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Offline kimmy

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« Reply #945 on: November 15, 2019, 02:27:04 am »
How about a WRX STI full of softball equipment?

That's hot.



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« Reply #946 on: November 15, 2019, 09:20:45 am »
That's hot.



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Never owned one but I drove a WRX years ago just after they came out. The car itself was pretty bland but at the time, the performance was pretty impressive.
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« Reply #948 on: November 18, 2019, 11:15:32 pm »
Renault is the new Subaru - 30 years in the making!

awwwwwww


The first ad I ever saw aimed at gay women was a print ad in some magazine, for a car brand that I can't recall. Maybe it was Subaru, maybe not, I'm not sure.  This was probably 15 years ago, when I was still figuring things out.  Anyway, the picture was of an attractive short-haired brunette woman in business attire, holding car keys and smirking.  In the background, there's a car and leaning against the car is an attractive femme-looking blonde with a flirty smile. The caption said something along the lines of "When you know what you want."  And I remember thinking "gee, even an ad aimed at gay women still has typical male sexism."

There's a stereotype that a certain type of woman drives Subarus.

I just read this
interesting article on the history of Subarus and lesbians. It dates back to a time when Subaru was struggling to sell cars in North America, and was looking for a niche-- any niche.  They identified four groups who bought a lot of Subarus, and while doing that research, stumbled onto the connection with lesbians almost by accident:

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In the 1990s, Subaru’s unique selling point was that the company increasingly made all-wheel drive standard on all its cars. When the company’s marketers went searching for people willing to pay a premium for all-wheel drive, they identified four core groups who were responsible for half of the company’s American sales: teachers and educators, health-care professionals, IT professionals, and outdoorsy types.

Then they discovered a fifth: lesbians. “When we did the research, we found pockets of the country like Northampton, Massachusetts, and Portland, Oregon, where the head of the household would be a single person—and often a woman,” says Tim Bennett, who was the company’s director of advertising at the time. When marketers talked to these customers, they realized these women buying Subarus were lesbian.

Japanese executives were initially confused by the idea...

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It was in this context that Subaru’s marketing team hired Mulryan/Nash and pitched Subaru’s Japanese management on ads for lesbian customers. Writing in the Huffington Post, the reporter Ron Dicker captured some of the cultural confusion that followed:
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When one Subaru ad man … proposed the gay-targeting ads in talks with Japanese executives, the executives hurriedly looked up “gay” in their dictionaries. Upon reading the definition, they nodded at the idea enthusiastically. Who wouldn’t want happy or joyous advertising?

“It was certainly a learning process for everybody,” says Bennett. While Bennett, who is gay, didn’t reveal his sexual orientation for fear of overshadowing the effort, he nonetheless recalls holding company meetings with names along the lines of “Who Are Gays and Lesbians?”

...but it turned out to be a success for them, and a groundbreaking moment in the advertising industry as well.



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« Reply #949 on: November 18, 2019, 11:22:46 pm »
We've had new employees at work.  One is an older guy who still tries to act young and cool.  Despite dying his hair and gelling it up like a teenager, he doesn't look young or cool.  I was in charge of him for a while and I did some of his training. It seemed very clear what he thinks of me and he made no effort to listen to what I said. He's been pawned off on our production manager, and I'm glad. If I had to work with him much longer I'd have probably had to beat the snot out of him.

So they got rid of that guy a couple of weeks back.  I'm glad he's gone, I only regret that I didn't get to beat the snot out of him.  I gather that Ed Engineer liked him even less than I did. I assume that he was either fired, or cut into pieces and frozen in Ed's freezer. Ed's so pleasant to work with that it's sometimes easy to forget that he's actually a charming Patrick Bateman-like psychopath.  It surprises me that I'm the only one who realizes it. Kind of like in Dexter, where Dexter's act fools everybody except the one black cop who sees right through him.  I'm that black cop.

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« Reply #950 on: November 19, 2019, 07:24:52 am »
Any more adversarial relationships at work remaining?


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« Reply #951 on: November 19, 2019, 06:52:21 pm »
It dates back to a time when Subaru was struggling to sell cars in North America, and was looking for a niche-- any niche.

When the company’s marketers went searching for people willing to pay a premium for all-wheel drive, they identified four core groups who were responsible for half of the company’s American sales: teachers and educators, health-care professionals, IT professionals, and outdoorsy types.

Then they discovered a fifth: lesbians.


