So…..what’s back??? Absolutely totally nothing is back. I’m just fascinated by this concept. A lot of times I’ll read “BACK! By Popular Demand!” as a headline for a product, a candidate rerunning for an election, a workshop being taught at a local university …. or even the title of one of “your” blogs! And I think….”How do we actually know people have been demanding this??” Where is the proof? So I tried a little test in my own household to see how it would go over.
On the refrigerator, I posted an impromptu menu titled, “Tonight! Back By Popular Demand!” and then below it listed “Meatloaf, Asparagus, and Mashed Yams.” I left my cell phone on record mode and left the scene. And here’s what I got . . .
Youngest Daughter: Eww. Seriously?
Middle Son: Only explanation…. a homeless person has tried mom’s meatloaf.
2nd Eldest Son: I thought you were the one requesting Mom’s Worst Meal Ever?
One of the Twins: Betcha Benjamin did it as a practical joke and that was all mom needed to call it “popular.”
Benjamin: I’m de-twinning you just for that creepy and false accusation. Gross to the 10th power! Especially those dehydrated onions she disguises in her meatloaf as “flavored confetti.”
Ex-Husband: Whew! I thought you kids were finally losing it, requesting this atrocity.
ALL: So who’s the moron in our family asking for this slop?? (All eyes narrow suspiciously)
Finally my firstborn child comes into the kitchen with a black sharpie, crosses off the word “Back!” and replaces it with “Boycotted!”
And that ended that little experiment.
Okay, okay, so maybe my family was quickly onto me, but my Facebook Friends would probably fall for it! Plus it would allow me to do some boasting, albeit in a justifiable sort of way — meaning….it’s not my fault I’m posting this, YOU GUYS INSISTED.
Yesterday I put this up on Facebook and then waited for the compliments and kind words to roll in.
Hi everyone! — Normally I don’t do this kind of thing but ironically, a lot of you have been private messaging me, asking if by some chance there might be a link showcasing all my articles on The Huffington Post. Kind of like an online portfolio. Well coincidentally, there is …. just click HERE ! And thanks everyone who wrote showing so much interest in my past work!
Then I sat back and awaited the praise from those who probably never realized I was published there.
The post got ZERO likes. Nobody commented. But the private messages started immediately. (And I mean this time, for real!) Here’s what I got . . .
Hi. Can you name the names of those who wrote to you asking for this link? I would like to speak to a few of them to confirm.
Stephanie! Do you know the song “Glory Days” by The Boss — Springsteen? Lol.
Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. And those who are too lazy enough to even try anymore, rest on their laurels.
Alrighty then. Ashamed, I put this up today:
To the one and only interested person who requested I put up my Huffington Post Link, or at least who agreed to say that they did — I can’t find your name on PayPal to send you the $100. Please contact me.
Enough with all this psychology of creating a need where normally there is none. I guess I’ll never make it as an advertiser/marketer. But suddenly in my snail mailbox appeared a postcard announcing, “Held Over Just 1 More Night By Popular Demand….Wicked!” Tickets = $250.
Haha, I thought. Yes, it would be nice to see that musical and find out what all the hoopla was about, but $250?? And now that I know for certain that phrase “By Popular Demand” is totally meaningless, I’ll just call and see if I can get half-price tickets.
Armed with my newfound knowledge, I made my case on the phone while bargaining for seats like people do in garage sales, as the adamant Box Office Agent kept insisting, “Listen Lady. It’s being held over just one night by popular demand.” And I kept saying, “Of course it is. I’m sooooooo sure. Just give me the names of the patrons demanding the show stay around longer and I’ll fork over my money.” When finally she interrupted me to report, “Sorry Miss, my computer screen just announced we are entirely Sold Out. Better luck next time!”
Hmmph! Well to cheer myself up I looked up discontinued comfort foods that were brought back by …. you guessed it…..popular demand. Have a look right HERE and then have a consoling Twinkie with me!