I’m behind the bar, it’s Sunday early, young crowd, nobody’s drinkin. Oh well, no big deal, I’ve had a busy week bartendin, so it’s nice sometimes to have a chill show.

Singer on stage says, hey guys, we havin fun yet?  The crowd goes moderately wild. Cool, guys. Thanks for comin out tonight.

I have heard performers say that word so many times. Guys. I use that word, you use that word, everybody uses that word. You can’t get away from it. Hey guys, what’s up?  Hey guys, how you doin?  That sorta thing. It’s a mini-impediment, relying on that word. The problem is, there’s very few alternatives when addressing a group of people casually. Hey ladies and gentlemen, how you doin? Guys just seems to work.

And when did it become socially acceptable to call a woman a guy? Two girls walk up to the bar.  Hey guys, what can I get you?  Guys?  Who’s a guy?  I’m a girl. Why you callin me a guy?

Well, I don’t want you to get mad at me, for calling you girls, because you consider yourself women, or young women, or ladies. So I’m tryin out calling you guys.

Great. I’ll take a Bud.

From my heart to yours,

Clint Curtis. Bartender.


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