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Aug 22

We Know A Guy

This is the ChicagoScaper’s unofficial motto: we know a guy.  Because we always do.  We always know someone who can take care of whatever needs taking care of.  Need some pastries for a party? We know a guy.  Need an A/V studio to record a commercial spot? We know a guy.  Need your furniture moved? We know a guy. And so on. 

We try not to think about how far this can be taken.  (Need a body buried? We know a guy.  Need a politician?  We know a guy.)  But this is Chicago, the city that works, and this is how things work in Chicago.  I’m not even a native Chicagoan, and yet I know this.

Here’s another Chicagoan’s take on this.

This is Chicago, after all. In Chicago, we don’t make referrals, we don’t suggest that someone may be helpful — instead, we “got a guy.” As in, “I got a guy who can take care of that for you.”
Guys are doled out sparingly. I mean, when you give someone your guy, he or she (“guy” in this sense is gender neutral) might then became that person’s guy. Of course, if things work out, that person is in your debt.

If you ever find yourself in Chicago, you’re going to have to cultivate this knowingness. And to keep a very long memory to tally up the favors owed and owing. THAT’S how things work in Chicago.

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