Archive for March, 2006

The Price Is More Exciting

Friday, March 31st, 2006

The Price is Right has been a game show staple since the Hebrews were lead from Egypt by Bob Barker, who promised them all a game of Plinko.

TPIR has one of the most genuinely excited audiences and players one could ever see on game show TV. These people are thrilled at $64. These people are thrilled at his and her motorcycles. These people are just thrilled.

Recently, TPIR added an "oooh" and "aaah" track for when prizes are revealed. So the audience that used to clap politely for aspirin and grandfather clocks now has a repeated, fake astonishment at these things.

Was this really needed? Do I think that fibre supplement is EXCITING now that they’re playing pre-recorded wows?


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eHarmony, Part 4

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I did have one good match from eHarmony. Not a soul mate or future husband, but a nice guy with some similar beliefs and likes. He wasn’t from my area, but was coming through me area, so we met for breakfast.

We laughed and shared eHarmony stories, and I said that I think the best connections of my life have been made through a website I run that’s a discussion forum for people who like the same band. I didn’t say what site that was since I wanted to be somewhat anonymous!

We ended up talking about some of the music we like, and he suggested I listen to Split Enz. I told him to back up… remember that website I run for fans of the same band? It’s Split Enz. He says, "You run the frenz forum?" Yes I do!

So fancy that. eHarmony matched me with someone who really has things in common with me! He reads a website I run, and he’s into a lot of the same music. I think we’ll be friends. Thanks, eHarmony. :)

As for finding love, I’m not sure I’d recommend eHarmony unless you’re dying for a wife or your biological clock is super-ticking. It seems to be a site filled with people who really are marriage-geared. Being friend-geared, I guess I just wasn’t finding the right people.

For those of you who thought it was a religious site, the founders or intention may have come from their religion, but you can pick which religions you wanted in your matches.

eHarmony. Decent advertising, but the site itself is truly odd in function, features, limitations, and presentation. As this was an experiment, I cancelled my membership there… therefore, if you use eHarmony, you will not run the "risk" :) of being matched with me.


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eHarmony, Part 3

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Welcome to part 3 of my eHarmony series. Read previous days for what you missed.

I found that eHarmony matched me with a lot of people who were EXTREMELY athletic and wanted super sporty women. I got people who said their match MUST hike, bike, camp, shoot things, canoe, and so on. How did this person get matched with me? I do none of those, and I barely have time to walk the dog. :)

I emailed eHarmony asking how I was getting these people. I thought I was wasting those people’s time! They wrote back basically saying their system works because it’s matching all kinds of things, and I should give people a chance. OK, but maybe I shouldn’t if they deeply want Sporty Spice, which I’m not, or want kids, which I don’t!

Tune in tomorrow to find out about an actual match!


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eHarmony, Part 2

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

The day after I signed up and paid, eHarmony sent me five "matches," which I have to put in quotes for disbelief. One seemed like he could be a friend… started and ran his own business, crazy-sounding life like mine. OK, he may get me. I wrote to him and he never wrote me back.

Another guy seemed to have some things in common with me, but was looking for someone more athletic. I was thinking that we could be friends. He ended up closing our match, meaning he didn’t want to get to know me. eHarmony gives me options of messages I can send him in response to the closing… but I can’t write my own. These messages ranged from freezing cold ("Good luck with your search.") to co-dependent (something like "I really thought there was something here. Please give us another chance."). I emailed eHarmony to tell them that they were missing something. It should allow me to say that I didn’t think we were a romantic match, but I’d like to get to know him as a friend.

eHarmony sent me MANY people who I felt weren’t even close as a match. I wondered how they were matching me up with these people at all! All over the lengthy questionnaire, I said over and over that I don’t have kids, I don’t want anybody with kids, and I don’t want anybody who WANTS kids. I got people with kids and who want kids as matches! Those aren’t matches!

One was really wild. There is a spot where you say who has been the most influential person to you. I put my grandmother. I find that many people name a friend or family member. One guy for most influential person wrote, "My ex-wife and the mother of my children." I can’t COUNT how many red flags that raises!!!

