So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from his 1943 novel The High Window:
The wind had risen and had a dry taut feeling, tossing the tops of trees, and making the swung arc-light up the side street cast shadows like crawling lava. I turned the car and drove east again.
The hock shop was on Santa Monica, near Wilcox, a quiet old-fashioned little place, washed gently by the lapping waves of time. In the front window there was everything you could think of, from a set of trout flies in a thin wooden box to a portable organ, from a folding baby carriage to a portrait camera with a four-inch lens, from a mother-of-pearl lorgnette in a faded plush case to a single action Colt, .44 calibre…

British beef roasting joint – don’t put up with ‘nearly clean’ – sore throat keeping you awake? – I rely on Vanish Gold – if you keep up your payments – just get back to your regular self – feel confident! – an incredible new you! – a hundred-and-fifty-percent more likely! – all these little things come together! – how are you managing your sensitivity? – the price crunch! – check your credit score for free! – think and act fast! – explore now! – lose ten pounds in eight weeks! – say yes to success! – finger-licking good! – just book your eye test online – let’s get back to normal! – night-time sniffles? – food that tastes amazing! – it’s the one you need! – it’s ‘full house’ heaven!…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to So, what is it that those TV ads are trying to tell us?

  1. memadtwo says:

    let’s not (get back to “normal” that is). Not a fun place to visit at all.

  2. Dana Doran says:

    Never mind those ads…..Wilcox is two blocks from Whitley Terrace…a romantic little street filled with California mission style mini-mansions within a stones throw from the Hollywood Bowl…where for a short time in 1974, I lived. To make things more interesting (and forget those horrible lying ads), as I recall, Laurel and Hardy made a movie on Whitley Terrace – I think it was the one where they tried to move a piano…..

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Well well well!
      I suppose you remember the hock shop too, and perhaps that was your Colt 44 in the window? Only kidding!…
      Of course those street names could easily be just fiction for us over here in Blighty…

      • Dana Doran says:

        I would imagine a pawn shop in that part of town during the 40’s wouldn’t have been out of place….starving actors, you know. Oh, and the war! Not my Colt, way too heavy for me to handle…haha.

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