Cows. Cheese. Farms. Beer. Brats. Green Bay Packers. The Badger State. America’s Dairyland. Home sweet home.
I’m talking about you, Wisconsin. No matter where I go or how far I travel, you will always be my #1. Somehow you keep me coming back for more. Well, I know why.
It’s the sunsets over Lake Mendota when you have a pitcher in your hand and a terrace chair under your tush.
And the way Madison is painted red on Saturday morning game days.
The summer weekends spent on the lake “Up North”.
The way a Packer game makes tailgating in negative degree weather worth it.
And, of course, it’s filled with my family and closest friends. Most simply, it’s home.
I could go on and on about my love for Wisco, but this isn’t a love letter to Wisconsin. It’s a thank you note to That ’70s Show.
See, for how amazeballs Wisconsin is, it doesn’t get nearly the recognition it deserves. But then again, maybe that’s half the charm.
Head to Europe, and when somebody asks where you’re from, you’ll start slow and say “the States.” They’ll ask “where” again, and you’ll say “Wisconsin?” with a question because who’s really heard of it? They’ll stare, and you’ll come back with Chicago…It’s in the middle…in the north. Close to Canada. Then you’ll get some “ohhs” and head nods.
Ask somebody where they want to visit in the US, and it’s always New York! California! Miami! And the occasional Texas. But no love for the Midwest, except maybe Chi-town.
But then, I moved to New Zealand, and that all changed. After living in Spain for a year, I pretty much stopped saying I was from Wisconsin and went with Chicago or California so I wouldn’t have to explain that Wisconsin was, in fact, a real place.
So when people started asking where I was from here, I started off with America – although my accent pretty much gives that away – and then I’d hesitantly carry on with “Wisconsin?” waiting for blank stares. To my surprise, I was met with “OH! Wisconsin! That ’70s Show!”
I thought maybe the first time was just a fluke, but each new person I met and everybody that asked knew Wisconsin all because of That ’70s Show. They wanted to know more and always wondered if Point Place actually existed [it doesn’t].
It was really refreshing having people know the place I’m from, and I have to admit I kind of love the fact that when I walk around people recognize me and shout “Wisconsin.” I think it’s because my name is just too difficult for them to remember, but I’m totally okay with that. Once a Badger, always a Badger, and I’m definitely proud to be a Wisconsinite.
So thank you That ’70s Show for putting Wisconsin just a little more on the map 🙂