Three days later, Elizabeth sat in front of the television while Ryan was burning the trash. She found a movie that was interesting enough to grab her attention. She flipped through a magazine while the commercials played on the screen. She heard a familiar song and looked at the TV. She watched the commercial and grinned when she recognized that it was the Intensity account that Ryan and Jacob recently completed. He played the song used in that commercial a lot. It made the Top 25 Most Played Playlist in his ipod. She had to admit that it was a good commercial. The one following it was of a woman wearing a tight t-shirt and a pair of shorts that were too short. She was, of course, a gorgeous tall blond, and she sung a happy tune and held a can of soda.
Elizabeth snorted in disgust. “I bet all the men are running out to the store to buy that soda now that they saw her.”
Ryan chuckled. “Have a problem with the commercial?”
She gasped and turned around.
He was smiling while he put his coat and boots away.
She frowned. “You men are so typical. As soon as you see a scantily clad beautiful woman, you will do anything she wants.”
He sat next to her. “That's not true. We can see such a woman and resist the product.”
An idea came to her. “Can I have a piece of paper and a pencil?”
He raised an eyebrow. “Are you going to write a list of things that you hate about men?”
“No. I.m going to conduct an informal experiment.”
“Am I the test subject?”
“You're the only one here.”
“What are you going to write?”
“I'm not saying until after I.m done. I don't want to influence the results.”
He laughed. “Okay. This sounds like it might be fun.” He went over to the night stand and pulled out his drawing pad. He flipped through the pad until he came to an unused page.
“When am I going to see what you're working on?” she asked. obooko.
“When I'm ready for you to.” He handed the pad and pencil to her. “What do you want me to do?”
“All you have to do is watch the commercials I tell you to watch.” She muted the TV. She wrote: Thesis: Men are more influenced by commercials featuring scantily clad women than commercials featuring fully dressed women. “You have to close your eyes. When I see a commercial I want you to watch, I'll tell you to open them.