Category Archives: advertising

Apples Are Next

I tried to fight the good fight.  I tried to persevere.  I know in my heart of hearts that advertising on bananas is wrong. Alas, they have been more persistent. They have repeated their actions time and time again; thumbing … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, banana, fighting, food, food blogging, marketing, supermarket | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

An Encounter with Muji

Decades ago, when I lived in Japan, various satirical magazines often made fun of what we termed Japanese English or Janglish. These were translation mistakes or misuses of English (intentional or unintentional) that appeared everywhere. They could be boldly emblazoned … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, Japan, Japanese, Retail, shopping, translation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Talking About Weather

The big talk in my classrooms on Friday was all about the weather. It was kind of like I was trapped in an ESL textbook from the 70s or 80s.  I enjoyed the irony….for a few minutes at least.  Then, … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, adversity, advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, ESL, snow, students, teaching, travel, travel writing, weather, winter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Seeking Your Advice

Readers, from far and wide, I appeal to you for some wisdom. I have a choice to make, but I am struggling to come up with the best solution.  I would love to hear what you think. I am planning … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, advertising, advice, airplanes, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, Exodus, Exodus Travels, finance, Intrepid, travel, travel writing, vacation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Incredible Bananas

I thought it was a one off, but now I am certain that my bananas have become a regular cog in the marketing machine of Hollywood.  I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Incredibles.  I really did … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, marketing | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

The Inner Child

Today, totally without planning and possibly due to an error by the TTC which saw a subway car stop at the platform, not open its doors and drive away, I got on a subway completely decorated inside and out to … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, Disney, marketing, public transportation, subway, toys, TTC | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bananas Are Not Safe Anywhere

Just when you thought the rants about bananas was over, I discover that no bananas are safe. All bananas are targets for advertising revenue.  The brand is unimportant.  Everyone is doing this.  Soon it will be the apples, then it … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, banana, contest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Follow up on the Bananas

I am sorry to bother you with some banality, but I feel that I must add more information to the whole banana imbroglio.***  Quinn, whose blog  I respect, wondered about the connection between the minions and bananas. Here are some … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, banana, marketing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advertising Goes Bananas

As new trends in advertising go, I suppose this is not horrible.  Showing commercials before movies at the movie theatre  is horrible, playing commercials before YouTube videos is horrible, and having flat screens showing commercials above urinals at bars is–okay, … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, banana | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Leave My Bananas Alone!

I thought it was a one-off. I thought that it would happen once and never again.  How sadly I misjudged Hollywood.  How sadly I thought their greed had limits. They have gone and defiled my banana again–though this time it … Continue reading

Posted in advertising, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, Disney, food, rant | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments