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14 hours ago, Prevailing Wind said:

Colonial Penn: "I just got a text from my sister. Remember her neighbor?"  As hubby reaches for a cooky, "The guy that runs...blah blah"  "Not anymore"

this one annoys me because, the sister has a neighbor and he's supposed to remember which neighbor? Is there only one neighbor the sister talks about and has introduced him to? To me, the sister's neighbor is a relationship so far removed from my every day existence that I wouldn't have a clue? Except Neighbor Billy, my sister had a friend/neighbor that she always called him Neighbor Billy. I asked her once if that was his birth name. At some point, she could have just said Billy and I would have known of whom she was speaking. 

But what I came here to gripe about was not one commercial, but several, they all start something like, "they say..." "people say..." "history says..." and then they go on to prove what freaking rebels they are because they don't do what "people say." They just are annoying and irritating, maybe not enraging. 

Editing to add a local ad that I am sick to death of, it annoys me, especially when I have the sound on really low on Pluto on Antique Roadshow, UK very late at night. This one penetrates into my brain even when I'm sleeping. It's set to Flight of the Bumblebee and the lyrics, hold on, this is going to just astound at the beauty of these lyrics, but it goes something like: "TulsaHyundaiTulsaHyundaiTulsaHyundaiTulsaHyundaiTulsa H y u n d a a a i i i."

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7 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

I wish that was a thing. Shove wedding cake in your new bride or groom's face? Assault With Pastry. Thirty days in the hole!

 

In my case it'd be more like ten years in prison, because the list of people I wouldn't beat to a pulp for shoving food against my face like that is not a long one, and none of my exes are on it.

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Start TV: 'In Plain Sight's marshal Mary Shannon takes no prisoners... " 

Me: Okay, first of all, no, she doesn't up and frikken kill people who are trying to surrender. She's a federal marshal, not an assassin. Secondly, she's in the witness protection division so she doesn't even take prisoners very often. Most of the time she just guards witnesses, kibbitzes in their lives, and grouses at people. Have you even watched this show? Who writes this stuff, for crissakes? 

I don't know why this makes me so irate. 

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Is anyone else disturbed by the ads called 'Pandemica'? So far, I've seen 3. They're animated, with characters that are (I assume) supposed to be 'whimsical', but that look creepy to me.

The point of the ads apparently is that we should support getting Covid vaccines to underdeveloped countries, but they seem to be implying that those of us in developed nations are somehow piggish thugs who are 'hogging' the vaccines. The most recent ones show partying groups of critters who push past other critters standing quietly in line waiting for their shots, thus using up all the vaccine. 

Obviously, any decent person wants everyone to have access to the vaccines, however, we still have LOTS of our own citizens who haven't received theirs yet. Johnson & Johnson as well as Pfizer are both providing their vaccines at not for profit (J&J) or cost (Pfizer) to underdeveloped countries. If ONE (Bono's organization which sponsors these ads) wants help fund that, I'd prefer they just ask for money rather than try to make me feel like a bad person for being fortunate enough to live in the US. JMO.

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Ugh ok i don't wish the Mothers Day holiday speed up to get here and get gone.  But i have to as long as they are playing that stupid ass ad for TJs, Marshalls, couple other stores.  Its those 4 chicks singing that dumb song I've successfully blocked from my mind at the moment.  Ill remember it shortly.  Plus they're playing that dumb ad incessantly so I'll catch it again.  Anyway, h-a-t-e it.

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I'm kind of offended by the Mountain Dew commercial with the Bob Ross lookalike. I don't know why, it should be funny but it just feels disrespectful somehow. 

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47 minutes ago, iMonrey said:

I'm kind of offended by the Mountain Dew commercial with the Bob Ross lookalike. I don't know why, it should be funny but it just feels disrespectful somehow. 

It does.

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6 hours ago, sempervivum said:

Is anyone else disturbed by the ads called 'Pandemica'? So far, I've seen 3. They're animated, with characters that are (I assume) supposed to be 'whimsical', but that look creepy to me.

The point of the ads apparently is that we should support getting Covid vaccines to underdeveloped countries, but they seem to be implying that those of us in developed nations are somehow piggish thugs who are 'hogging' the vaccines. The most recent ones show partying groups of critters who push past other critters standing quietly in line waiting for their shots, thus using up all the vaccine. 

