*** I haven’t watched daytime soap operas in about twelve years (give or take a few). This past Thursday I came home from work sick with a migraine and was crawling into bed, tv on ABC because that’s the channel we had it on the night before, and I was totally disturbed to see *blatant* product placement for a soup, right there in the middle of the dramatic scene. I am fairly certain that, back in the sixties when soap operas were first broadcast, product placement was actually a major reason why they were on in the first place: to advertise to housewives. But today? Aren’t there commercials for that? (I guess it’s a by-product of the economy…?) I was totally annoyed by it. I found a similar sort of clip, also from an ABC soap, for your enjoyment-slash-annoyance. I couldn’t embed it, so click here. (It’ll open in a new window) You won’t be sorry. Or maybe you will.

*** We often sing “Roxanne” by the Police to Roxie. Sometimes it feels weird singing a song about a prostitute to a beagle, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

*** INXS was always one of my favorite bands. In fact, call me crazy if you want, but my late, great beagle Bijoux “spoke to me” through one of their songs after she died. Years ago, lead singer Michael Hutchence killed himself, leaving his daughter without a Daddy and his band without a lead singer. The tv show “Rock Star: INXS” was on in 2005 and the Fab Five glued ourselves to it for that hour each week, watching the band pick a new lead singer. Finally, while I protested loudly, the band chose JD Fortune, a guy who admittedly sounded eerily like Michael Hutchence. He had been living in his car and this was a huge, once in a lifetime break for him. Well, Jim just notified me (and I found it online later) that he screwed the pooch. He’s out of the band and living in his car again. Idiot. I guess they should have gone with one of the other two finalists. I bet Mig and Marty wouldn’t have let them down…

*** “Celebrity Apprentice” premieres next week. It looks like it’s going to be a bloodbath trainwreck, like the best sorts of reality shows. I only wish that any of the following people were going to be on it, so Jim might change his opinion from “No way in hell I’m watching that” to “Hmm. Looks interesting”:

–Les Stroud from “Survivorman”
–Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs”
–Simcha Jacobovici from “The Naked Archaeologist”


*** The first couple of times I heard Flo Rida’s “Right Round”, I didn’t like it because I really like the original song that he samples:

But now its catchiness has gotten to me. Rock on, Flo!