I fit into two categories: IT professionals, and outdoorsy types

I guess it is not inconceivable that others fit into more than two, and of course the ideal would be all five.

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« Reply #952 on: November 24, 2019, 11:23:27 pm »
Any more adversarial relationships at work remaining?

Only if you count Alpha-Minion's deadly aura of carcinogenic cigarette smoke.   Everything seems smooth now.  I've gotten accustomed to my coworkers' idiosyncrasies. Boring Stories Bob's boring stories and Old Economy Steve's stale humor don't grate on me the way they used to.  I like my coworkers, and I think I have earned their respect for the most part. The people I work with the most are my biggest supporters.

I'm still kind of mad that I didn't get to beat the **** out of that guy before he was let go, though.  It was irritating enough that he just didn't bother listening to me-- either because he's a man, or because he's 25 years my senior, or because he had a TECH SCHOOL DIPLOMA~~!, or some combination of all of those things. His diploma was apparently from an era when they were still making tools out of stones and wood, and nobody seemed to think he was actually very smart except for him.  Watching his obvious attempts to suck-up and kiss-ass to people who he perceived as being important made it worse.  Bypassing me to go directly to Ed and Greg and Replacement Pete, in hopes of ingratiating himself to people he assumed could solidify his standing in the company.  It had the opposite effect, because those three keep me around so that they have less annoying interruptions, and he was asked at least once why he wasn't doing the stuff I'd tasked him with.  It seems like his attempts at being a brown-noser and social climber were too obvious and rubbed people the wrong way.

Also, a guy approaching 60 shouldn't be using that much hair-gel.  And his hair was obviously dyed and it just wasn't a good look for him.  And he had an annoying radio-guy voice.  "Heeeyyy, this is Annoying Dick, and this is your At Work Network, playing the Lite Hitz you don't want to hear, and I'm being an obsequious kiss-ass instead of doing the stuff that keeps me employed."



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« Reply #953 on: November 24, 2019, 11:24:49 pm »
I fit into two categories: IT professionals, and outdoorsy types

I guess it is not inconceivable that others fit into more than two, and of course the ideal would be all five.

It seems like you fit right in with the Subaru demographic!   I personally drive a 15 year old Nissan Pathfinder, which is kind of like a butch Subaru I think.

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« Reply #954 on: November 24, 2019, 11:36:35 pm »
Me and the missus went to a resort hotel on a mountaintop!  It was absurdly fancy. November is off season for them, and therefore the only time of year when normal people can afford to go.  They have eight different kinds of saunas and aromatherapy spas, and a giant hot tub and an infinity pool overlooking the whole valley and hiking trails and crystals everywhere and all kinds of other stuff. It was incredible.

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« Reply #955 on: November 25, 2019, 12:27:44 am »
Me and the missus went to a resort hotel on a mountaintop!  It was absurdly fancy. November is off season for them, and therefore the only time of year when normal people can afford to go.  They have eight different kinds of saunas and aromatherapy spas, and a giant hot tub and an infinity pool overlooking the whole valley and hiking trails and crystals everywhere and all kinds of other stuff. It was incredible.

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I’d invite you and the missus over to use our homemade sauna.  :o ...   but the missus here would not approve...   >:( 

Sounds like a cool place....   I’ve been to Whistler in the off-season...   after summer, before snow and it’s the same sort of thing...   way, way cheaper....
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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #956 on: November 25, 2019, 12:49:42 pm »
Also, a guy approaching 60 shouldn't be using that much hair-gel.

I am fast approaching 60, and I don't recall using hair gel (one failed experiment with Brylcreem) or hair spray since I was a teenager. A few times a barber may have put some in my hair, but if they ever asked I declined.

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« Reply #957 on: November 25, 2019, 12:53:11 pm »
What's hair gel?
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« Reply #958 on: November 25, 2019, 05:23:44 pm »
I am fast approaching 60, and I don't recall using hair gel (one failed experiment with Brylcreem) or hair spray since I was a teenager. A few times a barber may have put some in my hair, but if they ever asked I declined.

If squid has his way you will only get to vote in four more elections.

Correction, only three more if you turn sixty in less than two years.
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« Reply #959 on: November 25, 2019, 06:20:20 pm »
If squid has his way you will only get to vote in four more elections.

As I get older, the choices get worse. Perhaps when I am 75 they will be so bad that I will refuse to vote.