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“Don’t Smell Like Walter” September 22, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, People.

Other than a few select shows, BFF and I tend to stick with commercial free public TV.  And not just because we get to avoid commercial commentary and odious and incessant political propaganda (i.e., campaign ads).

We enjoy watching PBS because it offers up interesting fare which is less brain-numbing than prime time TV.

By way of example, we recently caught a 3-part series on the human body ~ How We Grow, How We Protect Ourselves, and How We Think.  In short, we are amazing!  Our ability to preserve homeostasis in the face of temperature changes and microscopic invaders is nothing short of miraculous.

But what about How We Smell?

Receptacles in our nasal passageways capture on-going clues about odors and aromas.  These scents and smells, once captured, signal whether it’s OK to “breathe deep” or scream out “HOLD YOUR NOSE!” (when warranted by disgusting overtones, unpleasant undercurrents, and big stinks).

If something smells really bad, we wave our hands in front of our face to chase the overtones and undercurrents away.

So . . . what does that have to do with Walter?

Well, every once in a while, TV ads add to my day, rather than detracting from it, by making me laugh out loud at the amusing wit and entertaining wisdom of the right writers.

Case in point:  Two women in the produce department at the supermarket.  One young.  One less so.  The younger one reaches for peaches as the older woman sneaks up behind her, breathes deep, and (with a nostalgic sniff) says, “Oh, you smell just like my Walter.”

The younger woman’s smile turns upside down as the voice over says, “Don’t Smell Like Walter.”

Good advice, eh?

Aah . . . that’s better!





1. Jill Weatherholt - September 22, 2018

In my experience, it seems women have a better sense of smell than men. Oh, I feel sorry for Walter! Happy Saturday, Nancy!

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

The reason for that ~> survival of the fittest. Only those with a poor sense of smell fittingly survived “eau de men’s locker room.”

Hope you’re recovering from the aftermath of Florence. What a week for you all! 😯

2. Tippy Gnu - September 22, 2018

In defense of Walter, maybe he has a good smell. Maybe someone could get rich if they bottled up the osmic properties of Walter and sold it as “Walter” deodorant.

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

The commercial implied that Walter smelled like Ben Gay . . . used to ease his aching sore muscles.

As a deodorant, it could work . . . with a VICKS VAPO RUB chaser!

3. rivergirl1211 - September 22, 2018

I DVR’d that series to watch later… looked interesting. Love PBS!

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

Me too! We’ve seen some great shows on PBS ~ from Downton Abbey to Ancient Cities to Nature to Discovery. Good stuff!

rivergirl1211 - September 22, 2018

I never started Downtown Abbey and keep meaning to binge watch it on DVD. But I love all the others… and Nova!

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

Downton Abbey might be a perfect Winter Project for you!

4. Kate Crimmins - September 22, 2018

As someone whose nose is an overachiever, I’d prefer to avoid Walter. He may smell good…or not. In either case, I’m not sure I’d like to be around him unless he smells like pizza or roses.

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

The commercial implied that Walter smelled like Ben Gay (used to ease his aching sore muscles) and encouraged the young woman to use a different, less fragrant, product.

If she smelled like pizza, or pepperoni, she’d attract a large following of followers! :mrgreen:

5. joyroses13 - September 22, 2018

LOL! Poor girl! 🙂
PBS does have a lot of good shows.

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

The only time we avoid PBS is during their fundraisers . . . not because we don’t want to contribute to its coffers (we do), but because the presenters spend too long going over and over and over what each level of contributor will receive.

By the time a 2 hour show is over, 4 hours have gone by AND I have memorized their spiel.

6. L. Marie - September 22, 2018

Oh my word! That is hilarious! “Don’t smell like Walter!”

nrhatch - September 22, 2018

Marie, we have seen this commercial more than once and it makes us laugh each time.

Now that we’ve got the timing down, we like to chime in with the voice over ~> “Don’t Smell Like Walter!” It’s participatory TV (like watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show with all the props, but much less time consuming). :mrgreen:

7. Joanne Sisco - September 23, 2018

I laughed out loud at this – only because I had my own ‘Walter’ incident as a teenager. I worked part time in a nursing home and one of the elderly residents – she was 95 and had dementia – often called me ‘Walter’. I later learned Walter was her son. I wasn’t impressed 😆

nrhatch - September 23, 2018

Ha! Cross gender references like that can be disconcerting. 😀

Joanne Sisco - September 24, 2018

Oh yes!! 😆

8. Debra - September 24, 2018

I’ve seen the “Don’t smell like Walter” commercial and it is clever! I do my best to avoid commercials entirely, but once in a while I find myself fascinated or laughing out loud, which perhaps makes me question what else I might be missing? LOL! We love PBS as well. There’s something for everyone every night of the week! I have recently found that in our market there are a couple of new public radio stations and now there’s more than I can keep up with! Nice problem to have. 🙂

nrhatch - September 24, 2018

Some commercials tickle my funny bone chakra . . . but not enough to foster a FOMO while watching PBS. 😀

I watch a few shows (like Elementary and Big Bang) on network TV. I avoid as many commercials as possible by making snack runs and taking bathroom breaks. In fact, if there is a downside to PBS, it is no breaks for snack or restroom especially during 2 hour shows.

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