Some years back, my husband and I were traipsing through Darvin Furniture looking for some beds for our boys. As we wandered about, a lady approached and asked if we wanted to be part of the store's new television ads. Our responses:
Joe: Um. Well. Uhhhh. It's not really....
Marianne (interrupting): Sure!
There were several ads that aired which included us talking about everything from the prices to the size of the store. For years, we would get random phone calls from friends spotting us on television:
"You guys are La-OOZERS."
"I'm not sure if I'm sober enough to have even seen this right, but were you guys on a DARVIN commercial?"
"Just saw you two on Oprah. Dorks."
That's right. They aired one of the commercials during Oprah. I can totally say I was on Oprah. Kinda.
Anyway, things finally settled down and I nearly forgot about the whole experience. Yet my memory was triggered recently and someone asked if any of the ads were available via YouTube. I checked, and wouldn't you know!
This would be the one that Cousin Kate kindly refers to as "Marianne nodding and looking adoringly into Joe's eyes as though he has just revealed the very keys to salvation."
Yup. I'm quite the actress.
Now here's the thing. We only got paid in a $50 gift certificate to the store. Yet I never noticed that the card had an EXPIRATION date on it until I went to use it and the saleslady turned me away. "Sorry - no can do!"
I'm counting on the power of the blogosphere to right this grave injustice. If everyone can take just a second to decry the senseless refusal of my awesome Darvin gift card, who knows what could happen? I could buy a throw pillow. Click here to make your voice heard:
SAVE MARIANNE'S GIFT CARD!
Now that I've thought about it, Joey's room doesn't have a lamp in it and he's been begging for one for years. So do it.
It's for the children.