Think landscaping or painting or roofing or buying a car or dry cleaning or seal coating the driveway or getting the dog a pedicure or…anything. Really. The list of possibilities for a “guy” is endless. (I suppose it could be a “gal”, but in our (still) male-dominated society, “guy” wins out and rolls tripping off the tongue.)
Just the other day, I’m having lunch with a girlfriend and she tells me about this auto repair place she loves. Her car flat-out died on her a few weeks back. She was tooling along, minding her own business and KAPOW! the car collapsed in a heap after she forced it to limp to the side of the road. Stranded on a hot Chicago summer day, she made a quick call to a co-worker who responded to her cry for help with “I got a guy. Here’s the number.”
She called. They came (right away!). They towed (for free!!!). They repaired (for a truly reasonable rate!). She picked up her car the next day and now, she’s got a guy!
It’s easy to float along in anonymity, ignoring your neighbors, ignoring the world around you in favor of disconnection. Long standing Chicagoans don’t stand for that. Connection is key and I think it’s great that connections are so big here in the big city.
However, I can’t help but think the whole phrase stems from “The Outfit”, as the mob was called back in the day. Doesn’t “I got a guy” sound like something Joe Pesci would say to Ray Liotta in Goodfellas? Or maybe that’s just the tone I hear when someone says it to me…
(On another note, I do actually have a guy. In the romantic sense. Not the utilitarian, fix-it sense. The guy is the reason blogging fell off the radar. In the early days of getting to know each other, when I thought of blogging, all I wanted was to blog about how fantastic he is. But he’s private and doesn’t want to be mentioned or named on the internet. I respect that. Besides, it’s my personal life and I’ll keep it as private as I can. However, I did want to provide some small explanation for my blogging absence. And that’s it. That’s all I’m sharing.)
Do you have a “guy” or “gal” you refer people to when they need something? Does the place you live have an oft-used phrase?