Voice 1: If you’re as happy as Larry, you are very, very happy. But what is the origin of this popular simile? Who was Larry? Nobody really knows, but the chief contender is Australian boxer Larry Foley. Foley was a very successful sportsman who never lost a match. He retired at the age of 32 in 1879 and collected a payment of eleven and a half thousand dollars for his final fight. He was very happy with this small fortune, and ended his career with a big smile on his face. Larry was, in fact as happy as Larry. Listen to these two conversations and find out why one person involved in each is as happy as Larry.
Male: I’m glad I’ve bumped into you, Vicky. There's something I've got to ask you. You've been looking as happy as Larry all week. Has something good happened you're not telling me about?
Female: Me? Don't I always look happy?
M: No! I've never seen you smile as much as you have these past few days. I know you well enough to realise there's something going on.
F: Well ... yes. I was going to tell you today anyway.
M: I knew it! What’s going on?
F: It's to do with work. The company is going to open a new shop in Festival Walk. It's going to be the flagship store. We've known about it for a couple of months, but our manager told us all she had no details. I've been deputy manager in our store for three years and I've been thinking for quite a while that I should move on and look for a manager's position elsewhere.
Well, one of the company directors from America came to visit us last week. I didn't think anything of it because someone is always popping over from head office. I've met him before. He's very friendly and not at all stuck-up and chatted to all the staff. I was called into the manager's office that afternoon and then they dropped the bombshell. They want me to be the manager in the new Festival Walk store. I almost fell off my chair with surprise. I couldn't tell anyone until it was all confirmed. I got the official letter offering me the job this morning. Isn't that great? That's why I've got a big smile on my face. Can you blame me? I haven't felt as happy as this for ages.
F: Hey Jamie.
M: Hey! What good timing I got some brilliant news this morning, and I’m bursting to tell someone.
F: No wonder you're looking as happy as Larry. Go on. What was it?
M: I've passed my first Institute of Architects exam. And I got the top grade possible. The letter arrived this morning after I'd left for work. Mum rang me and I told her to open it. I knew what the letter was and I was impatient to wait until I got home to find out how I'd done. Mum burst into tears. She knows how much getting a good grade meant to me. And this qualification means I'll get a small salary rise at work. I'll still be the junior in the firm, but when I get my next qualification I'll get a proper promotion.
You need a whole string of qualifications to become a top architect, and that's what I intend to do. It means a lot of study at nights, but I'm learning a lot during the day at work as well. The others in the office are really good with me - they let me try things that I'm not yet qualified to do. I've just been helping Jason with the interior designs for a new eco-friendly block of flats. So, this is just the beginning. I intend to get as many qualifications as I can and get right to the top of the profession.