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  •  Geico insurance camel (11+ / 0-)

    Yeah, it is kinda cute... :-)  It's all in the voice, just like with the little gecko's voice.

    I won't buy their insurance, but they do have a creative person behind their ads.  (Truly, I'm immune to ads - I'm too old and grew up without ads and TV until I was about 13 or so, and now I notice all kinds of incorrect grammar, know the products contain chemical scents I can't use, etc., so the ads are totally wasted on me.)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 06:13:25 AM PDT

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    •  Props where they are due: (12+ / 0-)

      The person who damn near killed me in my motorcycle accident had GEICO insurance. They paid the policy maximum quickly & w/o a struggle. My atty basically sent them a letter saying 'Your driver was at fault, here's the police report." and they sent a check. So, props GEICO.

      ...we won't get into the fact that said driver had the CO State minimum for insurance. To which I say to you: Today, not tomorrow, check & be sure that you have "uninsured and UNDERinsured driver" coverage. My own insurance covered a $100k in medical expenses that I would have been stuck for--or had to try & collect from a 19 y/o unemployed single mom.

      Go call your agent now to check, we'll wait.

      The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

      by Thinking Fella on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 07:12:45 AM PDT

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      •  Sounds like you're okay now...? (5+ / 0-)

        Glad things worked out well for you.  The only thing I ever used on my insurances in many years of driving was roadside assistance for flat tires, jump starts, and the like.  I had Nationwide at the time, and I would get a receipt, send it in, and get reimbursed within a week.  Oh, and they paid everything for having my car rewired when a short made the danged thing catch on fire after I told mechanics for two years there was something wrong and the horn would blare all by itself in the middle of the night or whenever, so I'd had to disconnect the horn.

        My last car was totaled in '02 the day after I got my iBook and a new genealogy program when a young high school kid who literally got his license a week before the accident rammed into my passenger side (lucky I'd already taken my newly-programmed new laptop home before going to get gas), and all that was two months after I got my first PC, so I was more interested in learning a whole bunch of new stuff.  I lost a full tank of gas when the tow truck took it away.  I think the frame was dented, but whatever else the crash did, the car would not start.  I got a little whiplash, but aside from being sore I was okay.

        I didn't replace the car.  I discovered it was cheaper to do stock-up grocery shopping, so once every 4-6 weeks I call a taxi, have the driver and someone else I know help me with the lifting and carrying I can no longer do because of my assorted health issues, and even paying a healthy tip for the assistance, it's still cheaper than paying car insurance, gas, upkeep, new tires, someone to shovel out the car in the winter, etc.  I can't honestly say I miss having a car except for the very few times I would like to go out of town, and that's not more than once every year or two.

        It's painful to pay corporations gobs of money, so I'll just try not to do that unless I'm forced to by law - Medicare Part D, in this case - and it's not worth it 'cuz they should pay for everything (sometimes there's a co-pay for some meds, and for the same meds, sometimes no co-pay, so there's no rhyme or reason).  If we had a decent not-for-profit single-payer medical insurance through Medicare and mandatory caps were put on the costs, we'd all be a helluva lot better off.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 07:41:19 AM PDT

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    •  Name of the game (1+ / 0-)
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      Because I'm in marketing world most of the day, I tend to pay attention to ads--and Geico's irritate me almost universally. Too many brand messages to suit me, and none of them really related to the actual brand.

      The gecko's cute, though.

      •  :-) Tell the writers... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... they need to learn when to use less vs fewer....

        That's only one of many errors that gets me tight-jawed.

        And how the hell is one going to save money if one is spending money?  Never fails to get me yelling back at the 'puter screen.  Obviously the whole idea of "saving" money while buying something works on someone (okay, not on me, but someone else), or they wouldn't word ads in such an unspeakably illogical fashion.

        Between ads yelling at me, sports, and reality TV, I turned off my TV permanently a few months ago.  Can't say I miss it.  Besides The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert, I'm only watching Rookie Blue and Motive for the summer, and all of those shows are on Hulu.  The ad times are shorter on Hulu, so not quite as annoying.  I listen with earphones, so just remove them for the ads.

        I grew up in a day and age when we didn't have TV, so contemplative silence is not an alien concept and I don't need "background noise" to make me feel better.


        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 11:51:28 AM PDT

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        •  When I was six, ours was stolen (1+ / 0-)
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          and my very fundamentalist parents decided God was telling us something. We didn't have another one until I was a senior in high school, when God gave us one.

          I missed the 70s and part of the 80s.

          I read an awful lot of books, though.

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