Coming in a close second for freaky was a guy who for most influential put himself and his higher spiritual self. He wanted to thank both of those for where he was today. And he went on and on about his spirituality and I AM and things that reminded me of who my ex-husband used to pretend to be. PASS!

Tune in tomorrow for more fun!


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eHarmony, Part 1

Monday, March 27th, 2006

eHarmony is a dating website. It has a lot of great commercials that make it seem possible to find your (next) spouse through their system. They claim that their system will match people on such deep levels that you will get quality people sent to you.

OK. I figured I’d give it a try. I’m a walking set of personality quirks, so I wanted to see if technology would match me with anybody like me. I wasn’t (and am not) looking for a husband or soul mate, but I thought at the very least, I might make some friends with lots in common with me.

A friend suggested match.com as she had met her husband there. I looked at that, but the second question is asked was what my best body part was… and brain wasn’t an option. So that was the end of that. I decided to fill out the long questionnaire and try eHarmony. Match.com, I don’t need you when I can go walk around a bar and hope people notice my "best body part." Bad marketing!

So what did eHarmony send me? Tune in tomorrow to find out!


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TV News Graphics

Friday, March 24th, 2006

This morning, the traffic reporter warned that at a local intersection, the cops were out… not because of an accident but to make that intersection a speed trap. She said they’re writing as many tickets as they can. The graphic they used was a general map of that part of town, two orange safety cones, and a cop car with flashing lights.

The traffic woman then says that she was going to use some dollar sign graphics there since it’s only about collecting ticket money, but she "couldn’t find any."

That would have been hysterical. Orange cones, flashing cop car, and dollar signs all around it. Finally, honestly in broadcasting. Good marketing for my fave morning news show on our NBC affiliate.


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Hook Up When Buying Shoes

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

We have a local commercial where a guy goes into a shoe store and says he needs to be fitted for shoes. He’s never been fitted – he just thinks he knows his size and that’s what he buys.

Is that a problem? Has he been buying size 7 and squeezing his size 11 foot into those for years now? Is he a complete idiot?

The sales woman asks him to sit down and tell her what sort of shoes he wants. He looks up at her and says, "Well, I’m outdoorsy and athletic."

Are we buying shoes or is this a personal ad? You should see the energy between these two. The commercial makes that nice and clear at the end. The two are walking, ARM IN ARM, down the shopping centre saying that it was a "perfect fit."

Buy shoes at Foster’s Shoes, hook up with the sales girl. Message received!


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More Separation

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Hi! I have someone new on staff, who I’ll be introducing to the world once his training’s done.

On Saturday, I was talking to him about how in being a small business owner, I’ve always had my personal self and business world tied extremely close together. We were on Skype, which I love, and you can find me there as user "DebAsWas."

I was telling him that as of the last month, I am trying to finally create more separation between me and As Was. He comically suggested that I start with a space between "Deb" and "AsWas" (in my Skype username). :)


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Can’t Spell But You’ll Get There

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

The news reported this morning that our Department of Transportation put up a sign near our interstate highway to help people find the entrance ramp to the highway that will take them to Phoenix.

Only problem is that they didn’t spell Phoenix correctly. It’s been up a few days, and evidently nobody noticed until one of our news crews called them up. It said, "Phoeinx."


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Enhancing Bra

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Victoria’s Secret is advertising their latest bra, the Enhancing Bra. They claim it’s was just announced as the best. The fine print at the bottom of the screen says that an editor of a magazine I never heard of declared it the best. Woo hoo! Compelling!

Personally, I never understood the enhancing bra thing. What happens if you wear that, attract somebody, and one thing leads to another… and then it shall be revealed that the most of the bra contents were in the bra itself. I would think that if I were a guy, and especially if I were more into the body than the person, I might feel disappointed… cheated… deceived!

Maybe that’s why I rarely wear makeup. This is who I am, this is my body, and this is how I look. This is what you’re going to get, and if I put on makeup or wear something with a certain shape, I guess it might look better. But at least we have an honest baseline. :)


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