My friend Charlie and I were arguing about all the Chinese signs in our city. I said, "Charlie, what are you and your gang up to now? Last year you pushed our City Council into passing an ordinance to require some English on all signs; now, you want to make it two-thirds English. You really want to eliminate all signs that are not in English, don't you?"
Charlie looked around and whispered, "How did you ever guess? But keep it quiet; if we do it gradually, maybe they won't notice."
"What is your real objection to the signs?" I asked him.
"The place looks too much like Chinatown."
"Oh! You think if all the signs are in English it won't look like Chinatown?"
"Well, not so much; but that's just the first step."
"What do you have in mind?"
"We're working on getting an architectural review commission that will outlaw red and gold paint, and especially those fancy roofs--nothing but nice American flat roofs--like on the Chamber of Commerce building. That's what we want--go back to the way it was in 1940."