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2012-02-20 02:36:15 PM  
they're creative enough to come up with something that doesn't insult the sensitivities of people," Fruita Mayor Ken Henry told the Grand Junction Sentinel.

Dude. Welcome. To. Fruita.

/goodbye whiskey tango foxtrot
 
2012-02-20 02:52:01 PM  
Only if I can sue them.
 
2012-02-20 02:52:41 PM  
"the sensitivities of people"

Well, keep in mind that people choose their sensitivities.

"The couple that created the first 500 stickers have ordered 1,500 more."

This is for you, sensitive people.
 
2012-02-20 03:00:27 PM  
If your town is known for a headless chicken, you should be able to do whatever the hell you damn well please.
 
2012-02-20 03:10:31 PM  
Not only should they, but they must.
 
2012-02-20 03:10:37 PM  
There's only so many letters in the alphabet, and all the acronyms are already taken.

We can't go around messing with sensitivities, though. Especially entities like tourism councils and shiat like that.

montanatourismnews.org
 
2012-02-20 03:10:40 PM  
I hereby demand that everybody in this thread immediately stop insulting my sensitivities!

/braces himself
 
2012-02-20 03:12:57 PM  
img2-2.timeinc.net

Why The Face?
 
2012-02-20 03:13:12 PM  
Watch Nunn Grow.
 
2012-02-20 03:15:47 PM  
Why not? A state already does.

image.shutterstock.com
 
2012-02-20 03:16:34 PM  
Kill a cop a day and you can do what you like!

/cops = worthless bastards with little intelligence.
 
2012-02-20 03:18:25 PM  
The Sioux City Airport's FAA code is "SUX". They've taken advantage of this to make some similiar stickers...

siouxcitygifts.com
 
2012-02-20 03:21:46 PM  
Here's a better slogan for them. I demand royalties if it's used...

Fruita: We Have All The Things Here Everyone Finds Utterly, Completely Kickass!

/couldn't possibly insult anybody's sensitivities
 
2012-02-20 03:22:45 PM  
The dinoasaur:

farm7.static.flickr.com

Nice views:

boardingarea.com
 
2012-02-20 03:25:59 PM  
www.democraticstuff.com
 
2012-02-20 03:27:03 PM  
I think this is a resounding success now. 30 seconds ago, I didn't even know of Fruita, Colorado's existence. Now we're talking about it and posting pictures of the place.
 
2012-02-20 03:27:12 PM  
adrinkontherocks.com

If they can name a beer that, why not a town?
 
2012-02-20 03:39:27 PM  
Step 1: Get authority to make a town slogan.
Step 2: Make something outrageous and sure to get shot down.
Step 3: Find a way to get publicity for your poor taste.
Step 4: Profit.
 
2012-02-20 03:40:43 PM  

beer4breakfast: [adrinkontherocks.com image 299x382]

If they can name a beer that, why not a town?


Fail for not using the correct phonetic word for "W" - probably thinking people would be confused having a beer with the word whiskey on it.
 
2012-02-20 03:42:33 PM  
http://www.wtf.org/
 
2012-02-20 03:43:57 PM  

ApatheticMonkey: I think this is a resounding success now. 30 seconds ago, I didn't even know of Fruita, Colorado's existence. Now we're talking about it and posting pictures of the place.


If you like the desert, good wines, fantastic fruit (of course), and proximity to lots of wild land, this is the place for you.

If you dislike the desert, oil and NG drilling, conservatives and Republicans, this is not the place for you.

I simplify, but that's it in a nutshell: Beautiful country with all the usual advantages, typical Interior West culture with all the usual disadvantages.
 
2012-02-20 03:51:28 PM  

canyoneer: ApatheticMonkey: I think this is a resounding success now. 30 seconds ago, I didn't even know of Fruita, Colorado's existence. Now we're talking about it and posting pictures of the place.

If you like the desert, good wines, fantastic fruit (of course), and proximity to lots of wild land, this is the place for you.

If you dislike the desert, oil and NG drilling, conservatives and Republicans, this is not the place for you.

I simplify, but that's it in a nutshell: Beautiful country with all the usual advantages, typical Interior West culture with all the usual disadvantages.


I'm from California. It's pretty obvious you don't want "our kind round here." So, no. As much as I'd probably like visiting (as I did the rest of the western states, so long ago), sadly, it'll never be on my itinerary. even more sadly, again, like those states.

