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I get 100 percent of my news on line, and for the past couple of months, when I click on a news video I want to see, I'm assaulted with visions of the Charmin Ultra Bears over and over again–and this one in particular.


I don't think I need to say anything else—enough already!!  Talk about too much information!  While I'm ranting a bit—this little phrase is really getting to me as well….

 "I wanted to reach out to you." 

 I get several e-mails from people wanting to reach out to me everyday.  They want to reach out and advertise, or reach out and tell me about a great business idea, or reach out and tell me about my inheritance left behind in Nigeria.  Enough!


It's okay to send an e-mail, or call on the phone, but no reaching out please.  It just sounds creepy.  

  • Ann
    November 5, 2009 at 6:39 am

    hmm that is pretty offensive advertising!bath tissue? it’s toilet paper here in Australia!..you should have a spam/junk folder for them..

  • esti
    November 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

    haha, this is so funny, i just laughed so hard reading this! it definitely is TMI, i mean, sure, the bear’s cute but if you imagine a human being with bath tissue stuck up their wedgie, not so much…

  • The Photodiarist
    November 5, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I am laughing right now. Judy – “I just wanted to reach out to tell you” . . . that I am still laughing about this post. Especially the “reaching out” line. I’ve never thought about it that way before.

  • Mouse
    November 5, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for a morning chuckle!

  • Ivy Lane
    November 5, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Damn, And I was JUST gonna email you!
    Have a Great Day! 🙂

  • Kim
    November 5, 2009 at 7:51 am

    hahaha, that’s awesome! I love your rants! I agree with you about the bears. I hate them talking about their butts and bodily functions and I turn the channel when the commercials come on. Just because they’re cartoons doesn’t make it less gross. I also agree with dumb phrases people say like ‘reaching out to you’ and those stupid money scandel emails.
    Here’s a rant of mine for you to enjoy(?), I HATE when people start every sentence with ‘I mean…’!! If you haven’t said anything yet and you aren’t clarifying your point you just made, there is NO reason to say ‘I mean’!
    Have a good day!

  • Laura
    November 5, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Haha I know what you mean! I hate these ads, too!
    I usually get spam mails that want me to buy some penis enlargment pills/spray/cream/…
    Since I am a girl this doesn’t really affect me, does it?

  • Belinda
    November 5, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Ha! So funny! And so true…I agree 100%. Enough already. Yikes! 🙂

    November 5, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Could not agree MORE!

  • sassenach
    November 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

    LOL!!! Hilarious!

  • Emily Rose
    November 5, 2009 at 9:39 am

    It’s like that terribly amazing Depeche mode song- reach out and touch faith!

  • barbara
    November 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Oh I hate hate hate those Charmin bears. I told the hubby that I would Never buy that tissue if it was the only one on the market, just because of that disgusting ad. Who signed off on that one anyhow?

  • Jill
    November 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I abhor scatalogical humor. And I’m really tired of the Nigerian/London emails. The only reaching out I get is from the husband!
    Great rant, girly!

  • arline
    November 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

    LOL> I loathe the Charmin bears too. Creepy for sure.
    I like you, have no TV. One of the worst things about it is the adds.
    I certainly don’t care for obsequious sales emails or calls either. Fortunately I have not gotten any of those in quite some time (knock on wood).

  • Pearl Westwood
    November 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

    OMG!! Is that even a problem people have? Erguh! LOL! Know the feeling though, I bought some business cards and the company emails me at least twice a day – I feel like reaching out and throttling them!

  • michelle
    November 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    thank goodness it’s a cartoon bear who advertises a sparkly bum. imagine if they went with a human.

  • CC
    November 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    omg judy. this ur funniest post yet. hee hee. we all feel ur pain!
    i get my 100% of my news and entertainment from online as welll. no tv in my house!

  • sofiasophie
    November 5, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    an inheritance in Nigeria?
    sounds so strange…..
    Anyway, I codn’t agree more….

  • zz
    November 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Can you just imagine the “creative” meeting for the team that came up with that ridiculous ad campaign? “I’ve got it…does a bear #$%^ in the woods!?” Brilliant.

  • chauss
    November 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    i win at least 5 lotteries a day, have inheritances all over the world and my favorite ones begin with “dearest one”.
    anyway, hope all is well.
    xo chauss

  • rae
    November 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I greatly enjoy your blog as well as the blog of your daughter. It is so nice to have a safe, creative and stimulating place to go on the internet. One thing I haven’t understood for sometime is why all of the complaining? If you choose to use the internet to bring the world into your home and wallet as well as meet your children, don’t be surprised if you read things you don’t like. it comes with the package. You are reaching out to the world but we can’t have an opinion about it? There should be a disclaimer on the front page of both blogs to tell people how you want to be communicated with. Or just not allow comments and emails. When you post purchases and trips that are blantantly expensive don’t be surprised when ordinary people have questions or become curious. For most people finances are an intimate topic but your family seems to share it freely with the world and the internet so there will be consequenses. I’m surprised your house hasn’t been broken into honestly. Your daughter is still a teen and there is only a certain amount of protection that can be given when you expose your life so willingly online. There are many hypocrytical and almost disturbing things about sea of shoes sometimes, about the fact that a teenage girl spends so much money and time on material things and is praised for it. I would never express some of the confusing things I think about sea of shoes on the blog site because she is so young but I cannot understand the vanity and greed that is presented sometimes. How often should a teeneage girl look at herself in the miroor take take pictures of herself? Look beyond your own reflection there is fashion everywhere. How much ‘talent’ does it take to go shopping with someone else’s money? So many young girls sew or ride horses or study ballet or write or paint but shopping? She’s not even making those clothes herself. It is a much different feeling when you work a job as a teen and save for those boots you have been craving. I am a fan of both sites because they provide a surreal escape for a recent college grad and a fellow texan. It is like logging into wonderland. but it hurts to know you seem to resent so many of your readers or seem to be annoyed by so many of them when you invited us in to begin with. I have been visiting both sites for a long time now but never commented but I feel if there is a comment box why not. So as a fan of your taste and perspective that is my ‘reach out’ to you.

