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A New Face

Watch this commercial. A man in Israel has had a beard for 14 years – the entire time he’s known his wife and had children. But someone or something convinced him to shave his beard. And the reaction he gets is incredible. He is unrecognizable to his own family.

This got me thinking. I can’t imagine having some physical feature for so long or even acting a certain way for so long that people wouldn’t recognize me without it. Hair would be the most obvious and recognizable feature…but for a woman it would have be pretty extreme change, like going from my current mid-length cut to a true pixie. Someone going from glasses to contacts or vice versa wouldn’t elicit that powerful of a response. Extreme weight loss would definitely count – especially on the shows where they are away from family and friends during the weight loss.

And the other question is would you want to make such a drastic change that your own spouse doesn’t recognize you? Sure, everyone has something about themselves they would change. And I’ll admit, there are times I wouldn’t mind starting anew, being someone different, creating a new me. But to be unrecognizable? I know this is not exactly what this guy did, but perhaps his family had to work to not view him as a different person. Physically at least. Change can be good and bad, especially depending on the reasons for that change. I just think this is fascinating and would love to see a follow-up story – has everyone adjusted to the lack of beard? Does he like it? Is he going to grow it back?

Have you ever made an extreme change that created such surprise and shock? Was the general reaction positive? Negative? Did you regret the change?


Commercial Round Up

I actually like watching football and although I was not really rooting for either team in the Super Bowl this year, I was so glad it was an exciting game – down to the last seconds. But I am no football analyst – I’ll leave that to the pros. I am, however, a connoisseur of commercials. Ok, not really, but that’s normally the other exciting part about the big game. Normally. I know the NFL has gotten a lot of bad press this year, but come. ON! The words that come to mind for this year’s ads: boring, serious, dull, emotional, sentimental. Some of them were cute – but it’s the Super Bowl! Show me the funny!

Anyway, there were a sparse couple that were funny and some sentimental ones that were cute and uplifting. So here’s my top 5. (I know you expect the “Like a Girl” ad to automatically make my list, but I saw that months ago, so I don’t count it as a Super Bowl commercial.)

Runner up: Coca-Cola Make It Happy. It’s cute and has a great message.

5. Nationwide Mindy Kaling (Nationwide’s only non-serious commercial; she’ll always make things funny).

4. Microsoft Braylon O’Neill (not funny but REALLY cool)

3. Snickers Brady Bunch

2. Budweiser puppy – always gonna be at the top. (and the cover of one of my favorite songs is amazing)

1. Liam Neeson Clash of Clans (yes, it’s for an app game, but this is not getting the credit it deserves)


But let’s be real – does anything actually beat DANCING SHARKS??