It looks like a real nice place to get away for a week. And I mean that.
 
2012-02-20 04:05:39 PM  

canyoneer: ApatheticMonkey: I think this is a resounding success now. 30 seconds ago, I didn't even know of Fruita, Colorado's existence. Now we're talking about it and posting pictures of the place.

If you like the desert, good wines, fantastic fruit (of course), and proximity to lots of wild land, this is the place for you.

If you dislike the desert, oil and NG drilling, conservatives and Republicans, this is not the place for you.

I simplify, but that's it in a nutshell: Beautiful country with all the usual advantages, typical Interior West culture with all the usual disadvantages.


It's not quite as bad as numbuts makes it out to be up there. The neighboring town over Grand Junction isn't too bad either - hell a town of 3000 with a brewery, a distillery AND a meadery can't be all bad now can it?

Nice area, tons of outdoorsy stuff to do, and lots of moderate to liberal outdoorsy folks to do it with - enough so that it doesn't seem like a conservative hell hole anyway.
 
2012-02-20 04:10:08 PM  
I hope their plans to write a good slogan come to fruition.



sorry.
 
2012-02-20 04:12:29 PM  
What amuses me is that the people whos undies are most twisted, are not even supposed to utter the F word or heaven forfend, KNOW what it means!

I used to know a guy lived in Fruita, wonder how he's doing these days. I may have to look him up again.
 
2012-02-20 04:15:09 PM  

nicoffeine: I'm from California. It's pretty obvious you don't want "our kind round here." So, no. As much as I'd probably like visiting (as I did the rest of the western states, so long ago), sadly, it'll never be on my itinerary. even more sadly, again, like those states. It looks like a real nice place to get away for a week. And I mean that.


Well, I don't know what "your kind" might be, but it would be a mistake to imagine a monolithic culture, and I don't live there. It is mostly white/hispanic, of course. I'm thoroughly familiar with the area as I have had family there all my life. I have spent a lot of time in them thar parts. Fruita's in the Grand Valley. That's Mesa County - about 150K people. It's become more diversified economically in recent years - for the longest time it was a typical boom-bust Western town...mostly oil/gas/uranium. It votes Republican, but there are hippies and liberals about. There's a nice brewery in GJ, excellent wineries in Palisade, a good trauma center, a decent university, and so on. You can probably get to Tokyo or London as quickly from there as you can from, say, Upstate New York (e.g.) - just toodle over to Walker Field and you'll be at Denver International in about 50 minutes. The jet set has certainly discovered it - lots of Lear Jet traffic, that sort of thing. Not far from Aspen and Moab. It's very pretty. The Mighty Colorado flows right through town, magnificent mountain-mesa-desert all around. Nice thin, dry air. Summers are hot, winters moderately cold (Interior West), not a lot of snow.

Are there dickheads about? Most assuredly. Will they bother you? Probably not.
 
2012-02-20 04:21:15 PM  
I like it. Yeah, it's tacky.
 
2012-02-20 04:22:06 PM  

canyoneer: nicoffeine: I'm from California. It's pretty obvious you don't want "our kind round here." So, no. As much as I'd probably like visiting (as I did the rest of the western states, so long ago), sadly, it'll never be on my itinerary. even more sadly, again, like those states. It looks like a real nice place to get away for a week. And I mean that.

Well, I don't know what "your kind" might be, but it would be a mistake to imagine a monolithic culture, and I don't live there. It is mostly white/hispanic, of course. I'm thoroughly familiar with the area as I have had family there all my life. I have spent a lot of time in them thar parts. Fruita's in the Grand Valley. That's Mesa County - about 150K people. It's become more diversified economically in recent years - for the longest time it was a typical boom-bust Western town...mostly oil/gas/uranium. It votes Republican, but there are hippies and liberals about. There's a nice brewery in GJ, excellent wineries in Palisade, a good trauma center, a decent university, and so on. You can probably get to Tokyo or London as quickly from there as you can from, say, Upstate New York (e.g.) - just toodle over to Walker Field and you'll be at Denver International in about 50 minutes. The jet set has certainly discovered it - lots of Lear Jet traffic, that sort of thing. Not far from Aspen and Moab. It's very pretty. The Mighty Colorado flows right through town, magnificent mountain-mesa-desert all around. Nice thin, dry air. Summers are hot, winters moderately cold (Interior West), not a lot of snow.

