The city I live in is more beautiful every day
In the morning, I ride on the fancy bus with the padded seats and the ergonomic steps. I go from my house to the University where I write emails about bringing money in, about research, about due dates, about love. I buy coffee. I pack my lunch.
Everyone I am friends with does this too.
The beautiful city is humming. University students are plentiful, and like the city they are beautiful. They come from everywhere and they dress like your older sister dressed in 1992. They walk very fast like they know where they’re going.
They do not know where they’re going. Luckily for them they’re young enough to think they’ll like it when they get there.
Nothing in the city is decrepit. There is old architecture, meticulously maintained, and new architecture in glass and chrome. There is always something under construction, but it is worth it to keep the city beautiful.
Anything is worth it to keep the city beautiful.
We used to have homeless people and ugly people and old people downtown, but we increased rents and decreased seating. This worked perfectly! Now the only old people in the beautiful downtown are also beautiful, or at least rich, and they only come for shows, art galleries, shopping. They do not live here, and they don’t stay long.
We don’t know where the homeless people have gone, and we don’t care.
It is important to keep up appearances in the beautiful city: hair must be perfect, clothes impeccably fashionable, stomachs toned. To assist with this, there are multitudinous salons and barbers, innumerable clothing stores, countless gyms.
There are also many restaurants to be seen at. Eating is optional.
We are not prejudiced in the beautiful city. All sorts of people are allowed to walk around, interact with our buildings, spend money at our businesses and attend our schools. We would prefer you not mention that most of us are white.
If people are moving to the beautiful city, we prefer they be young, beautiful, and fashionable, with clear skin and eyes. If they are married, they should smile at each other and hold hands. If they have children, the children should be between three and eleven and their faces should be clean.
Everyone’s faces should be clean.
It is important we all be on time
If you are late, it should be because you are delayed by the constant construction that keeps the city beautiful. It should not be because you are bad at managing your mornings.
An exception can be made if you are less than 12 minutes late and are carrying a coffee. Further exceptions can be authorized if you were out late at a restaurant last night, especially if the bill included more than one bottle of wine.
No one who lives here has a problem
People who live in the beautiful city may think there might be issues with the way it is run, but we will keep our concerns to themselves. We will stay quiet, as the beautiful city is quiet. We will keep the peace, as the beautiful city is peaceful. We will, above all, be nice.
We will still the inner voices saying there might be a better way to live. We will not walk away.
We prefer to wear expensive exercise clothing while they ride their bikes along the bike trail at sunset. We will do whatever it takes to fit in.
Feel free to join us.