The year was 1995. Or maybe it was 1996. Perhaps my memory is fuzzy on that detail because it’s so clear on the rest.
I was young and fresh. Sort of cute maybe, but not cosmopolitan. My Scranton roots showed. I lived in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood where my rent was $950 per month and my entry-level salary was $25,000 per year. I was poor but somehow unconcerned, a combination of parental subsidies and youthful bluster-slash-cluelessness.
“It will all work out,” I figured each time I put down my credit card for Chinese food, pints of Guinness or blondehighlights.
I took a second job working part-time at the Broadway location of Equinox checking IDs for the cheaper membership as well as the extra money. Once I checked in Michael J. Fox, but didn’t realize until he had proceeded through the turnstile. It was only when his member photo popped up on my computer monitor, that I said “Oh” aloud, recognizing him. He was so little in person.
I used the little bit of Equinox cash I earned to purchase personal training sessions. Of course.
Observe all of the 90s awesomeness happening in this pic
Would it be weird for me to say that I want to be Jen Peros when I grow up? Given that I’m older than her, yeah probably. But still!
Jen is a reporter for US Weekly. Yes, she makes a living investigating celebrity news, interviewing stars and going on television to share the latest scoops. Oh, and she met my preteen crush Rick Springfield.
Jealous? I think I am.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@JenPeros: A tall, drink of handsome water who can laugh at everything with me, and at me sometimes, too.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
@isaiahmustafa: I have a very diverse group of friends. I like differences in people. I’m very lucky to know some interesting folk. The one thru-line in my relationships with people I call friends is that we accept each other for who we are without judgement.
OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness
@isaiahmustafa: Happiness is a warm festive night with family, good food, good music and good people.
OneChicklette: Your idea of misery
@isaiahmustafa: Misery for me is hatred and ignorance.
OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character
@isaiahmustafa: Your favorite fictional character There are so many and it changes day to day. But today it’s General “Buck” Turgidson from the film Dr. Strangelove