My domestic duties seem to have doubled lately, so I don’t have much time to sit and watch TV. My plan used to be to get up and do something during the commercials. Mostly it’s been the opposite, so all I get to watch are the commercials. 

Fortunately, there has been a great crop of them recently. By far, my favorites are the Bud Light Dilly, Dilly line. I love the Bud Knight, especially the one where he asks the guards why they’re shooting arrows randomly out into the kingdom. 

It seems they’ve attached a list of the ingredients to each arrow and want to spread the word to the commoners. The fact that they’re putting lives in danger isn’t that big of a deal as they promise to stop only after shooting the rest of the batch of pre-loaded arrows. 

The Dilly, Dilly line is a great series of commercials. They’re fun and funny, get and keep your attention and when it’s all over, you know what they are selling. Same thing with the Wonderful Pistachio ads with the elephant and the voice of John Sena. 

Some might argue it would be better if we got to see John Sena, but we get our dose of him in the Hefty commercials. I’m liking the Canada Dry Ginger Ale guru, too. Evidently, this stuff cures what ails ya. You drink it to "take the journey." Heavy stuff until the housewife asks how he got in her home. "Cat flap," he says. Very funny. 

Who doesn’t love Mayhem from the Allstate ads? I was disappointed he was giving up causing mayhem for his New Year’s resolution, but was happy to have him back again by mid-January when everyone else was dumping their resolutions, too. 

He’s been the raccoon living in your attic, your dog chewing the bone the burglars gave him and the kid plugging the toilet in 5B to "make it rain" in 4B, all the while telling you to get Allstate because your cut-rate insurance can’t handle mayhem like him. Gotta love it. 

Farmers Insurance has a good thing going with "We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two." Then the announcer takes the potential customer on a tour of the museum of life’s mishaps that were covered by Farmers — like the moose hung up in the swingset, a teenager running over a fountain with dad’s car — you name it, they’ve been there, done that. 

State Farm Insurance has some fun spots, too, but the best I’ve seen lately is the "Fender Bender." As the driver discusses his situation with his agent on the phone, everybody’s voices go helium-induced haywire due to the semi leaking it all over the place, and culminating with the highest pitched voice of all belonging to a 4-foot-nothing police officer telling everyone "there’s no reason to panic." 

I’m also loving the Geico retro ads. The caveman series was fun, but you have to love the camel having the best time of his life on "Hump Day."

Some of the ads lately have gotten my attention and kept it throughout the spot, but missed their mark because I don’t know what they were trying to sell me. I watched the whole ad, I’ve seen it over and over. I’ve even quoted it later on, but I have no idea what the ad was for. 

Prime example is the ad for the iPhone. It’s absolutely mesmerizing with all the jumpy guys dressed alike in reds, yellows, blues and greens running through the streets to a tune that reminds me of the Oompa Loompa songs at the chocolate factory. Fascinating, but what are they trying to sell me? I had to back it up and find out. 

The Pepsi ad intrigued and entertained me but I had to ask an expert, my husband, what "icing the kicker" meant. He explained that the opposing team takes a time out just before the kick to hopefully psyche him out and make him miss the kick. Aha. At least it was fun watching everyone in the stands open their Pepsi at exactly the same time. 

The car salesman on the test drive selling the car’s attributes like the dude who talks about upcoming movies (in that voice) gets everybody’s attention, but I had to go back to see he was talking about a Subaru. He stood out, but sadly the car didn’t. 

The mermaids talking under water to a bunch of sharks is creepy, the Turbotax free, free, free ads are downright irritating and the Charmin bears talking about their clean hineys is going too far. It makes me long for the days when they spoke in whispers about toilet paper and everybody was too embarrassed to be caught squeezing the Charmin. 

One commercial caught Dave’s eye the other day and he just had to point it out to me. It was for some kind of wrinkle remover/concealer.

Why would I care about that? Does he think my face is wrinkled up like the backside of an elephant? What’s up with that? It’s like giving me deodorant for my birthday. He’s got my attention, now just exactly what is he trying to say? 

©? 2019 Laura Nethken