Man shaming in commercials

Why are so many companies choosing to throw men under the bus in television commercials? Not sure what the motivation is to make men seem like the lowest levels of animals and that they are worthless. There is probably more examples and more that needs to be said but here are just a few.

Nationwide

A man can’t eat in his new kitchen? The women is cleaning up after him before he even gets a chance too. Some men like to clean, stop stereotyping, Nationwide.

JustFab

A man is obviously concerned about his wife’s shopping addiction but she then belittles him by telling him it’s “her” money and then to go make some dinner. Sounds like there is marriage canceling or divorce in their future.

Nutrisystem

I’ve wrote about this before, but calling men fat pieces of garbage on the couch “so to speak” and stop shoving our holes full of pie might motivate some dieters, but abuse is no way to sell your product. Yes, I’ve tried Nutrisystem and you can do just as well by eating the cardboard it came in.

There are numerous other commercials for home improvement projects where the woman is humiliating the man in front of other people.

An Introverts Disney World Survival Guide

IMG_7200

Walt showing you the way out!

Well, the title can be misleading, as a recovering introvert, you will be exposed to more people than you will ever experience in your. You will have to set aside your need for quiet, conformity and perfectionism. This will be messy, but here’s my best tips.

Stay on Property

I don’t care how much it costs, don’t be a cheap-wad. Staying on property is worth every penny. You get a fantastic themed room, great bus service, and free parking if you get tired of someones butt in your face after you’ve raced to get a seat on the transport. Just don’t stay until the park closes, otherwise you will be waiting in one of those cattle corrals for about an hour.

Take a small bag, but only one.

Dads, haul the bag through security and let your family browse the overpriced items near the entrance. It’s a bad idea to have everyone bring a bag. Your wife will thank you for leaving her purse in the car. I use a small sling pack that can hold tons of stuff. What to put in the bag? Keep reading. You don’t need much.

Bring a refillable water bottle.

Preferably one that is vacuum sealed so it keeps ice all day. Most places will give you ice and you can fill up your bottle at any number of the water fountains.

Bring sunscreen

Just a small refillable applicator and face stick. You will get burned in more than one way

Camera with zoom.

Preferably an SLR with longer optical zoom. It’s a little extra weight, but worth the pain because of the quality of the photos. The photographers there will even use your fancy pants camera because they appreciate your effort. Plus you can get photo tips from them as well. Just don’t take that big camera everyday, just on those days when you plan out your iconic photos. If you can get a deal on the Disney photo pass, DO IT, I regret not just forking over the dough and getting all those great shots.

Enjoy the park food

Pack only a few snacks for when you or your family gets hangry. Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Nuts, Granola bars something with protein, stuff that won’t melt. Enjoy the food in the park as much as you can. Again don’t be cheap, eat and enjoy the park food. Book a nice sit down restaurant too.

Fast passes

No brainier, get them for later in the day and head for the rides you want first as soon as the gates open. For instance, hit the Seven Dwarfs mine train first and then use your fast pass later. Or just visit all the other rides while people pile on the most popular. Staying on property will get you a 60 day head start on getting fast passes.

Stay at least 4 days

Spend at least an entire day at each park. Most people skimp on Animal Kingdom, but there is plenty to do there. It’s not all about thrill rides. Thrill your brain and learn some stuff. Also, try to visit during Christmas time, Magic Kingdom is way better when all the sights, sounds and music of Christmas are up and running.

Get the park hopper option

We end up going to the Magic Kingdom every evening after we’ve exhausted our time at other parks. There is nothing quite like the Magic Kingdom at night.

Take care of your feet!

I can’t stress this enough, you will be walking miles per day. My personal best is 14 miles in a single day. Wear proper fitting and breathable shoes. Wear anti-friction socks and let them air out when you get back to the hotel. I managed to remain blister free on my last two trips. Leave the flip flop and slides at the hotel for the pool.

Also, if you have small children, don’t ride the haunted mansion first.

 

 

Talking during a movie

When you go to a movie do you sit and enjoy the movie or do you run your mouth with inane commentary? If you are one of the people who doesn’t shut up during a film then you should probably wait until the DVD/Blu-ray/VHS/Laserdisc is released. There are people who are sitting near you that are on the edge of dumping a soda in your lap. Yes, I purchase the option for free refills.

New Facebook Game

Here’s a new Facebook game to try.

  1. Look at your friends list
  2. See who has the most friends
  3. Unfriend that “friend”
  4. See how long it takes for them to send you a friend request
  5. Repeat every week until you have no friends

Chances are, if someone has 3000+ friends they won’t notice you’ve unfriended them until they see you pop up on the “Find New Friends” or “People you may know” feature. Hopefully Facebook has it in their algorithms that you don’t surface again.

Have fun, enjoy and tell a “friend”!

 

Reserved Theater Seating

I’m so glad that my local theater has reserved seating for movies. However, what happens when it’s a really popular movie and people line up hours early? I ask, why are you lining up if you have reserved seating. I’m wanting to see how well this works out for Star Wars The Last Jedi. When I went to see The Force Awakens reserved seating wasn’t invented yet at my theater. The line snaked around the circumference of the snack bar. I think in the back of peoples mind they don’t want to risk losing their seat so they show up early.

So what do you do when you get to your seat and someone is sitting there?

May the 4th Be With You

May the ordinal number 4 be with you? Well, that doesn’t make sense. That’s because we live in a society where grammar doesn’t make sense anymore. I know it’s supposed to be a play on “May the force be with you” and it was cute when it first started. However, now that you see it posted for every Facebook friend you have, the luster is lost. I mean I guess if everything else can have a day, why not Star Wars? Why not release a Star Wars movie every year on May the 4th?