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2 hours ago, Katy M said:

I guess Lexus's point was that David was supposed to help Goliath subdue and enslave the Isrealites?  An anti-semitic commerical?  Or maybe he was supposed to help him to change and become a better person so that he didn't want to fight David?  But, this was battle by champion, so if Goliath didn't do it, someone else would have.  Yeah, it really makes no sense.  There are probably better examples they could have used of 2 people fighting (killing) who could have instead helped each other. Cain and Abel.  Scar and Mufasa.  

I think you're overthinking it juuuuust a tiny bit.

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7 hours ago, Katy M said:

I guess Lexus's point was that David was supposed to help Goliath subdue and enslave the Isrealites?  An anti-semitic commerical?  Or maybe he was supposed to help him to change and become a better person so that he didn't want to fight David?  But, this was battle by champion, so if Goliath didn't do it, someone else would have.  Yeah, it really makes no sense.  There are probably better examples they could have used of 2 people fighting (killing) who could have instead helped each other. Cain and Abel.  Scar and Mufasa.  

Darth Sidious and Qui-gon

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On 5/12/2021 at 1:56 AM, Cherpumple said:

There's one recent commercial that I've found particularly annoying and tone deaf. It features a woman practicing a speech about some vague topic, full of meaningless platitudes like "follow your dreams" and "never give up" and ends with her giving the speech to an adoring crowd. Well, one of the dumb lines she includes is basically "in these uncertain times, it's not about David vs. Goliath, but David *helping* Goliath." And what is this advertising? Lexus. That's right, a luxury car brand decided that the best way to go is to have some smug self-satisfied lady tell the viewers that in our current global situation it's time for the underdog to help out the big guys. Screw you, Lexus, and your stupid big red bows. I mean, I guess it might appeal to their target audience, but damn.

I think it would have worked better if they had said Androcles and the Lion! 

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On 5/13/2021 at 8:08 AM, Blergh said:

I think it would have worked better if they had said Androcles and the Lion! 

If they still want to use David, they could have  him, instead of cheating with Bathsheba and sending Uriah to his death. David and he become bros and develop a very successful frankincense exporting LLC.

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On 5/11/2021 at 4:52 PM, peacheslatour said:

Or if you're in hot pursuit of some mugs who've just knocked over a bank and have their gats a blazin' and you're trying to call the cops.

Oh Peaches..."gats a'blazin'...thanks, I really needed that for a good laugh. 😆

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On 5/3/2021 at 5:34 AM, dleighg said:

what town is it? I spent my formative teen years in Morris County. I worked at the Korvettes at the Willowbrook Mall, and my best friend worked at the Sears at the Rockaway Mall (which I hear is now a mass vaccination site LOL). And yeah, 150k for a condo in Morris County? That's a laugh.

Korvettes. OMG.  We used to go to the one in Douglaston Queens. 

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22 minutes ago, GussieK said:

Korvettes. OMG.  We used to go to the one in Douglaston Queens. 

"Shop the other Korvettes, shop the other Korvettes at Korvettes!"

 

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I hate all Colonial Penn commercials because they talk about meeting their “final expenses.”  Why did they think they needed to make up this euphemism?  I should cross post on pet peeves. 

2 minutes ago, Yeah No said:

"Shop the other Korvettes, shop the other Korvettes at Korvettes!"

 

Thank you!  This is even on topic!  

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52 minutes ago, GussieK said:

I hate all Colonial Penn commercials because they talk about meeting their “final expenses.”  Why did they think they needed to make up this euphemism?  I should cross post on pet peeves. 

Thank you!  This is even on topic!  

What is wrong with it? Funeral costs, medical bills, debts, etc ARE final expenses. They may not include just funeral costs.

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5 minutes ago, susannah said:

What is wrong with it? Funeral costs, medical bills, debts, etc ARE final expenses. They may not include just funeral costs.

I still think it's a made-up euphemism.  I have never heard a real person use that phrase.

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5 minutes ago, susannah said:

What is wrong with it? Funeral costs, medical bills, debts, etc ARE final expenses. They may not include just funeral costs

Exactly. As the executor of my father's estate, there's the special distress of paying for the completely futile ambulance ride to the hospital.

