I wonder how many commercials I have been exposed to in my lifetime but the one thing I can say about commercials is "I Love Them".

Ever since I was a child, commercials grabbed my attention so I believe I was an advertiser's target audience. Whether is was the PSA for "Don't Litter" or "Don't Do Crack", I was a fan and did everything in my power to do what I was asked.

These commercials impacted my life and I they helped make me a better person.Sure, I would complain about commercials because they interrupted my favorite programming but deep down I had a love affair with commercials but I would not admit it.

I lived in the fifth largest city in North Dakota with 15,000 people in it and the commercials for McDonalds and Burger King made my mouth water since the nearest fast food restaurants were 100 miles away. So close but so far.

Burger King was favorite when we would travel the 100 miles to Fargo ND. Perhaps I have Coulrophobia so feared going to McDonalds?

I realized I had an addiction to commercials after returning from long submarine deployments. The first indication of my addiction was that I spent days watching TV for the commercials, not normal programming. I used commercials to acclimate myself back to the real world.

When we would go back to sea, we only had movies that played on projectors so we did not have commercials for months. When I would go to sleep in my compact rack with 20 plus personnel in the sleeping quarters, I would dream about commercials.

I told myself that I could control my addiction to commercials but finally hit rock bottom in Naples Italy. I was waiting military air transport back to the US and spent three (3) days in a motel watching Italian commercials with a limited knowledge of the Italian language.

I returned home to the United States and implemented measures to control my exposure to commercials including muting or changing the channel. I would fall off the wagon every Super Bowl just to remind myself of the good old days.

Today, I fondly remember the affair I had with TV commercials during my younger years and appreciate the invention of Netflix. Now I can binge on years of an old programs instead of commercials. I guess that is an improvement because I do not have the desire to buy hygiene products anymore.

Do you a secret passion?

Its great being Fifty Plus Going On Fifteen.

Be safe, healthy, and successful,

Jay Patterson

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PaulMunns Premium
Yup the 30 second advertisement (commercial) was an art and a science. It could inform, entertain and promote a call to action within those few seconds. As you say with the advent of NetflX et al they dont seem to appeal as much. They seem much louder and trashy. Either that or I`m just gettin`old.
Paul.
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subcpo14 Premium
Agree. Not the same as they once were. Thanks for the reply and have a great weekend Jay
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BrendaW1 Premium
I've got to say, this is a first for me, I have never heard of anyone obsessed by commercials! Glad you're better now!!
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subcpo14 Premium
Thanks, not better but in remission. Jay
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drcmaint Premium
Thanks for this.
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subcpo14 Premium
Your welcome. have a great day. Jay
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MCrim Premium
I love Super Bowl commercials. There's a reason they are so good...so expensive!!

Thanks for the post, Jay.

mitch
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subcpo14 Premium
Agree, it should be the Super Commercial. They are not as unique as they once were but they are normally an 8 or above. J
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Cindyda1 Premium
Warped! ;-) Commercials are for running to the fridge for a snack! But I do realize they are very effective.
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subcpo14 Premium
Thanks. Commercials are very effective and to think you have TV Channels that are 100% commercials like the FOOD Channel. Jay
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CowboyJames Premium
Thanks Jay. Warped, possibly. Funny- Yea. Have a great day.
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subcpo14 Premium
Thanks for the response. It is more fun to be warped I guess than normal. Enjoy your day. Jay
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BobHarris1 Premium
"Fall off the wagon" -- never heard that about commercials. Enjoyed this blog. And yes....it is kinda warped...:)
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subcpo14 Premium
Thanks for the confirmation Bob. Guess that fits with my desire to submerge in a can full of people I don't know. Happy day. jay
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Kickbacked Premium
I always liked the coke and Budweiser commercials!
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subcpo14 Premium
You can never fail with animals. Thanks, Jay
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Kickbacked Premium
No you can not! The coke bears were good also!
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LadybugLove Premium
I miss the snowman who melts into a little boy enjoying his Campbell's tomato soup!! Ha ha...Love that one!!

And what about Snap, Crackle, Pop??

And Life cereal...He likes it...hey Mikey!!

Does this give you a clue J? hee hee!!

And oh so many more!!

Some fav shows...Little House, Waltons, Leave it to Beaver, Gilligan's Island, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Quantum Leap...to name a few.

Thanks for the memories! (Bob Hope) ;)

~E
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subcpo14 Premium
Yes and Bob Hope. TV programming at one point was a release. Now... not so much. Thanks E for sharing. Good memories. J
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Isabella4198 Premium
I think I don't like commercials unless I'm interested with what is being shown
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subcpo14 Premium
I am interested in unique commercials now. Thanks, Jay
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Tjennings122 Premium
I have to admit I like the commercials better than the Super Bowl game itself, but the older the ads the better--they don't make em' like they used to!
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subcpo14 Premium
Agree. At one point, there was much imagination in commercials. Take care, Jay
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halinphilly Premium
I was never afraid of clowns or golden arches, but that Burger King mask skeeves me out.
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subcpo14 Premium
Now that you bring that up, maybe its the onion rings. Thanks, Jay
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Carol46 Premium
Perhaps an idea for a niche, Jay :))
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subcpo14 Premium
Yes, perhaps. Thanks and have a great night. Jay
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MKearns Premium
Looking for a word from our sponsor Jay!
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subcpo14 Premium
Oh yes, those famous words like "Hears Johnny". Thanks, Jay
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