I can point to the fact that we have always tried to have multiple bathrooms in our houses as a big reason for the long-lasting success of our marriage. People who share bathrooms are on my sympathy list right behind people who are right behind Chris Christie* at a buffet.
Commercials on TV can be irksome because they are so guileless in their unabashed pitches. Under the assumption that women make most of the decisions about food and health matters in the family, the makers of vitamins and Cheerios aim their spots at them, while the beer and pickup truck companies want the guys to see their commercials, so they advertise on sports events or the like.
And then there are the erectile dysfunction ads! They always show a couple who are a bit on the gray side, but obviously just as playful as couple of honeymooners. Then the announcer says, in so many words, "When it's your turn at the plate, will you swing and miss? Because if you just take our oddly-shaped blue pill, you'll be rounding third and heading for home in just a few minutes!" And then there's the guy in the commercial, garden hose a-flow, washing his Camaro. You don't have to be Fellini to get the symbolism in that.
Here's how advertising works: they put an idea in your head and create the need. I got to go now and whomp up a mess of grits. See you tomorrow!
*For our international readers (2): Chris Christie is the King-sized governor of the great state of New Jersey.