Please buy my product

Working from home definitely has its privileges. Frankly, I get just as much work done from home as I do when I go into the office, AND when I’m not terribly busy, I can do things around here that need doing so that I’m not trying to do them when CareerMom comes home and wants to hit the gym.

When I’m home, I often turn the television on for the background noise. It’s interesting what’s on TV when it’s not prime time. It really gives you insight into the target audience. For instance, so far today, I’ve seen:

  • Robert Wagner pitching reverse mortgages (He used to be one cool cat!)
  • J.G. Wentworth commercials by the oodles (How many losers have structured settlements out there anyway?)
  • Wilford Brimley hawking diabetic medical supplies (Is it just me, or does he seem just REALLY angry all the time?)

Apparently, in addition to Work from Homers, there are also a lot of people who have sued others (and won), along with a bunch of older folk with money problems.

This got me thinking about how, when I get to be 75 years old, who will be on TV trying to get me to buy stuff!

Hi, I’m Harrison Ford. Do you have enough life insurance?”

or maybe…

Hello, I’m Calista Flockhart. You may remember me from a little show called “Allie McBeal” and today I’d like to talk to you about freedom. Do you have problems getting around Wal-Mart? Is taking care of your grandchildren too difficult because you didn’t eat enough when you were younger (like me) and now your bones are brittle? Maybe what you need is a personal Hover-Chair!”

Isn’t it sad? Already it’s difficult to watch people like Tom Selleck and Pierce Brosnan–people we thought were cool–get old before our eyes. I haven’t seen the latest Indiana Jones movie, but I know that when I do, I’m gonna be scrutinizing Harrison’s face, looking to see how bad he looks!

Me, I’m going for that “distinguished gentleman” look as I age–as if I have any say in the matter. But who knows, worse comes to worst, maybe I have a career as a non-celebrity spokesperson for the pharmaceutical industry:

“Did you try to lift too much weight in the gym? Did you screw yourself up good doing it? Me too. Let’s talk…”

Makes me smile just thinking about it!