Thursday, August 24, 2006





Man,I Feel Like A Woman???

Nothing like getting together with some galpals and breaking bread. It had been a long time. I am the only one with a kid and therefore my girlfriends built the whole night around me.They are all still single and they get together all the time. I am the one who is out of the loop. I was grateful that they were building the night around me. It made me feel special and wanted. And dare,I say it???'Carefree, childless and husbandless...'
it was a bit liberating to just be plain ole me'

I got ready. I even let my hair down,I put make up on. I dressed in an 'unkid friendly' way!
My daughter enters the bathroom and exclaims 'Momma you look beautiful!' This sends shivers down my spine, as I think of a http://dribblingwitt.blogspot.com/2006/06/just-click-your-heels-together-three.html.

My husband follows her, hears the dialogue between the two of us and then interjects with 'No, hon you look good in a GOOD way!' which translates into' No, Hon you do NOT look like a HOOKER!'
So, with one more look in the mirror, a double check for wallet and keys, I am off to the races.

I walk briskly up the street clicking my high heels and feeling invigorated. A night out with the girls is just what I need. A pit stop to refuel for the day to day.

I wait at the streetcar stop and then head on ...

Now, I have been in a bartender in my pastlife. I know the drill. I know that at one drink you, may tell me a story, but at 8 drinks I become the most gorgeous woman in the room. Liquor does that to people.
I walk onto my streetcar and there are three guys who have had at least 15 drinks each and I am the only woman on the car.

They start to scream... 'Ohh, my gawwd!!! Guyssss!!! Cannnnnn you believe it?'
'Can you believe our luck?'
'I know that she lived here at one time! But Fuck! It's her! It's heeeeeerrrrr!'

'Mother-of-God, not AGAIN!!'! think I!

They then belt 'Shania, come oooooon give ussssssssssss a soooonnnnnng!!!.
They start to show themselves as loyal and true fans,of mine, by 'singing' and crooning all of Shania's repetoire.
And as the serenade continues, I stare out the window, willing the streetcar forward to put myself and the other patrons out of the Shania Mania misery that has ensued.

As I am pushing the streetcar forward to telepathy. I watch a woman at the stop ahead. She is in her early twenties. Her hair has recently been cut into a bobb as she keeps trying to put her hair behind her ears and it keeps falling off its target. She is reading a hardcover book. She is carrying a yellow, burlap bag that has buttons stuck on the straps. She occasionally looks up to see how far the streetcar has inched forward.
A man in his early twenties runs up the street. He is in a rush. He is bouncing from one leg to the other . He is late for something. And he is preoccupied with the bouncing as if the streetcar will reach him faster if he bounces faster and shows his anxiety.
And then, dear reader, he sees 'my lady'.
He sees her...
and his world stops...
You can actually see the world stop!
He stops bouncing. And he just stares.
My streetcar lurches forward. It lurches to an abrupt stop.
Which causes my fans to stop singing... The say, Wellllll Shannnnnnniaaaa, this isssssssss oursssssssstoauuuuupppppp... Ev'n iffff you are a snob we sssstilll love ya kid...
and with that the leave me with "Man I feel like a woman!'

The young lady boards my streetcar along with the young man in tow.
They sit in the seats directly behind me just recently been vacated by the Shania fan club.
The young mand musters the courage to ask her what she is reading.
She replies that it is just a book of poetry...
He knows the poets and lists off a few that he likes... and they are off to the races...
Our streetcar is now going at lightning speed and we enter the subway before we know it. The exit in front of me and I follow at a respectable distance down to the subway.

They stop abruptly.

and she says...Well, I am going west'
Ohh, says he... I am going east
Well, says she, That was nice... See you around...
Ahh, yeah, It was nice.

And with that she heads towards the westbound platform and he is in front of me walking down the stairs for the eastbound platform...

'I am staring at his head. I am putting in all me telepathy... What are you doing man???That WAS nice????'
'Where are you going?????'

And then he stops halfway down the staircase.
He is fumbling with his pockets. He is looking for something... What??? A Pen ? A paper?

I can hear the subway breaks screeching...'Idiot, What are you doing???' My heart is racing!!!

Ahhh, he finds what he is looking for... His Businesscard!!!

He turns around abruptly and runs up the stairs, three steps at a time!!!

I rush down....

I look across the medium for the girl going west... She is not there??? Ahhh, there she is but I hear the subway... Where is he???
I see him. He is looking for her. He sees her. He runs. He reaches her. He taps her on the shoulder.
She smiles.
He smiles.
He gives her his card.
And then my subway arrives.

I board.
I am Euphoric?????
Yes, I am Euphoric!!!!

I meet my girlfriends and relay the story to them.
They are good friends who know the fine art of listening.
They only interject with...
And then????
And then???
Awwwweeee!!!!
And did he???
Ohhhh...
and,
YES!!!!
We had a wonderful time.

And at the end of the evening my girlfriends serenade me to 'Man, I feel Like a woman!'
Man, that woman has fans everywhere! Who would have thunk???

