At the other extreme, a dozen LVL locations in the county generated profits of under $2,000 for the month (less than $65 a day) -- with two locations losing money, including the Blue Parrot, which paid out $3,433 more than it took in.
Finally, after the Ethics Commission meeting Thursday, I went to the Clay Center to pick up tickets at will call, and met a businessman from Los Angeles who had walked over from the Fairfield Inn.
He asked if the symphony was any good, and I replied that I thought so, although I certainly claim no expertise when it comes to classical music.
He commented, "Who would have thought West Virginia would have its own symphony orchestra?"
Which made me think of all those tourism surveys that conclude most Americans don't have a negative impression of West Virginia, they simply don't have any impression.
Which made me further think about the perception of the first season of "Buckwild" from the viewpoint of its target audience of 18- to 34-year-olds.
From that standpoint, they saw that West Virginia has at least two lively nightclubs, eclectic shops and restaurants (Taylor Books, Bluegrass Kitchen, and Stray Dog Antiques among those featured), nearly limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation, as well as some attractive young ladies, and some clueless young men. (Not to mention a cameo by Delegate Doug Skaff.)
They saw some young twentysomethings doing the dumb things that twentysomethings tend to do -- particularly those abetted with resources from a television production company.
But what I noted most were the exterior shots used for scene transitions. On my reality show fav, "Honey Boo Boo," those shots tend to be trash dumps, abandoned cars, or other disparaging images of south-central Georgia.
There was some of that on "Buckwild," but mostly shots of waterfalls, scenic vistas, wildlife -- scenes one would normally expect to see in a Division of Tourism video.
For all the fuss from Sen. Joe Manchin or Charleston's Alisa Bailey, for its target audience, it can be argued "Buckwild" in its own way has portrayed West Virginia in a favorable light.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.