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12 minutes ago, GussieK said:

I still think it's a made-up euphemism.  I have never heard a real person use that phrase.

I never did either until my 92 year old father died of Covid last year.  Be glad you haven't heard it yet.  I got letters from creditors looking for money that used that expression.  They wanted to know if I was the person responsible for "paying his final expenses".  Probate lawyers will use that phrase too.

14 minutes ago, dleighg said:

Exactly. As the executor of my father's estate, there's the special distress of paying for the completely futile ambulance ride to the hospital.

I am so sorry you had to go through this - I was "fortunate" that my father left no appreciable estate so no probate was filed and when the creditors came knocking I in effect told them to go suck an egg.  I too got a bill from the ambulance company, but Medicare or TriCare (he was a veteran) should have picked up that expense, so I ignored it and fortunately never got another bill.  The distress of the circumstances of his death combined with fighting off the creditors was a special kind of hell I'm still going through.  I just got a letter last week from a law firm asking me if I'm the person responsible for my father's "final expenses".  They wouldn't even tell me why they were writing.  He didn't leave many debts so this may be some other medical bill mix up that should have been paid by insurance.

One thing I do know is that now the cost of his cremation is going to be paid for by the government through that special program for Covid victims.

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48 minutes ago, Yeah No said:

I never did either until my 92 year old father died of Covid last year.  Be glad you haven't heard it yet.  I got letters from creditors looking for money that used that expression.  They wanted to know if I was the person responsible for "paying his final expenses".  Probate lawyers will use that phrase too.

I am so sorry you had to go through this - I was "fortunate" that my father left no appreciable estate so no probate was filed and when the creditors came knocking I in effect told them to go suck an egg.  I too got a bill from the ambulance company, but Medicare or TriCare (he was a veteran) should have picked up that expense, so I ignored it and fortunately never got another bill.  The distress of the circumstances of his death combined with fighting off the creditors was a special kind of hell I'm still going through.  I just got a letter last week from a law firm asking me if I'm the person responsible for my father's "final expenses".  They wouldn't even tell me why they were writing.  He didn't leave many debts so this may be some other medical bill mix up that should have been paid by insurance.

One thing I do know is that now the cost of his cremation is going to be paid for by the government through that special program for Covid victims.

I am a probate lawyer!  I have never heard a real person use this phrase, at least in my area (NYC).   If there is no surviving spouse, and no assets, those other debts do not usually have to be paid by other family members.  They are usually extinguished.  I suppose a collection lawyer might use the phrase, as in this example, but they are also demons. 

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1 hour ago, Yeah No said:

I never did either until my 92 year old father died of Covid last year.

I am so sorry for your loss and for what you are going through now. Fighting with bureaucracy at any level is a special hell.

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That's something those final expense commercials don't mention.   The people who try to change unsuspecting relatives for all kinds of charges.  

 

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3 hours ago, GussieK said:

I still think it's a made-up euphemism.  I have never heard a real person use that phrase.

A euphemism for what?

I've never had to deal with anyone's final expenses, but the phrase just seems like a catch-all for all of the costs after someone dies.

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18 minutes ago, janie jones said:

A euphemism for what?

I've never had to deal with anyone's final expenses, but the phrase just seems like a catch-all for all of the costs after someone dies.

Exactly. Any debts, funeral costs and maybe the dear departed had a *shudder* reverse mortgage.

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33 minutes ago, janie jones said:

A euphemism for what?

I've never had to deal with anyone's final expenses, but the phrase just seems like a catch-all for all of the costs after someone dies.

Funeral expenses.  Advertising people don't like to mention certain things, like death.  I guess I'm the only one feeling it for this issue. 

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The Colonial Penn ad bugs because the kitchen is full of delicious cookies and the guy never even gets to eat one! Not even a bite!

Also, if the actors in this ad were any more wooden, they'd need yearly termite inspections.

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3 minutes ago, mmecorday said:

The Colonial Penn ad bugs because the kitchen is full of delicious cookies and the guy never even gets to eat one! Not even a bite!

Also, if the actors in this ad were any more wooden, they'd need yearly termite inspections.

You can even see the knot holes.

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45 minutes ago, GussieK said:

Funeral expenses.  Advertising people don't like to mention certain things, like death.  I guess I'm the only one feeling it for this issue. 

