Over the weekend, Mark was listing the many benefits of getting a new, fancy television. Again.
He explained that, now that many stations are going to HD, our not-that-old TV isn’t the right shape. So the sides of whatever we’re watching are getting cut off. And that just won’t do, apparently.
After nearly 16 years, though, he knows that possibly missing the crucial play in a football game is not likely to convince me to do anything – especially spend several hundred dollars. So he said the words guaranteed to get my attention: “And then we could get a DVR.”
I’m no fool, though, and I promptly replied, “We could get a DVR with this TV.”
It’s true. Despite my continued love – and use – of our VCR, we could get a DVR. But so far, I’ve resisted. Is this because I don’t see a use for it? Uh, no. Obviously (see: TV schedule), I could use a DVR to manage my addiction obsession attachment to a plethora of television shows. And I’d end up spending LESS time watching TV, I’m sure, because I could skip all those pesky commercials.
But would I? Really?
Probably not. You’re going to think I’m crazy (like that’s new), but I kind of like commercials. In addition to being great times to go to the bathroom, change laundry or empty half the dishwasher (or, okay, get a bowl of chocolate Cheerios), commercial breaks are a good chance to, well, watch commercials.
Whether it’s a quiet, happy little piece for phone service or Peyton Manning trying to sell pretty much anything, I have a soft spot for commercials. (And don’t even get me started on the Superbowl, which some people think is about sports.)
I blame my short-lived career in advertising. Although I’m pretty sure it goes all the way back to the days when my mom kept my brother and me quiet on trips to the city by telling us to count billboards for certain companies or products.
Whatever the reason, I do enjoy good commercials. And lately, two in particular have been cracking me up – and no, I’m not talking about the Old Spice guy. I’m talking about Geico’s bird in the hand commercial, and 1-800-Contacts’ “overly dramatic dramatization” about a man with “special eyes.”
Do you like to watch commercials – or do you skip right over them? What’s your favorite commercial or ad?
This post will be linked to Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries. Because, as I may have mentioned a time or twelve, I love commercials. Good ones, that is. Not the cheesy local commercials broadcast late at night. Unless we’re talking about Rhett and Link’s cheesy local commercials, and that’s an entirely different story.
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I love good commercials – the Old Spice series is cracking me up. And I’m one of those people that watches the Super Bowl for the commercials. But my absolute favorite right now is Geico’s Drill-Sergeant-as-Counselor with R. Lee Ermey: “Maybe we can chug on over to mamby-pamby land, where MAYBE we can find some self-confidence for you, you jackwagon!” The idea of a Marine Drill Sergeant as a counselor of any kind just kills me.
Haha! That IS a funny one!
HA! Those two are good! I don’t watch commercials anymore because…well…I don’t watch TV. We rent all of the TV shows we like to watch and watch them as movies. BUT back when I did actually watch the Superbowl (you know…before kids…), it was for the commercials…
You crazy kids and your no-TV-watching ways! ;)
I skip them…commercials equal prime time for channel surfing between two or three shows I’m watching at the same time…see, I don’t need a DVR either.
Uh-oh. You’re a surfer? That’s just like Mark, and it drives me batty!!
My mom would completely agree with you. My mom made fun of my husband and I for skipping the commercials on our DVR. She says commercials are what “God intended” for bathroom breaks, etc. We still see enough commercials though and I love the “bird in hand commercial” as well.
Yes. Yes, I think your mom is right. That IS how God intended us to watch TV. (Although, it’s possible He also intended us to watch it in black and white, without a remote, before 10 pm.) :)
I don’t watch as much tv as I did when I was growing up but, for new commercials the old spice series are hysterical. But, I am partial to the older commericals, like for bandaid brand bandaids and Oscar Meyer Bologna. When I was in Middle School my three best friends and I did commercial breaks inbetween acts at our annual school talent show. So much fun!
Robin, that sounds so fun!!!
That Geico commercial is hilarious! I had never seen it before. I am a commercial watcher myself.
I just love how serious they are and how convinced he is that, yes, it IS worth two in the bush.
Oh, I do enjoy commercials. As a Gator, I am programmed to detest Peyton Manning, but he’s pretty hard to hate when he’s so darn funny in those ads. Commercials are quoted in my house as often as actual movies or shows.
He does make it difficult, doesn’t he? Darn that funny Peyton!!
1. You still get to see commercials if you are channel surfing.
2. You will watch more t.v. because now you will be able to just hit record on all those shows you keep meaning to watch but can never remember when they are on.
We’re so addicted we actually have a google document to organize what shows are on when and what ones overlap so we know which shows must be sacrificed to maximize our dvr possibilities. It is awesome and ridiculous all at the same time.
2. That is a scary thought (more TV, that is).
I have a Google doc, too. :)
hehe, i also like the bird-in-hand commercial :)
I also used to watch the Superbowl just for the commercials. Well, no, it was mostly for lots of good food (7-layer-dip!) at a get-together, but secondary were commercials. The actual football game was way down on the list. ;)
True. Food is way better than TV! :)
Mmmm…seven-layer dip. Now I’m in the mood for football! ;)