Photo Phriday: Cards That Say Too Much

January 11, 2013 at 8:45 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 3 Comments
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It has taken me a while to get through all the email I’ve received over the past month, and like most folks, I prioritize by subject line and sender, so most of the “Holiday Greetings” emails I’ve received have been put on the back-burner   Earlier this week I opened one of these long-neglected e-cards and was shocked by what I saw. Shocked!

This vendor (who shall go unnamed), designed and sent this particularly graphic card to clients around the globe including yours truly.  Witness:

Awkward Holiday Card

Eek!  Am I the only one who sees something a little non-PG in this holiday greeting?

Wouldn’t want to be the one who okayed this mass mailing… And the real shame of it is that what they’ve done – making a donation to help those impacted by Sandy – is overshadowed by our reactions to the card’s imagery.

Sometimes a Cigar is Just an Innuendo

December 28, 2012 at 9:19 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | Leave a comment
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Last week the hubs and I spent some time in the Nutmeg State visiting our families and came across today’s Photo Phriday gem… Does this bring back Clinton-esque memories?  It did for us!  But who knows – maybe to “that woman,” a “cigar” is just a cigar…

Cigar Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky

Sometimes a cigar is just an innuendo

Photo Phriday: Game of Thrones

November 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Posted in Around Boston, Office Humor, Photo Phriday | 2 Comments
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Today’s Photo Phriday gem is brought to us by one of my colleagues at Dark Water Fowl.  As he pulled into our office parking garage this week, he had no idea he was entering a throne room!


Toilets on parade

As he said, these porcelain soldiers were lined up and ready for battle!

You could get lost among all those loos…

Water closet?  Try water garage…

<Insert more potty humor here>

Photo Phriday: The Drinking Age in Rhode Island

September 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Married Life, Photo Phriday | 3 Comments
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Last weekend the hubs and I took a mini-break in the Ocean State.  We relaxed, went to a minor league baseball game, saw Providence’s famous Water Fire and learned that in Rhode Island, 21 is only the suggested drinking age.  Witness:

The “drinking age” in Rhode Island is “21”…

So basically, if you’re under “21” you “can’t” drink so don’t even try it (unless you have a fake “I.D.”).

Photo Phriday: The MTV Jersey Shore Puzzle

July 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Photo Phriday | Leave a comment
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Today’s Photo Phriday is yet another “inappropriate for children but apparently made for children” product.  I was strolling through the aisles of Toys R Us the other day <shudder>, when I stumbled upon this:



C’mon, kids! Let’s do a puzzle!

That’s right, next to the Toy Story puzzle and below the Barbie puzzle was a 300 piece “Jersey Shore” puzzle.  I was horrified.  First of all, what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks is Toys R Us doing stocking a “Jersey Shore” puzzle?  Second, if you’re going to manufacture a “Jersey Shore” puzzle, why only 300 pieces?  Isn’t the rule that the fewer pieces, the more suitable it is for younger kiddies?  Are kids who buy 300 piece puzzles also watching MTV’s “Jersey Shore”??  Am I so far out of the “cool for kids” zone that I’m the only crotchety old lady who thinks this is a little inappropriate?      

~ The Prude

Photo Phriday: Baby’s First Body Bag?

June 29, 2012 at 8:06 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 2 Comments
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A few weeks ago I was searching for a birthday present for one of my favorite two-year-olds, so I turned to my trusted source of all things retail,, for some recommendations and reasonable prices.

Since I know very little about what a not-so-terrible-two’s gal might want, I searched for toys with the following parameters:

  • Toys, Kids & Baby
  • Toys & Games
  • Age Range: 2-4 Years
  • Department: Sports & Outdoor Play

And what did it present?  A body bag.

I wish I was kidding.  See the screenshot below:

Awwww, how precious! Baby’s first body bag!

Please tell me this is a Halloween accessory that isn’t as frightening as I think it would be for a child under five… because if it IS as scary as I think it might be, Amazon needs to really work on their search criteria!

