Lots of things set me off: TV ads are high on the list. Here's the middle-aged gentleman consulting his doctor about whatever middle-aged gentlemen consult their doctors about. The doctor nods gently and reassuringly and the middle-aged gentleman smiles in relief. They shake hands and then the doctor and the patient stroll down the hall together, chatting amiably! Oh, sure. When is the last time your doctor walked you to the elevator? If your experience is the same as mine, the answer is "never." You clutch the prescription for your $200 bottle of pills and you hightail it out of there while the nurse is already calling the next patient.
Here's the latest wonder drug, Formaldehyedroxin. Cures just about everything. The ad is full of happy, healthy-looking people whose symptoms have been cleared up after years of suffering. However........Do not take Formaldehyedroxin if your skin should turn green, if you suddenly gain 100 pounds, or if your fingernails start to drop off. Call your doctor if you notice that you have blood pouring out of your ears or if you become blind or have out-of-body experiences. Ask your doctor if Formaldehyedroxin is right for you!!
Erectile dysfunction (or ED, as the drug companies like to call it) ads can be a hoot. What do you do when that "right moment" strikes? Well, instead of heading upstairs and tumbling into bed like most people, the folks in the ads get dolled up, go out to dinner and a show, or maybe stroll out in the woods and build a campfire. It occurs to me that the 4-hour erections that the ads warn against might come in handy in these situations.
Then there are the food ads. Usually, when you put something in your mouth it takes a moment or two for the taste buds to register the sensation and the brain to process what is going on. But not on TV! As soon as the spoon touches the lips, a beatific expression of bliss and delight hits the face of the recipient. Same with digestive aids and pain pills. Pop that antacid pill and before you can swallow it....blessed relief from that acid reflux that's been keeping you awake at night! My experience is that a pain pill takes a little while to do its work, but in the TV ads, not so. Before it has had a chance to dissolve, the subject is dancing, picking up the toddler, trotting up the stairs, biking around the block.
Drives me crazy.
It doesn't have to be that way. There is a lovely ad on TV with a man walking his Spaniel on the beach, meeting some neighbors out with their dogs, chatting for awhile and walking on, just as any of us might do. Natural and believable, and the pitch for the drug advertised is just as forceful as any of those other ads.
I am a person of very limited imagination. I do not like magic shows, fantasy or science fiction. As a child, I hated Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, the Arabian Nights, and Aesop's Fables. I like things to be realistic, every-day, plausible. I cannot suspend belief and pretend that fabulous, unlikely things can happen. My loss, I know. But we are what we are.
I could go on, as I have a tendency to do, but I will shut up before I get started on the movies. Or telemarketers. Or politicians. Or computers.
Didn't I tell you kids to stay off my lawn?