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October 6th, 2005


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10:24 pm - "YOUR OPINION will DIRECTLY INFLUENCE what you see on TELEVISION in the FUTURE!"
My mom sent a buttnernut squash home with me on Sunday (along with a whole mess o' tomatoes, some peppers, some soup...). I've never cooked a squash before, and it's incredibly easy ('specially if you're like me and you'd rather cook it plain and season it later), but the Internet has no idea how long it takes. The median answer was "cut it in half and bake it for 40 minutes at 400°," but (since most of you read my journal for the cooking tips), one hour and twenty minutes (testing occasionally) is a little more like it.

The point of that paragraph was to say that I am dining on delicious squash tonight as I write my livejournal post. Post-posting I will probably watch a crappy movie. I'm trying to decide between A Bucket of Blood and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Anyway, I got an invitation in the mail from Television Preview. Ever heard of them? They send you four tickets to a screening of "TV programs plus advertising segments." Presumably you go to some hotel conference room, watch a couple of sitcom pilots and some commercials, and then answer questions about them. ribsinbacon says "don't go, it's a scam," but in fact it isn't -- it's market research to judge how people respond to commercials, which is fully implied in the invitation. The sitcoms aren't important, and if you click this link you can read all sorts of blog entries about how much the experience sucks. Frankly, I'd just like to go and see if I can get thrown out for yelling at the screen. 'course, it's on a Friday night, and even I have better things to do on a Friday night than driving waaaaay over to the far West side to get kicked out of a hotel conference room -- even with the promise of "$250 in door prizes to be distributed among the participants."
Current Mood: fullworking on being full
Current Music: Brave Combo with Tiny Tim -- Stairway to Heaven

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From:renny1780
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
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I'm so jealous! I miss eating squash...perhaps my grandpa still has some. Meh.

I would be amused if you went to one of those market research things and got kicked out. Only you could manage something like that...and maybe Tick :)
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Squash is good stuff, and it's the sort of thing you forget about when you're living on your own and you thrive on convenience. I'm really glad my mom sent this one home with me, and I'm even gladder to see how easy they are to cook. I just wish I'd realized that it would take so long before I decided to cook it quickly between getting home from work and practicing with offBeat.
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From:crabmoon
Date:October 7th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Ever since I moved out, I've bought the occasional squash. I can never make it as good as my aunt, she introduced them to me as a teenager. But i always tried to cook them in the microwave and I've had many the failed attempt at a good squash. And I like the word squash, squaaaaash.
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
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If it were me, I would treat it like my real-life television viewing: bring a book & read if I get bored, especially during the commercials.

Oh, and make fun of whatever's on screen.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
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That's a good idea, except that the invitation says that "food and printed materials are not allowed inside and will be confiscated."
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 7th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
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Would they let you bring a pen and notebook for "notes"?
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 7th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
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That's a good question. Doesn't say. I'm not sure what kind of "notes" you'd take, but I was wondering the same thing since my first idea was to attend, take notes, and then write it up on my journal.
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 7th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
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Oh I'd pro'ly take notes on the experience, but also doodle embarrassing pictures of the people in charge in the margins.
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From:devianttouch
Date:October 7th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
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So play Tetris on your cell phone instead. That's what I'd do.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I think they probably discourage that too, but I can't imagine them actually confiscating a cell phone. Reading material either, to be honest. What's the worst they could do if you put up a fuss, ask you to leave?
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From:devianttouch
Date:October 7th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
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I got one of these a few months ago, and Wendy and some of the other girls went. I think they seemed to have fun. It was the same night as Jimi's bachelor party, which is why I didn't go.

I find marketing research interesting though, so I'm a freak.

I don't think any of them won prizes.

What could be a scam about making you watch bad TV?
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I think it probably has to do with your attitude going into it (how's that for an obvious statement?). Having read other people's negative reviews and reread my invitation, it's fairly clear that what they really want is my reactions to the commercials, but you can't really entice people by saying "hey, wanna sit through some ads?" I think the people who feel cheated probably went into it cold thinking they were going to see exciting new TV pilots.

Anyway, I guess my tickets are available in case anybody actually wants them... They're for the 14th, so I suppose you'll be out of town. After doing some research, it sounds like a lot of the people who show up to these things are elderly. People like that are probably going because it's free and it's something to do. The prospect of being obnoxious and getting thrown out is a lot less attractive when it involves ruining somebody's evening.
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From:devianttouch
Date:October 7th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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The prospect of being obnoxious and getting thrown out is a lot less attractive when it involves ruining somebody's evening

Yes, it does. Which makes you a far better human being than many, you know.
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From:defaultlisa
Date:October 7th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I received some of those tickets a while back. I think most of my friends did, too. Must be an epidemic.

Butternut squash makes fantastic soup if you have the time/patience for making soup.
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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:October 7th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Hey, would you like to see Wallace and Gromit sometime soon-ish? I'm pretty busy this weekend but I would be up for something some time next week. Also, if you offer up you kitchen for sacrafice wassail making, I'll come to your Killer Tomatoes thing. If you're already over booked for it, I'll make you wassail some other time.
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
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I would totally be up for this, though finding a night to do it might be somewhat of a trick. Wassail with Killer Tomatoes sounds good too, if you're really up to doing it.
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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:October 11th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I think the wassail thing will need to wait a few weeks. I'm a little short on funds and though wassail isn't expensive, it's not free either. Maybe later?
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From:theenigma42
Date:October 9th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)
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Tom got a set of tickets for one of these as well. It's at the hotel where he works, and he had to work that night, just not at the thingie. So, the tickets are probably still sitting on the coffe table. I had to work, but I was mildly curious about going.
-KEiTH
"YOUR OPINION will DIRECTLY INFLUENCE what you see on TELEVISION in the FUTURE!" - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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