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Look Into My Eyes, Do They Dazzle?

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I consider myself a live and let live sort of guy. As a small business owner living in a very tight economy, I know you have to watch every nickel and dime and maximize every opportunity to generate revenue. It means you stay competitive in the market place by offering your customers a better pricing structure. I get all of that.

I was a team player when Spark started posting ads for feminine hygiene products. Yeah, I know the demographic states that most subscribers here are female and yes this is free web site, and yes I’ve met some very cool people, and no I don’t want it to go away. I realize they have to generate revenue in some form or fashion. I grinned and bore it. (GIRANIMAL is bore the plural of bear?) It speaks to the success of what these fine folks have accomplished. It’s like the old song from the 80’s by Billy Squires’, “Everybody Wants You.” Way to go Spark Team!!!

However, (There is always an however isn’t there?) when I went to read my email this morning I received a notice from Spark People suggesting I “ditch my current mascara,” and use a product “as seen on The Doctors.” I could save a ton of money and my eyes would be more dazzling and brilliant in 60 Days. Oh yeah, free shipping also!!!

I ran, or what resembles a run for me these days, a sort of herky-jerky waddle, up the stairs and shouted to Joan “What brand of mascara do we use?” She assured me that we were well within the guidelines suggested by The Doctors. (Joan DVR’s The Doctors and Doctor Oz while she’s at work.) I breathed a sigh of relief and came back to my computer only to see an add on my personal page that asked what type of tissue did I use? I use what Joan buys. She handles the money. (I tried to buy a monkey one time. That’s when she took the checkbook away from me.)

Chris, thank you for being concerned with my well-being and overall health but at 6:30 AM I was a bit overwhelmed by all those decisions. Thank goodness I don’t need probiotic yogurt! I for one would gladly pay a fee for this site. I believe, as someone once said, it separates the contenders from the pretenders. Until then I’ll have to limp along worrying my eyes look okay.

Gosh, I hope I don’t have to deal with lip gloss.

Joan kissed me on the forehead and told me my eyes dazzle, just the way they always have in the past.

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KERHOO 8/1/2012 6:45PM

    I love your blogs and I think Joan will let you know if you need more eye Hope you had a fantastic day!!!!! Keep up the great work!!

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MARITIMER3 8/1/2012 6:25PM

    I must admit that I generally just ignore the ads. I understand that they make SP free, and I appreciate that (having done WW on-line at one time, and SP is much, much better).

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LMULLINS4LIFE 8/1/2012 4:41PM


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AJDOVER1 8/1/2012 4:29PM

    I'm pretty oblivious to most advertising -- unless I've got to watch it for my job, it just doesn't register with me. I actually work in Market Research and occasionally it IS my job to do nothing but watch TV commercials for hours.

Recently, I spent an entire afternoon watching and classifying erectile dysfunction prescription ads. I told my boss that if the job lasted more than 4 hours, I'd have to seek immediate medical attention....

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GIRANIMAL 8/1/2012 3:59PM

    Uh-oh -- I better start watching "The Doctors!" Actually, I rarely pay attention to advertising. You know how funny this is coming from me. emoticon

Also, I would totally let my BF buy a monkey. In fact, I wish he'd let ME buy a monkey. What the heck does that say about me?! LOL

Also-also, per Merriam-Webster online, the past tense of "bear" is "bore" -- but obviously even the copy editor had to double-check that one, so don't feel bad. emoticon

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NJMATTICE 8/1/2012 3:48PM

    You're so lovely you don't need mascara! Thanks for the visit. Nice to see you sharing your travels! Have a great day.

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CLUTTRELL8 8/1/2012 1:08PM

    What a good laugh. lol It's funny coz it's true. You'd think they could possibly skew ads for men on here, but maybe that's too high cost.

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SPARKENISTA 8/1/2012 11:28AM

    My ex-husband always wanted to buy a monkey. 'nuff said.

As far as the ads go, I find them annoying as well. However, I'm with Gina180847--I just try to tune them out.

emoticon There was no monkey so I posted a bear.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 8/1/2012 11:16AM

    I am happy Joan still thinks your eyes sparkle just fine the way they6 are. Thanks for the laugh :D

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DEARTOMYHEART 8/1/2012 11:11AM

  Oh my goodness John, I laughed so hard, to good my friend. Thanks so much for sharing and the laughter. Joan rocks!
I would have let you have the monkey!

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BAMAJAM 8/1/2012 10:26AM

  Hi John!

Some of those ads really are tempting... like the tension device for the double chin. Use it two minutes a day, and presto, no more double chin. And, yes, the before and after shots were indeed miraculous. I am still wondering, just maybe I should . . . haha. Thanks for your humor, John. It cheers my day!
By the way, Joan was right (again) that you did NOT need that monkey! LOL

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GINA180847 8/1/2012 10:26AM

    Only a guy who wants to buy a monkey would find these ads more than a minor annoyance. Thank God for Joan!

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HDHAWK 8/1/2012 9:34AM

    emoticon I've gotten to where I barely notice the ads at all.

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/1/2012 8:57AM

    I absolutely love the humor...Keep it coming. Thanks for the laugh.

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DOODIE59 8/1/2012 8:45AM

    You raise a good point:) And you made me chuckle -- thank you for that.

What creeps ME out is when I go online to buy, say, linens, and the next day those companies' ads pop up on sparkpeople. EW -- who's SPYING on me??

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/1/2012 8:42AM

    LOL Thanks for starting my dad with a laugh. I agree. There are a number of ads on here that I wonder about.


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ANGIEJAY77 8/1/2012 8:34AM

    I'm sorry but this blog post made me lol :)

I'm sure your eyes dazzle...with or without the recommended mascara.

Have an awesome day!!!

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REGILIEH 8/1/2012 8:30AM

    Loved it! I got my first laugh of the day! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

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SANDRALEET 8/1/2012 8:27AM

    Thank God for the others in our life.

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