Did you see that Izo the Snowman visited the Marietta Welcome Center yesterday?
Of course I'm not a grinch. In fat times, this would've been a cute and harmless promotion. But you, state workers, should be humble. People are really hurting and I don't think a $50,000 cardboard cutout promotion helped inspire that much commerce or stimulate anything, other than your playtime on Twitter and Facebook. It may sound harsh, but if every department in the state could remember to check their expenditures in this way, we'd all be paying a lot less taxes or at least be able to announce a balanced budget without cuts to the most Air Force 1 Flyknit Low On Feet important programs.
Let them earn money at Possum Snout.
Isn't that rich? A $50,000 cardboard snowman!
Bucky or Frosty
Give 50 or 60 towns around Georgia, their tourism boards, mayors or high school principals, each about 900 bucks. Let them HIRE real people and rent a $50 snowman costume. Pay them to hug kids, wave and look cute.
Something caught my eye this week and I don't want to appear Grinch like, but it bears comment.
Don't name the snowmen Izo. Name them Frosty Nike Air Force 1 Low Suede Khaki
I'm late to the Smackdown, but here's my entry:
So I put on the tinfoil earmuffs I reserve for heavy research and found out Izo is supposed to mean ice in German, which is, I suppose, how the Savannah tourism people picked his name no relation to the little blue bug from the Atlanta Games. in '84).
Ayup. He did. Coming off a five night gig at the Tripp Family Christmas Lights in Yonkers (somewhere near Cochran), the Georgia Tourism Department's award winning mascot is promoting holiday events across the state. He's made a couple florist appearances and graced the Possum Snout Christmas in Tallapoosa also, which means the $50,000 state grant champ (dreamed up by Savannah tourism folks) is getting around.
If you are with the state and have commented below, wouldn't it be more professional to simply talk to me about the controversial promotion? I do have some empathy for your position. I used to do similar work and loved it. But the long term recession/depression we find ourselves in seems to be lost on the government employees who spend our money. Whether it's a city council or commission board voting to increase their own pensions (like in Powder Springs)or some mid level state agency with a budget of $50,000 to do an economic development/promotional contest, it's just good business to really ask yourself who will benefit from the expenditures and whether you are best serving those who pay your salaries.
Laura Armstrong Why can't Georgia name our snowmen Nike Air Force 1 Low Womens Fashion
Is it possible again, not a Grinch thing that the state of Georgia's creative staff could've done better in promoting "holiday events, destinations, festivals and more?"
Not to be confused with the cute snowman who travels around.
Meanwhile, Theresa Jenkins at the Welcome Center told me a cardboard snowman never mind the robot or blowup did grace the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas tour yesterday, and he was cute. For a cutout.
And I wondered about his name. Perhaps he's some long lost cousin of the woebegone (Dick Yarbrough's adjective) Izzy, the embattled blue mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics?
picked in a statewide search called the Georgia Holiday Smackdown, in which the best marketing ideas were submitted by tourism teams around the state. One goal was to gain a presence on social media like Twitter and Facebook.
And then I Googled, really deep in the zone, and discovered Izo was Nike Force High
Izo has 45 followers on Twitter. I didn't check Facebook.
But here's the kicker: Izo is also a bloody, sexually violent 2004 Japanese movie about a vengeful Samurai spirit who travels around and, well, what he does is completely unprintable in a family newspaper.
The trailer to the movie Izo had some of the most disturbing scenes known to moviedom. Don't let your kids Google Izo, ok?
I was curious about Izo when I heard about the generous grant money, thinking he must be some fantastic snowman. Like maybe he's a real ice guy who doesn't melt or a real cool robot snowman or one of those big blow up things.
or Bucky or whatever, just not Izo.
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