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Washington D.C.: Land of the Brie, Home of the Knave
Monday - 7/8/2013, 2:00am EDT
People here are unfriendly too. Just ask anybody who is here but not from here.
We all know that.
Is that because the headquarters of most federal agencies are here? Is it because Congress is here? Did each state and each congressional district conspire to send us the 535 people they definitely don't want hanging around at home? Are they willing to elect them, then keep reelecting them while paying them handsomely to stay away as often as possible? Did they send them here so they will do whatever they do here, not back home in fill-in-the-blank where the water's sweeter and the air is purer than in this glorified swamp? After all:
- Schools here close at the drop of a drip, correct?
- The government declares liberal annual leave a lot.
- Metro cars go out of service if too many pigeons are spotted in one place.
A lot of people here are from someplace else. And they never forget and they never let you forget it. Even if you too come from fill-in-the-blank.
- The pizza here stinks compared to (fill-in-the-blank)!
- A decent bagel in D.C.? Fuhgettaboutit!
- Cheesesteak sandwich — here?! Are you nuts?
A couple of years back, the president took a good-natured pot-shot at D.C. for closing public schools because of a light dusting of snow. He said it wasn't that way in Chicago. Nor is it in other fill-in-the-blank places.
Maybe so, but ...
What he didn't say (probably because he didn't know) is that the private school where his kids go did close that day. But D.C. public schools didn't close. They were open for business as usual that day. Whatever ...
Which begs the question: What are you doing here? OK, if it is the job, then do what you gotta do. Stay if you must.
But what about when you retire or get the chance at another job closer to God's country? Why do you stay if things are so awful?
Here's a thought. Lots of people (some transplants like me, some native-born like my kids) really, really like it here. We wish you did too. But ...
If you don't like it here, if you miss fill-in-the-blank so much, please pack your belongings (remember they have real winters in fill-in-the-blank) and head for Union Station, or Reagan, Dulles or BWI airports at a date to be announced. There you will find a bag lunch and a travel voucher good for a trip to fill-in-the-blank.
That's a one-way ticket, of course. We really enjoyed having you, but you know how catty we can be.
Besides, you are going to love it in fill-in-the-blank.
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
Compiled by Jack Moore
The Australian shepherd breed of dog does not originate from the land down under. It was bred here in the U.S. starting in the 1800s, with the pup's primary ancestors believed to come from Germany or Spain.
(Source: Today I Found Out)