Jo’s getting into the ad game

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Okay, so I thought this past Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday — so shoot me, I was mistaken. It’s this Sunday that the Broncos and Panthers vie for the trophy. But that hasn’t stopped advertisers from sneak-peeking those million-dollar ads on us poor, unsuspecting consumers out here in television land a week early.

Apparently those ads are the gifts that keep on giving. Producers have created a show with old ads that aired during Super Bowls of yore, as well as what we can look forward to at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.

Gone are the insurance-shilling cave men, and that beer-loving lizard is a bit long in the scales, but those ads will always top my list of all-time favorites. Doritos usually makes a respectable showing (how can you not love babies and chips?), so I look forward to their new campaign. Go-Daddy’s ad will likely be the most confusing (I haven’t figured out last year’s yet).

Car companies dominated the airwaves last year, but I am hoping they give new companies a little leg room this go-around. I ask you: How many times can you watch Matthew McConaughey in a Lincoln spouting drivel before you swear off Lincoln’s for life? One ride was way too much for me.

Anyway, back to the present. Many of my readers know how much I enjoy beading and yarn crafting. Unfortunately, in the last couple of months, my carpel tunnel condition worsened to the point that just picking up a needle and thread is painful. So on Jan. 4, when I made all my resolutions to correct whatever I could, one of the first conditions to address was the carpel tunnel in my right hand. This led me to the offices of orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Vincent Ruggiero.

I cannot sing his praises enough. He and his team at Staten Island Hospital North, which is part of the Northwell Health system, went above and beyond in providing me the utmost in care. The doctors, nurses, aids, and staff at the ambulatory surgery unit were very professional, caring, and compassionate — transforming what would have been a very frightening experience for a ‘fraidy cat like myself into a walk in the park.

At the end of the procedure, I joked with Dr. Ruggiero that this was the best surgery I had ever had. I even learned to appreciate the music of Journey (the operating room’s sound track). You are right Dr. Ruggiero, Journey is definitely the calming choice for jangled nerves in the operating room — it certainly beats Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s “Brain Salad Surgery” for peace and tranquility.

Thank you 1,000 times over to all the staff and especially to Dr. Ruggiero. Thanks to his very talented golden hands, I can now move my fingers without numbness and pain. What a joy it is to have the use of my hand back again!

Not for Nuthin™, my only complaint is that Dr. Ruggiero only specializes in hands and fingers — I wish he would add knees to his list.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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