Are there dickheads about? Most assuredly. Will they bother you? Probably not.


It's really got nothing to do with any of my beliefs or politics. It's that I'm Californian. The farther east I go, the less people seem to hate me because I was born in California. Oddly, the exact opposite of where I live, on the east coast (North Carolina), is where I feel more welcome than the rest of the country. I know all people in the west aren't like that, but sometimes the looks I get after answering, truthfully, "where ya from?" gives me the heebies.
 
2012-02-20 04:29:31 PM  
That town produces great peaches.
 
2012-02-20 04:29:33 PM  

nicoffeine: I know all people in the west aren't like that, but sometimes the looks I get after answering, truthfully, "where ya from?" gives me the heebies.


you should see the looks I get (in my small western town) when people ask me where I'm from and I say "nowhere." They don't settle down until I qualify it by telling them I've lived in the state for over 20 years now.

I've decided that it's their problem, not mine. And I've seen it everywhere I've lived, so it's not just the west .
 
2012-02-20 04:31:07 PM  

my lip balm addiction: It's not quite as bad as numbuts makes it out to be up there. The neighboring town over Grand Junction isn't too bad either - hell a town of 3000 with a brewery, a distillery AND a meadery can't be all bad now can it? Nice area, tons of outdoorsy stuff to do, and lots of moderate to liberal outdoorsy folks to do it with - enough so that it doesn't seem like a conservative hell hole anyway.


I was simplifying, as I said. Grand Junction's about 60K. It votes conservative, but it's not a conservative hell hole. I have a different perspective on that, though, because I've been knocking about that part of the country all my life. Most people, regardless of their politics, are generally pretty friendly. I hold unconventional views on many subjects, but I haven't encountered many problems because of that. There are a lot of eccentric people in the Western wastes...there always have been. That's part of the culture, too. It's hard to suffer from ostracization in a landscape of hermits, nutballs, and kooky artists. In short, I guess I'd say people are generally pretty conservative but not intolerant. If they get intolerant or pushy, you tell 'em "f*ck off, get off my land, or I'll plug you right between the eyes," and they respect that. If you're the kind of person who needs a monoculture of the like-minded around you, the West is not for you anyway.
 
2012-02-20 04:34:44 PM  
If your town is named "Fruita", you're already so far in the hole, it doesn't matter what your slogan is.
 
2012-02-20 04:35:17 PM  
I've lived in Colorado for 16 years and been to/through Fruita at least three times on motorcycle trips ... and still am not straight on how to pronounce it. Is it Froota (like the fruit that is grown there) ... or Froo-ee-ta?

Only western Colorado residents need reply.

Thank you.
 
2012-02-20 04:42:35 PM  
I guess having a parade and annual festival to celebrate a headless chicken was not enough publicity for the folks in Fruita.

Link (new window)

WTF indeed.
 
2012-02-20 04:44:44 PM  

nicoffeine: It's really got nothing to do with any of my beliefs or politics. It's that I'm Californian. The farther east I go, the less people seem to hate me because I was born in California. Oddly, the exact opposite of where I live, on the east coast (North Carolina), is where I feel more welcome than the rest of the country. I know all people in the ...


That's because in many areas of the Intermountain West, Californians (in the last 30 years or so) have gotten a bad reputation. Basically, periodic pulses of California refugees have caused real estate to go way up, and when they move into a given area in large numbers, they tend to begin telling people how things should be done (without any apparent irony, even though they freely admit to fleeing a state that has been f*cked up beyond repair). Beyond that, there really is quite a cultural difference in America between regions, and one big dichotomy is between coastal and non-coastal. On the other hand, there are lots of California refugees in states like Colorado, and after a number of years, they adjust. It's just a theory, but perhaps many Westerners are suspect of people who could take someplace as beautiful as California and turn it into a slum - not realizing that it was an unconscious process, and no one really wanted to turn California into a slum. It just happened. The East Coast is also a slum, so it never occurs to them.
 
2012-02-20 04:50:43 PM  

L Buff: I've lived in Colorado for 16 years and been to/through Fruita at least three times on motorcycle trips ... and still am not straight on how to pronounce it. Is it Froota (like the fruit that is grown there) ... or Froo-ee-ta? Only western Colorado residents need reply. Thank you.


