I miss Art Grindle. When I was growing up in Houston Grindle would pound on or stand on his cars as he shouted “I want to sell you a car!” If his antics damaged the merchandise he’d lower the price and go to the next car.
Political ads replace car dealer ads during campaign season, and with election day finally here I realize just how much I appreciate used car dealers. Even car ads without Grindle’s enthusiasm are improvements on political ads. And Grindle was much more believable.
We have one local auto dealer who is working on measuring up to the late, great Grindle. He has a ways to go but he’s getting the shouting down pat. He hasn’t punched or stood on any cars yet, but he has appeared in an ad riding a longhorn steer. Of course, that isn’t too odd in these parts. I’ve been on a longhorn myself relatively recently, and I wasn’t trying to sell anything.
TV commercials will be more honest when the auto dealers and personal injury attorneys get their time slots back. Even if the election results are contested the commercial assaults on our intelligence should diminish.
Just before election season knocked car ads off the air our local Grindle-in-training showed up talking to a camel. I hope this is a sign he’s upping his game. I know I’ll succumb to the siren song of the news if the election results are delayed and I’m looking forward to seeing how our Grindle wanna-be comes out of the post-election gate. He has promise.
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