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!