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Coupon clipping is a feminist thing; and, I's

January 27, 2010 - At the beginning of every year for as far back as I can remember (2009), the news is dominated by telling us ways to save money.

One major emphasis is on coupon clipping. Headlines yell, "Over $25,500 in coupon savings in this issue."

That in mind, I am a saver, I took the insert coupons from a Thursday Detroit News and set about clipping.

It became rather obvious they are not after the male shopper. In fact, males are ignored almost completely. Pet supplies, breakfast cereals, the laundry and weight control get a fair amount of play.

But the overall biggest target is women. There were 76 single pages of coupons, many with three coupons, and ma'ladies are the winners.

Shelf space at drugstores is crowded with creams, lotions and ointments for women, just like coupon promoters. The self-improvements are aimed at every part, but mostly faces.

The attention compeller is often a lovely young woman who is pushing fingernail polishes, wrinkle removers, eyelash treatments, razors, skin repair and the hair.

There's treatment to color hair, thin it, stiffen it, remove it, moisten it and thicken it. It's not just the money it takes to get this stuff, I think of all the time it takes to use it.

On the other hand, there was only one page, one coupon, directed to men. It's for Haband's fit-forever stealth power pants.

Whereas the goal for gals is toward glamor, the men are recognized as always widening their waistline, and not giving a darn about their wrinkles, dry skin or veins.

These pants come in waists up to 60 inches, and will expand four more inches.

I think Haband should quit thinking male and expand to their counterparts. I've seen a lot of females who could use belt-line expanders.

Of course, we've all met a lot of men who could use some lotions, skin cream, ointments and a better smell.

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This from M. H., my supplier of misinformation and nonsense. "The term 'illegal aliens' will no longer be allowed in the current administration. Henceforth, they will be referred to as 'undocumented Democrats.'"

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I spilled some paint on the upholstery in my car some weeks ago. Last week, I decided to have it removed.

This required me to try to live without transportation for some hours. I've heard for years the trouble people have when they are told they can no longer drive. The independence a car provides is so important.

My loss was only for half a day, and I felt I'd been illegally removed from society.

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Well, the football season is over. And, like the baseball, hockey, basketball and golf season, it's about time.

I fill myself too full of sports. Particularly pro football. After seeing tons of football this season, one conclusion stands out.

So many players have great "I's." Quarterbacks have to have good eyes, but their ego I's are enormous.

Linemen's actions following what they think is an award winning performance, but a play they are paid to do, is nauseating grandstanding.

Players who score touchdowns today act like idiots; their only goal seems to be out-demonstrating all other scorers in the league, or making out with a goalpost.

Where are the players like Billy Sims, who, after scoring a td would hand the ball to the referee and trot off the field?

Jim Sherman, Sr. is president of Sherman Publications, Inc. He has penned "Jim's Jottings" since 1955.
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