Everyone just says "froot-uh."
 
2012-02-20 04:53:35 PM  
img534.imageshack.us
You can count on the religious folks not to 'get it'.
 
2012-02-20 05:03:26 PM  

nicoffeine: It's really got nothing to do with any of my beliefs or politics. It's that I'm Californian. The farther east I go, the less people seem to hate me because I was born in California. Oddly, the exact opposite of where I live, on the east coast (North Carolina), is where I feel more welcome than the rest of the country. I know all people in the west aren't like that, but sometimes the looks I get after answering, truthfully, "where ya from?" gives me the heebies.


Does it give you a sad?
I live in California and I'm from western Virginia. I get the same look every time one of the natives asks me where I'm from. It's usually followed by some crack about inbreeding and/or the Klan.
 
2012-02-20 05:05:13 PM  
Wasn't "Home of Mike the Headless Chicken and the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival" good enough for them?
 
2012-02-20 05:30:07 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Word to your motha
 
2012-02-20 05:39:00 PM  

canyoneer: nicoffeine: It's really got nothing to do with any of my beliefs or politics. It's that I'm Californian. The farther east I go, the less people seem to hate me because I was born in California. Oddly, the exact opposite of where I live, on the east coast (North Carolina), is where I feel more welcome than the rest of the country. I know all people in the ...

That's because in many areas of the Intermountain West, Californians (in the last 30 years or so) have gotten a bad reputation. Basically, periodic pulses of California refugees have caused real estate to go way up, and when they move into a given area in large numbers, they tend to begin telling people how things should be done (without any apparent irony, even though they freely admit to fleeing a state that has been f*cked up beyond repair). Beyond that, there really is quite a cultural difference in America between regions, and one big dichotomy is between coastal and non-coastal. On the other hand, there are lots of California refugees in states like Colorado, and after a number of years, they adjust. It's just a theory, but perhaps many Westerners are suspect of people who could take someplace as beautiful as California and turn it into a slum - not realizing that it was an unconscious process, and no one really wanted to turn California into a slum. It just happened. The East Coast is also a slum, so it never occurs to them.


The same thing happened where I live. Excepting it was people from Orange county who all moved in and decided that they "didn't want to turn it into Orange County" by doing the same thing they did down there. It whitewashed the whole county. Well, according to my gramps, were he still alive. I'd agree with him, from my experience. My family has been here since the 1930s, and it used to be a place to get away from that elitist crap attitude. Not so much now. I like visitors, I really do. It's just the whole thing you said. I can't blame you for being ticked.

Come over for a weekend or so, if you can afford the time and money. We'll appreciate it.

Well, the natives will.
 
2012-02-20 05:41:21 PM  
This is madness!
 
2012-02-20 06:01:03 PM  
Sure, why not?

Parking signs around the airport in Ketchikan Alaska read "Approved by KGB"*


/* Ketchikan General Board
//Was true in the early '00s anyway
 
2012-02-20 06:08:39 PM  

canyoneer: ApatheticMonkey: I think this is a resounding success now. 30 seconds ago, I didn't even know of Fruita, Colorado's existence. Now we're talking about it and posting pictures of the place.

If you like the desert, good wines, fantastic fruit (of course), and proximity to lots of wild land, this is the place for you.

If you dislike the desert, oil and NG drilling, conservatives and Republicans, this is not the place for you.

I simplify, but that's it in a nutshell: Beautiful country with all the usual advantages, typical Interior West culture with all the usual disadvantages.


STFU

For the love of Mike, dude, shut the hell up. Do you remember when the Valley had all of 30,000 people living here AND NOW IT'S 140,000 because people couldn't STFU???

Christ on a cracker you can't go down in Rabbit Valley anymore without getting run over by Noobs on ATVs with NO IDEA what the desert is like in Summer, or what caliche dust turns into when it rains. You can't climb in the Unaweep any more without running into a "guided tour". The River is full of pasty white tourists on inner tubes and the Mesa is overrun with amateur snowshoers.

