Allstate’s new ad “Duet”… the car, the music, the hood ornament!

This ad, titled “Duet,” features the music of the Pet Shop Boys performing “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” while a guy drives his car down an undisclosed road in an undisclosed state. Even the license plate doesn’t give away any location info.

“The Beautiful State” and the plate number 2SBI653 are both used as props in film and TV. Keeps things generic and ambiguous, you know?

On the car… Obviously Allstate didn’t want to give any free advertising to an automaker, as you can see (refer to pic above) the car has no visible logos or emblems on the front grill where most car companies place their signage.

Based on the shape of the headlights, the lower grill around the fog lamps, my best guess is this is a 2016 BMW 435i Cabriolet with a custom front end. See in the pic below how the basic shape and structure of the BMW grill matches the car in the ad.

Now for that hood ornament… do a quick search for “flying woman” or “nymph” hood ornament and you will have plenty to choose from. There are also quite a few on Amazon here. Below is my favorite from all the images that come up…

via Flickr

What do you think of the ad? Does it conveys the intended message from Allstate?

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

“The Great Thaw” in Nashville

This has been a week full of snow, ice, and very, very low temperatures in Nashville. If you were to ask how long I’ve been cooped up at home, I’d ask you, “What month is it?” But to be serious, I haven’t driven my car more than 4 miles since Saturday, a week ago. In the beginning, it was really beautiful to see the snow falling in 2 big storms that came through. There was even enough snow that I saw half a dozen snowmen pop up in a matter of days. Some were better than others, just being honest 🙂

My dogs and I went out in the snow daily, one day I took them on two walks. I also wandered around the neighborhood to take some photos so those were fun outings.

Yesterday, though, which was Friday, I decided I was over it. I’m ready to see my yard again! I’m ready to drive my car again. In fact, I actually caught myself longing to mow the grass. You know something’s up when you are anxious to get the lawn mower out.

I just miss summer.

Yesterday afternoon the snow started melting because the sun was out for the first time in days. Today there will be more melting and I am welcoming it with open arms. One news station called it “The Great Thaw” and I was like, “Yes!” It’s not that I’m a party pooper or anything. The snow is beautiful and awesome. But… I’m over it.

OK, I’m a little bit of a party pooper. C’mon spring and summer!

-Out of the Wilderness

Carrier of Grace

I heard a sermon from Passion City Church in Atlanta and a phrase that stuck with me is “carrier of grace”… someone that overlooks an offense is a good way to sum it up, someone who has this graceful quality like Jesus did.

Right off the bat, I can think of two examples of this in my own life– one from my parents and one from a friend.

The parents… My Mom and Dad and one of my sisters came to visit me in Nashville. For a reason that was so trivial, I was in a sassy mood and when I had the opportunity to help my dad with something important to him, I let the trivial thing determine my actions and words. I was rude to my dad and I regret it, to this very day. He and my mom accomplished the task I was unwilling to help with. You see, the natural way to respond to my pettiness would be to dish it back to me… but my parents failed at being typical humans. They rose above this by being amazing examples of Christians, because while they were doing the task I refused to do, requiring them to drive around Nashville (a city they don’t know well), they even went out of their way to bless me in a way I hadn’t expected or asked for. Who does that, if you don’t have God in your life? My father and mother were carriers of grace.

The friend… in order to keep things anonymous I’ll just say this: my friend had a good reason to be disappointed with me, but this friend showed grace and generosity in a situation where neither were deserved, or expected. I think teachings of “the world” would not have been so kind but this person surprised me with the amount of grace and generosity they showed me. It was something I won’t soon forget.

My parents and this friend both were great reminders that living a life in the footsteps of Jesus is so countercultural and quite magnetic.

The lessons… Be a carrier of grace. Be generous. Don’t throw hissy fits about trivial things.


Have you experienced grace this week? Have you shown grace to someone? Share in the comments so your story can be a blessing to me and others.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

My best Nancy Pelosi memes from recent press conference (part 2)

A few days ago I posted the first of my best Nancy Pelosi memes. Click here to check those out. She is very animated as she speaks so to come up with a few more screen grabs was fun. With that in mind, here are a few more of my best memes from a recent press conference. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Winter storm status updates – Nashville

Most of the mid west and southeast, excluding south Florida (you punks!), has endured some cold and/or icy and/or snowy and/or rainy weather the last few days. Instead of typing about it all, I decided to give you an update through the magic of video. Take a look at the 4 updates below to know everything you need to know about the wintery weather in Nashville and the south.

I may have more video updates on the way, but there’s a chance no video updates are on the way. Be safe out there y’all!

-Out of the Wilderness