Verizon Spot Idea For Mom McDonald’s Fired For Letting Peterson In

Jan 14, 2011 by


An assistant manager at McDonald’s was fired after allowing Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson to use the bathroom while the restaurant was closed.

While working the late-night drive-thru shift at 3 a.m., a female employee encountered a man standing outside the window who asked to come inside and use the restroom. After a little while, she realized it was the popular Minnesota Vikings star and opened the door for him to come inside and use the facilities. (The seating area at the restaurant is normally closed during the late-night hours.)

So here’s my new commercial idea:

Picture mom of three fired as an assistant manager of a Minnesota McDonald’s for letting Adrian Peterson in after-hours to use the potty at swimming pool with her kids.  Man next to her is on his Verizon phone watching Adrian Peterson play football. 

She comes back out of the pool and says, “Dammit, you best be looking at me as if I’m Adrian Peterson because if you’re picturing me as a Big Mac, I’m gonna kick your ass!”

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Sketchbook Express from The Mac App Store–FREE

Jan 14, 2011 by

I was surfing through the new Mac App Store last night and happened upon Sketchbook Express by AutodeskIt’s free. There is a paid Pro version and I don’t recall how much it costs, but I have to say, this is pretty darned cool and for the moment, I’m contented with the free version.  Can’t imagine what more good stuff the pro version has.

I just did this drawing, which I know, is nothing to be real excited about.  (And I have no idea what that animal is supposed to be.  It just is.)

But what excites me is the potential here.  I drew the thing with my Apple Magic Mouse.  I can still hook up my Wacom Bamboo Fun that has been collecting dust for a while, and coupled with the versatility of the tools in SBX, the options are amazing.  (I do admit though, my eyes keep thinking there’s a App called SEX in my Dock tho.  I imagine that wasn’t an accident) It’s much more intuitive to use than say, Photoshop, but this isn’t like PS and it’s not supposed to be. 

What really took the cake for me was when I saved my creation.  It wanted to save as a TIFF, but it also had JPEG, PNG, BMP and PSD savings options.  Which means, I can now take this into Photoshop and do more tricks with it, like merge it with other photo art or scans, etc.

And did I mention it was free?

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Today’s Sports Section of #Auburn–Please clip and send

Jan 11, 2011 by


I’d like to ask if you’re reading this today that you do me a small, but very special favor.  Please pick up a copy of your local newspaper today and find the section in it about Auburn winning the BCS National Championship last night. 

I’ve been waiting for 31 years for last night to come and it’d be great to have a collection of clips/articles/pages of the newspapers around the country and globe even, marking this memorable event.  If it’s on your front page, would you just send the whole page?

If you’d be so kind to send them to:

Claxton Creative, LLC,
PO BOX 800844,
Balch Springs, TX 75180

It’d mean a great deal to me.  I’ll also mention you back in a thank you post for your efforts.



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Brent Musburger Biased? Toward Auburn? Not Last Night

Jan 11, 2011 by

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About a month ago I wrote here on that the thought of Brent Musburger calling last night’s BCS National Championship Game featuring the Oregon Ducks and my Auburn Tigers made me want to vomit. (Brent Musburger Calling Oregon/Auburn Game Makes Me Nauseous)

I so expected Mr. Musburger to pull for Oregon and fully expected Auburn to struggle throughout the game.  In big games like last night’s, that just seems to be the way they play.  It’s been like that since I became an Auburn fan in 1980.  This isn’t the first group of Auburn Cardiac Kids; they were just the latest edition.

And so, with trepidations, I turned on the sound to the game last night to hear Musburger and “Herby” do the game.   And I have to say I felt like my fears of Musburger pissing me off were not realized.  I think he actually did a balanced job.

I’ve already seen that fokes have been coming here to under searches like “Musburger biased toward Auburn,” and “Why is Musburger biased?” but really, today I have to stand in defense of him.

Last night’s game with the Oregon Ducks was probably one of the most unique and inspiring football games ever in the BCS-era, and maybe even the national championship game itself.  The game literally came down to the wire–0:02 decided win or tie or lose.

