As a culture, we should lift up people who overcome adversity; people who address problems head on, then solve them. I think it takes a lot more courage to admit you have a problem and then work to overcome it, than to to embrace your problem and ask everyone else to accept it as normal. I am all for celebrating diversity, but I don't think we should celebrate dementia.
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me, particularly when I see something at the edge of my focal vision. My brain will take what I see and reinterpret it. Lately, it is happening all the time with a facebook ad for Otterbox:
Have you seen the White House's latest round of advertising for Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act)? It features the president holding a sign that says, "#GetCovered because nobody should go broke just because they are sick."
Pretty lame, all things considered. Here are some signs I think the president should hold up:
The folks in my office just bought a new air freshener for the bathrooms. It is Febreze Linen & Sky scent. It has a nice clean smell, but I started thinking about linen, and about sky, and how each of them smell. I imagine if you took the actual scent of linen and combined it with the actual scent of sky, you would not have a very convincing air freshener. I think the scent they are going for is actually a combination of laundry detergent and the pleasant smell most of us experience after rain which is usually caused by bacterial actinomycetes. So much for truth in advertising.
Which would you choose?
I am sure if they ran the above two marketing proposals by a focus group, no one would want to buy an air freshener named "laundry soap & bacteria." The name conveys a mood of dreary, rather than cheery, and much like fast food kid meals, we want to buy happiness.
Yesterday, I was in Walgreens looking for clear gatorade for my son. He wasn't feeling well and I wanted to hydrate and replenish electrolytes from a drink that would not stain the carpet. I didn't find the clear gatorade in Walgreens (apparently they only carry neon colors), but I did see Texas Rain bottled water (see below). I am a naturally sarcastic person, so a few things jumped out at me when I saw the bottles of rainwater:
1. Texans sure are proud. I bet you won't find a single Texan anywhere drinking a bottle of New Mexico Rain, or California Rain, or New York Rain.
2. Ironically, in Central Texas, we have been in a drought. We need rain. Who knew that we were short because they keep bottling it up in Houston and Dallas before it can get to us?
3. It just happened to be raining here last night. Why should I pay for bottled Texas Rain when I can walk outside and get more than I can handle for free?
4. I considered asking a friend in Arizona to take a picture of an empty water bottle in his yard so I could photoshop a lable that said "Arizona Rain."
While I am not convinced that I should spend a dollar on a bottle of rainwater, at least not while it is falling for free this week, I have to say that I am impressed that they also sell rain water collection systems and they will wholesale the water under your own private label. Somebody out there try a bottle and leave a comment.
Today I saw a new political ad from the GOP called, "The Breakup." It's clever, and harsh, like you would expect a breakup to be. But it also clearly and succinctly states how I feel about the president and our relationship so far. Check it out: