Both Sleep Country and Toyota Canada have radio ad campaigns going on now with similar themes:
"Things that do (or do not) go together."
Great advertising minds thinking alike?
Or the same agency getting paid twice for the same idea?
If the latter, how clever! Sounds like a freelance journalist.
But whether it's mismatched box spring and mattress (Sleep Country) or balloons and thumbtacks (the example in one of the Toyota ads), I've got another pair of things that don't go together:
Motorcycles and flip-flops.
I kid you not. Saw this on the street in The Big Smoke last week.
OK, it was more of a scooter than a motorcycle.
The law requires you to wear a helmet when on a motorcycle. Do we really need to pass a law to prevent you from wearing flip-flops? Is there no common sense?
Well, I guess not - after all, the guy was riding a motorcycle in traffic...
It's bad enough - and extremely dangerous - to wear flip-flops or even sandals in a car, because it's way too easy to catch the edge of that sort of footwear on a pedal and cause a major issue.
But on two wheels?
Now, I'm not condemning all motorcyclists. Only a few minutes later I saw a guy on a Harley-Davidson - big ol' hog (the bike), painted yellow, chrome all over the place.
Not to stereotype anyone, but Harley riders often play fast and loose with the helmet law - wearing World War I German army helmets, or some plastic concoction that wouldn't protect a cantaloupe falling off the kitchen table.
But this guy had a proper helmet, and full leathers. Hot, sure - but when the inevitable happens, as it eventually does to all motorcyclists, at least the paramedics won't have to scrape this guy's skin off the pavement.
So get serious, flip-flop-wearing two-wheeler. My taxes are paying for your health care.
I don't eschew all marginally precarious behaviour. I downhill ski, I race cars, I rally cars, I even hang-glid once (what IS the past tense of 'hang-glide'?)
But when I do, e.g., in race and rally cars, there's always a proper Snell-approved helmet, five-point harness, fireproof suit, HANS device, full roll cage, etc.
As regular readers know, I think - and no reasoning person could possibly argue - that riding in traffic on two wheels, motorized or otherwise, is deadly dangerous at the best of times. In a three-dimensional world, two wheels is at least one too few.
But if you are going to do it, fer cryin' out loud, take the barest minimum of precautions, won't you?