May 17, 2012

Random Thoughts pt. 6- The Mashup

Another mashup post. I've been working a lot recently which is a good thing and in the process have seen and heard a ton of interesting things that alone aren't worth a full post. Still, these thoughts and idea have been rattling around in my head so I figure I ought to share them. Here are a few, in no particular order...

Annoying Radio Spot
I drive a lot. It's Texas, that sort of goes without saying. While in the car, the radio is a primary souce of entertainment. I don't mind radio commercials, I think a lot of them are silly but generally harmless. However, there is one commercial that I cannot stand. It's a for Briggs and Stratton lawn mower parts and it incites a desire to do violence whenever I hear it.  The premise is that there is a couple who's lawn mower is broken and because of that, their lawn has become overgrown. Here's the rub: Their neighbors have begun to comment on how tall their grass is with derisive comments. To be fair, I don't own a home or have a lawn to mow. But, when I was younger, one of my chores was to mow the lawn. My family never got calls from our neighbors complaining that our lawn needed to be mowed. If I ever lived in a neighborhood where people called my house to complain about the length of my lawn, face-punching would ensue. That's all I have to say about that!

The Most Interesting Man in the World
I'm not really a fan of Dos Equis beer (sorry Eric!) But I have to commend them on their advirtising campaign because it rocks. Not only have they committed to the idea of this person, but they come out with new and cool ways to describe him every few months. He's like the Chuck Norris of beer. The following are a few of things I've heard about the Most Interesting Man in the World that really tickled me:

- His monkey business is his official business with primates
- He never sweats, not even in a sauna
- He has never joined them because he has always beaten them
- He once warned a psychic
- He has won trophies for his game face alone

Props to Dos Equis, and Heineken USA (the owners of the Dos Equis brand) for coming up with a great marketing tool and keeping it a marketing tool. The opportyuity to let the character overshadow the brand is obvious but you don't see the character in anything but the Dos Equis commercials.

TXU is Hot
I watch a fair amount of TV online and invariably have come across this commercial from TXU Energy. They are usually advirtising lower energy rates as the summer approaches, but I'll be honest, I have a difficult time paying attention their offers. Take a look at this commercial:

My goodness, how hot is that spokeman?!?! The first time I saw him I thought he's got fantastic bone structure... Look at that jawline! I don't know who this guy is and I don't care, but damn, he's a handsome dude!

Just my thoughts, random as always.


  1. Wow, that spokesman makes energy seem like something a little bit dirty, the way he kind of side smiles as he's talking about it. " know want some energy. I've got all the free nighttime energy you need..." Yes. You're right. I'd like some energy. Now where do I sign up?

  2. "He once had an awkward moment...just to see what it felt like"