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Where Did the Water Go?

Updated: Jan 1

Looking for some classroom participation.

Raise your hands if you know the type of commercial I am about to describe.

A young lady or gentleman will be in the bathroom, with some vibrant lighting and overwhelming smiles.  The narrator then asks if we have ever looked into the mirror and saw an acne ridden reflections stare back at us.  After applying the oil free substance to their face, the actors cup their hands, get a substantial amount of cool, refreshing water and rinse the soap with one swift throw.

Good.  A lot of participation.  Thank you.

I feel it is safe to say that a lot of viewers immediately think about how much dirt and grime might be in their pores, subsequently panic and then find the nearest store to make the purchase.  We have all been there.  Don't fret it though; it usually isn't as bad as the corporate suits want you to believe.  You look fine. I am not a doctor, but there's no way that ALL of these soaps are completely necessary/healthy. I can give some soaps a pass...but not all. Basic hygiene can take care of most cases, but that's another conversation.


So who is like me in thinking..."who is really just splashing water on their face like that in their home?"

I see that my hand is the only hand still up, and I'm okay with that.

I am aware that it is just a commercial, and it is meant to exaggerate the truth, but I wasn't always aware.

There I was...

Young Richie...

Young naive Richie, trying to figure out how am I going to insert drying the entire bathroom into my morning and night routines.  You mean to tell me, that not only is my face dirtier than the front lawn, but the only way for me to solve this problem is to drench the entire bathroom with water?  Who's going to explain this to my mother when she demands an explanation?  Either I'm lying to her, or you're lying to me.

I wasn't lying to her.

Which leads me to my Club SEBU Conclusion. You probably shouldn't believe everything you see on TV.

Now this is not a new suggestion or a new millennial phenomenon.  Social media is not the scapegoat for all of this misleading messaging.  This is the reality.

As a former television junkie, I understand how difficult it can be to decipher what is of merit and what is not.  There are so many different programs, with so many different ways to chip into insecurities and into bank accounts.  Understand that behind every commercial, there is production fee that needs to be made up, and (for those corporate suits previously mentioned) it would be nice if customers could recoup that.  Everyone has a job.

With all that being said, you do not have to buy every face wash product under the sun, similarly to how I didn't have to throw water on my face like a toddler in order to rinse properly. 

Yes, I tried to throw the water like the commercial. Not one of my proudest moments, but I lived.

With that, like I said before, it's probably best if we don't believe everything that the TV tells us. At the very least, quietly question them.  If it doesn't make sense to you, there's more than likely a reason why it feels strange.  Trust yourself.  We know more than we give ourselves credit for.

Also, I am willing to bet you are not the only person who can't understand how much different two separate blenders could be or  how many rags you should purchase before you realize how many old t-shirts you have laying around the house that can also clean up the wet spots.

Once again, we have all been there.

So as we conclude, enjoy the television.  Watch with vigor and exuberance.  But don't and I repeat don't throw water in the house.  It doesn't end well.

Until next time,

Long Live The People

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