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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

They never lose it...

You know those commercials? The ones with the super-catchy tune whistled in the background while a man has an incredibly cheesy grin on his face, and his wife does too? You know...... THOSE commercials? (come on... don't make me spell it out for you!)

Did I ever mention that my son whistles that tune around the house all the time? It's rather embarrassing! I live in fear of the day when someone comes over and hears him whistling it and knows what it is from!

Anyway, I have an odd train-wreck-like fascination with those commercials. I actually like the catchy tune, and people smiling is always nice- not like a hemorrhoid commercial or those creepy toe-fungus commercials. But the thoughts it conjures... old people... big grins.... yuck!

I was reminded yesterday that some feelings and desires never die... no matter how old you are.

I was walking in Shopko, looking for ridiculously cheap marked down merchandise I could spend my husband's hard earned money on when I came across a calendar kiosk. They were actually all over the store, but I stopped to browse through the discounted calendars for a moment when I noticed further up the isle a very old man looking at the calendars in another kiosk.

As I saw there was really no need for me to purchase a discounted "Trucker's Paradise" calendar, or "365 funny things kids say", I mosied further up the isle, toward the sweet old man. As I got closer, I could see the calendar he was so enthralled with....

yep, it was the "Trucker's Paradise" calendar.

Nope. It really didn't have anything to do with trucks.

When he suddenly realized someone was coming up behind him, he quickly shoved the calendar out of sight, and hastily grabbed the "Mary Englebright" one.

Uh huh.... sure..... you're really into Mary Englebright... Right.

I couldn't help but laugh out loud as I passed. I really couldn't help it. I wasn't trying to be rude, it just came out!

Sorry, cute old man. I'm glad you've still got it in you. Really!


kfairbourn said...

Hi, Erin! I found your blog on Marci Peacock's blog. I love your story about the old man. That is hilarious! It will be fun see what you're up to! (You will remember me as Kim Svedin)