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Capitalism and the young

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Recently, I was driving somewhere with G girl in the car, and out of the blue she said truly the most shocking thing of her young life:

“Dad, we need to buy some Oxiclean.”

Hmm, I thought for a moment, I wonder where she got that.

“Were you watching something on TV that had commercials?” [n.b.- we have a Tivo box, so our children think commercials are like the Yeti]

“Yes, and this man showed how it would get our clothes clean and bright.”

[long pause as I try to think of an intelligent way to handle this]

“Well, honey, he was just saying those things so that you would think their product is better than someone else’s. It doesn’t really work like they showed on the commercial.”

“So he was lying?”

[crap, I thought, undermined her faith in humanity yet again]

“No, not really lying, just showing how well it could work under optimal conditions, not how it really works on real stains. I’m sure it works fine, just not as well as in the commercial, and we don’t need to buy any to have clean clothes.”

[even longer pause as she tries to figure out what optimal means, and orders all of this in her head]

“So really he just wants our money?”

“Exactly, dear.”

I love my daughter, the budding socialist.


Written by Dale

January 20, 2008 at 12:41 am

Posted in Kids

4 Responses

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  1. Why do you hate the economy?


    January 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm

  2. Oh, Jim, nothing could be further from the truth. My first reaction to any personal or national crisis is to grab my wallet, head for the mall, and spend money like there’s no tomorrow. There’s really no problem, big or small, that can’t be rectified by a little gratuitous consumption.


    January 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm

  3. If you watched more TV and more commercials, you would know it is spelled OxyClean


    January 26, 2008 at 5:56 pm

  4. No, it’s not. Dig this:


    January 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

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