South Dakota

November 18th, 2015 - 

An interesting video was recently shared by a few people I follow on Facebook, highlighting the glories of my home state.

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I was equally enticed by the crazy still image that accompanied the post (above) and the headline “If You’re From South Dakota, This Will Be The Most Jaw Dropping Thing You See All Day. Guaranteed.” What could it even mean? I honestly assumed Bigfoots.

Instead, the video features a bunch of aerial footage of Western South Dakota. Telling a story of our our state I never really knew and kind of always believed to be sentimental BS. I don’t know anybody living this wide open plains, cowboy lifestyle. It’s part of South Dakota’s identity, somehow, but I’ve never met anyone who really fits the narrative. Most people live in South Dakota’s major cities, which are gross, and don’t really drive into the badlands or go outdoors a lot.

Here are some photos that summarize my South Dakota:

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Nearly identical blonde girls, getting married/drunk

Video lottery in bars catering to sad people

Video lottery in bars catering to sad people

Houses that look like this, owned by everyone

Houses that look like this, owned by everyone

Brown and lifeless landscpaes

Brown and lifeless landscapes

BARS

BARS

Elaborate displays for Jesus

Elaborate displays for Jesus

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Strip malls, everywhere

Not photographed:

  • Terrible traffic on city streets
  • Long, boring drives on the highway
  • People you recognize from high school, mutually avoiding you, everywhere you go

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