Daily Podcast: F-R-E-E That Spells Free

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
daily podcast f r e e that spells free

Sorry about that. But I spent a good part of today listening to two of my young daughters singing songs carefully selected to rattle around my brain like a marble in a glass jar. It left me with a strange desire to infect others with any piece of music with more hooks than a bridge full of anglers. It's a world of laughter, a world of… Oops! And that TV ad really bothers me– not just because a Vegas-class hypnotist would have trouble extracting the tune from my subconscious. Or the fact that there's no such thing as a free anything. But what really annoys me: the ad's anti-hero bemoans the fact that his failure to check his credit report means that instead of "a cool convertible or an S-U-V," he ends up "driving off the lot in a used sub-compact." I'm thinking this ad is WAY out of whack with the times, as plenty of SUV drivers would dearly love to ditch their gas-guzzlers for a compact car. Unfortunately, depreciation means it's harder to get out of an SUV loan than stop hearing that damn song.

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  • Davey49 Davey49 on May 03, 2008

    Of course I love how the guys "bad" credit forced him to buy a crappy car. Cause, you know, he couldn't just wait around for a good cheap car to show up.

  • John Williams John Williams on May 04, 2008

    If that were to happen, the commercial wouldn't have as much impact.

  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on May 04, 2008

    Actually, the SUV can be a mobile bed...try that in a subcompact... I think the saddest thing about that commercial is how it panders to our basest consumerism... Remember after 9/11? Our government was quick to say "go ahead and shop"...George Carlin did a great skit on this...If we don't head to the mall, the terrorists will win... If you really want to have an ad-song stuck in your head, on "Youtube" search for "iO digital cable"...

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on May 05, 2008

    the real kicker is that sub-compact is TOTALLY COOL! Grab a Honda B16, B18, hell, even a K20 will cram into there with the right parts - you'll have a little rocket ship that can embarass an EVO or M3.