As Good As It Gets


 
The Super Bowl occurs tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see the featured commercials. As the most-watched sporting event, advertisers are reported to have paid as much as $5 million for a 30-second spot. For that kind of money, I don’t expect them to be the run-of-the-mill variety giving someone an excuse for a bathroom break.

Being featured in the Super Bowl does get a lot of attention. But this commercial from Wrigley’s can be as good as it gets, too. It’s about the love story of a young couple as told and sketched on Extra gum wrappers. Spoiler alert. He proposed to her and she accepted at the end.

It doesn’t have to be February and close to Valentine’s Day to enjoy this commercial. It’s cheesy alright, but like the product it sells, it lingers after the first chew (pardon the pun). If you’re a fan of Nicholas Parks, it might even get you teary-eyed. Don’t take my word for it. Watch it and judge for yourself.

February 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Time and Relativity
Location: Krakow, Poland

In response to this week’s challenge, I want to share a picture that I took in the street of Krakow.

On first glance, you may not notice the connection. You’d think I’d gone nuts. But please indulge me for a moment.

Let me start by quoting Albert Einstein explaining his theory of time and relativity for the rest of us.

“When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours.”

Now, let me paraphrase that quote a little bit.

“When you walk and kiss a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you pose as a human statue for a minute, you think it’s two hours especially when nobody pays attention.”

Did you finally get it? I hope you like the picture and that I’ve made Mr. Einstein proud.

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February 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm 11 comments

The Promise

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 February 2016

Erin Leary
Photo Credit: Erin Leary

“Promise, you’d come back.”

“I promise,” Tom told Sara when he went to war.

It was the promise he kept reminding himself as he waded to shore amid heavy enemy fire on Omaha beach that day.

It was all behind him now. Finally, he was coming home.

“Sara, Sara, I’m back,” Tom cried, rushing through the front door. But she just ignored him.

Meanwhile, on Omaha beach…

“Brave kid,” the medic said referring to the soldier he tried to save. “With all the pain he had to endure, he never gave up.” Among the personal effects, he found Sara’s picture.
 

February 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm 38 comments

Wordless Wednesday: House of the Virgin Mary

House of the Virgin Mary
Location: Selçuk, Izmir, Turkey
 

February 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm 10 comments

Enough Already!

Photo Credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The 100-day countdown for this year’s Philippine presidential election is officially on. It’s scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016, unless an unforeseeable event takes place.

According to the latest surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay is leading the race. Of course, conducting surveys is big business in the Philippines. Hence, they can be manipulated to get the results desired by those who paid for them. But what if they reflect the true sentiments of the people?

It will be a disaster for the country.

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January 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm 4 comments

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