Promises, Promises

Husband and I are in Minneapolis attending the Association for Play Therapy annual conference.  It is a very well attended conference with typically wonderful workshops. This week we will attend 25 hours of lectures related to all aspects of play therapy, and browse the terrific vendors of  therapeutic toys and supplies.

Today we sat through 6 hours of a lecture that was quite disappointing, and not at all what was represented in the conference prospectus.  The presenter had a very ambitious agenda, and was very knowledgeable,  but wasn’t feeling well, and got off track and was distracted by questions from the audience. There were five objectives listed, and only the first two were addressed by the end of the day.  Husband and I were drawing funny cartoons for each other  by the end of the presentation.

I have higher hopes for tomorrow.  My workshops go from  8:00 am until 6:30pm. Husband gets off easier,  and only goes from Noon until 6:30pm.  I hope we won’t be misled like we were today.

When have you been disappointed by false advertising?

18 thoughts on “Promises, Promises”

  1. I am certain this happened a lot when I was much younger, which is probably why I am so skeptical now.

    I know full well that that staged food shot is going to have very little in common with what is actually going to appear when I open the bag that got shoved at me through the drive-thru.

    And it is a sure thing that the fantastic initial offer is going to have long and tangled strings attached.

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    1. Oh yes I agree with this. And I just learned sometime in the last week that in commercials and photo shoots they use glue instead of milk when they are taking pictures of cereal. And now I can’t stop thinking about that every time I see a cereal commercial.

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      1. Yuck!

        On the other hand, here’s something to make you feel better: standard operating procedure after shooting models is to elongate by 10% so said model looks longer and leaner. So if you’ve ever thought that models have an unrealistic body – you’re right.

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  2. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    Having just been on the airline system I felt there was some false promises. Two of the people in our party are disabled and needed wheelchair assistance to negotiate an airport. On Sept 25, we arrived in O-Hare Airport having requested two wheelchairs and the assistants to push the wheelchairs. United Airlines had one wheelchair waiting for us. We had to get across O’Hare to the international Terminal 5–about a mile underground, and up and down floors via elevators–in an hour and 30 minutes. We found a wheelchair sitting around, but no pusher ever showed up despite repeated calls. Finally after a half hour, we had to leave. I pushed a wheelchair and pulled a set of luggage across that distance with the assistance of others in our party.

    The airline companies engage in some of the most persistent false advertising ever. We were happy to board Aer Lingus which provided service as advertised.

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  3. The Viking River Cruise comes to mind, but it wasn’t really their fault – rivers were extremely high due to early snow melt and much rain, boats were not being allowed under bridges. Bussing to tourist destinations in Southern France is not the worst thing in the world, but cruising would have been more fun.

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    1. Rivers are unpredictable like that. Maybe the commercials should include shots of passengers being schlepped in busses as part of the possible experience. Let the plummy-voiced announcer narrate that!

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    2. Declining the bus tours has been the best course for me. I was to take a bus tour from Rome to Naples. Those that did were on the bus for nearly 8 hours because of traffic and such. As I understand it, the sing-a-longs lasted 2 hours.

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