My father is quick witted. Sometimes his quips and barbs can be less than politically correct, but as someone who fought the Japanese in World War II, I guess he’s earned that right.
Two of his “Johnisms” that come to mind once in a while are: Sometimes you have to use a 2x4 to get someone’s attention; buy ‘em books and buy ‘em books, and they still don’t get it.
I think they’re both appropriate in the spring and fall, before and after the tourist season, when some bars and restaurants hold BFT and AFT parties. The acronym does not speak well of the people — the visitors — who pay our way.
This is a family newspaper, so we won’t get graphic. But, use your imagination: Before the _____ Tourists and After the ______ Tourists.
I’ve railed on this subject before, and I’m aware the Convention and Visitor Bureau has a similar concern when it comes to how tourists are perceived by some in the lake area. In fact, I think the CVB has at least once sent letters to its members encouraging them to drop the rude acronym.
Hey – I’m an Iowan, and one of the first things I heard 12 years ago after becoming a resident was that “Iowa” stands for Idiots Out Wandering Around.”
I have thick skin.
We Iowans always joked that if you took the bottom two tiers of counties in Iowa and moved them to Missouri, it would improve the IQs of both states!
I’m aware of at least one local restaurant that held a Customer Appreciation Night the evening after Labor Day as a positive, well-meaning gesture to his customers (some of whom are visitors) for their patronage. I was a guest at the restaurant, and it was packed for nearly four hours.
Now that’s a classy way to signal the end of the tourist season here. These people aren’t “FT’s” – they are customers, potential customers, potential boat buyers, homeowners and renters and residents. Someday they could be the teacher of your child; or the man or woman who will sign off on your mortgage; or the person who enters your business or property to fix a leak or spray for bugs.
Another of my dad’s favorite isms – don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
And so it is we who should stand up and pledge to each other that we will respect our friends the tourists. We shouldn’t make fun of them, we shouldn’t take their names in vane, we shouldn’t defile their existence.
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