Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A fictional vacation

I get that times are tough and we’re all trying to be a little more creative with our vacations and I have absolutely no problems with people “camping” in their backyard or switching houses to save on hotel costs. But when thriftiness joins up with obsessiveness and delusion it gets a little freaky.

Vampires Put Tourist Town on the Map

That’s the latest in travel news from AP and the story is about the 48% rise in lodging tax revenue in Forks, WA where the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer is based.

Not being idiots (apparently), the under 5,000 residents of Forks have embraced their 15 minutes of fame; adding Twilight-themed entrees to menus (What? Blood?) and reserving a parking space at the hospital for Dr. Cullen. Marcia Bingham, the executive director of the Forks Chamber of Commerce, said that most visitors don’t mind the rain because “We all know vampires can't be out if it's bright."

Oh. We all know that.

Like we all know that the book is fiction.

We all know that, right?

Because if you’re skipping a trip to Disneyland and driving your kids up the coast so you can maybe catch sight of a hot vampire in the rain, or see the house where the hot vampire lives with his hot vampire family, or see the high school the hot vampire attends even though he’s, like, over 100 years old well….

I don’t even know what to say about that.

Oh. Wait. Yes I do.

Get a life.

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