Monday, August 29, 2005

Marketing to children.

I usually don't include anything on this blog that's especially personal but I've decided to make an exception here.

Two quick things about me — I have a two-year-old daughter and a fairly unhealthy obsession with golf. Along with all the usual parenting stuff that I do — the reading, the encouraging, the diapering — I have spent just the tiniest amount of time marketing the game of golf to my daughter. Don't be alarmed. I have been very subtle. Nothing I have done would raise the eyebrows of any members of the FCC.

Apparently, however, my work has been quite effective. One morning this week, my daughter was awake earlier than usual. While I struggled to brew coffee, I put on Sesame Street.

Now, the odd thing about my daughter is that she has very little interest in television. Considering the current state of television and the fact that she can't really be expected to stay up until 11 PM for The Daily Show, her lack of curiosity in this area thrills me. But, on this particular morning, I needed to buy myself five minutes — enough time to spike my body with a healthy jolt of caffeine.

After about two minutes of Sesame Street, however, my daughter had lost interest. Suddenly, she turned to me and blurted, "Want to watch golf!"

Who am I to deprive my child? Filled with quiet pride, I switched to Channel 39.

Golf Channel: 1. Elmo: 0.


Anonymous willielove said...

You have won a battle, but not yet the war. When you can get your wife to utter these same words, I will be impressed.

In the meantime, my fingers are crossed. Good luck my golfing brother! See you on the links?

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Help me if you can I'm feeling down" - I also think I must be lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him on the golf course yesterday. Now this is strange because usually I see him in the supermarket.

Honest really, last time I saw him there he was right in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new lcd tv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a lcd tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger.

Then I'm gonna go home, put ma dancin' suit on, munch me some uppers and freak out to that maaaaaaaaad surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on ma lcd tv .

How cool is that boy?

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

12:55 AM  
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