Obviously, any decent person wants everyone to have access to the vaccines, however, we still have LOTS of our own citizens who haven't received theirs yet. Johnson & Johnson as well as Pfizer are both providing their vaccines at not for profit (J&J) or cost (Pfizer) to underdeveloped countries. If ONE (Bono's organization which sponsors these ads) wants help fund that, I'd prefer they just ask for money rather than try to make me feel like a bad person for being fortunate enough to live in the US. JMO.

I haven't seen that one but Spike Lee is now putting out one where he is strongly implying that black communities aren't getting their vaccines because they are black, saying also that some people in those communities don't have rides to vaccination sites. There are, as you said, many many people who haven't gotten completely vaccinated yet, no matter their age, race or health, and from what I have seen, vaccination sites have bent over backwards to be accessible, everywhere, from grocery stores to clinics to convention centers to parking lots to wherever. I really dislike those that try to stir the pot, claiming victimization and bias where there are none.

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3 minutes ago, susannah said:

I really dislike those that try to stir the pot, claiming victimization and bias where there are none.

Except there are racial disparities in who has been vaccinated, continuing the disproportionate impact of COVID on some races and ethnicities; Black and Latinx Americans haven't received vaccinations comparable to their shares of cases and deaths or to their shares of the total population in most states.  The CDC is actively working on vaccine equity. 

There are many reasons for that, including well-founded historic distrust of the medical and scientific community among people of color, and Spike Lee has been quite active in encouraging vaccination in the Black and Latinx communities (and is working on a relevant COVID documentary).  I can't find the specific commercial you're referencing, but I feel confident he's not talking out of his ass in it.

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White female 70+ years old. Not vaccinated yet due to health issues. W/out the issues I could have been vaxed months ago. There are many reasons beyond race and gender that people are not yet vaccinated. Please do not make this another race issue...

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36 minutes ago, Gramto6 said:

White female 70+ years old. Not vaccinated yet due to health issues. W/out the issues I could have been vaxed months ago. There are many reasons beyond race and gender that people are not yet vaccinated. Please do not make this another race issue...

Your individual health issues as a white woman over 70 years old have nothing to do with the widespread difference in vaccination rates between white people and people of color overall.  That discrepancy is a race issue, with many contributing factors, as the ad campaign addresses in the hopes of getting more in the Black and Latinx community vaccinated.  That campaign doesn't diminish anyone unable to, because of their medical condition, get vaccinated yet or at all.

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4 hours ago, Bastet said:

Except there are racial disparities in who has been vaccinated, continuing the disproportionate impact of COVID on some races and ethnicities; Black and Latinx Americans haven't received vaccinations comparable to their shares of cases and deaths or to their shares of the total population in most states.  The CDC is actively working on vaccine equity. 

There are many reasons for that, including well-founded historic distrust of the medical and scientific community among people of color, and Spike Lee has been quite active in encouraging vaccination in the Black and Latinx communities (and is working on a relevant COVID documentary).  I can't find the specific commercial you're referencing, but I feel confident he's not talking out of his ass in it.

I am really not trying to be argumentative, and I remember you from TWoP! but I am not clear as to why there are such disparities in black communities, both in getting coronavirus and in not being vaccinated.  Do they follow CDC guidelines for safety? Are they refusing to go get vaccinated, for free? The "historic distrust" doesn't wash, since the vaccine is for everyone, of any race, not just them, and the virus has killed thousands of people of any race, not just them. I hear it said that there are such disparities and I want to know why, and what personal choices contribute to it, and if people make those choices, why everyone else is to blame?

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On 4/28/2021 at 1:15 PM, Blergh said:

At least no one attempted to take it out of his hands or shoved it in his face.

 

Years ago, there was a commercial for something in which a man was about to eat a powdered doughnut regardless of the hateful glare of his (presumed) wife, and before he could put it in his mouth- she took it out of his hand and shoved it into his face! And the whole time the song 'If  I Didn't Care for You!' was playing in the background!  NOPE!

