are four servings in there. Everyone knows that's a single serving container.

I walk to the store, so what I can carry is usually what limits how much I buy. I think I might have gone overboard a little bit today by buying all the fruit in the Market. I really wanted ice cream!

Nice storm!

Wow, this morning, we had the kind of storm that's referred to as a "frog strangler". The rain was horizontal downtown, which takes quite a lot of force because of all the tall buildings. At 8am the sky was pitch black. I loved it!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Now you're talkin'!

With all the war and conflict that is going on in our world today, it's comforting to see people just having a good time. In conjunction with Masturbation Month, the good folks over at Good Vibes and The Center for Sex & Culture just finished the annual Masturbate-A-Thon. Definitely put on your headphones if you're at work and check out that last link. There's a catchy tune by the Wet Spots that'll have you whistlin' all day.