Aberdeen has taken a number of steps in the years since the death of its most famous former resident, Kurt Cobain, to align itself with his band, Nirvana. There's an annual festival, a youth center in the works, a tasteful tribute on the city's welcome mat (above), and last week, the city council planned a vote to rename the Young Street Bridge after Cobain. But, really, why stop at a bridge?
In short, Aberdeen needs a public-relations makeover. Really, it's not such a bad place. It's close to the ocean, real estate is reasonable (to say the least), and the local Dairy Queen pumps out world-class blizzards. So why not capitalize on the fact that your town is already a tourist destination for fans of the most famous rock band of the last two decades, and change your name to Nirvana?
Yes, it's even a double entendre. Would you rather move to Aberdeen, or Nirvana, a place -- and state of mind -- free of suffering?