That pretty much sums up the “Big Game” yesterday!
Now for the ads…
They weren’t much more exciting than the game, but here are my favorites…
Honorable Mention goes to Go Daddy for its “I Quit” ad.
A 36 year old engineer actually quit her job to start a puppet selling website during the spot.
A far cry from Go Daddy has done in previous years!
3. (Tie) Doritos “Time Machine” & Doritos “Cowboy Kid”
I liked them both and thought they were interchangeable!
2. Stephen Colbert as a pitchman for pistachios.
I liked the way they split the spot into two and how they both played into Colbert’s strengths.
1. Radio Shack
“The 80′s called and they want their store back!”
Well done and very funny with the ad featuring stars such as “Alf”, Hulk Hogan, Erik Estrada as Ponch from “CHiPs” and John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin from “Cheers” to mention a few as well as music from Loverboy! I loved how they emptied the store and loaded everything onto a Delorean and took off!
Yesterday’s date was February 2nd.
Which meant that not only was it, “Super Bowl Sunday” but it was also, “Groundhog Day”…(Looked like Peyton Manning knew it too!)
Of course I never rely on “Punxsutawney Phil” for my predictor as to how much winter remains, but rather, I annually check the size of the shadow cast by the pile of snow at the end of my driveway!
Here is a shot from yesterday…
As you can see, the shadow clearly extends well beyond my yard, across the street and into my neighbors, which means…
SIX PLUS weeks of winter remain!
Change Is Good
You may have noticed this week a slight change to the site…gone is the “in-your-face” lime green background, replaced by a more subtle, “baby blue”. The change was also made to my Facebook Fan Page and Twitter Page.
If you get a chance, check them out and let me know what you think.
A big ‘thanks” to my friend & web guru Paul for his assistance in making the changes.
And if you’re into hiking and outdoors stuff, I encourage you to check out his site, Hiking Dude. He has taken some amazing treks and on his site you’ll find his blog, along with other cool stuff about them!
Look for a couple changes coming soon!
Back To The Freezer
Meteorologists claim it’s just a “chunk” of the now famous “Polar Vortex”, but you could have fooled me this morning!
With a temperature of minus 17 in my “neck of the woods”, it sure felt like we had been slammed by the whole thing again! Once again, schools were forced to close and commuters had to deal with the phenomenon of “black ice”, which occurs when temps are so cold that car exhaust freezes and makes a roadway, particularly bridges, very slick.
The good news…the forecast calls for a high temperature of near 30 degrees tomorrow, which means my kids will be back in school and I’ll be working on my tan!
The bad news…the extended forecast calls for minus 21 by Tuesday!
When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do after school was to rush home and watch, “Gilligan’s Island”.
Seven people, ship wrecked on a deserted island, with no hope of rescue…despite the fact that every week they had enough visitors that they could have opened and ran a very successful bed & breakfast!
There was the Skipper.
There was his hapless First Mate, Gilligan…which we never knew if that was his first or last name!
There were the millionaires, Thurston & Lovey Howell…who had the foresight to pack trunks of clothing and cash for what was suppose to be a THREE HOUR tour of the island of Oahu.
There was the movie star, Ginger.
There was the farm girl, Mary Ann…ohhh, Mary Ann and her short shorts!
And there was the Professor!
Yes, before there was MacGyver, there was the Professor!
Professor, Roy Hinkley to be exact! (His name was said once during episode #1, while the castaways were gathered around a radio listening to a news report about themselves.)
He held degrees from USC, UCLA, TCU and SMU.
He too “forgot” to bring a change of clothes for the short boat ride, but he did remember to bring the contents of his rather extensive library!
The main thing about the Professor was his uncanny ability to create things out of coconuts and bamboo!
He made a battery charger from coconuts.
He made a washing machine and a sewing machine out of bamboo.
He once even made a lie detector using nothing but the ship’s horn, radio batteries and bamboo!