Hey, if   you don't want to eat a doughnut, don't eat it but don't destroy another person's food  and smear their face with it and then try to pretend you did it because you care instead of because you are a control freak jerk who can't stand grown people around you making their own decisions about what they consume in their own house! 

And yes, I say this as someone who knows that powdered doughnuts aren't the most nutritious or healthy foods out there but even that doesn't justify destroying another person's food- much less shoving into their face!  So not only was that vandalism and waste but couldn't one also say that that was abuse?

Maybe they watched that James Cagney movie, the one where he shoves a grapefruit into his wife's face? Because that's literally the first thing I thought of.

 

12 hours ago, Prevailing Wind said:

That entire show irritates me. Marshall Marshall? Puh-leeze.

It's worse than that. It's Marshall Marshall Mann.

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21 hours ago, Ghost of TWOP Past said:

Start TV: 'In Plain Sight's marshal Mary Shannon takes no prisoners... " 

Me: Okay, first of all, no, she doesn't up and frikken kill people who are trying to surrender. She's a federal marshal, not an assassin. Secondly, she's in the witness protection division so she doesn't even take prisoners very often. Most of the time she just guards witnesses, kibbitzes in their lives, and grouses at people. Have you even watched this show? Who writes this stuff, for crissakes? 

I don't know why this makes me so irate. 

I liked the show only because Mary McCormack was in it, whom I liked from West Wing. I hated her mother and her sister.

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2 minutes ago, susannah said:

I liked the show only because Mary McCormack was in it, whom I liked from West Wing. I hated her mother and her sister.

I liked it too and I also liked Marshall Marshall :)

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16 minutes ago, susannah said:

I am not clear as to why there are such disparities in black communities, both in getting coronavirus and in not being vaccinated. 

Delving into this further will likely be dinged as extending beyond discussion of the commercial, but thankfully such analysis is easily found via internet search as the scientific community and media are more open about this issue than they've traditionally been.  If you have additional questions after undertaking that research, meet me in Small Talk this weekend and I can try to fill in the gaps or point you to sources who can.

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17 minutes ago, Bastet said:

Delving into this further will likely be dinged as extending beyond discussion of the commercial, but thankfully such analysis is easily found via internet search as the scientific community and media are more open about this issue than they've traditionally been.  If you have additional questions after undertaking that research, meet me in Small Talk this weekend and I can try to fill in the gaps or point you to sources who can.

Ok! Thanks.

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On 4/2/2021 at 11:02 AM, Prevailing Wind said:

Optima Tax Relief:  This scofflaw hasn't filed taxes in 8 years and we're supposed to be in awe that Optima Tax Relief renegotiated his debt to the IRS so he no longer owes them money.

Meanwhile, the rest of us have been struggling to get by, paying our debt to society WITHIN THE LAW while this asshat skips off into the sunset, happy as a clam, that he no longer has a tax debt - until he stops filing/paying again. People are upset about some folks taking advantage of welfare - I'm way more outraged by this kind of crap. HOW can this tax relief shit even be legal?

OK, just catching up from a while ago - You can relax if only because those tax relief services don't get anyone off of paying the taxes they owe.  They just help otherwise unable people deal with the IRS, get them a monthly payment program and whatever else is needed to keep interest and penalties from piling up.  I do think it's deceptive advertising that these services act like they just make a few phone calls on your behalf and get you off of your tax debt.  It doesn't work that way for anyone.  The saying that the only two things in life that are final are death and taxes is still true.  Also, those services charge a hefty price for their "help".

On 4/8/2021 at 4:52 PM, dleighg said:

I've been pretty happy with this one (got it at Kohls) Bali® Comfort Revolution Smart Sizes Shaping Wire-Free Bra.

I have that bra and I agree, it's great.  There are also a few more I like, also from Kohls

I went wirefree after tripping last summer on a sidewalk and bruising my rib because my underwire dug into my rib cage.  I thought I ruptured something and braved going to the Dr. during the pandemic before the vaccine!  It wasn't one of those horror stories where the underwire breaks free and stabs you, just the underwire still in the bra.

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Has anyone seen the Lowe's commercial for "Springfest" that advertises Weber grills?  It makes it look like the grill on the screen is $379, but way down on the bottom in tiny little print is an asterisk and disclaimer saying that the grill as shown is $799.  It flashes on the screen so fast you don't even have time to read that, plus even on my 60 inch screen I had to get up close and freeze the frame to be able to see the fine print. 

