February 09, 2006

Surely, American business isn't this stupid!

Janelle and Tim Tingle, © Dick Hooper, 2004

2-09-06-Here's a photo from the 2004 Oklahoma Book Awards. Tim Tingle was there with his short story book, Walking the Choctaw Road. It's a wonderful book, buy it! I was there with my As Brown As I Want, the Indianhead Diaries novel. Next year, I'll probably enter my new novel (still in progress), Custer and His Naked Ladies. It could be my ticket to a great party! This year, I entered my Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories book in the Oklahoma Writers Federation book contest. They have a party too!
Sun!- We have sun! Even the birds are wearing bikinis…
Pepsi-I got an email this morning claiming that Pepsi has new patriotic cans. From what I’m reading, they have printed the Pledge of Allegiance, but have purposely left out “one nation, under God.” Let’s forget for a moment the ruckus this will cause among the Christian Right Pepsi Swigglers. Let’s look at this from a business angle:
What were they thinking? I can’t believe a big corporation would shoot themselves in the foot this way! If this is true, they are all beyond idiocy! Have they not been watching the bleeding Muslims on TV upset over a cartoon? Have they not monitored the Christian Right’s push to have prayer reinstated in schools? Faced with a design dilemma on whether to include God or not, it is said they didn’t want to offend anyone—so they left God off the can. What I am understanding is that they really didn’t want to offend Muslims. What’s happening here? If we are afraid to offend a Muslim with a can of Pepsi, what next?! But I digress (as I often do). If the guys on Madison Avenue discussed the choices—God or no God—why didn’t they realize that this new can design was going to cost them money? Why didn’t they ditch the whole idea and put the words to America the Beautiful on the can? Still too offensive? What about Take Me Out to the Ballgame? Or, roses are red, violets are blue? Or Mary Had a Little Lamb? ANYTHING! I’ll be so relieved if I find out this new can design is a farce—surely American Business isn’t this stupid!

Quote du jour:
"I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.."-Zsa Zsa Gabor-
note: Younger readers won't remember Zsa Zsa, but she was a treat! Always beautiful, always rich, always funny!

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