• The other day I was standing in line at a swank beauty spa to pay for a service when a total stranger walked up to me and commented, "What a nice tan you have!"

    I didn’t know what to say.  I’m not tanned.  This is my color.  I am a brown, dark featured Mexican American woman.

    I looked around me in line and realized that I was the only brown-skinned person in the establishment.  Still, why did she assume I was tanned?  Is it because I dress nicely?

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  • I was unimpressed with most/all of the advertising during last night's Superbowl — and I know I am not alone.  There are, of course, several different lines of attack I could level against the brand and advertising community: 

    - The ads lacked creativity or originality — isn't that the very thing the brand and advertising community pride themselves on most?

    - The ads weren't funny — and even if they were funny, was that the best (or only) way to attract attention and deliver a message to the audience?

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