The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

January 17, 2008

All the Cool Kids Are Doing it…

Filed under: Site Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 3:24 am

It seems that a number of friends from church have recently started blogs, so I have added some links to those over in my Blogroll. 

Eighteen Men (And a Pile of Laundry) on a Dead Man’s Chest

Filed under: shopping — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 3:15 am

Following up on my earleir post on the Pirates of the Caribbean themed Trundle Bed sold at Costco (see below,) it turns out they’ve added a matching chest of drawers to go with it as well.

 The box boasts of “Dovetail Joint Construction,” thus putting it on par with just about every other piece of furniture that doesn’t come from Ikea or Target.  It comes in a distressed finish to give it that “just dragged up from Davy Jones’ Locker” appearance sought after by scurvy dogs and scoundrels alike.


On the other hand, once it’s out of the box and the tags have been removed, there’s no gratuitous movie-related theming on this dresser, which means you may not need to toss it out once the next round of summer blockbusters comes out. 

Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz, Oh we’re not even trying anymore

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 2:54 am

Like clockwork, every Tuesday and Wednesday a weekly ration of dead tree spam hits my mailbox.  Since the apartment complex I live in provides convenient recycling bins right by the mailboxes to dispose of the stuff, very little of it actually makes it more than a few steps from the mailbox itself, but I do usually at least browse through it just in case there might be some coupons I can stick on the fridge and completely forget about until three months past the expiration date.  Most of the mail consists of relatively mundane weekly grocery store ads, but there’s also a section containing various coupons and some of those “special offers” that you just can’t wait to pass up.  In this week’s mailing, this particular ad caught my eye:

Yes, it’s none other than Speedy Alka-Seltzer, brought back from the dustbin of history after market research showed that nobody has bought any of the stuff since the mid Seventies.  In fact, he doesn’t appear to have aged a day during that time, although the vaguely seasonal catchphrase he brought along for the ride seems to be seriously stretching for a rhyme.  It also doesn’t seem to have anything to do with heartburn and/or headache relief, which leads me to wonder exactly whether he’s here to sell you Alka-Seltzer, or if he’s just spouting some generic ad copy he got from the National Beer and Chicken Wings Promotion Council?  For that matter, doesn’t he look just a bit young to be drinking in the first place?  Someone check his ID. 

But if you can put those issues aside, you can get Speedy and his newly rehashed catchphrase emblazoned on a free (with purchase, of course) limited edition T-shirts, perfect for doing things that don’t involve going out in public and/or retaining any shred of the dignity you may have once had.  If that one isn’t quite to your liking, they offer a second option for the slogan, perfect for the next time you need to get yourself fired from your job in a hurry.  At least you won’t have any heartburn or headache while you’re standing in the unemployment line.

EDIT:  I keep forgetting that YouTube exists.  Here’s a clip of Speedy from his heyday:

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