8/22/06 02:34 am
she used to come into my line when i was 17 and working at the local stop & shop--it was 1996...i remember her--in fact, she was the only customer i ever remembered. she was a little bit older, but she still had style...i liked her right away, as she smiled at me from the line. she never bought non-veg food and i was thankful not having to handle any bloody packages. the first time, i think i was wearing some ridiculous short wig and way too much eyeliner for my own good. i remember she complimented me on my hair, and i told her mine was long like hers actually...somehow we ended up talking about her friend, genesis p. and the fact that they had used a psychic tv song in a vw commercial that summer...i had no clue who she was, only that i thought she was pretty awesome in my 17 year old eyes--i wanted to still be cool when i got older...i would see her from time to time walking downtown on main st...she stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the other white bread inhabitants...much like i did. maybe that's why i liked her so much.
years later, i mentioned her to a friend of mine, wondering who she was. i remember he looked at me in shock. i was probably 19 at the time and had pigeon-holed myself into only listening to one genre of music. i didn't know anything else. when he told me who she was, i remember looking at him blankly. i didn't recognize the name.
it was wendy o. williams.