Okay, let’s get the odd title out of the way.
There is a song call “Stay on the Sunnyside” The Cub Scouts have a different version, or at least we did. We would sing the refrain, Cub Scout Version, then tell a knock-knock joke. Some were series of jokes, as in:
“Stay on the Sunny Side, always on the Sunny Side, stay on the Sunny side of life, na-na-na-na-na-na, You will feel no pain while we drive you all insane, stay on the Sunny Side of Life…”
A mosquito bit me.
The next would be “Mother – A mother mosquito bit me.” Then “Yetta – Yet, a mother mosquito bit me.” Then Stella, and so on, until you get to “Warren – Warren the heck are all these mosquitoes coming from any way?” Thus, the title. Stay tuned for “Yetta Mother” episode, same sunnyside time, same sunnyside channel.
Just two commercials this time and the first is about “never going to happen mother fantasies.” The picture is an idyllic family praising their mother for taking them on an enriching camping trip, but since that would never happen, they flip the scenario where the older daughter complains about the lack of cellphone reception, the son refuses to share a tent, the father cannot get the other tent put together, and the younger daughter screams, “Eeyew, bugs!” And these issues are solved because Mom brought a variety pack of individual servings of chips, or whatever you call them in your country, salty snacks made of thin slivers of potato or created using corn meal.
The commercial is cute, but full of holes. First, my wife is a city girl. She has camped with me four times. I cannot think of a fifth time, but she went to Cub Scout Wood Badge training where she camped for an entire week, without me. In fact, she got her Wood Badge beads before I did, a high honor as an adult scouter, and requiring a ton of work. But, back to the commercial, did the snacks solve anything? It might have made them more thirsty, and being in a campground, the water might be more scarce, leading to more problems. There is still no cellphone reception. The tent is still not erected properly. From firsthand experience, if you do not insert the ‘poles’ in a certain order, the tent becomes too stiff to insert the tough pole later on. (Just my note to tell the guy in the commercial if I ever meet him.) Now back to the objections, the boy will not share a tent with a “sister or parent.” And if there are that many bugs, they will be on the chips as you eat them. But, yetta mother problem!! Dad calls dibs on a particular snack. Use a little logic here. He would only do that if someone else also liked that type of snack. Thus, someone did not get what they wanted, even though there was great variety.
Okay, if dissecting this cute commercial has now ruined it for you, I apologize.
Now for the rain gutter screen commercial. Of the few brands who all claim to be perfect in design, unlike the competitors’ faulty product, thus all are lying, one has a few testimonials. One of the testimonials features a man who says, “And having ____ on my gutters, it makes my house more valuable, … especially when I go to sell it.”
My jaw hit the floor the first time I heard that. Was the guy a pathological liar or an idiot or a crook or maybe something else that I can’t think of right now? This made no sense whatsoever.
First, for what makes “sense,” and very little sense. If you have rain gutters around the edge of your roof, the water is channeled into a drain system and away from your home. When I was growing up in the South, most houses did not have them, and if they did, the gutter dumped the water onto the ground a foot or two away from the house. But then again, houses in the South rarely have basements. These days, the water drains into the sewer, or if a separate system, the storm sewer that only contains water runoff. This keeps water from ponding next to the foundation or leaking into the basement. If ponding occurs next to the house, the foundation of the home could be damaged, but usually only if other construction mistakes were done. With all this said, properly working rain gutters can prevent foundation damage. Foundation damage would make it impossible to sell your home if the damage is obvious to an inspector. Thus, the protection of a protection system improves your ability to sell the home, but…
A protection system to keeps the rain gutters clean does NOT improve the value of your home. What is the value of your home? One of my many sisters-in-law used to be the inspector who would go into the county, a county in Texas, to periodically see if someone had added an extra room to their home. People are supposed to get a permit to do that, but they don’t get the permit because their taxes go up when they get the permit. My sister-in-law worked for the tax assessor. If someone called in a report on a neighbor (you know the ones), she investigated, but often she would drive through neighborhoods to measure a few houses or see if work was being done. The value that was taxed was the outside square footage of the home and additional valued out-buildings, such as detached garages, barns, etc. not counting a small storage shed.
This is what made me scratch my head when the man said what he did. If rain gutter protection adds value to the home, which it does not, you would not want it known that you had the system UNTIL you go to sell it. You want to keep the taxes on the house low, but then you want to sell it at as high a price as the market will allow. Thus, the guy was, at a minimum, disingenuous. Either that or he was a liar, crook, whatever.
Should you get a system to keep leaves from clogging the rain gutters? Yes, you should, especially with trees nearby. We have no trees, but the neighbors do. I am too old to be climbing a ladder to clean the stupid things, but ask a real estate agent if a screen over the top of the rain gutters adds value to the house, and they will look at you as if you had grown a horn on your head. You are talking about something that the potential buyer cannot see. And what does the customer want a house for? They want a big enough place to hold their stuff with room to spare for moving around and lounging. Once the basic value is there, they look for a style that they like. Then, you look at the neighborhood, etc. to see if you really want to live there. Regardless of price, that is true value.
The first commercial addressed the yearning for a better quality of life, something that only God can provide, based upon, and yet regardless of, your economic means. The second commercial tries to entice you to buy, based on greed. Both are typical of this broken world and Madison Avenue.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.