Recently my home state (that’d be Minnesota) has been running a whole bunch of tourism ads. So far I have seen ads for:[ul][li]Wisconsin (o/~Oh won’t you staaaaaaaaaaaay…just a little bit LONger…Oh won’t you plaaaaaaaaaay…just a little bit more)[/li][li]South Dakota (Come see where outlaws hid!)[/li][li]North Dakota (WTF? Who’d want to go there?)[/li][li]And probably a couple of more I can’t remember at the moment.[/ul]Then there are the commercials for Minnesota tourism. The current crop stars Craig Kilborne. I don’t know much about the guy, only that a lot of people like him and a lot of people hate him. And he’s from Minnesota. That’s what he says in every commercial: “Come visit my home state of Minnesota!”. Which is all well and good, but I LIVE here. I don’t have to VISIT his home state of Minnesota, I’m already HERE. Plus we already know all the cool places to go; everyone has his or her favorite lake and it’s the rest of you posers who think Gull Lake is cool.[/li]
Thing is, when I was in DC I remember watching a lot of ads for Virgina, and when I was in HI there seemed to be a lot of ads for Puerto Rico, of all places.
And this all leads up to four questions:[list=1][li]Where are you?[/li][li]What tourism ads do you see?[/li][li]Have you ever seen a Craig Kilborne/Visit Minnesota advertisement? (TV or radio only, please - the back pages of Smithsonian don’t count.)[/li]Why do they run MN tourism board ads in MN?[/list=1]