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Monday, February 11, 2008

Any of you seen that Taxcut commercial where the guy is stuck working on his taxes? His wife comes up and he tells her he's stuck. She says, "Let's get some people to help us. Oh I forgot we didn't use people. You used box." She picks up the box and tells her husband to tell the box he's stuck. He does and then she mocks him more by saying, "Hellooo," to the box. I just cringe every time I see it. Did the Taxcut people think it was cute to have a real witch for a wife?

I'm not one of those women who think you can never tell your husband what you think. But I never try to make Dave feel like he's a total idiot. That woman on the commercial uses sarcastic ribbing that has a sharp edge on it. She ridicules him and goes on and on. I just want to strangle her! Whatever happened to treating one another with respect? I don't think ANYONE should talk to another person that way, let alone their spouse. Not an enemy, not a friend even. It's enough to make me want to buy another tax program even though that's the one I normally buy.

Speaking of taxes, anyone have theirs done already? I haven't even touched mine. I usually do ours myself too. And if you're wondering what the life of a writer is like, you should have been here this weekend. We tore out our kitchen to totally redo it. I was carrying old wood and cabinets outside to the trash pile. Everything from the kitchen is in boxes and piled on the dining room table and spilling into the living room. There's dust everywhere. It's a mess! Calgon, take me away! LOL It's going to be like this for a while.

Don't you love the way I'm rambling? LOL I've got an interesting piece of news to report. I had started on the psychological thriller set near Charleston, but after a talk with my publisher on Thursday, I'm putting it on hold until the next book and I'm writing another Rock Harbor book! It will be fun to be with Bree and Samson again! That series is still the one I get the most reader mail about. It will be out next February.

Any commercial you hate yourself?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:47 AM  
  Comments (21)
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At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Yeah! I'm not the only one who likes to slap that woman silly. It drives me nuts how some of the media so wants to show "equality" (or something) that they end up making the men look like morons and the women such intelligently superior people that it's amazing they ever married a man in the first place! Good morning ramblings, Colleen.

YEAH! About the Rock Harbor book. And YEAH! about Anethema (sp?) being released soon (just got the CBD catalog). I'm excited!! And Anethema will be released right about when the weather is perfect to snuggle in my hammock outside with a sleeping bag and read the ENTIRE book in one sitting. Can't wait.

Spring, please come!! It's negative 9 below here and 6" of snow is pasting themselves onto our already 20+ inches of snow. Joy.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Sally said...

I never took that commercial that way. Yeah, she's poking fun, but it didn't seem mean or evil, just some ribbing between spouses. I LOVE that commercial...I think it's hilarious!

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kay said...

Man bashing is the trend these days. We haven't watched sit-coms in ages, so I don't even know what's on these days... but take shows like King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond and George Lopez. The wives are always right and the poor schlubs they're married to are lucky to get to sleep in their own beds at night.
I don't like it either. But seeing that on TV did make me stop to think about how I treat my own husband!
Oh, and it would be easier to mention the commercials I DO like than the ones I don't. LOL

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Yeah I'd like to slap her too, Jaime! I just don't like to see people mock someone else.

We got a little snow but only about 3 inches so far. But it's COLD! Not as cold as where you are though.

So what commercials DO you like, Kay? LOL

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Winter Peck said...

Actually, while I don't like the man bashing, I hate the commercial more on the level of telling people they need pricey accountants at a money stealing firm to do their taxes. My Dh is a military accountant and we do our own taxes. He says all those places out there trick you into some loan scheme to collect interest on your money, and people fall for it.

When Dh was in Iraq, my MIL asked if I would have H&R do our taxes for us while he was gone. I said over my dead body, their con artist. I did them on my own.

Current commercials I don't like, the Valentine ones telling men they must go into further debt to show their wives they love them with diamonds for one day. Guilt trip anyone?

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh I hate those Valentine things too, Winter. Love is something shown every day not once a year.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I'm always disgusted by that commercial too, Colleen. And the older one where the couple's sweltering and the wife belittles him for not calling the a/c people. Why couldn't she call them??? Seriously...

On another note, I love the one where the mom pays off the daughter to tell the dad that they really need new kitchen applicances and cabinets. Is that how you worked this out, Colleen? LOL...

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

LOL Julie! I don't have a kid at home anymore. But with Dave, all I have to do is ask him what he thinks about doing something. If he can do it and thinks it's a good idea, he does it. Great guy, huh?

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Doesn't anyone have Tivo? I've never seen this commercial, but I hate tax season. I'm a tax widow, and my husband isn't an accountant, he just gets all excited December 31 to see how well he did at guessing for the year on deductions. Sigh.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I have DVR. But I'm often watching things live in the evening, not taping them.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

Funny. I share the same hatred of that commercial. I also share the same feeling that, if I had the ability, I would reach in and slap her, Or tell her SHE should try doing the taxes. And in general, I find most commercials annoying.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I've never seen it either. Probably the DVR although we do watch it live, we just start the show about 20 minutes into it so we can skip the commercials.

I am so totally against man bashing. I hate it.

We have a woman at church who was joking one night about her husband being an idiot. I jokingly said to her, "Well YOU picked him!"


At 5:59 PM, Blogger Tricia said...

We never procrastinate on our taxes when we get $ back. This year we're getting some back, so the paperwork is already with our guy (No way am I doing it myself! I need people! :o)

And speaking of that, yes I HATE that commercial! Didn't her Momma teach her to speak nicely?

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Oh shucks!! I just found the receipt and guess what program my husband bought to do our taxes with? I'm gonna hafta have a chat with that man ... and tell him thanks for doing our taxes and not making me do them! :) What a guy!

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Funny you should mention this commercial.We watched Oprah yest. They had the Cosby Show kids on there. They were discussing how that show affected African American families. DH and I talked about how that show the husband and wife treated each other with respect and they had fun in marriage. You don't see that much no matter what color you are.

My taxes are finished and filed! YEA!! I pay someone and she is worth every penny!

Colleen! Shame on you! Way to put those teasers out there about new books and then inform us that one is not for a year yet! AHAHA! I am not very patient when it comes to my books. LOL

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Congrats on going back to Rock Harbor! Though I am looking forward to the SC book, too :-)

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Kay said...

I like the Geico commercials. I think those people are very creative. I like all of them, the Gecko, the caveman, and now those "exposes" on various TV shows. Like how did Fred afford to buy Wilma those big rocks?

We have DVR and usually pause during commercials and then fast forward, so I can't really even think of any other commercials I like.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I hate that commercial too! And I too want to reach in and slap her.

I come from a family that jokes and teases and plays pranks on each other. But we never do it in a mean way and that's the tone I get from this particular commercial. To me she's not poking fun at him, she's belittling him and that's wrong.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

I can't stand the Pedialyte commerical (I think it's Pedialyte) with the mother and young daughter grocery shopping. Everything the mom says, the daughter says, "I don't think I like..." Oh, so give a kid a sweetened shake with vitamins and give into their ever-changing whims simply because they don't like something or haven't given it a chance. Blah!! Go ahead, see how a kid turns out, wondering why the world won't give them what they want. But that's not Pedialyte's fault. or whatever shake that is. :) (and I admit, I still hate beets but learned to love spinach)

Yeah! about Rock Harbor.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh me too, Lynette! I think exactly the same thing when that commercial comes on. so if your kid only wants to eat candy, is that all you feed her? Sheesh.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I haven't seen that commercial, but I hear it all over the place irl! I can't imagine talking like that about my husband. It hurts to hear everyone else talk down about their spouses or men in general.


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