To all of you who may have read the above original post, the Farker in question forgot to tell you how it's hotter/n the hinges on the gates to Hell; we are peopled by in-bred spawn of crackheads, Right Wing gun nuts, bikers who got left behind and so much oil patch riff raff from Louisiana that there's a special Medical Center here devoted to the limbless vegetable freaks who roam the Valley on government funded battery powered wheelchairs. OH OH OH ... and let's not forget this is singularly the most radioactive-contaminated civic area in the world because the Mill that did all the ore processing for America's nuclear arsenal was right down by the River, and for decades the Dept of Energy has been hauling away millions of tons of radioactive dirt left over from the tailings ... WHICH THE MILL GAVE AWAY FOR FREE AS FILL DIRT for the better part of 30 years.

DO NOT MOVE HERE

DO NOT VISIT

Kitchen sink meth is our main recreation.

Why end up in a Lonely Road At Night thriller movie for real? Sta The F Away.
 
2012-02-20 06:24:27 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: canyoneer: ApatheticMonkey: I think this is a resounding success now. 30 seconds ago, I didn't even know of Fruita, Colorado's existence. Now we're talking about it and posting pictures of the place.

If you like the desert, good wines, fantastic fruit (of course), and proximity to lots of wild land, this is the place for you.

If you dislike the desert, oil and NG drilling, conservatives and Republicans, this is not the place for you.

I simplify, but that's it in a nutshell: Beautiful country with all the usual advantages, typical Interior West culture with all the usual disadvantages.

STFU

For the love of Mike, dude, shut the hell up. Do you remember when the Valley had all of 30,000 people living here AND NOW IT'S 140,000 because people couldn't STFU???

Christ on a cracker you can't go down in Rabbit Valley anymore without getting run over by Noobs on ATVs with NO IDEA what the desert is like in Summer, or what caliche dust turns into when it rains. You can't climb in the Unaweep any more without running into a "guided tour". The River is full of pasty white tourists on inner tubes and the Mesa is overrun with amateur snowshoers.

To all of you who may have read the above original post, the Farker in question forgot to tell you how it's hotter/n the hinges on the gates to Hell; we are peopled by in-bred spawn of crackheads, Right Wing gun nuts, bikers who got left behind and so much oil patch riff raff from Louisiana that there's a special Medical Center here devoted to the limbless vegetable freaks who roam the Valley on government funded battery powered wheelchairs. OH OH OH ... and let's not forget this is singularly the most radioactive-contaminated civic area in the world because the Mill that did all the ore processing for America's nuclear arsenal was right down by the River, and for decades the Dept of Energy has been hauling away millions of tons of radioactive dirt left over from the tailings ... WHICH THE MILL GAVE AWAY FOR FREE AS FILL DIRT fo ...


Same goes for California. Listen to what canyoneer says, it's a slum. Please stay in your current utopia.
 
2012-02-20 06:25:53 PM  
Clemkadidlefark, methinks thou doth protest too much. Nobody in this thread is chucking away their old life, loading up the wife and kids and moving to Grand Junction.
 
2012-02-20 06:33:22 PM  

canyoneer: The dinoasaur:

[farm7.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

Nice views:

[boardingarea.com image 448x335]


Granted, the dinosaur statue looks like the cruel cousin of the Sinclair logo, but the dinosaur museum in Fruita is pretty damn good.
 
2012-02-20 06:48:03 PM  
Ha! For twenty years I lived ten miles from Fruita. WTF is appropriate.

- Mike the Headless Chicken FTW
 
2012-02-20 09:20:55 PM  

canyoneer: L Buff: I've lived in Colorado for 16 years and been to/through Fruita at least three times on motorcycle trips ... and still am not straight on how to pronounce it. Is it Froota (like the fruit that is grown there) ... or Froo-ee-ta? Only western Colorado residents need reply. Thank you.

Everyone just says "froot-uh."


I pronounce it "Froosh-uh"
 
2012-02-20 10:00:09 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: For the love of Mike, dude, shut the hell up. Do you remember when the Valley had all of 30,000 people living here...?


90% of the increase is simply overall population increase. Relatively-speaking, everywhere has been just as incrementally f*cked up as anywhere else over time. If you think there are any secrets left, you don't understand exponential growth. That's the tragedy: Not that your home town is getting f*cked up and turned into a slum, but that everywhere is getting turned into a slum. Better places than the Grand Valley are being ruined, you know. If any of that bothers you, maybe you should reexamine your world view. As I said above, it's unconscious process. Everybody, including you, needs to wake up.
 
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