Now that is about as bad as it gets as far as blatant deception goes.  I follow a consumer blog called "Mouseprint" (Part of Consumer World) that exposes this kind of thing in advertising so I took a screenshot and video of the commercial and sent it to the author of the blog.  He is going to use it for this coming Monday's edition, if anyone is interested.  He also contacted the company for comment but they as yet have not responded (and probably won't).

Here is a screenshot of the clip with the Weber grill on it:

 

Lowes Commercial Screenshot2.jpg

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4 hours ago, Yeah No said:

went wirefree after tripping last summer on a sidewalk and bruising my rib because my underwire dug into my rib cage.

I think a lot of us went wire-free sometime last year and will never go back. Should'a shorted stock in whoever makes only underwire bras LOL.

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Well, the grill ad DOES say "Starting at" in tiny print above the $379, as most of those kinds of commercials do. It's a form of bait & switch.

I used to work for L'eggs, which was a division of Hanes. We had all sorts of stuff in the employee discount catalog, including Bali bras.  There was one that I really liked and a year later, they slightly changed the design and it no longer fit as well as it used to.  Then I found a really great bra made by Glamorise. Of course, it's discontinued. I'm really loving lockdown because I am completely bra-free. I wish I had the nerve to go out like this.

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5 hours ago, Yeah No said:

Has anyone seen the Lowe's commercial for "Springfest" that advertises Weber grills?  It makes it look like the grill on the screen is $379, but way down on the bottom in tiny little print is an asterisk and disclaimer saying that the grill as shown is $799.

I saw lots of Lowe's grill commercials last year (I think). Yet another bullet to add to the "Companies Who I Should Give The Side Eye" list. Has anyone seen that list, by the way? I may have lost it along with my mind.

Also it really amuses me that there is a grill company named "Big Green Egg". It just slaughters me every time I see it.

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12 hours ago, Bastet said:

Spike Lee has been quite active in encouraging vaccination in the Black and Latinx communities (and is working on a relevant COVID documentary).  I can't find the specific commercial you're referencing, but I feel confident he's not talking out of his ass in it.

I saw it last night.  It's a good ad.

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2 hours ago, Prevailing Wind said:

Well, the grill ad DOES say "Starting at" in tiny print above the $379, as most of those kinds of commercials do. It's a form of bait & switch.

Yes, it is, and it's even worse on a commercial where that particular screen flashes by so fast you don't have time to even notice the fine print much less read it.  Of course this practice has been going on forever or Edgar Dworsky wouldn't have any content for his weekly "Mouseprint" blog post that's over 20 years old.

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1 hour ago, Haleth said:

I saw it last night.  It's a good ad.

People's opinions are different, I know. Yet the CDC and other national health organizations have been encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can, for months. But because Spike Lee, I guess also a health expert, "encourages" it, suddenly it's okay, and implies that it is everyone else's fault that they haven't gotten vaccinated already? I don't see what is great about this ad, I think it is hypocritical and biased.

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28 minutes ago, susannah said:

I don't see what is great about this ad, I think it is hypocritical and biased.

if it's the ad I saw, I thought it was just promoting the idea that you can get a free ride to the shot. As someone who drove an hour to get my first shot some weeks ago, I was very aware that people w/o cars are at a big disadvantage.

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14 hours ago, Cobalt Stargazer said:

Maybe they watched that James Cagney movie, the one where he shoves a grapefruit into his wife's face? Because that's literally the first thing I thought of.

 

 

Possibly but in Public Enemy (1931), Mae Clarke's character was a  girlfriend not wife of James Cagney's character. Of course, it was rather daring for the time that they were depicted eating breakfast together in their bedclothes despite them not being married to each other.  Still, James Cagney's character was a loutish thug that literally only his mother could   love so two wrongs don't make a right. 

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I guess even "annoyed" is a bit too strong of a word, but there's this ad from the CDC on the radio about protecting yourself from the variants. It starts out ok, wear a mask, keep your distance yada yada. And then the guy says "and for sure, I'll get the vaccine WHEN IT'S MY TURN, BUT UNTIL THEN..."

