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The Potty Putter

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J.L. Humphres
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0 posted 05-01-2001 11:52 PM       View Profile for J.L. Humphres   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for J.L. Humphres

   Late one night a couple of months ago I had just returned from a night of performing with my band. Performing always hypes me up and I usually have to wind down for a few hours afterwards. This particular evening (morning actually) I decided to watch some television.
  Before I get too far ahead of myself let me explain where I am coming from at the time this notion first occured to me. Being on stage gives you a different perspective of the "bar" scene. You see the attractive blonde and the vulture at the end of the bar leave together; you are always looking out for fights on the dance floor; always catching those glances from the aforementioned blonde before the vulture goes in for the kill...Anyway, you see a completely different side of people, and consequently society, and you notice all this as an observer.
  Back to my point...I'm flipping the channels at like three-thirty in the morning and there isn't much on but I catch this commercial...THE POTTY PUTTER. The gist is you get this little putting green cut to fit around your toilet's base, a miniature putter, a little hole complete with plastic flag, and, as an added bonus,  a cardboard doorknob hanger which says roughly, "Do not disturb...practicing putting." You get this wonderful little invention for the bargain basement price of $19.99 plus s/h.
   I have problems with this idea on several points, first off who spends this much time in the bathroom and why can't they just read like everyone else? Second, apparently the genious who invented this thing has stumbled on to some sort of need in society because I have started seeing this commercial at all times of the day and night. Third, and this is most important to me in the commercial they actually show people on the toilet. It's not graphic or anything but it is PEOPLE ON THE TOILET for a commercial.
   So here is the philosophical angle to this whole tyrade I've just carried you on...Is this where 10 years of good economic activity and freedom of speech gets you? I mean are we to the point that we have nothing better to spend our cash on than potty putters. Now I know there are some who will argue that there has always been the goofball T-shirts and amazing kitchen utensils but this item to me is truly troubling. Give me your thoughts.


God is a warm whisper from the cool void.
Jack Kerouac

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1 posted 05-03-2001 08:07 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

Thinking about this one. No, it's not something I'd personally buy but then again I doubt if the target buyer is all that interested in poetry.

It takes all kinds.  

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2 posted 05-04-2001 09:49 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

For everyone out there trying to get rich, by selling garbage, there's someone out there willing to spend their hard earned cash on purchasing it.

LOL really it's funny, I couldn't see buying anything like this. When you think about it, there are some pretty "dumb" ideas that turned out not to be so dumb if they actually got rich off it.
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3 posted 05-04-2001 01:14 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Two words:

Pet Rocks

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4 posted 05-04-2001 08:05 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I think this just points out that some people HAVE TO HAVE the newest, most unusual, best, more improved toy/car/gadget/invention in the world. Is it humanity's need to have more than his neighbor? I think so. Somewhere there is some golfer who thinks this is the greatest invention since the Popeil's 'All-in-one-knife/fishing rod/fork'....

And since I haven't seen it during MY viewing hours I guess it must mean that I'm not in their target market...for which I will be eternally grateful!  
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5 posted 05-05-2001 12:07 AM       View Profile for jenni   Email jenni   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jenni

yay!  now i know what to get for my boyfriend's birthday!  

but:  the philosophical angle?

lol, it sounds like it's simply meant to be a joke, a novelty item, an office party gag gift.  i haven't seen the commercial, but i bet it has real cheesy production values, lol; stylistically it sounds like it's probably in the same strain of self-aware, ironic, post-modern humor as old navy commercials, the mcdonald's ad with the nerdy guy on the park bench and the chick with orange eye shadow holding the suggestive french fry,'s christmas glee club ads, the same humor underlying the whole premise of "that 70's show" on fox.  

stylistically post-modern, but, in the end, firmly in the looooong tradition of novelty items.  like billy bass, the singing fish, you aren't supposed to buy it and actually USE it yourself, lol; you're supposed to "get" the joke, and give it to someone in front of a bunch of other people as an embarrassing gag gift.  everyone groans and laughs and goes home happy, lol.  no big deal.  the fact that there will be some who don't "get it" only makes it funnier.  what's wrong with a little crass, earthy, low-brow humor now and then?  

i don't think we're going to hell in a handbasket, but if we are, it ain't because of the potty putter, lol.

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6 posted 05-06-2001 09:08 PM       View Profile for Romy   Email Romy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Romy

I was watching Saturday Night Live Re-runs when that commercial came on.  I thought it was a satire in the program!  Hard to believe someone would buy it, but there is something for everyone!  LOL!

J.L. Humphres
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7 posted 05-07-2001 07:26 PM       View Profile for J.L. Humphres   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for J.L. Humphres

Hey Everyone,
  I'm glad that this got some response. In case noone noticed this was kind of toungue-in-cheek but it still is disturbing.

  I find Billy Bass just as troubling. LOL Especially since I'm from the Old South and people down here hang their's on the wall next to their real bass. Think about the socio-philosophical implications of that.


God is a warm whisper from the cool void.
Jack Kerouac

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8 posted 05-07-2001 07:48 PM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

Ah people will sell anything to get some cash. And some people will fall for it.

Don't ever give in, if you do you've lost everything you've ever had and everything you hope to gain, but if you carry on your already winning.

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9 posted 05-08-2001 08:30 AM       View Profile for Joricho   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joricho

Trivia is one thing, but trivia as an industry is entirely different. It's the difference between some eccentric thinking "hey, we need lava lamps", and some tycoon saying "hey, I could use lava lamps to part people from their hard-earned cash." One is a delightful expression of human quirkiness, but the other is good old human greed. We don't have these potty putters in Australia yet, but like Survivor, I'm sure they'll make it over soon.
White Wolf
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10 posted 05-10-2001 03:58 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

I don't know about the rest of you but when I read this a particular bumper sticker comes to mind.  "I don't know where I am going but what's up with this hand basket?"
The White Wolf
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