Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Why didn't I choose advertising as a career?
I remember watching Bewitched when I was a kid and thinking that Darrin Stevens had it pretty good- nice big house in the suburbs, beautiful wife, etc., and a lifestyle financed by a job which required nothing more than his ability to come up with a stupid, obvious jingle or catch phrase every so often. I remember thinking "hey, I could do that!"
(I also remember thinking "geesh, Darrin spends a lot of time lying on that couch." I didn't know about Dick York's severe back issues at the time. But anyway....)
The message was reinforced later with movies like Mr. Mom-- want a salary that can support an entire family in suburban luxury? It's no trick- all you need is the imagination of a prairie dog. Anyone can do this- why not me?
For some reason, however, I never followed through- which is why I can't claim credit for this really, really stupid waste of 30 seconds which I guess is supposed to convince us that 1) we should go to Subway and spend money there right now, and 2) "hey, isn't it fun to say Guacamole? The only thing more fun than saying Guacamole is watching total strangers say Guacamole, don't ya think?"
Hey, Subway? I apologize for ever making fun of your "Five Dollar Foot Longs" campaign. Could you bring that back, please? Because this ad just reminds me of what Might Have Been if I had decided to choose another path and become one of your Idiots in Gray Flannel Suits. Like Dick York. Or Dick Sargent. Or Terri Garr. Or whoever.