I haven't been to work since last Monday-nearly a whole week off. Oddly, with a summer and fall full of 4-day workweeks, I still had real vacation time to burn, so I took the 29th and 30th off.
Long vacations provide a paradox for me-I'm kind of ready to go back to work, but at the same time I could use another day to catch up on a few matters. I suppose every endeavor could always use 'one more day', though. I think I will be glad to get back in the regular routine again.
Is it me, or does time function in two ways over the Christmas/New Year's break? Part of it seems like a whirl, and at the same time it feels like forever since the end of work on the 23rd of December. I suppose it all has to do with that break in routine as well-traveling back and forth, holiday celebrations, whatever.
Anyway, onward into 2010.
I see the Navy has a new recruiting ad campaign, the commercial for which you can check out here. I do like the intertwining of the present and the WWII images, but the slogan 'America's Navy-A Global Force For Good' kind of leaves something to be desired. I always thought that recruiting slogans should play on stretching oneself to one's limits, like 'The Few, The Proud, The Marines' or the 80's Army slogan, 'Be All You Can Be'-or on themes of patriotism. 'A Global Force For Good' sounds like a recruiting ad from 'Star Trek'-'The Starfleet-A Galactic Force For Good'. Meh.
I'd like something more along the lines of 'America's Navy-Kicking Ass Since 1776, Except For When The Royal Navy Beat Up On Us in 1812, The 25 Years After The Civil War When The Country Spent Approximately $4.00 Per Year For National Defense, And The First Six Months of 1942' but I suppose the commercial would need to be longer than 30 seconds to fit all that in.
Actually, the Navy had a winner back in the 1970's with 'It's Not Just A Job, It's An Adventure'. At least in the US Navy, if you're in for any length of time, you'll get to see a good portion of the world and do some fairly interesting stuff along the way.
But in the end, the armed forces don't ask me what I think about their advertising. Oh well...
Finally, since we're talking ads, I saw this one for Bud Light. Now this is how I'd want to do paintball!