Guy, IT IS YOUR TURN! Don't they have enough budget to update the ad now that everyone over 16 can get the shot?

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1 hour ago, dleighg said:

I guess even "annoyed" is a bit too strong of a word, but there's this ad from the CDC on the radio about protecting yourself from the variants. It starts out ok, wear a mask, keep your distance yada yada. And then the guy says "and for sure, I'll get the vaccine WHEN IT'S MY TURN, BUT UNTIL THEN..."

Guy, IT IS YOUR TURN! Don't they have enough budget to update the ad now that everyone over 16 can get the shot?

it's not your turn until you can actually get in for an appointment.  Just because you're eligible for the shot doesn't mean you can go out and get one today.

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3 minutes ago, Katy M said:

it's not your turn until you can actually get in for an appointment.  Just because you're eligible for the shot doesn't mean you can go out and get one today.

I think that's a stretch. It sounds like he's waiting his TURN, after the old and sick people get to go. Plus around me (suburban NYC metro) I could get an appointment tomorrow in any of several dozen places near me. Things are completely different than say 3 weeks ago. 

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16 minutes ago, Katy M said:

it's not your turn until you can actually get in for an appointment.  Just because you're eligible for the shot doesn't mean you can go out and get one today.

True. I couldn't get an appointment for a month and an half after I learned I was eligible.

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20 minutes ago, susannah said:

True. I couldn't get an appointment for a month and an half after I learned I was eligible.

Same here. Who knows exactly when that commercial was made? Things with the vaccine have been changing rapidly.

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8 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Who knows exactly when that commercial was made?

that was why I made the point that they could have re-recorded the end of the ad. It's radio!

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1 minute ago, dleighg said:

that was why I made the point that they could have re-recorded the end of the ad. It's radio!

Bu...but that costs money!

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15 minutes ago, dleighg said:

that was why I made the point that they could have re-recorded the end of the ad. It's radio!

This one annoys the hell out of me too.  Everyone is now eligible to get the vaccine.  Where I live walk-ins are accepted now.  A long way from a short time ago.  They need to update the PSA and knock off the when it's my turn crap.

18 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Bu...but that costs money!

To be fair, each radio ad runs for 13 weeks.  But I agree they should bypass this contract and spend the mula for new information because it's a PSA from the Government, not selling a product!

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2 hours ago, CrystalBlue said:

Where I live walk-ins are accepted now.

I guess its like that everywhere then. 

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On 4/28/2021 at 3:41 PM, peacheslatour said:

I wish that was a thing. Shove wedding cake in your new bride or groom's face? Assault With Pastry. Thirty days in the hole!

If it was marble cake it would have been a no-brainer.

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9 hours ago, Blergh said:

Possibly but in Public Enemy (1931), Mae Clarke's character was a  girlfriend not wife of James Cagney's character. Of course, it was rather daring for the time that they were depicted eating breakfast together in their bedclothes despite them not being married to each other. 

Oh, I love those pre-Hays code films that were rather raunchy by comparison to movies made after it became rigidly enforced in 1934.

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On 4/29/2021 at 7:01 PM, susannah said:

I haven't seen that one but Spike Lee is now putting out one where he is strongly implying that black communities aren't getting their vaccines because they are black, saying also that some people in those communities don't have rides to vaccination sites. There are, as you said, many many people who haven't gotten completely vaccinated yet, no matter their age, race or health, and from what I have seen, vaccination sites have bent over backwards to be accessible, everywhere, from grocery stores to clinics to convention centers to parking lots to wherever. I really dislike those that try to stir the pot, claiming victimization and bias where there are none.

Are you talking about his Uber commercial?  Because I saw that one and don't agree with you that this is the implication.  He is just acknowledging that some people in those communities don't have adequate transportation to vaccine sites and is supporting getting that to them but I didn't see any accusation that their lack of access is necessarily anyone's fault....We're talking about people that are either too old or too infirmed, too mentally and physically challenged to handle getting to vaccination sites without help and can't handle even reaching out for that help.  Of course now that the vaccine is so available that appointments aren't needed and you can basically just walk into the corner drug store to get one the situation is different, but I presume this ad was made a few weeks back when it was more difficult to get the vaccine anywhere.

