Fantasy Land

It’s the new season of America’s Funniest Home Videos and the host, Tom Bergeron, was touting the prizes that would be awarded to the new season’s grand prize winner.  Besides the cash, the winner would receive trips to both Disney World and Disneyland.

The announcer droned on for several minutes, offering tantalizing descriptions of the two trips, the two parks, the accommodations, the privately guided tours and other special rewards that the winner and their family would receive.  His voice served as a backdrop to the Disney promotional film that showed all the wonderful stuff he was describing.

There was a momentary hush as we all continued eating our Sunday dinner, when suddenly, Mom piped in.  “I wonder if the guest count is low,” she mulled aloud as she calmly cut a small, bite-sized piece from her slice of rosemary pork loin roast.

“Did you say guest count?” I asked.  “What guest count?”

“Yes, guest count,” she replied.  “You know the number of guests.”

“I know what a guest count is, Mom,” I said.  “I just don’t know what guests you’re talking about.”

“The ones that visit Disney,” she said, scooping up a spoonful of applesauce.

“Why would you wonder about that?” I asked.

“Because I can’t remember the last time I saw Disney advertise that much.”

“Advertise?” Bill piped in.  “There hasn’t been a commercial break since we started eating.”

“Yes there was,” Mom argued.  “Just now, when the Disney ads were on.”

“Those weren’t ads, Mom,” I replied.  “They were just explaining what the prizes are for the next big winner this season.”

“Well I’m sure Disney paid them to say all of that nice stuff,” she replied with an emphatic nod.  “So that counts as advertising.”



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