The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 August 2002

Brandification 2

Lynn at Poet and Peasant takes on Mike Congrove's "Rebrand Oklahoma" proposal:

"I'm not a native Okie; I've only lived here for seven years but I've grown rather attached to the name. I like the way it rolls off the tongue. The only thing better would be one of those Native American derived names that are not pronounced quite like they are spelled. That would give us endless opportunities to laugh at the rest of the country. (I just love it when one of the local TV stations gets a new meteorologist from out of state.)"

They learn quickly enough: the TV stations go out of their way to mention every podunkular town possible during their alleged newscasts, and the aggrieved residents are quick to complain if their little paradise is mispronounced.

But nomenclature, Lynn thinks, is the least of our problems:

"The really bad part though is that politicians play to this inbred bunch. I don't think I've ever seen a local political ad in which the candidate didn't brag about how many generations of his family have lived in Oklahoma. (5 seems to be the magic number) Furthermore, every idiotic, right-wing extremist idea you can possibly think of is probably supported by the majority of Oklahomans if it didn't actually originate here."

Not everything "right-wing" can be fairly categorized as either "idiotic" or "extremist" — some such notions are occasionally endorsed in this corner, in fact — but a perfunctory glance through almost any issue of The Oklahoma Observer (geez, Frosty, get a Web site, wouldja?) will reveal some of what Lynn's talking about. If you've ever had any reservations about Bertrand Russell's quip that "there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence," a few weeks in Soonerland may prove to be scary.

Fortunately, our bloggers are brilliant.

Posted at 7:15 PM to Soonerland


I never imagined, growing up in places like California, Florida, England, etc, that Oklahoma would be the wonderful place that it is...after living there from 83-86 (Midwest City), and then from 97-98 (Enid), I can honestly say that I would have no problem retiring in Oklahoma. Besides, there's no where else in America that you can get those monster clouds and storms that I love so much.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 10:08 AM on 25 August 2002

You should have been here this morning. A good three, four hours of bowling-alley-level thunderation, and enough lightning to take out every fax machine between here and Flin Flon. And, of course, just enough rain to make up the annual deficit.

Posted by: CGHill at 12:59 PM on 25 August 2002