Saturday, September 5, 2009

Storytime with Amanda Meyer: Crazy roomies, and Sonic

Back in the day, when Johnny Carson went on vacation, he would have Joan Rivers fill in as the guest host. Well, in an effort to lighten my writing load from seven entries a week to six, former Tag Team participant Amanda Meyer will be doing an entry every Saturday about the various crazy stories she has. I'm also not opposed to farming Sunday out, so if you're interested, shoot me an e-mail at

Here is my crazy roommate story as promised, which has somehow turned into a rant about Free Credit Report ads...

Anyone with cable has probably heard at least one of the many ads. You know, that geeky guy sings really awful jingles about how he didn't know that his "credit was whack." I find these songs very annoying, although catchy, and really hate when they get stuck in my head all day as they often did for a whole year while I was living in East Boston.

You see, my roommate did not find these annoying, she somehow found them awesome. I am sad to say, I now know each by heart...

She loved them so much they were on her iTunes, and she would sometimes start playing them during parties. This was always an awkward situation to explain to friends, and generally, they all ended up thinking she was crazy. I don't know what it is, but I seem to have odd luck when it comes to roommates.

However, in this situation I actually went from finding these ads annoying to downright wanting to throw objects through my television when they came on. Not only is the character singing clearly being dubbed over, he looks like he almost never showers and tends to make beyond-goofy facial expressions, which are a huge turn off from an advertising standpoint.

Furthermore, these are misleading ads and that is one of the first things pointed out when you visit the actual website. Why do I have to be subjected to a man singing about renaissance fairs, delinquent fiancees and credit roller coasters when all three major credit bureaus are required by law to give me my report once a year (and it's actually free)?

In another note entirely. SONIC.

Thanks for the entry Amanda! The last line is in reference to the great, wonderful news that a Sonic has finally opened in New England, which apparently is so popular it is affecting the traffic pattern, and the current plan is for me to visit it with her on Labor Day. I'll let everyone know how that turns out.

I also find myself humming the Free Credit Report songs, even if they are crass commercialism at its worst.


  1. Congrats on finally getting a Sonic. Say "adios" to your waistline. Two things you HAVE to try: Ched R Peppers and Strawberry Limeade.

    Also, watch out for flying carhops.

  2. I don't like to view it as us getting a Sonic; it's more like Sonic has gotten us as customers.

    Flying carhops...?

  3. Carhops are the chicks (sometimes dudes) who skate around and deliver your food. Usually high school kids. Sometimes they dart out of nowhere when you're driving through.

  4. Ah, so you're saying they shall go flying through the air, like the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch? So it may be!

  5. I feel like I'm the only person not excited about Sonic. I mean I suppose it's great we finally have one after seeing the commercials for like 10 years w.out one around...but it's just another bad fast food joint. I've had more than enough people who have had sonic tell me it's not that special and I have to say they're probably right.

  6. I know others who aren't excited about Sonic, so you're not alone. I think I'm more excited about the prospect of finally going as opposed to tasting the food, which sounds basically like Wendy's or McDonald's-level quality. Sometimes it's the JOURNEY that matters, Danielle, like when your smelly ancestors came over on ships with lots of spaghetti!


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