Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Been thinking…I know..dangerous stuff here…but I was thinking back to the Super Bowl....

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Been thinking…I know..dangerous stuff here…but I was thinking back to the Super Bowl. Yes, thrilled that Manning and the Broncos won, but was kind of wondering about which advertisement was the best and more importantly memorable. And for the life of me I really could not think of one…at least not one that rose to the old standard like the Coke commercial with “Mean Joe Green.”

Now that I think about it, they did not even have one ad featuring the old Budweiser standard… the one with the Clydesdale horses. I really liked those commercials…beautiful animals…great theme orientation…inspiring…uplifting. Instead, this year, we are met with the cringe-worthy…puppy…monkey…baby…“thing.” Who came up with that idea? Whoever it was…they ought to be made to watch that commercial every night before they go to bed. Other than the “what the heck is that” moment…the only other thing I remember about that commercial was that it was about some kind of drink. The one commercial I did like was the Snickers bar commercial that was a take-off from the 1955 Marilyn Monroe movie “The Seven Year Itch;” where she stands over the subway grate and a gust of wind blows her dress up around her legs. The best part was the ending when the guy running the fan that creates the fake gust of wind snorts, “This will never make the final cut. Morons.” I actually busted out a snort laugh at that surprise ending.

The other commercial that was kind of cute was the Doritos commercial where the very pregnant wife was undergoing an ultrasound and her husband was standing next to her eating a bag of Doritos. When he offers her a chip the image of the baby on the ultrasound screen reaches for the chip. Surprised, the dad repeats the offer and the baby again reaches out for the treat…until the wife flicks the chip away from her and then we are left with the image that the baby decided to make a quick exit stage left. Funny! Right? Well, not so for at least one group…the National Abortion Rights League…NARL; they are upset that the commercial “humanized the fetus.” Can’t have that ..now can we? However, we will leave that for another day.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“New and improved? If something is new, it couldn’t have been improved. If something is improved, it can’t be new?

FINANCIAL PLANNING
I was talking to my financial advisor the other day, we were reviewing my retirement plans. He closed his laptop, looked me straight in the eye, and said, “The only hope you have for a secure retirement is a very short life span.”

Ok…that is all I have for today. As always be good, do good, play safe, and remember to watch for the new and improved Dogpound in future articles.

JR