  • Jen
    November 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t think she resents any of their followers at all! I think all Judy is saying is that she feels the term “reach out to you” is worded awkwardly. It’s just odd. It’s like a Jahovah’s Witness who wants to “save” you. It’s just a weird thing to say. Plus, I do think it would get old to be flooded with emails of people who want to advertise.
    As for the Charmin ads, that absolutely cracked me up! I have seen that too, and I think the exact same thing. I don’t want to think about toilet paper chunks on anyone’s butt, even if it is a cute cuddly bear.

  • carolyn
    November 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I just wanted to reach out to you to tell you that this post made me laugh.

  • K
    November 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “I abhor scatalogical humor.”
    “It’s like that terribly amazing Depeche mode song- reach out and touch faith!”
    “Oh I hate hate hate those Charmin bears. I told the hubby that I would Never buy that tissue if it was the only one on the market, just because of that disgusting ad. Who signed off on that one anyhow?”
    “”I just wanted to reach out to tell you” . . . that I am still laughing about this post.”/”I just wanted to reach out to you to tell you that this post made me laugh.”
    This is all so wrong and Shakespearean and then devolving into joke repetition. The Charmin bears troll your blog!

  • Alice
    November 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm


  • Cruz
    November 5, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    LOL YES I AGREE those charmen ads are TMI

  • sd
    November 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    i get ‘reached out’ to a lot as well
    and my blog isn’t that popular compared to yours
    but i must admit
    the stories i read from the “Reach Out” emailers are hilarious.
    because according to them i’m in need of a wife, have a long lost father in Berlin, in need of plastic surgery, and I apparently also have a cousin who died and i’ve inherited his fortune and wife…..thanks :] ahha

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    November 5, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks to everyone that reached out to me in this post–you guys gave gave me a good laugh!!!

  • Jules
    November 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Hahaha. Hilarious! I hate those kind of advertisements too. Thanks for sharing this. =D
    A Writers Den
    Brown Mestizo

  • Kym
    November 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I’ll join that rant — I don’t mind the Charmin bears too much, think they’re cute…but my spam folder just seems to be getting over a period of 8 weeks of 70 spams a day! You buy something online and hit the key “don’t send me mailers” and still, 3 x’s a week, I’m getting email from these companies — makes you want to stop buying shoes 🙂

  • Kym
    November 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    …and how about the posters here, on SOS and other sites, who instead on commenting on content, are selling things?

  • Robyn.
    November 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    That phrase does seem to bring frightening things to mind~

  • Andrea
    November 6, 2009 at 4:27 am

    It skeeves me out too when people say reaching out in business lingo

  • Veronique
    November 6, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I tend to agree with Rae on this point: You put yourself out there, you’ll be harassed all the time. It’s a package. Also, don’t expect nothing but praise all the time, that’s unrealistic.
    I have a web site where I show my work: I get spams constantly. I avoid opening them as much as I can.
    That is just how the Internet works.

  • luxirare
    November 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    haha I hate those e-mails. I don’t mind the advertiser ones, and the business offer emails, well it would depend on what kind of business offer it was..Sometimes those emails can be good ones.
    I absolutely love that fur patchwork cape thingy you got for Jane! She is one lucky girl. Makes me want to go shop in Austin too.

  • J.
    November 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    It had actually just dawned on me not too long ago about how gross that toilet paper commercial really is…you’re right, enough said.

  • yo
    November 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    for the unwanted emails:
    Raise your right hand.
    Read aloud from below.
    The Boulder Pledge*
    “Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.”
    * “Bad Manners on the Net” at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado.
    as for the never ending pop-adds…
    Sadly, I don’t think advertisement will go away any time soon… or ever.

  • Josephine
    November 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Amen! you are too funny

  • Jessica
    November 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I completely 100% agree with rae’s comment. i absolutely hate bloggers that have had so much to say about their readership and the “hurtful” comments they receive. its like stupid celebrities saying they don’t like “celebrity” and paparazzi and etc. IT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY. APPRECIATE IT. LEARN FROM IT. USE IT.

  • e
    November 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

    It is my understanding that we have Marshall Mcluhan’s work for AT&T to thank for popularizing the phrase. He was the originator of the memorable “Reach out and touch someone” campaign. Believing that media serve as extensions of our senses, Mcluhan saw the telephone as just that- a way to touch someone. He thought that if the public would buy into the idea that the caress of a voice was a substitute for an actual embrace, AT&T’s residential service would get a boost. And was he ever right! Before this campaign, the majority of AT&T’s traffic was business to business, and well, we all know how drastically different our “constant contact” era of today is- a shift ushered in by the idea that we must reach out.
    Don’t mean to wax all smarty pants on ya, just regurging something I learned while studying media and culture.

  • Jordans Sneakers
    June 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I understand what you are saying, but you just seem to have forgotten that there are some other people in the world who view this issue for what it really is and may not agree with you. You may be turning away a lot of people who might have been fans of your blog.