Photo Phriday: Of All the Starches in the World…

June 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Around Boston, In The Kitchen, Office Humor, Photo Phriday | 4 Comments
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Mmm, culinary awkwardness!  Today’s Photo Phriday is compliments of the usually-on-task café in Dark Water Fowl’s office building.  Notice anything odd?

This pairing just ain’t kosher…

How about a nice pilaf?

Of all the starches in the world, why they chose Israeli Cous Cous to pair with pork is beyond me!

Photo Phriday: There’s No Wrong Way to Eat at Reese’s

June 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Around Boston, Photo Phriday | Leave a comment
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I love all Reese’s candy – heck, I love most things involving chocolate and peanut butter.  What I don’t love is when people toy with my emotions, like when they make me think there’s said flavor combination involved in their completely unrelated businesses.  Take, for example, this barber shop I recently passed:



What does hair cutting have to do with the heavenly candy treat?  And, for that matter, what is a “special Boston-style hair cut?”  Shenanigans, people.  She. Nan. I. Gans.


P.S. Apparently I’m in the mood to talk about hair styles this week!  New topics coming soon…

Photo Phriday: Lost In Translation

May 11, 2012 at 9:18 am | Posted in Photo Phriday | 2 Comments
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Ikea, for those who avoid pop culture and reasonably priced, ready-to-assemble-furniture, is a powerful brand.  So powerful, in fact, that according to the Twitter wisdom of @davidgate and #FactsWithoutWikipedia, “In 1983 Sweden changed the colours of their flag to Blue and Yellow after the phenomenal success of the IKEA brand.”

Personally, I love Ikea.  And nearly everyone I know has purchased an Ikea product they can’t pronounce because the Swedish brand, staying true to itself, doesn’t rename their products in local dialects.  And usually that’s fine.  But sometimes it can be a little awkward, which brings me to today’s Photo Phriday.  I recently got the following email blast from Ikea – can you spot the faux pas?

(Hint: think like a slang-spewing teen boy)

Ikea: affordable prices, lack of cultural intelligence. No wonder that woman is hiding!

If you don’t know what the name of that faucet translates to, I congratulate you!  You’re not missing anything, other than an embarrassing moment and uncomfortable mental image.  However, if you do have a burning need to discover what this slang means and lose a little part of your innocence (not worth it*), I’ll refer you to “Urban Dictionary,” but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

* Seriously, you can NEVER go back to not knowing this, so click wisely, dear reader(s).  And remember, I don’t recommend it!

Photo Phriday: I’ll Take An Order of the 80s-style PDA, No Pickles!

April 27, 2012 at 11:37 am | Posted in Around Boston, Photo Phriday | 2 Comments
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Last night the hubs and I met some friends for dinner and trivia (which we smoked, as usual).  We were sitting in the bar area enjoying our BBQ and basking in the glory of our “trivial prowess” when the evening took a turn for the awkward. 

Apparently a time machine dropped a couple straight outta the 1980s into the bar (as one of our pals stated: “That’s a lot of hair and leather!”), and they were feeling a little “passionate” after having time-traveled. 

It was like an 80s hair band music video!  And while it really doesn’t do the public display of affection justice, a friend of ours got a photo as proof:

Get a room, people!

As if that wasn’t awkward enough, what made it even weirder was that, when they weren’t playing tonsil hockey, they were animatedly fighting about the most bizarre topics.  For example, during one such make-out-lull, Mr. Hair was heard dropping f-bombs about getting an oil change.  Seriously. 

Smooch smooch smooch… “These f*cking oil changes are so f*cking expensive!” “It’s your f*cking car, a**hole!”… smooch smooch smooch.

Here’s a shot of the f*cking oil change discussion:

Take a chill pill! Oil changes aren't THAT bad, dude!

It was, as one of our friends stated, the epitome of a bipolar relationship in fast forward. 

And yes, it gave us all the giggles. 

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