Happy to be here

I flew into Chicago on Sunday. When I got off the plane I was greeted by a sign that said, “We’re happy you’re here.” Just like that — in quotes. And I’ll admit it, the quote marks stung. I thought boy, I hope it’s not some kind of dig. As in, “oh, we’re soooo happy you’re here.”
I’m tired. I’ve come a long way. I don’t need the grief.
A few minutes later I saw another sign that said We’re happy you’re here — no quote marks this time. And I thought great! It’s just a slogan! And I was happy to be there too.
Then, as my cab pulled away from the airport, I saw a sign that read “We’re happy you’re here” — it’s more than a slogan.
And I thought what the hell? Does that mean it’s both a slogan and a dig?
Are they happy I’m here or not?!

5 comments for “Happy to be here

  1. October 2, 2007 at 8:50 am

    This is hilarious.
    I’m happy you’re there.

  2. bigapple
    October 3, 2007 at 8:23 am

    sure it’s tempting to seek validation from major urban areas, but it’s a rough road, vortex. we’re really really busy and we can’t always get back to you, even when we love you, as we do, you know, as we do….waiiitttt a minute–chicago? did you say chicago?!? what, we’re not enough for you anymore?

  3. other dan
    October 3, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    no, they are not happy, no american is happy.

  4. Laura
    October 4, 2007 at 9:53 am

    I think if you put the emphasis on “we’re,” it all falls into place.

  5. Itto Ogami
    October 23, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    it’s classic urban schizophrenia. they need you there as a consumer, but can’t stand your ugly alien presence. they want to hear the ching ching without seeing/smelling/touching/hearing you.
    no offense, but can you blame them? just ching ching and begone.
    “have a nice day”

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