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Changing Channels

Sandy Duncan

You know a commercial is good when you could have changed the channel … but didn’t.

That’s usually the case with McDonalds ads, including its most recent one of a lemon with a human face whining about he’s usually referred to as a bad thing like a dud or a reject.

The lemon was able to squeeze new life out of himself, however, when combined with strawberry flavor for a new McD’s drink.

Clever stuff.

As is the Wheat Thins sticks commercial where a guy is stuck under a rock and can’t move.

A helicopter does come to rescue him but only removes the snack and leaves the man stuck under the rock.

A little edgier than the days of Sandy Duncan as spokesperson, eh?

This country loves its snacks, as do I. I also enjoy funny ads like the one for the new fudge covered oreos.

A family enjoys the new product so much it comes up with wild expressions to put an exclamation point on it.

“Frankin Delano!” yells out the one man, presumably a grandfather figure, while the mom surprises with a “Shut the front door!”

She’s right … we wouldn’t any of the oreos to escape, after all.

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Charlie Sheen

Call me a prude, or say that I don’t have much of a sense of humor.

Say what you want, but I am not all that concerned about who replaces Charlie Sheen on the CBS comedy “Two And A Half Men”.

Word that it will be Ashton Kutcher doesn’t particularly excite me because I am not a fan of the show.

The half-hour program was kind of cute and funny in its early seasons with Jake being a not particularly bright kid being raised by his mostly decent dad (Jon Cryer) … and with growing influence from his  his Uncle Charlie (Sheen).

Sheen’s character is completely obsessed with sex, however, which made the “humor” obvious and he became a one-trick pony.

One of Kutcher’s recent movies (“No Strings Attached”) is about his character having an unmarried affair with a supposed “friend” (Natalie Portman).

That said, the move to “Two And A Half Men” will be a seamless one for Kutcher.

But I won’t be watching … I’ll be changing channels.

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Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley will have a heckuva time winning “Dancing With the Stars” this season.

The other dancers are younger, more talented and yes, thinner than the former “Cheers” star.

There’s still something pretty cool about Alley hanging in there show after show and doing the best she can to compete.

The other competitors are more fluid and easier to watch, but Alley is the most “American” of any of them.

Meaning her on and off weight issues, similar to Oprah and like so many Americans makes her more like many of “us”.

While I cringed at Alley at the start of the season, particularly after she fell, I have re-learned an important lesson from watching her persevere week after week.

Everyone falls at one time or another … even “stars” that people look up to!

So way to go Kirstie … you did fall. But you certainly got back up and have become an inspiration along the way!

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It has taken me a long time this season, but I finally have ‘it’.

The ‘it’ is Scotty McCreery fever, as in the top 3 finalist, or perhaps more, on this season’s American Idol.

I completely ignored the show most of the season, as I have for several years now, because watching and/or listening to people sing for fame and fortune isn’t really my thing.

I have not watched the show, really, since after the first season when the novelty wore off and Simon Cowell already started to wear on me.

The hiring of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler prior to this edition of the show did little to woo me, either … but Scotty, with his great country-western voice and style, finally “garnered” my attention.

He seems like a nice, clean-cut kid and his hometown just ate him up in an appearance Saturday in Garner, NC (look for clips to air Wednesday on the FOX program).

My wife, who remembers EVERYTHING (much to my detriment) seems to recall seeing him bag groceries at the Lowe’s foods in Garner when we lived in nearby downtown Raleigh.

I think she’s dreaming because I do most of the grocery shopping, though that is another matter entirely.

I usually don’t use the first names of people I don’t know, but with Scotty it just seems impossible not to.

Another reason to root for him, is that although he is not a Christian music artist, McCreery has  drawn some of his inspiration through the Bible.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Phillipians 4:13) is his favorite quote according to the American Idol website.

Good luck to the other finalists … Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart … but I hope Scotty becomesYouTube Preview Image the next American Idol.

Perhaps the youngster could do  a countrified version of a Sinatra classic if/when he wins … “When I was 17 … it was a VERY good year!”

Great Scotty! … sorry, I had to write that at least once.

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