Archive | August, 2011

Fashionably Uniform

24 Aug


“You gonna write about this?” my manager joked as he raced down the aisle to answer another cashier’s pleas.

For a little extra dough, I had returned to my old stomping ground to lend a hand during the uniform retailer’s biggest sales weekend of the year.

I laughed at the thought. Whatever would I write about? The horrors of retail — the nightmare of watching customers undo hours of work  in one fell swoop? The craze of tax-free shopping?

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Appraising “The Help”

18 Aug

I attended the premiere of The Help on a whim last Wednesday with a date who graciously swallowed his manly pride to join me for the ultimate chick flick. I instantly felt sorry for dragging him there as we joined the line wrapping around the movie theater, a large sea of women with only the occasional male dotted in between. But there was something even more unsettling about the crowd.

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Superwoman’s Kryptonite

12 Aug

Perhaps, I’ve seen one Law & Order episode too many. But while waiting on the downtown corner for the red light to change, the black luxury car pulling up at the intersection sent chills up my spine. I glanced its way as the driver beckoned a young, black girl to the window, asking for directions. As she offered him her version of the best route to the freeway, he interrupted and said something that made her giggle and say thank you.

“Because I don’t know you,” she responded coyly when he offered her a ride. Continue reading

Skin Deep

3 Aug

“What do you use on your skin?” the woman mouthed from across the pew. “Even my cousin from out of town had noted how pretty your skin is,” she whispered from beneath her billowing church hat.

I was shocked. You see, I had surrendered my battle against acne years ago. The medicine cabinet at home still holds my abandoned collection of  Proactiv, Neutrogena, and Clearasil bottles–all victims of my persistent pimples. Despite a relatively healthy diet and only the occasional Coke and candy, acne and their resulting blemishes have always been  frequent visitors. Continue reading