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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: Another Day


Another day, another attempt at being thrown off course thwarted. The unfortunate nature of attaining this daily success is that accomplishing such an end is becoming increasingly difficult. It almost seems as though their strategies laid before us are embracing the subtleties available to them, yet continue to gain momentum and effectiveness. Right place, right time, right exposure, right circumstance; these are the variables at play when their campaigns prove successful. Despite my resolution to avoid a provoking situation or two, not everyone around me had done the same.

I overheard a friend of mine that morning who found himself looking forward to encountering a particular set of circumstances designed to influence his areas of weakness. The same uninhibited interaction with the elements he should likely have been attempting to avoid, he was anxious to run into. A casual conversation and exchange of smiles with the beautiful waitress at the diner did no less than fuel the lust he carried toward her in his heart. Two weeks prior to this, he had sat down for coffee and pie following an argument with his wife that had caused him to leave the house. That same waitress had been working that night, and since then, he had come to enjoy their banter on a daily basis. Going to the diner again this afternoon would unfortunately be the high point in this man's day.

As I was getting a ride home from a co-worker later that afternoon, our conversation took a turn for the worse when the car to our left decided to cut her off. Granted this was not exactly subtle, yet the commodity was marketed just as successfully. Having taken the Lord's name in vain and gesturing to the driver now ahead of us in an inappropriate way, the atmosphere in the vehicle was now permeated with a certain tension as Lady Gaga's 'I'm on the Edge of Glory' continued to play in the background. When the bitter aftertaste of rage had finally faded, so too did the semblance of her appealing character.

Sure as the sun would go down later on that night and bring a new dawn the following morning, I knew that the assurance of these innocuous events would be there tomorrow as well. That is to say that they would seem innocuous. Perhaps they would be clouded in such a way that I would be unable to recognize the same underlying product being promoted, or I may not have any foresight at all should it come from a reliable source as it so often does. It might even come in the form of affirmation, leaving me to my own vanity as I drift away on my pillow with an unhealthy degree of self-righteousness. Yet as I managed to escape temptation's grasp and minimize the effect of my inherent thorns on this day, the same invitation will likely be there tomorrow promoting the antithetical result. Only it is likely to be more marketable, appealing, and geared to the target consumer's preferable vice.

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C D Swanson 11/17/11
There are many temptations thrust in a Christian's life everyday. You clearly illustrated that in this entry.

Good job - God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/19/11
This is interesting and thought-provoking.

Though the topic category might be a slight stretch. I could see the parallels towards unchristian behavior and Spam It might have shown your point more if you gave an example of a time when Spam was unappealing.

I think your story would have had a greater impact if you had started with the paragraph about your friend and the waitress.

The ending was a nice summation of your message. It left me with some good things to think about.
Bryan Rudolph11/28/11
Wow, what a marvelous mind you have. Slow the stream of your words, to allow the reader to more fully reflect on the quality of your message. Your rosebud is edit.