Posted by J L on February 27, 2011
Posted in Food • Life • Travel
Haven’t heard those salsa commercials for a while, but I will never get over the way the cowboys would pronounce New York City. They put an unnatural accent on the third word in “New York CITY,” as a loud, incredulous question. Their point was that you cannot make an authentic TexMex salsa in someplace as foreign as New York City.
But I love New York and there are actually many ethnically authentic restaurants. I bet that NYC has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. New York is all about being an international melting pot and the tolerance, if not celebration, of different cultures.
My own grandparents were immigrants who came to America on a big ship and went through Ellis Island. I hope to one day go to the government processing facility on Ellis Island and see if I can find a record of my grandparents when they came here.
When I go to New York, one of the best parts will be the chance to spend time in coffee shops and local delis, hanging out with people who live and work in the Big Apple. It seems like a totally different world from where I live and spend my time, and it sounds exciting to be a part of it.
Posted by J L on February 26, 2011
Posted in Food • Life
Years ago the hamburger based fast food restaurants were struggling to create their brands and establish their identity, so slogans were a big part of their advertising campaigns. The early McDonald’s commercial bragged that you could feed a family of four and still get change back from your five dollar bill. Of course, nowadays it takes a five or more to feed just one adult unless you carefully shop their dollar menu or take advantage of special promotional pricing.
What I used to like was the Roy Rogers hamburgers chain. They let you make the burger with your own choice of toppings. If you went inside to get your food, you could stand at the “fixin’s bar” and add whatever topping or dressing that you liked, including lettuce, tomato, real onion slices, pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, etc.
Posted by J L on February 25, 2011
Posted in Health • Life • Opinion • Shopping
The hot topic for getting in shape lately seems to be the phrase “fat burners.” Every time I turn on the television I seem to be watching a commercial or infomercial about how easy it is to lose weight with the help of these magic little capsules. What scares me about products like these is the fact that I’ve heard from a variety of sources how so many different medicines are counterfeited. That makes me really nervous, and I’m not sure I want to risk my health and money on anything like that!
I’ve always been interested in advertising. I remember watching the old TV show “Bewitched” Sam’s husband, Darren worked day and night, weekends too for his boss Larry at some large well known California Advertising Agency that I always thought was a really cool way to earn a living. A living that he did quite well at apparently, I mean the house that they lived in was nice enough, a great neighborhood and they never really lacked anything, not that Darren would allow Sam to zap things like that for them, which no one really understood. We couldn’t figure out why Jeannie’s master was in the same mindset as far as zapping and twitching for gain was concerned.
Anyway, I spent some time mindlessly surfing the net the other afternoon for an hour or two and it always amazes me to see the wonderful websites that we are all exposed to these days all over the Internet. They (web sites) have come a long way in the last decade or so and the technology is just mind boggling. The colors, the fonts, the pictures, it is all so high tech and beautiful, makes me wonder what Darren, Larry and their Advertising Agency would think of all this 40 years later and all and how if another remake show or movie was done in this day and age, how all of that would come into play.
There will always be a need for advertising. The Internet has become a very important way to advertise, but word of mouth is still the best way to go as far as I’m concerned.
Posted by J L on February 25, 2011
Posted in Entertainment and Fun • Life • Pets
My wife says that obviously this is a male cat. LOL