Also, I saw him in another spot in which he is getting his second shot and he acknowledges that a big reason why people in certain communities aren't getting vaccinated is because of their own hesitancy, and he was making that clip to hopefully help them overcome that.

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2 hours ago, Yeah No said:

Are you talking about his Uber commercial?  Because I saw that one and don't agree with you that this is the implication.  He is just acknowledging that some people in those communities don't have adequate transportation to vaccine sites and is supporting getting that to them but I didn't see any accusation that their lack of access is necessarily anyone's fault....We're talking about people that are either too old or too infirmed, too mentally and physically challenged to handle getting to vaccination sites without help and can't handle even reaching out for that help.  Of course now that the vaccine is so available that appointments aren't needed and you can basically just walk into the corner drug store to get one the situation is different, but I presume this ad was made a few weeks back when it was more difficult to get the vaccine anywhere.

Also, I saw him in another spot in which he is getting his second shot and he acknowledges that a big reason why people in certain communities aren't getting vaccinated is because of their own hesitancy, and he was making that clip to hopefully help them overcome that.

Your post is very articulate and considerate. I think though that if Spike was really pointing out that all communities of  poor and infirm might need help getting to vaccination sites, he wouldn't have mentioned skin color. But he did, and that's what bugs. There are people of all races in similar situations. I got my second shot a week and a half ago and had had that appointment for a month. I didn't know until reading here that long waits aren't the case anymore.

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4 hours ago, susannah said:

Your post is very articulate and considerate. I think though that if Spike was really pointing out that all communities of  poor and infirm might need help getting to vaccination sites, he wouldn't have mentioned skin color. But he did, and that's what bugs. There are people of all races in similar situations. I got my second shot a week and a half ago and had had that appointment for a month. I didn't know until reading here that long waits aren't the case anymore.

I actually will agree with you on that point.  I know Spike advocates for communities of color but I personally wish it didn't have to be that way and that we could see this as a human issue for lower income areas regardless of their ethnic makeup.  I had to make vaccine appointments for a poor white family that doesn't have internet access and couldn't manage dealing with the telephone hotlines, and they didn't happen to live in a zip code where vaccine access was prioritized based on ethnic population in my state.  Plus I bought one friend's daughter a laptop because they don't live in a school district where students are given free laptops.  So I hear you.

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24 minutes ago, Prevailing Wind said:

NutriSystem - Marie says, "Look at you all. How fun!"  WTH does "how fun" mean?

It means she's reading the line given to her.  I can't imagine her thinking talking to some real people ranks as fun in her world. 

 

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46 minutes ago, cinsays said:

It means she's reading the line given to her.  I can't imagine her thinking talking to some real people ranks as fun in her world. 

 

I think she is trying hard not to grit her teeth and keep the sarcasm out her voice. It's akin to "Well, bless your heart."

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43 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

I think she is trying hard not to grit her teeth and keep the sarcasm out her voice. It's akin to "Well, bless your heart."

yeah, i find nothing genuinely human about this woman

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On 4/30/2021 at 5:58 AM, Prevailing Wind said:

I'm really loving lockdown because I am completely bra-free. I wish I had the nerve to go out like this.

Now that we can no longer put on a bulky winter coat, it's kinda hard to go out that way, at least for those of us over 30!  Sometimes I put on a bra only long enough to get to the grocery store and back.

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24 minutes ago, bankerchick said:

Now that we can no longer put on a bulky winter coat, it's kinda hard to go out that way, at least for those of us over 30!  Sometimes I put on a bra only long enough to get to the grocery store and back.

Same. I come back, kick off my shoes and take off my bra.

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22 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

Same. I come back, kick off my shoes and take off my bra.

I'm not supposed to be bare/sock-footed, so I change into my slippers. Yeah, bra starts to come off before the keys are set down. I actually have to go out & pick up a prescription, so there will be bra-wearing in my future, if only for a half-hour.

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Folks, 
We strayed a few times here.  Kudos to those of you who redirect to Small Talk.  Let's remember we're talking about Commercials.  Straying a bit is okay.  If it's more than that, take it to Small Talk.  Small Talk, where bra preferences and vaccine access are on the menu. 

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