I’m not going back to school.

So I was emailing derryX about some dinner plans, and since I’m a season-ticket holder for the Tri-City ValleyCats, my initial instinct was just to link him to the schedule so he had an aggregate view of my unavailability over the next three months.

This glorious ad was in the sidebar of the page, and I had to share it. In the live version (this is just a screencap), the arms flail and the red light blinks incessantly.

To answer the question posed in the ad: No, I wouldn’t go back to school if I wind up looking like a fucking mook like this asshole. Oh, and look at those 66-75 and Over 75 options. See how bad our economy is? Even retirees need to go back and get degrees so they can get those low-level jobs bagging groceries and greeting people. Ridiculous.

I suppose the motives behind advertisements are to steal your attention, and over the last decade my mind has grown blind to them. My expertly trained eyes automatically dart around them when I view web pages, and I was shocked that my head was drawing attention to this one. I had to do a full double take to make sure my eyes were being pulled to an ad. I’m sort of glad my subconscious knew there was going to be a blog post about it, and woke me up to it before I closed the tab.