Apparently, the only thing he couldn’t build or fix was a boat!
Russell Johnson who played the “Professor” died recently at the age of 89.
He was one of three original surviving cast members of the show, the others being Tina Louise, “Ginger” and Dawn Wells, “Mary Ann”.
Johnson was best known for his role on Gilligan’s Island, but he was also an Air Force bombardier who flew 44 combat missions and following his acting career was a full-time volunteer for AIDS research fundraising.
Polar Vortex 2014
If you would have asked me two weeks ago what the “Polar Vortex” was, I would have replied with something like, “It was a crazy ride that I went on at the Iowa State Fair, way back in the day! It was the one that whipped you around at a high speed, had plunging drops and I am pretty sure we went on it to cool off on a hot summer day!”
I guess my memory is a little fuzzy on that one!
Seems a “Polar Vortex” is actually a chunk of the North Pole.
Okay…a chunk of super cold air from the pole!
The good news…we survived!
Some of the highlights…
At our “low point” I believe we got down to 23 below…that’s pretty cold, even for this part of the country.
My kids holiday break from school was extended for two days. This was probably the most challenging part of “Vortex ’14″ for me…after an already long break, the last thing I wanted to hear was that school was cancelled!
Schools reopened when the temp “got up” to -4.
The best part of the cold wave was that it wasn’t isolated to just the upper midwest. No…other parts of the country got to feel our pain too! Of course this meant that television anchors from all over we’re trying their best to demonstrate what “cold” was!
It wasn’t enough to just report a temperature, visual aides were required to fully show the power of sub-zero (or single digits) temps!
A few of my favorites…
Throw some boiling water into the air and watch it freeze!
Freeze a banana and hammer a nail!
And who knew if you soaked a shirt in water and placed it outside that it would be frozen solid in a matter of seconds?!
Okay…my kids & I did do the boiling water a few times…pretty cool!
The forecast calls for a “balmy”, almost summer like temperature of 32 ABOVE today and over the weekend…time to have a barbecue!
During a recent post-holiday shopping trip to a busy “big box” retailer and while exiting the store I got to experience what a deer goes through right before ending up on the hood of someone’s car!
Here was the scene…
Myself and another person were leaving the store. We both paused and looked for cars. I noticed a car that was waiting to turn into the crosswalk. The car wasn’t moving, but the driver was…you guessed it…talking on the cell phone!
After pausing to see if the driver was going to wait, the other person and I decided to go (independently, I might add, isn’t wasn’t a “joint” decision like Thelma & Louise).
The problem… the driver on the cell phone decided to go within a second of myself and the other person entering the crosswalk.
With “cat-like” and not “deer-like” reflexes we were able to avoid becoming a hood ornament!
Now, I am not going to judge…I’m thinking that since that person couldn’t wait to get on a cell phone and drive fast through a busy parking lot, that it had to be some sort of emergency!
Someone was sick, there was an accident, the family pet was caught in tree…anything other than “Hey, what’s going on?”
I got to ring in 2014 being sick!
I started feeling not-so-good on New Year’s Eve and it got worse.
Five days of a bad, sea otter sounding, rib hurting, not wanting to get out of bed, deep cough.
Not to be mention a low grade fever and general feeling of blahhhh!
Still coughing a little, but feeling much better.
Just a quick word of thanks to all of my readers & followers!
2013 was the best year yet for Dad’s Day Comics!
I am working hard to crank out more strips for the coming year and I very much appreciate your loyal following!
Thanks for making Dad’s Day Comics one of the fastest growing webcomics on the net!
Happy New Year from Dad’s Day Comics!!
Thanks to all of our loyal readers and followers for making 2013 the best year yet for Dad’s Day!
Some changes to look forward to in the coming months…
The blog is back!
Look for regular updates & rants beginning next week!
More Dave & crew!
New ‘toons will soon be available Monday thru Friday!
And that’s just for starters!
More changes to come!
Hope 2014 is good for you!