No Dessert in AlabamaPosted: December 18, 2012
There are a number of BP commercials that tout the joys of vacationing on the Gulf coast. Chamber of Commerce spokespeople from Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi all extoll the wonders of their beaches and the beautiful clear waters. We were eating dinner the other night and one of the flavors of this ad had just finished airing when Mom perked up and asked, “Why don’t they have dessert in Alabama?”
In mid-bite, Bill and I looked across the room at each other over the tops of our hamburger buns.
“Don’t you think they’d lose a lot of customers if none of the restaurants served dessert?” she continued.
“Why would you think there’s no dessert in Alabama?” I asked.
“Because that’s what they say on that ad,” she replied. “I’ve seen it more than once. Maybe it’s a health thing,” she concluded with a shrug.
“Okay, if you say so,” I said, as I added a BP commercial web search to my mental to-do list. Bill, however, beat me to it.
A couple of hours after dinner I was watching TV and he was watching BP commercials on the Internet with his Fire.
“Found it!” he shouted suddenly. “Look, look, here it is.” He handed me the tablet and I watched the familiar – but, up until now, mostly ignored – ad unfold in my lap. And there it was – the very last line of the commercial. An actor/chef was holding up a piece of lemon meringue pie and said, with a wink and a grin, “… and no dessert in Louisiana!”
I’m not quite sure what that’s supposed to mean – other than a tongue-in-cheek reference to the great food for which Louisiana is famous. But, what it means to my mom is, there’s no dessert in Alabama!