Ginger or Mary Ann?

There are a few things in life that really define who we are.  For example, “Ginger or Mary Ann?”  And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you grew up under a rock or on another planet (or, okay, simply had the television tuned to one of the other three channels available back then).  But if you did happen to watch Gilligan’s Island faithfully, you probably have an opinion, and it says a lot about you.

There’s a Budweiser ad on this subject.  There’s a book out called “Mary Ann or Ginger: The Dilemma in Every Man’s Life and How to Deal with It,” by Barry Rothman.  There was a youtube video dedicated to the subject (shut down due to copyright issues) on which people could vote.  Apparently Mary Ann got 4 votes to Ginger’s 1 from the 100,000 voters. People care.  This is significant.

Am I serious?  Well, a little.  I do think you can learn a bit about men and women by their responses. Personally I just don’t trust the “Ginger” guys as much, cause none of us can stay Gingers, even if we start that way (which I decidedly did not).   The dry cleaning bills themselves would be prohibitive.  Mary Ann’s plaid shirt would launder well over the years.  And those pigtails could be refreshed each morning. She’s practical and stable and is — in fact — still solid and dependable, selling potato peelers as she is online these days.  And women are far more comfortable being friends with a Mary Ann than with a Ginger.  Just ask anybody.

And lest you wonder whom Gilligan preferred, U.S. News & World Report had the scoop, published upon actor Bob Denver’s death.  He preferred Mary Ann


~ by Cary on May 31, 2010.

2 Responses to “Ginger or Mary Ann?”

  1. Personally, I’ll take the Professor! Mature and handsome (but with a charming lack of vanity), smart, a problem-solver, helpful and thoughtful. Hmmm, come to think of it, his main flaw is being smitten with Ginger. Figures. I’m Mary Ann. : )

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