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Dove makes, in my opinion, the best chocolate you can get in the regular candy aisle--i.e., general price range of Hershey and Nestle; not the expensive "gourmet" chocolate. In fact I like it better than some gourmet chocolate. It beats the stuffing out of Lindt any day if you ask me. However: Dove Promises, the little individually-wrapped squares you get in a bag, come with sayings printed on the inside of the wrappers. And the sayings are often pretty lame.

"When two hearts race, both win," one wrapper says today. Hmm. I suppose they mean, "When two people are in love and their hearts are racing, it's a win-win situation." OK. That's kind of cute. But there are reasons other than love that your heart might race. For instance, fear. Say you and a friend are in the woods and you encounter a tiger, and your hearts start racing. And then you put up a good fight but the tiger kills you both. I'd say nobody won there despite the racing hearts (except of course the tiger).

Better than this one, though, found on a Dove wrapper years ago: "Time is a river without banks."
...I just have no idea what that is even supposed to mean. (Perhaps no one else did either, which could account for why I haven't seen it since.)

While I'm on the subject...the old chestnut, "You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar" has been bothering me a little. I agree with the sentiment, definitely--charm is generally a better method than harshness--and the vinegar v. honey metaphor works for me. But when, in any point in history, did anyone ever want to attract flies? "You attract more diamonds with honey than with vinegar" would be more apt, if it made any sense. We need to work on that one.

And: ramaustin made me do it...

1. Total amount of music files on your computer?
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 gig.

2. The last cd you bought was...
Yesterday I ordered The Thorns' self-titled album and The Veils' "The Runaway Found". Haven't received them yet.

3. What was the last song you listened to before reading this message?
I can't recall. I'm at work and haven't put on music. So maybe the radio in the car on the way here...I remember some hiphop thing about eating cereal and watching Saturday morning cartoons.

4. Write down five songs you often listen to or mean a lot to you.
1. The Veils - "The Leaver's Dance" (lately anyhow)
2. The Killers - "Mr. Brightside" (again, lately)
3. ...hey, hang on, I answered these already a few entries ago. :)

5. What new music are you really excited for in the coming year so far?
Hmm. I know British Sea Power just released a new one, which is probably worth investigating. I intend to get the Pitty Sing CD too.

6. Which 5 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?
Whoever would like it.


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May. 10th, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
"Time is a river without banks."

Well, a river is ever-flowing, like time. But if you're flowing down the river, and get hung up on a bank, you stop, and banks can change the direction of a river. You can't stop time, you can't change the direction of time (not without some seriously geeky physics).

It's still lame, but maybe that's what they meant?
May. 10th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
So they're saying "You can't stop time any more than you can stop a flash flood"? That could be. Guess it's the best explanation I've heard yet--though still not exactly deep or enlightening. Heh.

Also, sometimes banks are there *because* of the river; the river cuts into the ground and creates the banks. So then are they saying ...time...doesn't cut into anything...and thus...doesn't leave any marks on the landscape? Hm.

I better open some more chocolates and look for better ones. :)
May. 10th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Life is like a box of chocolates: it's a fortune cookie. o_O
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May. 10th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
And at least fortune cookies are zanier. ("More zany"?) Still--damn good chocolate.
May. 10th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
I've always heard the cliche stated as you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, which would make more sense because in that scenario one would be trapping the flies, not attracting them.

The Dove saying is a rip off of some other old cliche about time being like a river, but they added the "without banks" part, as far as I know. It probably means that you time flows on whether you want it to or not, and you can't pause on the banks, or something like that. Not very profund. ;-)

May. 10th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
er, *profound*, even ;-)
May. 10th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ah...OK, it does work a lot better with "catch." Has a nice "'come into my parlour,' said the spider to the fly" feel to it that way. :)
May. 11th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
I love Dove chocolates, too! And those sayings can be pretty fun, I agree. ;-)
Jun. 9th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
time is a river without banks
the phrase "time is a river without banks" is the title of a painting by Chagall
Apr. 15th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
chocolate is good for you!
in a recent study siantists found chocolate is not bad for you that chocolate is good for you with anti-biotics in also with a lovly taste and it contains protien milk and it is highly truthful that chocolate is good for you .

Apr. 15th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
chocolate is good for you!
in a recent study siantists found chocolate is not bad for you that chocolate is good for you with anti-biotics in also with a lovly taste and it contains protien milk and it is highly truthful that chocolate is good for you .

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