Self doubt. Are any of us immune to this? I’ve begun to notice that not only are we notorious for questioning our own decisions…(let’s face it, everyone does it once in a while) but it’s becoming obvious to me that there are people who prey on our lack of self-confidence and offer their own little subliminal digs as well.
Whether it’s the off-hand remark of, “Wow…what made you decide to wear that dress with those shoes?”, to the casual, under-enthusiastic, “It’s…nice” when you finally unveil the end result of a long term redo of your dining room, it can be difficult to filter out the words the person has chosen not to say…for sometimes, those imaginary, unspoken words seem to come through the loudest.
Advertisers are no dummies when it comes to using this tactic to their greatest benefit. The other day, I saw an ad for a new liquid soap dispenser:
…And correct me if I’m wrong here….but don’t you touch the top of a soap pump before you wash your hands…and then remove the killer-germs during the washing process? Does anyone touch the top of the soap dispenser pump after they’ve washed their hands…say, just for kicks?
I’ve noticed that there are several shows on teevee about OCD.
I know this how, you ask?
I’m so glad you asked. I’ve noticed this because whilst bedridden with my achy-breaky sciatica, I spent a lot of time surfing the ONDEMAND channel on my cable.
I saw shows entitled:
- …and ODC (People with Dyslexia who also have OCD)
Okay, so maybe I made that last one up…but still. And with perils everywhere, like Swine Flu…and haphazardly dropped bird poop, one never knows when one will be hit with slimy, stenchy germs that we may inadvertently touch.
But seriously…are we going to put the bar soap industry out of business? I mean, it’s not exactly the neatest way to clean one’s hands…especially if you have kids:
Is there even the slightest possibility that this new outcropping of reality shows are gonna create even more people with extreme-germ-diversions than we had before?
I know what you’re thinking. “Okaaaay. Kathryn, where are you going with all this? ‘Cause, ya know…I’m uber-busy and there’s a Snickers in the bottom drawer of my desk with my name written all over it and I do have a life, ya know…so….hel-lo??”
It’s coming. God, you people are so freakin’ impatient. Here’s a crazy thought: Why don’t you eat the Snickers WHILE you’re reading?? Better? You’re welcome.
They also have disposable hand towels now for home use. Not paper towels, mind you…but hand towels:
The animated ad on their site shows the towel bar above split in half…with a cotton towel on the left, which states: “One hand towel used multiple times”…and a Kleenex hand towel on the right side with the proclamation: “A single towel used just once.”
So now, I’m supposed to get rid of all my cotton hand towels for the bath. And this would mean removing the ones in my kitchen as well? Or are paper towels still acceptable in this venue?
Oh and the best part of all? There’s a song to go along with the Kleenex hand towels! I was thoughtful enough to download it for you, and I printed the words below the MP3 player, so we call can have a sing along! I’m sorry there’s no bouncing ball for each word…I couldn’t quite master downloading that part.
You don’t have to thank me. Hearing your melodic voices off in the distance as you sing along….or your un-printable curse words ringing in my years as you flip me off…is thanks enough.
Either way…happy washing!