There’s not much more one could ask for in a game like that.  Oregon and Auburn seemed almost uniquely matched.  Oregon did a great job of shutting down Cam Newton.  He did well in the game, but it was nothing like any of the previous games in the season.  And once he got hit hard a few times, he realized he was in a tough game.  The smile and skipping stopped.

Michael Dyer

Last night for Auburn was a glimpse of the things to come.  Newton will be going pro soon and who knows who will be quarterback.  At the beginning of the year, someone asked me about our QB and I told them we didn’t have one.  My brother corrected me.

But it was cool for true FRESHMAN Michael Dyer to become the offensive player of the game last night instead of Newton.   I even heard at one point Dyer got more rushing yards this year than Bo Jackson in a single year.  Hello!

Back To Musburger

I know I have felt many times in the past that he’s been biased.  Just listen to him say, “Ohio State Buckeyes!”  It’s just a little too happy.

But for last night’s game, I thought the man was as close to balanced as we could have asked for.   Your thoughts?

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Congratulations Oregon Ducks, And The Auburn Tigers

Jan 11, 2011 by

Wow.  What a great, great game. 

I’m Auburn thru-and-thru, but Oregon, you’ve got absolutely nothing to be upset about.  You played one of the best games I’ve ever seen.

And Brent Musburger and ESPN, I commend you and want to take back what I said before.  Musburger, you did a balanced job tonight and I appreciate it.

And now I go on to celebrate.  Congratulations Coach Chizik, Cam, Michael, Nick and company.  That was one for a lifetime.  .

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On Auburn’s Sidelines Tonight Watch for Officer Melvin Owens

Jan 10, 2011 by

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UPDATE: The Game Tonight Begins at 8:30 EASTERN/7:30 CENTRAL

One of my favorite people ever to come out of Auburn University has been Major Melvin Owens, the executive director of security and public safety.

When I met him in 1984, he was in the investigations unit of the Auburn University Police Department. Since I spent more time at Auburn actually writing for the Auburn Plainsman than I did going to class, I soon developed a good friendship with Melvin.  Often riding my bike back to the CDV-Extension from the paper, I’d stop by and tap on the window of the detectives room to catch up.

Melvin was always good for a laugh and when I saw him here in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl in 2008, he was just as jovial as ever.


Melvin used to love to go to Auburn basketball games in those days.  We had Chris Morris, Chuck Person, and had just seen Sir Charles Barkley–(We called him The Bread Truck) leave for his career in the NBL.

One particular night, Melvin had arrived at a basketball game before I had and I’d stopped to check in with him.  He was laughing about Auburn’s mascot Aubie. Aubie has a tradition for being just on the sane side of wildly crazy.  He’s played usually by two guys each year.  One typically does the first half of a game, and then spots for the other the second half.  He’s a flirt.  He dresses in crazy attire.  He’s won the national mascot championship for being, well, Aubie.

So that night Melvin was laughing because just before I got there Aubie had been running to jump over a table and he hadn’t made it.  “He just jumped over a table and his foot came off.”

At the Liberty Bowl game that year in Memphis, as usual, Melvin was down on the sidelines with Coach Pat Dye.  He’d told me to come down at some point and he’d try to get me onto the sidelines.  I did, but the Liberty Bowl staff didn’t budge on letting me down.  It’s okay though.  It still means a lot to me today that Melvin at least tried.

Melvin’s Career

Melvin has been through a lot of changes at Auburn since the days when I was there.   He’s seen the police department folded and the law enforcement handed back to the City of Auburn.  He’s seen Coach Dye, Coach Bowden, Coach Tuberville, and now Chizik.  But the one thing that’s remained the same about Auburn sidelines has been Melvin Owen.  Some day the guy should write a book. He was even there the night the Georgia Section got out of hand and Chief Jack Walton turned the sprinklers on them.  Remember the chant the next time?  (Hose em back, Hose em back, Way back!)

But tonight, I can only imagine what all he’ll be thinking about.  All these many years he’s been down there a foot or two behind the coach, and I’m fully expecting to see him there tonight, too.

He’s been on quite a journey and no doubt would be humbled to be mentioned here.  He’s never been about attention for Melvin.  And that’s just another thing that’s made him all that more special.

War Eagle, Melvin.  And congrats on tonight.

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