Closing out Comments – Managing my Blog and Other Tidbits

Unfortunately…

I am getting a ton of SPAM comments on this blog.

As you can see I have not done much with it. I have been extremely busy taking college courses, raising my children, and volunteering every waking moment of my life.

I wanted to do more with the blog but the comments are just driving me crazy. I am not sure if I should delete it or just block comments.  I will try the latter of the two. For now.

So all my previous post will be blocked off from getting comments. I will see about this post and all others forward. I am sure it is because of the content in which I started this blog why I am getting all the sleaze spam messages.

As I hope you all know – this does not define me.  I despise adult rated material. I find it demeaning. Others will disagree. Like my husband – but it is not something I find appealing or enjoyable. I am not uptight nor am I boring. To each his own – but I do not appreciate links and the such that direct any potential reader of my blog to unsavory pictures or sites.

Hopefully this works – otherwise I will have to disable this entirely.

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What else could it be if not romance?

Not sure who is living with their head in the sand, so I will like to point out that archaeologists in Italy found two skeletons facing one another. Well instead of me repeating the story, I will direct your attention to and have you read the article here.

You must watch the video because it gives you a better look at the pair. However, if anyone can translate – I would much appreciate it!

Now, Valentine’s Day is approaching here.  We celebrate this on February 14.  It is mainly a commercial holiday in which lots of cards, candies, stuffed animals and jewelry are purchased for many woman who think they deserve these items just for being! Do I sound cynical? Anyway – this is what true romance is – not gift buying, no dinner by candlelight. Just love all the way to the end – love that last centuries for all to witness – now that is romantic.

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Anyone shocked over Anna Nicole’s Death?

I log online and the headline hits me – Anna Nicole Smith dead at 39!

I was in total shock.  My 12 year old daughter wants to know who she is!

This woman is a few years older than I.  I remember when she married the 89 year old billionaire – some 67 years older than she.  I thought she was just a money hungry slut – beautiful but ugly – if you know what I mean.  All guys my age – actually any age – drooled over her body and did who knows what with the pictures from Playboy. 

I couldn’t help compare myself to her – would I – could I marry and perhaps sleep with a man older than my grandfather? What was she thinking – even all the money in the world wouldn’t make me do that. It just disgusted me.  As a young mother myself, I put her life aside and concentrated on mine.

She gets fat, she is out of favor with the public – she has this legal battle with her (older) step-son.  And on and on.  She comes back in a reality show, she loses weight, becomes spokesperson for Trimspa and is back in the limelight.  Then tragedy strikes her and I felt for her loss. Her son, baring the same name as my own, dies tragically while visiting her after she gave birth to his little sister.  The emotions this poor woman (and I say this because no one should go through what she did in that short of time) went through was intolerable. The highs of giving birth – new life and then mourning the pride of her life, her son at such a young age.

I guess it was all too much for her. I have no idea what she died from, as nothing has been said.  My thought is that she couldn’t get through this – she may have overdosed herself. With the paternity test of her daughter being mandated by the courts, it was all too much for her to handle. I do not know why she was fighting against it so much. I guess we will never know. This woman was clearly a tortured soul. I hope she is at peace now. But something tells me her spirit is not at rest.

I am not sure why this affects me so much.  I couldn’t care less about her while she was alive. I certainly didn’t feel any ill will toward her, yet I wasn’t a fan either.  I suppose I just find it tragic – especially since she is just 2 years older than myself. 

I must end by saying – I wouldn’t push aside foul play either.  Time will tell – I suppose but then again – somethings are never really settled – things still remain mysteries and the life and death of Anna Nicole may just be one such example.

What was your favorite Superbowl Ad?

One word to describe Superbowl XLI Commercials this year…..

Disappointing.

Terrible.

Ridiculous.

Dumb.

Ok – so there are more words.  So my question is which ad agency got the ax? Someone certainly had to lose their job over this atrocity! I mean the only company that came out looking decent was once again Budweiser! They were on the violent side (think rock, paper, scissors! – and the fist bump is out/let’s slap each other on the face!), but they reached their target audience – mainly men whose humor lies with the slap-stick comedy.