But I thought it was referring to more than just the funeral expenses?

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17 minutes ago, janie jones said:

But I thought it was referring to more than just the funeral expenses?

It is, as has been explained upthread.

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On 4/24/2021 at 10:18 PM, InDueTime said:

I'm not liking this recent Subway ad. It's one thing for Megan Rapinoe to suggest a sub sandwich instead of a greasy burrito, burger, etc. It's another for her to kick a damn soccer ball at your face to make her point.

 

I hate this one because a) I can't stand Megan Rapinoe to begin with, and b) No, if I want a burrito, a Subway sandwich won't do.  Get stuffed, Megan Rapinoe.

There's also one with some guy I don't know doing something similar to two people who suggest ordering a pizza, which is an even more horrendous substitution.  When I want pizza, I want pizza.

 

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On 4/30/2021 at 9:09 AM, susannah said:

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.

The commercial I saw was about helping people get vaccinated by having Uber (I think) give them rides to vaccination centers.  Seems like a great idea to me because because there are a lot of people who don't live near a hospital or pharmacy or other vaccination site.

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On 5/10/2021 at 12:25 AM, CrystalBlue said:

It's only been launched in Houston.  The perfect pilot city because their slogan is ready made:  "Houston, We've Had A Problem."

Extra points for getting the quote correct. :-)

On 5/10/2021 at 3:41 PM, Yeah No said:

Of course I know that!  The issue is that they didn't exactly look like the kinky type, did they?  In fact they looked quite the opposite.  Not something anyone's grandson would ever think their staid, very traditional old grandparents would do, anyway.

I think that's part of the point and why they get away with it when their clothes aren't wrinkled.  It's only the wrinkles which give them away because otherwise no one would suspect those two of having sex in the closet.  (Man, I'm thinking about this way too much.)

 

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1 hour ago, proserpina65 said:

The commercial I saw was about helping people get vaccinated by having Uber (I think) give them rides to vaccination centers.  Seems like a great idea to me because because there are a lot of people who don't live near a hospital or pharmacy or other vaccination site.

Except as I said, those aren't the only places that offer vaccinations. Grocery stores offer them, there have been vaccination centers in parking lots, drive by vaccinations, large venues like convention centers, etc. They have bent over backwards to make them as accessible as they possibly could.

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1 hour ago, proserpina65 said:

The commercial I saw was about helping people get vaccinated by having Uber (I think) give them rides to vaccination centers.  Seems like a great idea to me because because there are a lot of people who don't live near a hospital or pharmacy or other vaccination site.

 

16 minutes ago, susannah said:

Except as I said, those aren't the only places that offer vaccinations. Grocery stores offer them, there have been vaccination centers in parking lots, drive by vaccinations, large venues like convention centers, etc. They have bent over backwards to make them as accessible as they possibly could.

I don't know the exact numbers, but I am sure there are a lot of people who don't have a car, don't live within walking distance of any of those, or have access to public transportation, or don't have the physical ability to walk even if they're nearby...  So good for Uber and/or Lyft if they're stepping up.  I just hope it's truly paid by the company and not the "independent contractors" who do the driving.

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29 minutes ago, SoMuchTV said:

 

I don't know the exact numbers, but I am sure there are a lot of people who don't have a car, don't live within walking distance of any of those, or have access to public transportation, or don't have the physical ability to walk even if they're nearby...  So good for Uber and/or Lyft if they're stepping up.  I just hope it's truly paid by the company and not the "independent contractors" who do the driving.

I couldn't have gotten mine without my husband driving me. The Microsoft campus in Redmond is HUGE. He went out a couple days before our appointment and scouted it out.

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On today's episode of "Things that Piss Me OFF"...

I would appreciate if I never saw the purple iPhone ad that plays over and over literally everyday. I will always mute YouTube whenever I see it. It's just that annoying. Please stop getting in my face, Apple. 

 

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My mom thinks it's weird that they use the "Candyman" song in that ad. I don't really get the connection, either, other than I guess the phone's color makes it look like candy, or something? 

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3 minutes ago, Annber03 said:

My mom thinks it's weird that they use the "Candyman" song in that ad. I don't really get the connection, either, other than I guess the phone's color makes it look like candy, or something? 

