22 July 2006

Good Sam...Bad TiVo

Most of the time, my TiVo fights for the good of the homestead and against the injustice of incovenient TV times.

In this anecdote, TiVo has been both bad and good. Allow me to explain.

Once upon a time, many months ago, KO and I noticed a short movie on the TiVo home page regaling the wonders and joys of RVing.

Since we've both shared on many a night our love of the open highway and the endless prairies of fun you run into along the way, we checked out said videos.

All of these little vignettes are really used for targeting potential customers using the TiVo's vast array of titilating features. Great for ad execs...a cool feature in theory for TiVo comsumers.

At least that's what I thought at the time.

You see, at the end of the videos, there's an option to click where they can send you a free DVD regaling us further about owning an RV. Seems harmless enough, right?

So, stupidly, we clicked the "Send DVD" option.
We might as well have clicked a "Send More Junk Mail" button.

After receiving the DVD, we also got a envelope from a organization called The Good Sam Club. This is the bad and good part.

Bad that a harmless click unbeknowingly put us on the fast track to RVJunkMailville.
Good that I got the most kick ass sticker on this God forsaken orb:

Imagine the Good Sam logo you see here, halo and all, over an American flag Background with “American And Proud” surrounding it all.

Irony, anyone?

Thank you, TiVo for bringing this sticky gem into my life.

Oh, and as for the whole RV junk mail stuff...as Patton would say,

"NO, NO, NO...Bad TiVo!"
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