Saturday, July 26, 2008

Photo Ops In The Dakotas

One of the drawbacks to being the designated driver on a 1,500 mile road trip is it makes it pretty hard to take pictures. DIH saw some really priceless billboards in South Dakota. In fact she's hard pressed to name her favorite.

At first I thought it was the first one we saw when we crossed the border from Minnesota into South Dakota. In big red whate and blue lettering:

"WE DAKOTANS REJECT ANIMAL ACTIVISTS! TRAPPING AND HUNTING ARE OUR LIVELIHOOD! GET STUFFED, PETA!"

{giggle- I added that last sentence.} I think there was a guy with a shotgun standing under the sign but I can't be sure, I was driving 90 mph. The speed limit is 75 in much of South Dakota (God bless 'em), but I had to keep up with traffic. OK, so there was only one other guy on the road. But still.

There was a related billboard a few miles down the road:

"WEAR FUR! CONTROL ANIMAL POPULATIONS!" See, this one was a public service message. Big-hearted folk, them Dakotans.

But I guess the prize would have to go to one of the many, many, MANY billboards devoted to the upcoming 67th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally. The artwork was incredible. Harleys. Yamahas. Girls in string bikinis. And the piece de resistance, a girl with long, flowing blonde hair and the stringiest of string bikinis astride a hog. This girl is apparently some kind of celebrity in the biker world. The ad gave her name, and the venue, and "THE RALLY TO SEE IN STURGIS! SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY --

"JOHN MCCAIN!"

I had to look twice- she certainly didn't look like John McCain- but there it was.

I'm tellin' you. Some folks really know how to run a campaign.

2 comments:

HEATHER said...

It sounds like I may have to move there! I mean they love fur, they love motorcycles and lord help them they love McCain!

Leah said...

These signs sound hilarious! Did you go to Sturgis last year, and did you see any other amusing billboards? I've never been. I'm pretty new to motorcycle culture; I just started working as a brand ambassador for Progressive motorcycle insurance, and since then I've become really interested in it. We're actually going to be at Sturgis, which is awesome! We'll be giving away free shirts at our booth at Thunder Road, plus having a drawing to win a custom Sucker Punch Sally's motorcycle. It's beautiful, kind of old school. The shirts are also really nice, exclusive to Sturgis and absolutely free. If you want to pick one up while you're there, just go to http://motorcycle.progressive.com ahead of time to download the coupon, then come by our booth to drop it off and say hi! We're going to have other cool giveaways too, so it should be a fun time.

I hope I haven't overstepped my bounds by leaving this comment, I'm just trying to get the word out :) If you have any questions or want more information feel free to shoot me an Email: leah.druska@gmail.com.

See you at Thunder Road, and ride safe!

Leah Druska
Brand Ambassador