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Something's bugging me… (spoiler alert, it's an amazing spider, man!)

This spider has set up residence in the garage above the garbage cans. It’s probably a good spot for him… cycle of life, I guess. He’s welcome to stay there and do spider things until he gets too crazy with the web – then I’m bringing that knucklehead outside to be an amazing spider in the bushes.

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Coca Cola is officially out of advertising ideas (truth in #advertising – #shareacoke)

Singing. Polar Bears. Celebrities. Coca Cola has literally tried it all when it comes to getting you to buy their products. Heck, they’ve even co opted Santa.

Now, they’ve co opted your name.

Yes, Coca Cola’s #shareacoke campaign is banking on the idea that you will buy a product simply because your name, or that of someone you know, is on a bottle of soda. But they’re hoping for more than that – by modifying their labels, they’re sacrificing their precious branding. They’re hoping that their current customers don’t walk past their soda on store shelves, mistaking it for a different brand. They’ve pinned the success of this campaign on the chance that we, the consumer, will recognize their color scheme and font choice. It’s as bold as it is absurd. (Oh, and I guess they’re hoping we go on social media and post things like "I #shareacoke with @creativejamieDC! Because GRAMMAR!"

On the other hand, the campaign got my attention, so maybe they’re doing something right… but of course, I didn’t buy a soda, so I guess the point is moot.

Something's bugging me… (spoiler alert, it's a moth)

I know there’s nothing in the photo for scale, but trust me when I tell you that this moth is at least two inches long. Seriously, On the real, For Real – whatever you prefer. It’s a really big moth. I first noticed the moth when the beating of his wings started knocking things over in the kitchen. The damn house shook when he landed on the wall.

So I’m saying the moth is big.

Disneyland Signs

Upon my first visit to Disneyland and California Adventure just a few months ago, the signs got my attention right away. Here are just a few of my favorites. Read the rest of this entry

What's in a name? Nothing. Especially if you're selling tea.

In Act 2, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare writes:

Juliet
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father, and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

Romeo
[Aside.] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

Juliet

’Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O! be some other name:
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

Ya see, that’s all fancy talk for "You can all "chocolate" "dog shiz" and it won’t alter the taste; chocolate tastes like chocolate no matter what you call it.

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Attack of the Non-Killer Tomatoes

Look, sometimes the tomatoes don’t kill – they’re just behind you. At the grocery store. They’re not up to no good; they just want to make sure you’re clear on where they are hanging out.

That is all.

Run, it’s the merchandising execution team!

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I totally want to be on the merchandising execution team! I presume that their job is to execute hammers when the murder a nail.

Six Flags Great Adventure Skyway cable car photos

Here are some photos of the Six Flags Great Adventure Skyway cable car. I’ll let them speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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Tomato smile

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Now that is one happy tomato.  I wonder what’s got the rest of the tomatoes down.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…

I like signs – I can’t explain why, but I think signs are awesome.  I talk about them all the time!

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Here’s today’s sign, found at a small Italian restaurant.   As you can see, they’ve… What, gone for a Morse Code style?  I get that the dots are there to break up the words, but for some reason, this is still very funny to me.

That’s all – nothing too out of the ordinary.   This short post might be a sign that my tendinitis is bothering me!

Sand Shadow (photography)

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As you can see, the sand on the pavers was moved by the rain, which left a shadow from where the watering can had been.   Neat, huh?

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly chilling in my garden

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My butterfly bush works like gangbusters at attracting butterflies, so well named there!  The Internet says the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly likes pink, purple and red flowers, and I certainly have those in spades.

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Oh Hot Wheels, you so crazy…

Hi, I’m Jamie, and if you didn’t already know, I’m a crotchety old man.   Hence the following complaint (Do your best to imagine a garbled old man voice while reading the text below):

In my day (the eighties) we had die-cast metal Hot Wheels and we liked it that way.   If your friend pissed you off, you’d just bean him in the head with a corvette or a station wagon and he’d know you meant business.  Now these. ..  These pathetic substitutes for Hot Wheels are not only poorly constructed,  but look at this ridiculous marketing tie in!  What kids want to play with the VW from Footloose or the convertible that was featured in Beverly Hills Cop?  Why are they selling toys now that should have marketed to me twenty-five years ago!?!

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Suburban Squirrel

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This dude was just hanging out (“hanging out with his family, having himself a party!”) and didn’t seem to mind having his picture taken, so here we are.

Suburban Bunny

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There’s a fair amount of bunnies wandering around my hood and for that, I am grateful.   Just look at that guy! You gotta love him.

5 Observations on Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Dorney-ParkWe visited Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom this past weekend – this was my first time there and for the most part, my observations are based on a comparison with Six Flags Great Adventure. Let’s dive in: Read the rest of this entry

The Icee Bear has rabies!

There’s been a an innovation in slushy technology, and I’m guess that it has wacked the Icee Bear out of his gourd! Does he have rabies now? He looks demented! Look at his face – look! Or maybe he’s just had too much sugar? I bet that’s it. Jeez, I bet that a lifetime spent drinking Icees have made him a diabetic. That’s a damn shame.

Sugar and bears don’t mix. Or do they?

Deceptive Plastic Silverware

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Yep, that’s plastic silverware .  I was totally fooled.

Bumble bees and bugs

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That’s a bumble bee, right?  I don’t actually know and I didn’t bother to look it up.

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There he is again!  (I have no idea if that is a male our a female.)

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In the case of this bug…  I don’t even know what to look up and I couldn’t get a good pic of him with my phone cam…  So you’ll have to just trust me when I say that he is an unusual looking bug.

‘No Dumping’ sign boasts idle threat

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This is the weakest warning sign I’ve ever seen.  Who designed this?  And what’s worse, who paid for it?  “Violators may be prosecuted.”  What the hell kind of threat is that?  “Yeah, if we feel like it, you’re in deep shit. Maybe.”

I took this in front of a Home Depot; why in the holy mother of damnation would someone dump a bunch of crap in front of a store that’s certain to have security cameras monitoring the building?  I don’t get it.

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