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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, b-movies and bourbon
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For all the advantages the internet has brought us, the ability for the agenda-fueled among us to create web platforms that appear, to the unsophisticated, to be mainstream news sites has created a monster. One such site is read so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The Summer of 1978 was the Summer of Animal House. Forty years later, I find myself still quoting lines from the film (usually the exchange between Otter and Flounder...but also, Bluto's call to action upon learning they've been kicked off... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The Capital of Lithuania is turning heads with its newest Destination Marketing campaign: "Vilnius: The G-Spot of Europe." “Nobody knows where it is, but when you find it, it’s amazing,” the city’s DMO teases in its latest attempt to attract... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The evolving debate over the custom of tipping often plays out in major cities facing $15/hour pay mandates. So, it's refreshing to see a restaurant in tiny Delta WI get international exposure through a Skift piece on the evolution of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Gary Moore is an interesting guy. An accomplished businessman, he has pivoted to become a respected author and motivational speaker. His books, The Final Service and Playing with the Enemy are among our personal favorites (and of our former neighbors,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Cool enough that people not paid by the Destination Marketing Organization are willing to tattoo that logo on their body? Yeah...a logo that cool. Beside the story of a local runner that tattooed the new San Jose logo on his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Just back from the place of his birth, it makes sense to feature Dave Grohl on this Music Friday. Especially because there is an alley downtown that features his likeness along with the largest drumsticks in the world. This is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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With our move to the country, we decided to cut the cord. We've ended our subscription to cable TV. And, we have entered a world we didn't know existed. A world of collusion, where scoring content from a network often... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Seen at a resort in Northeast Ohio (click image to enlarge). Necessities indeed. I'm there. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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One of my favorite "Dirty Harry" lines was, "a man's got to know his limitations." At the same time, one should also be fully aware of their strengths...but never to the point of self-deception. Which certainly sounds like what happened... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Last month, as Terri and I wandered this land between leaving our last home and getting the keys to our new crib, we hung for a time in the Twin Cities. While there, we made our pilgrimage to Paisley Park.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It was around mid-day that I got an e-mail from a DMO pro that posed an interesting question regarding yesterday's post. He said, you're talking to smaller destinations...but you're using larger city examples. Got any for us little guys? Busted.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's what encourages a drive visitor to stay the night and not head back home after whatever they came for (assuming it wasn't a nighttime experience). And yet, the magnet of music, theatre and comedy is missing in so many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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First off, what POS would report a 13-year-old kid for selling hot dogs in a neighborhood? As a true believer in karma, there's a special place waiting for that individual. But, what happened next is pretty freaking cool. According to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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An annual vacation was once considered a God-given right. Or, if not ordained, something that one just did. Not just for those with means. Everybody. People that were just scraping by would find a way to take the family on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I'm increasingly drawn to the creatives that mash two or three songs together to create an altogether fascinating take on the originals. Ryan Nellis is one of those audio geniuses. On this Music Friday, we're going with his mash of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As much gnashing of teeth there has been regarding the Trade War with China that has been set in motion by President Trump, there hasn't been much in the media about the impact it could have on travel between countries.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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While the importance of the Visitor Economy and the work of Destination Marketing Organizations is becoming more and more understood...there are still those among us that haven't a clue. And, when they are also the very people that are elected... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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You gotta love the minds that gather each year at Destinations International's Annual Convention. One Destination Marketing Organization CEO (relatively new to their destination) was overheard telling another that their city's annual chili cook-off was next weekend. "Chilli...during the hottest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Another Annual Convention of our industry trade association, Destinations International, is in the books...and, once again, we arrive back home filled with a sense of possibility. Which is exactly what Opening Keynoter Abby Wambach said about our sector. Remember last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I know that, from a click-through standpoint, our Music Friday discoveries of undiscovered talent are not exactly high impact posts. But, that's what Music Fridays are all about. I saw a post yesterday from a friend who is struggling to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Destination Marketers angst over logos and slogans. We probably shouldn't. For every "Virginia's For Lovers," there are hundreds of slogans that litter the landscape like tissue paper. Some destinations defy such applications. Conde Nast recently produced a sensational video of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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There's a famous quote attributed to George Burns that goes like this: "I don't have a drinking problem. I drink. I get drunk. I pass out. No problem." Which reminds us that it's all in how someone views a situation.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Martin Sexton (not unlike Eva Cassidy) is one of those artists that can't be pigeonholed or categorized. Blending soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B, this boy is a fascinating dichotomy...and we love it when he shuffles forward on our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It was one of those WTF moments the other day when Terri shared a review from the Buffalo News of Cheap Trick's recent show at Darien Lake. They opened for Poison? I mean, no disrespect to Brett Michaels...but, a band... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist