Thursday, May 29, 2008

Downsizing, Less Trucks, SUV's, More Small Cars

Back in the 1930's people were so poor that they couldn't even afford to buy a single stick of
gum. After the stock market crash of 1929, a massive amount of money literally vanished into thin air. This left a huge black hole of luxury items that nobody could afford; the gap between the rich and the poor was not that wide when you consider that many of those "rich" folks lost everything they had, including the shirt of their back.

I wasn't alive during those horrible years. I was born at the tail end of the decade of love - the 60's. Those were the good years. Late in the 70's another recession hit - this time driven by high oil prices and the gas guzzling cars of the 70's didn't help much. I remember being a passenger in a 1976 Ford Pinto. I remember what a Pacer looks like. I've been in a Dodge Omni 024 from the mid 1980's. In the 90's another recession hit, driven by the Iraqi war. And lately another recession has hit, due to the fact the home mortgage business has almost collapsed due to shady lending practices.

I remember going through phone books and looking through jobs in desperation to find something that would help me to get towards my Electronics profession. Back in the early 90's it was a horrible time to find a job. There wasn't much out there. I could bore you with the jobs that I took during that time, but I won't. Why am I writing about this stuff? Because the entire world is driven by consumerism crap. I am tired of being bombarded with endless ads for coffee, coke, cars, trucks, music, and even feminine napkins. Give me a fucking break folks.

This brings me up to the best and worst marketed cars for the year 2008. You know some of those car ads are pretty funny, right? Allow me to count down some of the real GEMS out there.

1. (Canada) KIAFEST KIA Commercial. Imagine a fat balding car salesman acting out the entire Flashdance song to a manic sounding song "Maniac". It ends with the salesman pulling a cord and getting doused with water.

What the fuck were they thinking?

2. The Subaru Forester Sumo Wash Commercial. Imagine fat asian men in little to next to nothing, wet, dripping and soapy. They are now using their immense bodies to wash a 2009 Subaru Forester. If you can last through the first 15 seconds, then you sir are stronger than me for my vomiting was beginning.

3. The creepy car salesman video. You're in the car.....with your girlfriend or whatever... and steaming up the windows. And then this happens.....

4. The creepy mist car commercial. A nice dreamy car commercial, rudely interrupted by a smokey ghost who crosses in front of it. Banned in Europe.

And that is all for now!

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