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consistent inconsistencies

There is a series of Geico commercials on the radio right now that describes how your wallet, vacation savings jar, bank account, etc., would like to congratulate you on your insurance savings. According to Geico, they would like to do this with a chest bump, a high five, a hand shake, or some such action, but they can’t. As they say, it’s a vacation savings jar, it doesn’t have a hand. But they say it would still like to congratulate you on your insurance savings.

I have news, Geico – IT CAN”T – IT’S A FREAKIN’ VACATION SAVINGS JAR! IT DOESN’T HAVE A BRAIN TO THINK WITH!

Now, I may have some of the exact items or methods of congratulations mixed up in the first paragraph, but it adequately describes the commercials. It is just bugs the piss out of me that they say that the inanimate object can’t give you a physical sign of its approval, but somehow the inanimate object can actually think. I mean, come on – let’s go for a little (and I mean very little) logical consistency here.

I know, I’m way too easily distracted by stupidity. It’s like I expect more from advertisers. Sorry, my bad.

scammers forever

I cannot believe that I just got the old Nigerian scam email again. It is beyond belief that there is anyone using email that would fall for this. This scam has been going on since almost the invention of email and has essentially become part of Internet folklore. Does the sender really think that anyone is going to respond to him? I don’t know – maybe there are more idiots in this world than I can believe.

Anyways, it was a good chuckle to start off my day and I just thought I would share. And if you don’t know what the heck I am talking about, do us all a favor and get off the Internet.

bank hack?

I’m working on a project I didn’t expect to need to do. I have an email address that I only use for financial matters. Any online banking, savings, 401K stuff, etc., is supplied with that address – no one else – no stores, casual contacts or otherwise. However, suddenly today I am receiving spam at that address. So one of two things has happened; either one of my financial organizations has had their customer email list hacked (or worse) or they have shared my address with a thoroughly unscrupulous or insecure “partner.”

In any event, today I have created a new email address for that purpose and I am going to all my online financial connections and changing my email address. I suppose the smart thing to do while doing that is to change my passwords, too. What a pain in the ass. Oh well, might as well get to it. One of the hazards of a computerized, on-line life.

Edited 7/4/11 – Further reflection on this incident makes me wonder if someone just took a gamble on what might be a valid email address at my domain. It was a common word that would have made sense to use for that kind of email, so maybe some spammer took a chance and one of the many variations they tried actually hit home. I haven’t received any further email at that address (I am monitoring it, even though I no longer use it) so I think that may be a possibility. Lesson learned? Don’t use common words for the first part of your email address.

not my idea of fun weight loss

Senior citizens are always being warned about scams and swindles that can cheat them out of their life savings, but to tell the truth the scammers and swindlers don’t give a rat’s patoot about how old you are. They will gladly take your money without checking your ID for a birth date. Top among these scams are dieting schemes guaranteed to lighten your wallet more than lighten your weight.

Listening to the radio on the way to work, I once again heard the commercial pushing a certain diet product. Apparently in vogue at the moment, or so the advertiser would have you believe, is cleansing your colon. Whenever I hear this commercial, I wonder how many people are really stupid enough to spend their money on this stuff.

Come on, folks – it’s a laxative! Sure, it will cleanse your colon, but so will any of many, many cheaper products on the market, if that is what you really want to do. If you are thinking seriously about this, may I make a suggestion? Ask your doctor if it’s time for a colonoscopy. Why? Because a colonoscopy requires your colon to be cleaned out, and if you want to do that anyways, you might as well get some real good out of it, not to mention that the doctor will tell you how to do it safely and a bit more inexpensively.

A colonoscopy isn’t covered by your insurance, but you still want to clean out your colon? Hit the drug section at your favorite store and check out the laxatives, or ask your pharmacist to recommend the most effective product. You can be pounds lighter in a matter of a couple of days if you want to do it this way.

Of course this is an absurd way to lose weight and nobody in their right mind would put themselves through this except those desperate enough to try anything – anything that doesn’t require real dieting or exercise, that is. Do you have half a brain? Then I’m sure you have figured out that as soon as you stop taking a laxative, your bowels will (hopefully) return to their normal function and any weight that was “lost” will quickly be regained. And if you are foolish enough to continue to use such a product, you will be upsetting your body’s balance and risking your health.

Now, I’m not talking about an occasional need to move things along with a gentle laxative, but rather the more extreme elimination of bowel contents that these weight panaceas provide. However, a good diet will go a long way towards not needing any kind of laxative, as well as providing a safe way to lose that weight.

There is no shortage of people who will pay out big bucks again and again for products promised to make them lose weight or improve their health, regardless of ridiculous, unverifiable, or specious claims of efficacy by the advertiser, and there is an inexhaustible supply of leeches willing to take advantage of those people. I just hope that you don’t fall into either category.