There’s a commercial from the folks at Signet Jewelers that has been making its rounds lately, and it features a young couple—the woman is blindfolded and wearing a necklace from what I assume is Signet’s Interwoven jewelry line—throwing a dart at a map to decide where to go on a trip.
The dart lands on Paris, and we all naturally assume it’s the city in France. How exciting! As the camera zooms out, we find the dart instead landed on Paris, Texas. The couple gives each other an odd look but apparently decides to come to Texas anyway.
I interpreted the commercial as: It’s not the destination; it’s the journey. And it makes Paris, Texas, seem not so great a destination, in my opinion.
If you ask me, Paris, Texas is a helluva lot better than the same city in France. Why?
• no passport needed (assuming the people in the commercial are American);
• way less traffic;
• no need to learn French or convert to Euros;
• if the couple loathes travel as much as I do, there’d be less of it to Paris, Texas (again assuming they’re American—but if they are adverse to travel, I doubt they’d play the map game);
• it has its own Eiffel Tower;
• there’s a McDonald’s;
• technically Yankee, Paris, Texas, is about 100 miles northeast of Dallas, which has stuff to see and do, just like France; and
• it’s Texas, which automatically makes it great.
So with all due respect to our our friends in Europe—the forward-thinking French have always been a good friend and ally of the U.S. and even gave us the Statue of Liberty—Paris, Texas, too, is a great place to visit if that’s where your dart lands, in my opinion.
And in case you were wondering, according to the United States Postal Service’s website, there’s a Paris in Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. There is not a Paris, Louisiana, however, in a state with a bit of French heritage. Surprising?