Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Hype


The best endorsement is word of mouth. Someone says hey, this movie it terrific...and then it’s not. Or this restaurant is fantastic and it sucks. Or you need to stay here on vacation then wish you were home in your own bed watching TV.

Some things live up to the hype and others don’t even come close. Here are some things that IMO really do measure up and I recommend them one-hundred percent.

The Grand Canyon does not disappoint. You’ve heard about it forever and everyone says it’s fantastic, and guess what...you get there and it is all that and more!

Niagara Falls is the same way. I’ve never heard anyone say its just water over some rocks.
Paris never disappoints and neither does Yosemite National Park or Old Faithful. Holy cow, grandma! 
 
Grandkids don’t disappoint. If I knew how great they were I would have had them first. Pets don’t disappoint. They love you no matter if you are in your PJs till noon, don’t brush your teeth and if you get fired and your honey dumps you

A book that doesn’t disappoint are Gone With the Wind. I known, I know, it’s long and descriptive as all get out. But read it and you are in the South fighting the Civil War.

Suri doesn’t disappoint. That girl has gotten me to more places. Bless you, Suri, I’m writing you into the will.

On the other hand there are things that don’t live up to the hype. Top of the list are big weddings. So much stress, angst, fussing and even fighting and still you are no more married than if you eloped to City Hall.

Growing Up probably heads the list on not living up to the hype. You grow up then wonder what the heck was I thinking? Same for believing in Santa, we all need to believe in a guy who flies through the sky and gives us presents.

Movies that do not live up to the hype are anything Star Wars after the first three and anything part two and three. 

Okay that’s my list of some of the things that do and do NOT live up to the hype. What is your list? What have you heard is fantastic and then it was. What have you heard that is fantastic and then it sucked.

Let me know and I’ll give away two Geared for the Grave tote bags.
Hugs, Duffy





34 comments:

lavendersbluegreen said...

Ooh, tote bags! So 1st off I TOTALLY agree about Star Wars. I loved the originals when I was a kid; these recent ones just were not as good.
As to my list of what does NOT live up to the hype:
Almost every movie ever made based on a book, especially if I read the book 1st.
Most store bought prepared food and sauces.
The newest Star Treks.
McDonalds.
What does live up to it:
I really liked the TV show Bitten, it was different from the books but done really well.
Raspberry CocaCola, Orange is the New Black, Pizza Gallery, K's Teriyaki...

Gram said...

I wasn't disappointed by Niagra Falls...they are wonderful, but...isn't there always a but, the grounds around them are so commercialized that I do not want to return.

Deb said...

Thing that did NOT live up to the hype-tofu! My daughter was always talking about the benefits of tofu. She found a recipe for breading tofu. She made it. She loved it. I almost threw up! Tofu, you disappoint me!
Thing that Did live up to the hype-Acorn TV. I love it! Wish it would be able to play on our tv, but settle for it on my computer. I love all the British programming and it's my treat to myself every month.

mary kennedy said...
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mary kennedy said...

Great blog, Duffy. Love the line about grandkids, "If I knew how great they are, I would have had them first." ha-ha. Love it!

Melanie Backus said...

I love this post, Duffy! I can't say enough about grand kids. They are the best! Vacations are the best! Not so good, the many commercials advertising that everything is so much grander than it really is.

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SandyG265 said...

Things that don't live up to the hype include frozen dinners, most chain restaurant desserts, and most first dates.

The Grand Canyon on the other hand was everything I expected.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Lavender
Most movies made from books really do not measure up. I loved The Help the book and they did a good job on move. Love Hunt for Red October on both fronts and actuarially thought it was a better movie. LOL And same for Jurassic Park. Foods so often disappoint but I so need to find raspberry coke.!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Gram. I heard that about the grounds too. This is what all the national parks would look like if the gov hadn’t stepped in LOL

Duffy Brown said...

HI Deb. I love British TV too. Just finished watching Foyles War and Midsomer Murders. I have to check out Acorn. Thanks for the tip!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Mary
Yep grandkids are the best. So much fun and none of the work.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Melanie. The grandkids are amazing. They really keep you young at least young at heart. Vacations are the best, We have more adventures around here. LOL
Duffy

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Sandy, too funny. First dates are usually horrid esp the ones you get fixed up on. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Grand Canyon left me without words. I agree with GWTW too. Stonehenge before they put up the barriers was another site that was beyond words. Grandkids...I will have to wait and see....

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Great post, Duffy! I agree that Paris does not disappoint, nor do the Falls. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list. I am almost always disappointed by new network TV shows.

Hugs.

MJ

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Deb! I wish I’d gotten to Stonehedge before the barriers. It always astounded me too. Lucky you.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi MJ. Yes about the new shows. Sometimes I wonder what is LA thinking? Now a nice series featuring the stories in your books would be amazing!!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

I've never been to the Grand Canyon. I know I've spent a summer watching previews for a new TV show and when it came out I was very disappointed. The same with some books. Waiting almost a year for a book to come out and then when I get it in my grubby little hands, nothing. :-(

Karen in Ohio said...

Yes! Chain restaurants, especially the ones that show these appetizingly photographed dishes that turn out to be nothing worth eating. Which is most of them.

Mount Rushmore was a huge disappointment. We thought we would be able to see it from not too far away. Nope, not unless you pay a big fee, and then share the road with a trillion gigantic motorhomes. That was a bummer, and we just drove through the parking lot, and right out again.

But the Redwoods in California were spectacular, and so were Hoover Dam and the Painted Desert. And of course, being a grandma. I LOVE that.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Lisa. TV shows disappoint so often and I agree on the books. I’ve sure thrown my share across the room in disappointment.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Karen, I need to get to the Redwoods and Yosemite. Tops on the bucket list for sure.

Laurie Kraft said...

I think the Golden Gate lives up to its reputation. Looking at it from Pier39 at sunset is awesome

Karen in Ohio said...

Yosemite is fabulous, but Yellowstone is my favorite. It should also be on your list.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes, Karen! Yellowstone is amazing Old Faithful is beyond incredible. The whole place is life on top of a volcano. Lordy!

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Laurie, another bucket list place to go. Thanks!

Linda Rima said...

Lighthous Rock in Palo Duro Canyon Texas AFTER they made a trail to it. Much more fun before and so breath taken once you reached it!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Linda. Lighthous Rock sounds terrific. Another bucket list add. Thanks.

Barbara T. said...

Bridges of Madison County was touted as a beautiful love story. Nope! It was adultery!

Sue Farrell said...

There is a local golf course--The Classic--that is really expensive and touted as wonderful in all the golf magazines. We ponied up the money to play and from the women's tees it sucked.
The Grand Canyon was absolutely unbelievably wonderful---I'd like to go back again.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Barbara, I so agree!!!!! I never did get how that was a love story.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes the GC is totally amazing. I’d go back in a heart beat too. So very sorry about the golf outing. Lordy, golf is expensive enough and then not even live up to the hype is double disappointment. UGH!

lavendersbluegreen said...

Did you pick winners yet?

lavendersbluegreen said...

They have raspberry coke in the new soda machines at some Burger Kings and Taco Times. I go to my local BK. I buy a soda, hook my laptop into their wifi... and blog / work for a couple hours while guzzling the refills...

Duffy Brown said...

Holy cow, I thought I did. Anyone who commented on this post and would like a Geared for the Grave tote just email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your mailing address and I’ll send along a tote.