I have still not seen this thing so yay me!

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2 hours ago, Annber03 said:

My mom thinks it's weird that they use the "Candyman" song in that ad. I don't really get the connection, either, other than I guess the phone's color makes it look like candy, or something? 

If anything, "Purple Rain" would have made more sense since the only phone color they show is purple and is covered in water, for... reasons?

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Purple is one of my most favorite colors. Were it not for this annoying commercial, I may have turned in my rose gold iPhone7 for a purple one... As long as the 7 is working fine I am not upgrading....

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The grilled cheese ad (it's grilled cheese time) gets me salivating and then it's Kraft singles. Ick.

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8 hours ago, proserpina65 said:

The commercial I saw was about helping people get vaccinated by having Uber (I think) give them rides to vaccination centers.  Seems like a great idea to me because because there are a lot of people who don't live near a hospital or pharmacy or other vaccination site.

I very much like getting people to vaccination sites. There are also mobile vaccination buses here that take the vaccinations to underrepresented people.

I always like to see ads that give information and not misinformation about vaccination.

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Since the Spike Lee ad has been around a few weeks now maybe it's time to do similar ads with other celebrities to encourage ways to get hold outs to get their vax.  Here in IN there's an upbeat ad featuring locally known sports celebs and other public figures saying "I got mine!" but I don't think a montage like that will change anyone's mind.  The good thing about the Lee ad is that he is offering a specific suggestion of what you can do to help.  I think we can use more of that.

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14 hours ago, Gramto6 said:

Purple is one of my most favorite colors. Were it not for this annoying commercial, I may have turned in my rose gold iPhone7 for a purple one... As long as the 7 is working fine I am not upgrading....

I have rose gold for mine too! I don't see any reason to change it any time soon.

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"How's the menopause going?"

What's "the menopause"? 

Is the ad supposed to be funny?  Sorry, I can't even imagine a situation where one woman would begin a conversation by asking a question about menopause.

Another ad aimed at women, written by men.

(This is what happens when I forget to mute the commercials.)

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15 minutes ago, Leeds said:

Sorry, I can't even imagine a situation where one woman would begin a conversation by asking a question about menopause.

Maybe if you see me sitting outside or in a cool room, seemingly minding my own business, but my glasses are fogged up and sweat is pouring off my face.  I don't think it's just me, but as I and my friends have entered menopause, it has become a topic of conversation.  Sorry to say.

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1 hour ago, bankerchick said:

Maybe if you see me sitting outside or in a cool room, seemingly minding my own business, but my glasses are fogged up and sweat is pouring off my face.  I don't think it's just me, but as I and my friends have entered menopause, it has become a topic of conversation.  Sorry to say.

I've lamented with women in the same stage of life. I don't begin a conversation that way, but when you're waving a fan at yourself and breaking out in a sweat, the topic may come up.

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The shows I watch apparently gives my age away. Way too many ads for reverse mortgages, adult diapers, and medications. I don't need any of those (yet). I may do an "oof" when I stand up and joints may pop and crack but I'm not yet your target audience.

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On 5/14/2021 at 4:27 PM, susannah said:

Except as I said, those aren't the only places that offer vaccinations. Grocery stores offer them, there have been vaccination centers in parking lots, drive by vaccinations, large venues like convention centers, etc. They have bent over backwards to make them as accessible as they possibly could.

And as we've said, there are people who cannot access even those places WITHOUT transportation.  The commercial is highlighting a way to make vaccinations accessible to those who do not drive or can't get to vaccination locations without assistance, which is a good thing.

 

23 hours ago, Kawaiiko said:

On today's episode of "Things that Piss Me OFF"...

I would appreciate if I never saw the purple iPhone ad that plays over and over literally everyday. I will always mute YouTube whenever I see it. It's just that annoying. Please stop getting in my face, Apple. 

 

Yeah, it's driving me crazy too.  I guess they used The Candyman because it looks like the phone is being coated in purple candy?

 

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19 hours ago, Leeds said:

"How's the menopause going?"

What's "the menopause"? 

Is the ad supposed to be funny?  Sorry, I can't even imagine a situation where one woman would begin a conversation by asking a question about menopause.

