Saturday, May 31, 2008

Socks And Sandals Guy, You're One Of Us.

Here in Washington we have commercials from Pemco insurance that highlight many of our Northwest personalities. One of these is "socks and sandals guy" who is unable to decide, because of our kookie weather, whether to wear socks and shoes or sandals so he wears socks with sandals. Though born in Rhode Island, Gabe truly is a Washingtonian at heart because he has adopted this fashion statement as his own (and as much as I love my home state I promise I have not influenced this at ALL). You really must check out the website and enjoy the profiles of the characters we have in our lovely state.

Yesterday we had a fabulous time playing with the kids after dinner. Not that we don't have fun playing with the kids usually but it was particularly fun last night. Gabe was putting together a train layout. Nothing new there. His track layouts are getting more elaborate and complex and his confidence has really grown, he doesn't very often ask for assistance anymore and usually it's really just because he wants someone to play with him. He adds in lots of turns and ups and downs as well as sidings and makes sure that the trains won't get stuck in a loop. Zion was being goofy and running around with her play apron on and Rob was sitting and watching Gabe build his train while holding Gideon. I joined them, grabbed a book off the bookshelf and started to read out loud from "Pilgrim's Progress". I hadn't read about Christian's journey away from the City of Destruction in a long time. If you haven't read about it yet, I highly recommend that you do.

While I read, Gabe "baked" for us. First cookies with ice cream in the middle and then cake. He kept warning us that the pieces were big so we needed to take small bites. I thought it really cute that, when he couldn't find a knife to cut the cake (out of the toy kitchen set that is), he used the handle of the spoon that he did have instead. Way to improvise, Gabe! It was just so nice to have some fun family time. And the cake was delicious.


Rod said...

Hi Julie. Glad to hear that your family found a way to adopt the ever growing list of Northwest Profiles. I'm Rod Brooks, the NW Marketing Guy at PEMCO Insurance, and it's great to see people sharing the news of our quirky northwest neighbors (as well as having an interest in our newest campaign). Thanks for mentioning us and keep checking for more interesting profiles submitted by neighbors, relatives, and friends. You have a great looking family... especially the little guy with the fashion footware!

NW Marketing Guy
PEMCO Insurance
(aka: Profile #82... Patches Pal)

Joann said...

Hi Julie -

My name is Joann and I work with a PR firm that works with PEMCO Insurance. I very much enjoyed reading your blog posting about PEMCO’s ad campaign. We agree it is a lot of fun, and we are excited that people like you and Gabe enjoy it as well.

I don’t know if you read the Seattle PI, but one of the reporters, Bill Virgin, does a column each year in which he asks the community about ads they like, or don’t like. I thought that if you are still a fan of the “We're A Lot Like You” campaign, you might want to chime in. If you opt to share your thoughts, his e-mail address is

Thanks for your early blog, your support and your time in considering this.

BTW, stay tuned for a new set of ads coming soon!

Meredith said...

Dear Julie:

My name is Meredith and I work with PEMCO insurance. I read your posts last year with we launched our advertising campaign “We are a lot like you, a little different.” We are getting ready to introduce some new spots and wondering if you would like an advance look. If so, drop me a note with your e-mail and I will let you know how you can be among the first to see the new campaign.