Saturday, November 20, 2004

At the movies

I just saw Ray: The Return of Wicket/Willow. The film was quite entertaining, and Jamie Foxx's performance was as strong as has been advertised. But I don't really want to write about the movie.

Before the film began, I took my customary pre-movie trip to the men's room. Some of my female readers might not know this: advertisements are often strategically placed above urinals so that men can be inundated with commercial messages while doing our business.

The display I saw tonight was brilliant on several levels. An advertisment for Immodium A-D, it read:

"Are there more explosions in here than on the screen?"

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Alright, alright!

I apologize for the recent dearth of entries. I seem to be lacking in inspiration these days. But I did learn something today at work, so I shall share it with you.

One of the more famous quotes in American history is Calvin Coolidge's 1925 statement, "The business of America is business." The basic reason behind the widespread knowledge of this quote is quite obvious. It nicely sums up America's economic mission.

It took on greater significance during the Cold War, as Coolidge's feelings could be applied to the difference between the Soviet Union and the United States (communism vs. capitalism). Then, when the big government era began coming to an end under Reagan, the quote was once again appropriate.

But there's a problem with Coolidge's quote. He didn't say it. At least not exactly. Instead, he said, "The chief business of the American people is business."