Amazon is here and there are going to be some changes
'Do not ask where the pigeons have gone'
This week, Amazon chose New York City and Arlington, Virginia as the joint winners of its second world headquarters, but after a long competition, which pit city against city, many people came to view it as something less than a victory.
Amazon is here! Well, half here
by Alexandra Petri, humour columnist for the Washington Post
First, do not be alarmed.
There was some fine print that we consented to in order to bring this half blessing upon us.
There will be some slight changes around here that you will barely notice.
For instance, no matter where you are in the city, if you say the word "Alexa," a disembodied voice will answer. Little things like that.
That drilling you hear is Amazon, which has started construction on an underground train system for Amazon employees only.
It is called the Metro. Please no longer use this term to refer to D.C.'s current underground transit system as it belongs to Amazon now.
The Amazon metro system will actually run on time and will almost never be on fire. But on the flip side, every ad on it will be a little too targeted.
You may also notice that there is a line in your grocery store for Prime members and sub-Prime members, which is how we are now contractually obligated to refer to people who are not Prime.
Before having any firstborn, please check and make certain you do not have to give them to Jeff Bezos first.- Alexandra Petri
Do not ask where the pigeons have gone. The drone pigeons will be much better, we promise.
You may notice that you have a 3.5 star rating now that does not go away. Pray that it does not drop below 3.5.
You now have an Amazon locker. You're welcome.
It is possible, however unlikely, that you will receive a text message from an unknown number instructing you to release what is inside. You must comply. Do not worry, it will probably not happen.
Before having any firstborn, please check and make certain you do not have to give them to Jeff Bezos first.
Also, if the Amazon drones won't sail, we also are allowed to sacrifice your firstborn daughter to placate Apollo. But again, this is very unlikely.
Also, maybe we should have led with this, but your town has been rebranded National Landing, a very chill and normal name.
Your name is now Amazon Echo.
I've been obliged to get a face tattoo of Jeff Bezos's face on my face, but I think it looks fine.
We're so excited to have Amazon in our city!