Been There

Have I been there?

Well, I’m wearing this shirt, aren’t I? How would I have this shirt had I not been there?

Yes, I know that both of these questions are made to sound like rhetorical when, in fact, there are answers to either one that would involve me not having been there. But what kind of person would buy a shirt–or 2 shirts for that matter–celebrating a place they’ve never been?

No, please, don’t answer that either.

And don’t ponder too long on why the shirt makes no mention of the place by name. If anything, doesn’t this prove my supreme devotion to it? Because someone who’d only been there once would likely buy a shirt that makes it explicit: I have been to this place.

But a true aficionado? Someone who’d been there not twice, not five times, but dozens if not hundreds of times? Eventually, they would graduate to these more delightful, obscure shirts–these shirts that celebrate the uniqueness of the place without giving one’s torso over to advertising its name.

Right?

So, I think I have answered your question, about whether or not I’ve been to the place we are both obviously talking about.

What’s my favorite part, you ask?

Epcourt.

Wait, I just blew it, didn’t I?

Monorail! by El Barto

Who designed this week’s shirts? Honestly, who didn’t design this week’s shirts! Okay, maybe we don’t really know and can’t really say the identity of this week’s designer. Let’s just say they’re a young artist who used to spend their youth spray-painting their infamous graffiti tag, “El Barto,” around their hometown of Springfield. And while it might seem lame that they now work for a giant corporate media conglomerate, at least they can finally experience a truly functional monorail system.

Been There

Have I been there?

Well, I’m wearing this shirt, aren’t I? How would I have this shirt had I not been there?

Yes, I know that both of these questions are made to sound like rhetorical when, in fact, there are answers to either one that would involve me not having been there. But what kind of person would buy a shirt–or 2 shirts for that matter–celebrating a place they’ve never been?

No, please, don’t answer that either.

And don’t ponder too long on why the shirt makes no mention of the place by name. If anything, doesn’t this prove my supreme devotion to it? Because someone who’d only been there once would likely buy a shirt that makes it explicit: I have been to this place.

But a true aficionado? Someone who’d been there not twice, not five times, but dozens if not hundreds of times? Eventually, they would graduate to these more delightful, obscure shirts–these shirts that celebrate the uniqueness of the place without giving one’s torso over to advertising its name.

Right?

So, I think I have answered your question, about whether or not I’ve been to the place we are both obviously talking about.

What’s my favorite part, you ask?

Epcourt.

Wait, I just blew it, didn’t I?

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