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getting a reality check ...co.uk

I was leafing through someone's discarded Metro newspaper on the train to the Bishop's Stortford award ceremony and spotted this advert under the celebrity gossip. I ripped it out and took it along with me.



The timing was just so odd, I couldn't tell if the advert was mocking, instructing or gently kidding me. On the way back, I tucked it into the presentation box of the hot-pink fountain pen I'd just won.

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tallguywrites
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
That's a bit like having a bucket of cold water thrown over you. Some people will kick the joy out of anyone's life.
jabberworks
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
I don't know, it kind of made me laugh. Like it was a little old school marm sitting on my shoulder telling me off for not properly thinking about my future.
americanbeetles
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Ha, that's bizarre! I thought that was one of your illustrations on the book cover, for some sort of additional meta-irony, but perhaps not?

jabberworks
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Now that really would have taken the cake!
ginasketch
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
lol damn, if I had seen that I'd probably have cried in my state. One day, I hope I'm in the position to point and laugh at it.

I'm glad you can metaphorically give that ad 2 fingers.
jabberworks
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
And maybe try to get a pension. But not with them. :P

*Hugs*
ginasketch
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
haha, yeah I'll be avoiding them. I have a pension with the museum, but I lose it if this job ends unfortunately.

*hugs back*
(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
adverts of the future
Now I'm dreading the day when adverts become so sophisticated I see a photo of my own tum on the "lose inches fast" pop ups.
cdave
Feb. 11th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
"I couldn't tell if the advert was mocking, instructing or gently kidding me."

I think you're mocking the ad by Living The Dream.
pomly
Feb. 11th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I thought it was an ad for "you can live your dream" until I went to the site and got the point of what they were saying. Phooey on them!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
exacter today
They're quite right of course! (sadly...)
visioluxus
Feb. 11th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
I consider it a good omen of your future millions! It would be lovely to have the option of blowing your riches or being responsible.
tanukitsune
Feb. 11th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
This ad is implying the reader just had the idea for a story? But I wonder what the sea / lake thing represents?

Does anybody actually spend money they "might" make? That's insane!
mr_sadhead
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
I salute the writers of this ad for gently and firmly trying to disabuse the delusional that their dream of becoming the next Mo Willems is not going to make them rich. I'm thinking here specifically of that letter that was reproduced in FOUND from the guy who had a brilliant idea for a kids TV series about a magic baker man and his magic talking muffins .. all the guy needed was some money and star-power from Dolly Parton and everybody would be as rich as Rowling.
Of course, this ad is not directed at those people, and you know who you are, who have in fact broken through ..
wilburonline
Feb. 11th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
ha! i laugh in the face of pension plans!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
from Mike and Mary
you might like this:
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/facebook_suck
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