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people i never thought i'd miss
people i never thought i'd miss
i knew i'd miss some people over the years... like sasha genett. such a passionate friendship (because she was one of about 5 girls in elementary school who didn't pick on me) but a short lived one as she moved away to, i think, chicago.
i knew i'd miss lauren and drew (but i found both of you on myspace decades later, hah!)
i knew i'd miss amy l., and i still do.
i knew i'd never miss candi l., and i was right.
but for some strange reasons there are some people i never knew as well as any of these that i miss:
the crossing guard at the front of my neighborhood who always chided me for trying to just climb the fence instead of using the road. i prefer a straight line to anywhere and he preferred neat and orderly procession. and for some reason he was the first of many people to tell me that i "had jesus in my face".... (how does one recognize someone dead for a couple of millenia?)
(C/K?)athy, my bartender at Cairo for several years. i never had to actually order a drink after the first couple of times. and she never had to yell and try to listen. i just had to appear and nod and i'd have a rum with a tiny bit of coke in it within 30 seconds. she'd actually drop other people's drinks to make mine... why? because i learned the power of tipping on a free drink very quickly.
the cats at legible leftovers. i was sad as hell when big fatty died (i swear to you big fatty was twice the size of crosby. just as tall but twice as wide.) another cat came along soon, all black of course, and eventually a part time dog. a lot of used bookstores in florida have resident cats. i haven't found one here yet. (except tate street books in greensboro used to have a siamese, but i was 16 then and it may not be there anymore)
"Legibles has been in operation for 12 years serving Central Florida readers and collectors from a 7000 square foot emporium with over 150,000 books. We are happy to do searches and pride ourselves in the organization of our stock and our browser friendliness. There are chairs, tables, munchies, loads of books, a knowledgable staff, and of course three resident felines to assist you. "
the guys who owned/worked at the amoco on the corner of princeton and edgewater. it's gone now i'm sure, under plans to add some sort of suntrust condo/mall. but they were good guys. they even entertained my stalker one day to keep him from finding my house. and the assistance with kitten rescues in the flood drain was invaluable.
i miss the weird overnight cashier at the albertson's by the altamonte mall. he worked a couple of other places over the years and i kept running into him. somehow i knew more about the communication issues he had with his son than i knew about most people's lives.
sammy. drag waitress sammy. from steak n shake and denny's on colonial. i think it was steak n shake that the rocky crew got her fired from accidentally and then we all followed her to denny's (much to her horror i am sure.) sammy never shaved that closely so (s)he was always wearing a waitress dress with hairy legs and a full day's shadow of beard. kind of scary but she pulled it off with style.
speaking of waitresses and denny's there was Kathy. i once gave her a $30 tip on a $50 meal for a boothful of people. what other waitress would take a 15 minute break to help hold down a friend who was resisting taking her lithium and had started throwing table knives? anyone else would have thrown our asses out.
i miss lillian. the first boss who treated me like a human instead of a warm body. she taught me a lot about retail. she was also the only boss besides the district managers that i had at the toy store who wasn't fired for embezzling. i don't recall why she left but i do miss her. although, she'd be easy to miss. hehe. she was only about 4'10" and 6 inches wide. and she had the cutest little boy. he'd be about to go into high school now. george jr i think. i miss him too.
and speaking of the toy store.... i miss dan and angie. the only coworkers there i ever really got to know (or wanted to, even just inside a work environment.) dan was a perfect gentleman and a very hard worker, but also, not one to stick to rules if they got in his way. we unloaded some trucks fast and efficiently under his direction. angie played the dumb bimbo well but she spoke spanish and french in addition to english and was sharp as a tack when she wanted to be. and boy did she have a way with the customers. she could sell ANYTHING to ANYONE. no, i have no idea what their last names are. i never bothered to learn them since i didn't expect to miss them. jeremy, you might be surprised to know that you remind me an awful lot of dan and that's why i started talking to you.
there are plenty more people i miss that i never thought i would. it's odd how you can sit next to someone for years in classes in school or work with them and never have any recollection of them later, nor care.
but then there are people who in your life for a few hours or a few days and you miss them terribly when they are gone. or even just a few minutes... there was a homeless guy in orlando once who said the nicest thing... i'll never forget him. i was dating matt (taylor? oohh.. that's bad... i can't recall his last name and we were dating for months....) and we were walking back to the car from cairo. this guy came up and said "look at her. that's the kind of girl you want to hold onto. she's not wearing a bit of makeup and she still looks beautiful. she won't turn ugly on you in the morning"
i hope that nice man got his life turned around and had something nice happen to him. the best kind of compliment is an honest one, even if it is a little blunt.
7/8/2006 4:49 am
but then there are people who in your life for a few hours or a few days and you miss them terribly when they are gone. or even just a few minutes... there was a homeless guy in orlando once who said the nicest thing... i'll never forget him. i was dating matt (taylor? oohh.. that's bad... i can't recall his last name and we were dating for months....) and we were walking back to the car from cairo. this guy came up and said "look at her. that's the kind of girl you want to hold onto. she's not wearing a bit of makeup and she still looks beautiful. she won't turn ugly on you in the morning"|
i hope that nice man got his life turned around and had something nice happen to him. the best kind of compliment is an honest one, even if it is a little blunt."
Definitely blunt, but I feel that compliment was beautiful.......and had to be really uplifting at the same time.....I sometimes feel that angels come in many forms and appearances.....