Another ad aimed at women, written by men.

(This is what happens when I forget to mute the commercials.)

Yes, it is supposed to be funny.  Starting a convo about menopause symptoms sounds perfectly normal to me.  

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16 hours ago, proserpina65 said:

And as we've said, there are people who cannot access even those places WITHOUT transportation.  The commercial is highlighting a way to make vaccinations accessible to those who do not drive or can't get to vaccination locations without assistance, which is a good thing.

There is a free trolley here that will get people to vaccination locations and it was used way before the pandemic.  There are people in wheelchairs or using mobility devices who may have difficulty getting to a vaccination site. 

I definitely do not get annoyed or irritated by these ads.

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On 5/14/2021 at 10:07 AM, GussieK said:

I am a probate lawyer!  I have never heard a real person use this phrase, at least in my area (NYC).   If there is no surviving spouse, and no assets, those other debts do not usually have to be paid by other family members.  They are usually extinguished.  I suppose a collection lawyer might use the phrase, as in this example, but they are also demons. 

Thanks, I meant a collection lawyer - I was thinking of that law firm that wrote to me, so yeah.  My good friend who is a lawyer told me that those law firms are really just offshoots of the collection agencies that they work for and therefore no better.  I have already been able to avoid paying the balance on my father's car loan after they auctioned the car so I'm pretty confident that I can avoid whatever this bunch is trying to get out of me.  I owned the apartment my father lived in, but I owned it for over 20 years and I even had a joint bank account with him for at least as long as that with a relatively small balance out of which I paid his bills for the last several years of his life, so hopefully they will scram.  My lawyer friend did say that the most evil of them might try to file probate on him themselves, but I can't imagine how they would ever succeed.  Besides I figure the amount they're after has to be too small to warrant going to that extreme anyway.  

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On 5/14/2021 at 3:08 PM, proserpina65 said:
On 4/30/2021 at 9:09 AM, susannah said:

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.

The commercial I saw was about helping people get vaccinated by having Uber (I think) give them rides to vaccination centers.  Seems like a great idea to me because because there are a lot of people who don't live near a hospital or pharmacy or other vaccination site.

I am thoroughly confused by this Spike Lee commercial and I am convinced now that there is more than one version of it - One that is "softball" and the other more of a "hardball".  The softball version doesn't insinuate that it's anyone's fault that certain populations are not getting vaccinated and just encourages everyone to stop being hesitant and go get one - oh and if you need a lift we will help you get there.  The other one does seem more accusatory as if Spike is blaming everyone else for the fact that certain populations are not getting vaccinated and he insinuates that it's because of that that he is supporting this effort to get them free rides. 

I originally saw the "softball" version and posted upthread that I saw nothing offensive about it.  But the other day I was in the middle of cooking dinner when Spike came on in a spot that seemed far more accusatory.  It even pissed me off, and I did not see that coming.  I was too busy to back it up and play it again but now I just can't shake how it made me feel.  It looked just like the first spot I saw so it was easy to confuse them.  So I think that may be the problem here in this thread - that some of us did not see the more accusatory version of this ad and some did.

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On 5/14/2021 at 10:35 AM, mmecorday said:

The Colonial Penn ad bugs because the kitchen is full of delicious cookies and the guy never even gets to eat one! Not even a bite!

Also, if the actors in this ad were any more wooden, they'd need yearly termite inspections.

Speaking of termite inspections, I've been seeing a new Jake from State Farm ad where our intrepid agent is camping out with some guy named Russell who wood carved Jake's head into a knob of wood, snaps it off and gives it to him.

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16 minutes ago, CrystalBlue said:

Speaking of termite inspections, I've been seeing a new Jake from State Farm ad where our intrepid agent is camping out with some guy named Russell who wood carved Jake's head into a knob of wood, snaps it off and gives it to him.

I think new Jake is a cutie.

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When I think of UTI, I think of a urinary tract infection.  I don't think of this.

Ain't that a pisser. 

My gosh, they need to ditch those initials and use the full name for their website.   Stop saying UTI, that brings up some pretty horrible images.  Now I am afraid to pee.🍄

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This ad is just stupid.  The mask bit at the end is good, but the rest of it is idiotic.

 

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