As a senior, I find myself watching more TV than I ever did before. I love the real court cases like those on Judge Judy/Judge Joe Brown/Judge Mathis and "The People's Court."

Maybe some of the others are real too, but to me, they seem like actors playing roles and not actual court cases.

I have found that watching these shows is very informative and I've learned a lot about the laws in different states.

One thing that tickles me no end is the amount of people who prominently display crosses on the outside of their outfits. You know that they don't do that in their everyday life, but they do for their court appearance. I guess that's supposed to mean that they're the ones telling the truth.

It doesn't seem to matter to them what they are wearing under the crosses, however. The women have on blouses, dresses, sweaters or tank tops, while the men wear T-shirts, sweatshirts or tank tops, but never a suit and tie, for the cross wouldn't show then.

One lady had on a very wide cross that had to be three inches long and to top it all off, had on cross-shaped earrings. I guess she wanted the judge to know that for sure -- she was the one telling the truth.

The majority of the cases are people suing someone for not paying the bill for the cell phone they got for them in their name. Often it's ex-friends, ex-lovers or ex-spouses suing for money that they say they loaned someone yet the defendant swears it was a gift not a loan. Also ex- wives suing for child support that they hadn't received.

And then there's the notorious dog bite cases. Those almost always involve a pit bull attacking a smaller dog or a person. Of course, the pit bull owners are sure that their dog is not aggressive in any way and the other dog or person was the one who provoked their dog attack.

The one case that really got to me was the lady whose pit bull killed another lady's dog companion of seven years. The owner of the pit bull looked at the judge, waved her arms in the air and said, "It was just a Chihuahua!" People like that just don't belong on this Earth as far as I'm concerned.

One thing for sure about television and radio back in our time was that the commercials were something that we could remember forever. I can give you the first part of many of them and you will remember the rest of it like magic.

For example; You'll wonder where the yellow went ... see how easy it is? Here are some more for you to have fun with; I can't believe I ate the. / Plop, plop, fizz, fizz .../ Where's the. / Which twin has. /Double your pleasure. /Brylcreem, a little. /I'd walk a mile for a .../Look Sharp, Feel Sharp .../Don't squeeze the .../You can trust your car to the .../Oh, I'd like to be an Oscar Mayer. /Even kids with chicken pox love. /Oh, I'm Stuck on .../My baloney has a first name it's ...

Perhaps advertisers will soon realize what was learned so many years ago, that ads with songs that have a jingle are remembered for years after they are seen and heard. They spend millions and millions of dollars on advertisements now and we only can recall the most memorable of them, like the Clydesdale horses.

It doesn't take sexually suggestive commercials to get the job done, nor do we need to have our ears blasted by excessive volume. Just a simple little ditty will do just fine!

A native of Minnesota, Carol Olson grew up in South Dakota and Walnut Creek and now lives in Pittsburg. She can be reached at carolleeolson@aol.com.