Then you had Frito-Lay and Coke utilizing Black History month and the fact that for the first time in history, two black coaches were opposing each other in the Superbowl. So they added “today” in their history books.  They were nice commercials, which I believe would reach out to their target audiences.  They were tasteful and appealing commercials, yet will that make the black community run to the markets to purchase their products? Most likely they already are. But their main objective, in my opinion, was getting their name out there – brand recognition – and letting America know they support Black History. Not a bad idea.

GoDaddy.com – another stupid commercial – did anyone catch the OCC  though rating the dancer! I had to rewind a few times to be sure it was them! I am sure there were other “celebrities” in the commercial, but again, personally I thought the commercial was a flop. But it is all about brand recognition and even though they have been airing commercials during the Superbowl for the past 2 years, it put their name out there once again – to remind people they are still out there.

Doritos – only two commercials. I liked the first one! I thought it was creative – I may be biased since I love Doritos, but what the heck, I say it was one of my favorite commercials. I liked how the “novice” described the character’s traits with words that would describe the chip. I thought it was ingenious. I liked it. And thought it was funny in a corny way!  The other commercial was just dumb – the one with the cashier getting all worked up over the different flavor Doritos the customer was purchasing.

But the commercial that actually had me laughing out loud – and I like to do that – was the Blockbuster Total Access – the one with the bunnies trying to access the site with the mouse! At first I thought they were giving it CPR! When I realized what they were trying to do, I laughed! That commercial was great – really creative. Even though mouse and mouse have been linked before, it was done in a way that was comical and kept the viewers interest. This commercial would appeal to mainly the movie watchers that love the animated flicks such as “Over the Hedge”.  Ingenious.

Pizza Hut – dud.

CareerBuilders.com – so so. I thought it was Survivor meets LOST – perhaps that is what they were going for. I thought it was creative enough, but at first watch, it just seemed annoying.

Most of the commercials did that for me. While watching the ads, I was extremely disappointed. A lot of critics say they were overly violent. Maybe I am already desensitized, but I didn’t think there was anything terrible regarding that. I thought the heart association commercial was appropriate – it was clearly a man dressed as a heart with villain type characters attacking him. I think we can all distinguish against “superhero” action vs. real life violence. All in all I thought that public announcement – I won’t even call it a commercial – was effective.

But like I stated previously, most of the commercials were a big DISAPPOINTMENT – lacking creativity and appeal. Better luck next year!

Can You Sell Yourself?

This year I am taking two more classes (online) to satisfy my degree requirements.

Promotional Writing and Print Tech Advertising.

My first assignments for both these classes is to sell myself – no not my physical body! I am still getting the pervs reading my posts aren’t I?!

Anyway, I have to promote myself in a positive way – I would assume! I mean why would I want to describe myself as anything dull and boring – was that repetitive! Both classes expect me to be creative. I guess I need some work, because using dull and boring in the same sentence just won’t do! So I have my work cut out for me!

Well there you have it. I don’t have to blog for class this time around, but I will be doing my fair share of writing! As for advertising, I have to write a 30 second commercial about myself. Now that is going to be tricky! That is not the only tricky part of this class – seems he (as in the professor) wants us to get together as a group to form an ad “agency” for our final project.  This is tricky since I am from NYC area of NY and the college is in Buffalo – I don’t think I can do any road trips – not when I have kids to take care of. So I have to contact him to see if there is anyone from around here – slim chance – there is only 25 in the class.  So I am not sure what can be done. We shall see!

