Billboards are Fading

I read that some city wants to get rid of all its billboards and large signs. I ask that city how can they do that? What is happening to the good’ol things in life and why does everything have to be gotten rid of?

When I sit here and think back to my younger days – oh those wonderful times of yesteryear with the billboards along the side of the road! I feel old now – Help me!!!

Those great billboards that lined the road with some nifty saying or telling you that at the next exit you only have to drive 5 miles and there will be some exciting adventure for the whole family.

Or there was one where I lived with a giant ice-cream cone and as a kid I always dreamed that one day I would get an ice-cream cone that size but somehow my dream never came true and the sign was torn down when I was about 10 years old.

Or there was the happy family driving along without a care in the world in a car waving to all those who passed by. Those were great times.

There were giant burgers or soft drinks that would make your mouth water and as a kid I would beg my parents to take me there only to hear my dad say it was too far away; maybe some other time. My dad must have said that sentence a trillion times every time I saw a billboard with food on it; I wanted to go there and have something to eat.

There were the billboards for tourist attractions too which were really great; promising you the world and wild animals that would eat you alive if you weren’t careful.

Or there was the man-eating creature waiting to devour you when you stopped there. And of course my dad would never stop at such great places because as he put it “That’s a load of hog wash!”

Those words brought tears to my eyes because I wanted to see a real man-eating animal and what did I get just a glimpse of the place as we drove by.

Though one year my dad decided to drive to Florida for Christmas and so we made our way from upstate New York to Florida and that was a trip that left lasting memories in my brain and my dad was the best dad in the world that year and he still is!!!

As we crossed the border into the southern states that’s where the signs began to tell me there were great thing in store if I just keep reading. The first sign was only 200 mile to (whatever the name of the place was) and it went like that every couple of mile so there was a building up of excitement in the car because I knew that was a place to stop at and after my dad driving for hours and listening to me begging from the back seat when will be there and my mom sitting there patently listening to me too. Then the moment came and my dad pulled off the highway to the place with the giant sombrero! I was ecstatic just to see that hat that had been on all the billboards since entering the southern states.

Then we parked and got out and my dad gave me .50 cents so I could get myself a souvenir. That was life and I knew that they would have something there for me! I ran into the store only to see that it was full of tee-shirts and plastic alligators and some sombreros and post cards. Nothing was there that was as exciting as the bill boards. I wanted excitement and looked and looked only to be disappointed and walked back out to the car with my mom and my .50 cents still in my hand.

After we got back onto the highway again my spirits were lifted by the bigger than life signs for pecan pie. I had never seen such huge pies before and they looked really good too along with the happy people who were eating the pies. My dad said we would stop for some of that great looking pecan pie, which we did but I didn’t like the pie so I had to settle for a wonderful chocolate ice-cream sundae.

Those billboards were great!

Then the moment came with the giant orange welcoming you too Florida and there in that state were billboards with giant fish and alligators on them or monkeys and other exotic creatures that I had never seen before.
Those billboards really showed me what life was about and all the great things that life had to offer. I couldn’t sleep in the car because I was so excited that I would miss out on some great picture on a billboard. What pictures they were indeed!!

To all those people who will decide about billboards: Please, don’t get rid of all those great things because that was and makes life so memorable!

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Help I need a facial cream

We all know this problem that you need to keep your skin moist and soft( so they say) and so with the signs of aging – I hate this sentence, because it makes me feel like I am an aging sponge shriveling up and drying out over time!

But that is the message behind those ads for facial creams to make us unsure so that we will buy their product. Sorry boys not with me. Though I will admit I got caught up in this whole mess once.

Anyways, it was like this; I adventurously entered a store full of facial creams that promise me the world and I feel better already except then I am approached by a sale women who must have visited a garage and she said to me: “They definitely have a cream here for my problem skin.” I never knew that my skin had a problem before, because I never asked it.

But this women knows !!

She suggests we do an analysis of my facial skin so then I know exactly what cream is best for my skin. I think to myself “ How has my skin survived all these years not knowing this information?” I find this whole thing a bit unsettling but I say “OK” anyways.

She does this and that and then she informs me that I will need a couple of creams because my skin isn’t the same all over my face. Though I think my skin looks ok to me and is the same color but not according to her.
And the thought that people could point to me and think “We know your facial skin isn’t the same.” This is horrifying. But imagine walking down the street and people saying to you when they walk by “ I know the left side of your face is dry and the other side is oily.” This makes me cringe!!

So, I ask the sales women what she would suggest. A wrong question indeed.

Well, she says to me considering the condition of your skin and your age( I never told her how old I was)I would recommend that you use a different cream for each problem zone, and this here is exactly what you need.

I have mentally noted that she is well versed in skin problems and maybe even an expert, but I doubt that very much she is just well trained by the company.

Now the sales women stands before me with all these promising creams that will make me look younger. I need this!!! I want to be younger looking and now she shows me a couple of more promising products that just seem to be exactly what I need (according to the sales women).

All the time she has been telling me the wonders of these products and that I must use them twice a day otherwise my skin will look like an old sponge (I feel really ugly now that she has said that). But she did let me in on a secret, and that was that she went to the garage for an overhaul and if she didn’t she would look worse than I do. After hearing that, I was relieved to think that I don’t look too bad then (Thank-you).

So the moment came when I had to decide which cream to buy and I knew there and then it could be pricey!!!! I chose the one that promised soft and younger looking skin in 3 weeks. I hope my partner will still recognize me then. Not that he thinks there’s some strange chick trying to pick him up (I’d better be careful).

The sales women said I made an excellent choice and suggested some cosmetics too. I politely said “No thank-you, the cream is enough.” She looked at me as if to say: If you don’t buy a foundation, mascara and all the other stuff you will be beyond help. I will take the chance because I like to live risky!!

Then I asked the “question”: How much? She answered me by saying “ Only $50.00 plus tax.” I almost fell over, but thought hey I’m worth it. What’s fifty bucks when I’ll look younger? So I paid and got another free sample of something for aging skin. I hate this word” aging” it’s like a plague everywhere you turn you hear it.

I invested many hours in my new beauty regime with my new cream but no one seemed to notice that I looked younger. I could clearly see in the mirror day by day that the effects of aging were disappearing by using this cream, but why hadn’t anyone else noticed it?

I felt heartbroken (and maybe you have too) and have gone back to using my old faithful product that I have been using for years and everyone now says:”your skin looks good.” What’s with everyone?

Always take care of your skin and it will always take care of you protecting you from the elements whatever they may be.