Where did it go?

by Aimee on August 16, 2007

I haven’t knit a thing since Monday. It is Thursday. I haven’t worked on FiFi. I haven’t worked on Boyfriend socks. I haven’t touched the Mystery Stole. And I haven’t done a bit of spinning.

What I have done is sleep. When not working, I have been asleep or working on things around the house. I got a bunch of stuff put up on ebay yesterday and have a couple more things to go up. Mainly my never used Cycle Ops Fluid 2 stationary bike trainer which I bought in a fit of temporary insanity.

Anyway. I have touched my yarn. But I haven’t knit anything. And I don’t think I will tonight either. Tomorrow I will go and knit on the Mystery Stole with Cristi and then probably on Boyfriend socks since there is only so much lace you can knit while drinking beer and watching Dr. Who.

As I have been writing this post, I was also watching SYTYCD AND chatting with my good friend Andy. He was nice enough to send this link for a storage facility to me. The NYC billboard, if you didn’t click, says “Your closet space is shrinking as fast as her right to choose” and has a giant hanger. I find it in totally poor taste if you are for or against abortion. I make no judgements of your affiliation. I however, am HORRIFIED at how many people think this billboard is GREAT! If the company meant to invoke the thoughts of illegal self abortion with the huge ass hanger or it was innocent “your closet is where hangers store things” thought … you know someone at some point had to have pointed out that it is just in poor taste. That kind of treatment of something that was so dangerous for women just makes me a little squicky on the inside. It is very…ummm…flippant I think I want to say. I am so squicked that I can’t find the words for it.

I guess I am just tired of the type of advertising – the in your face, distasteful kind – annoys me. Really, most ads annoy me, which is why I love my DVR, but that isnt‘ the point as this is a billboard. Statistically speaking, billboards are seen by more people than any other form of advertising. Back in day when I was in college they were considered the most effective form of advertising (probably still are) because you can’t turn them off and if you commute chances are you pass the same sign every day, so while you don’t really pay attention, you will remember seeing the billboard when you think…hmmm, I need some storage space. You might not remember the billboard, but you will remember the name of the place or the logo. Which is the point of good advertising. I don’t consider THAT good advertising. I consider it disgusting, although from a pure advertising POV it does all the things you want an ad to do. But still.

Wow. Sorry. This randomly rambling post wasn’t meant to be all this. It was meant to say I haven’t been knitting, but I have a chocolate milkshake, so life is good. That said…I shall leave you now with the knowledge that I rarely do this and won’t again for awhile. We hope.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

turtlegirl76 August 17, 2007 at 6:27 am

But, how much lace knitting can you do while drinking Lemon Drop Martinis and watching Dr. Who?

And yeah, oh my God how wrong is that billboard?

tristitia August 17, 2007 at 8:41 am

I agree – that billboard is really disturbing. Of course, I have my own opinion regarding the matter of abortion, but I respect other’s right to their opinion also – as long as they don’t try to force it on me. It just seems to me that whatever side of the fence you’re on, the idea of comparing women’s lives to a flippin’ closet is just sickening.

LilKnitter August 17, 2007 at 10:35 am

I’ve seen that billboard campaign lauded on my favourite feminist blog, and I’m a little undecided on it. I mean, disturbing: hell, yes! And certainly, almost glib about the matter. But at the same time, I can see how a large portion of the pro-choice community is in favour of it: it publicizes an issue that is so often closeted (forgive the entirely unintentional pun…lawd, I have to find a cure for those accidental puns)and makes women – and men – think about it. But no, I wouldn’t want to see that every day on my commute, and I really wouldn’t think “Hey, I’ll call them for storage solutions!”

Thea_Midnight August 20, 2007 at 10:45 am

You are correct – that billboard is just ludicrous – such propaganda, however, does work sadly enough. Shall we all call that storage company and give them our opinion about their advertising choices?

bunchkin August 24, 2007 at 4:58 am

Wow, what a horrid billboard. I am definitely pro-life, but even for the other side of the debate, it is just wrong. The idea of it publicizing the issue or bringing it out into the open just doesn’t ring true with me. I mean, they are making a joke of a serious issue, whichever side you are on. If for example, an ad jokingly showed a child drowning to advertise their product, most peoples first reaction isn’t ” Wow, that really makes people think about boating safety” Not exactly a perfect analogy, but an issue with alot of pain and anguish surrounding it just isn’t going to make me say, ” Gee, I really DO need extra storage space. What’s that number?”

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