Channel Surfing

Last night I was watching TV. I don’t usually get the chance to do that.  I forgot what I used to watch! So I flipped through the channels. I started with Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Finally, an episode with a feel good attitude but the family got annoying after a while. I don’t mean to be harsh or anything, but I think if it was my family on TV – I wouldn’t want half of my personal life aired in such a way. But then again, I would be getting a brand new house so maybe it would be worth the bit of embarrassment!  So I watched that for a bit and flipped between that and “You’re the one that I want”, the reality show looking for the next Danny and Sandy for the Broadway musical, “Grease”.  I didn’t get that involved in it. It seems interesting enough.

By 9:00, I was watching “Desperate Housewives”, a show I have been following for a long period of time. I don’t believe I missed many episodes this season, despite my lack of time in front of the TV.  I just love Carlos and Gaby! And if that little girl isn’t just like her mother – poor Linette!  Speaking of girls being like their mother, I guess Julie is following in her mother’s footsteps as well.  Oh well, I guess it was inevitable – I mean who ever heard of a ‘good girl’ on a soap!  So a half hour goes by and finally “Apprentice LA” premieres.

One question – what planet is Martin from? Seriously – who dresses like this – I’ve never seen a lawyer appear in that fashion – not one that wants to be taken seriously anyway!  I was so relieved to see him be the first one out the door! I tell you one thing – Frank may not be too far behind. He may be good, but if he continues being whiny and boisterous, he may be the next to go. I like the fact that the winning team’s task manager is in the board room and I think Ivanka is doing a great job. Am I the only one who thinks she is like an overgrown child on the playground though? I had to laugh at the way she called Martin out! “OH no you didn’t!” It was as if she was actually saying, “Daddy, Martin shoved me off the swiiinnnggg. He wasn’t playing nice.” She makes a perfect tattle-tale! She is not afraid to speak up and say it like it is to her father – nice touch.

Not sure that I like the whole tent city idea – too much Survival meets Apprentice for me. The mansion is a nice touch though, better than the hotels. So I will be keeping my eye on this show this season as best I can. I have so much in my life – real life – that I don’t have much time for the TV.  I was real disappointed that “The Nine”, “Kidnapped” and “Six Degrees” all seemed to faulter – I liked the shows, but at least I am not a slave to the television watching them. What is really surprising is the fact that “Studio 60…” is still on! I mean, I tried to like this show, but I just cannot connect with the characters, especially the ones that are supposed to be the comics on the show – I think they are all terrible. I cannot believe the network is holding on to it. I hope they shake it up with the writing staff, because I too sort of want to see it work. I so much wanted to like the show, but as it is now, I can’t stand to watch another episode!

OK back to my real life now! So much to do. Anxiously awaiting the next wave of LOST episodes!

Some Spam Messages I Received!

I was cleaning out my Spam – all 153 of them and I came across these messages.  They have NOTHING to do with my post and they naturally have links to their site which sells items that I am not interested in. But I thought some were cute, so I thought I would share.  If you are one of these contributors, though, please stop! 

One night a police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible DUI violations. At closing time, he saw a fellow tumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and try his keys in five different cars before he found his. Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes. Everyone else left the bar and drove off. Finally he started his engine and began to pull away. The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered the Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.The driver replied, “Tonight I’m the designated decoy.”

New Years Resolutions

2003: I will read at least 20 good books a year.
2004: I will read at least 10 books a year.
2005: I will read 5 books a year.
2006: I will read some articles in the newspaper this year.
2007: I will try and finish the comics section this year.

2003: I will get my weight down below 170.
2004: I will watch my calories until my weight is below 200.
2005: I will follow my new diet until I get below 220.
2006: I will work out once a week.
2007: I will drive past a gym at least once a week.

2003: I will pay off my bank loan promptly.
2004: I will pay off my bank loans promptly.
2005: I will be totally out of debt by next year.
2006: I will try to pay off the debt interest by next year.
2007: I will try to be out of the country by next year.

Names On The Wall

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names …and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.

The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Alex.”

“Good morning,” replied the young man — still focused on the plaque.

“What is this?” Alex asked.

“Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.

“Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque.

Little Alex’s voice was trembling .. and barely audible … when he asked, “Which service? … the 8:30 …. or the 11:00?”

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