53 comments:

Dirty Birdie said...

That is such a great story. For all you know you witnessed the first encounter of two soul mates, destined to find one another, get married and have babies. Or maybe that's just the hormones giving me romanic thoughts... ha ha ha.

Either way, it gave me goose bumps.

Pendullum said...

Certainly it made my heart skip a beat!

Catch said...

this was so cute Pendullum!!! And you must have looked darn hot to be mistaken for Shania! I love a night with my friends...giggleing, acting silly, catching up...its the very best isnt it????

I am wondering if the couple ever got together....I wish he had given you his business card to so you could check...lol

Teri M. said...

::sigh:: so romantic.

Moobs said...

Were I not a man rough tough manly guy and all I would have found that really beautifully romantic. THe suspense!

Oh, The Joys said...

That was a great story!

Mrs. Chicky said...

What a great story! All of it. Even the Shania stuff.

JLee said...

awww..just like in the movies!! (or maybe a gum commercial) So you get compared to Shania?? That is awesome! she is so beautiful and has a beautiful voice too...I'm glad you got to have a girls night out. We all need those from time to time and get out of "mommy mode" for a bit.

Mommy off the Record said...

Well, Shania, that was another great story!

People ALWAYS mistake you for someone else--too funny!

I loved hearing about the guy and the girl who met on the streetcar. Who knows where it will go from there...so romantic.

Babaloo said...

Oh what a great story you tell. I'm glad it was a hit with the girls and that you had a great time while you were out. I wonder if they knew they were being observed?

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EmmaK said...

Wow, what a great night, serenaded by Shania maniacs. Look on the bright side, at least Shania is good looking, can you imagine if they'd started singing one of Celine Dion's hits (can't remember any off hand). And that you witnessed a burgeoning love story...too cute.

sunshine scribe said...

Oh Shania that was a fabulous story. Made my day :)

Andrea said...

Now we finally know who people think you are! Awesome.

That was an awesome story. What would be even better is in five years, to run into Bouncy Man and Poetry Woman to see rings on their fingers and her large with baby, him rubbing her shoulders as they wait together for the streetcar. For now, I'll just have to imagine it. Thanks for the visual!

Kim Ayres said...

I can't begin to imagine - I've never been mistaken for Shania before. Then again, you only ever see her after she's been made up, waxed or airbrushed...

Christina_the_wench said...

Shania? Wow. Life could be a hell of a lot worse.

Glad you had a great girls' night out. Well deserved.

Pendullum said...

Catch: it is the best thing ... I love a good night out with friends...
I wish I gave the boy my card too.

Teri M... Yes it was! Dep sigh back!

Moobs: Yeah good thing you are not the romantic type that get us bloggers to cry... That archeology story still moves me!

Oh, The Joys: Your post today certainly outdoes this one!

Mrs. Chicky: Have you forgiven me yet?

Jlee: it was exactly like a bubble gum commercial... My ex produced the music for this Dentyne commerciall and it was almost like that!

MOTR: You Too!!! Wonder who you get... Do tell...

Babaloo: I think they were so into each other that the world ceased to exist. So I do not think they knew I was watching and listening to them.

Emma: Oh, I too cannot think of a celine song... But I assure you... That would have been hell on earth...Celine by these guys would havetaken Celine to a whole new level!

Sunshine: So glad!

Andrea: I wonder... Right back at you... Great visual you painted.

Kim: I dunno ... I think put some heels on you, a bit of rouge and the guys could have mistook you for Shania!

Pendullum said...

Christina: Thanks!

crazymumma said...

Dear Shania, i have always liked your leopard print outfit, and how do you walk in those boots?

Pattie said...

I have been wondering who people think you look like...my question is now answered! You must be quite a knock out!
And that story about the two people meeting on a subway....ah...romance is still alive and well. *sigh*

mothergoosemouse said...

I love it! You told that fabulously well - I could picture the scenes so clearly.

And I'm glad you had a night out too, away from the teeming masses, surrounded by intimate friends.

Kevin Charnas said...

oohhh...nice. very nice.

and Pend? I still remember the first time I saw you perform in those rubber pants - you made a gay man swoon...and now, your writing does.

Nikki said...

Shania you bitch!

You owe me royalties. LOL

Wonderful story! I was suckered in.

sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

heavy sigh - a great story! Wish that had been me. Glad that you had agreat night out with the galpals!

virtualsprite said...

Oh, what a beautiful story! The man and the woman... it just makes me melt. I love it when we can be witness to moments like that.

And it's fun being serenaded... even when we're not who they think we are. Kudos to you!

Pendullum said...

AC: Thesebootsweremadefor walking!!!baby!!!

Patti the Domesticator: After 15 drinks...I look like anyone and everyone!!!

Mothergoosemouse:Thank you so much...

Kevin: As usual, you make me blush... LOVE Your writing!!!!!

Nikki: I did not know that Everyone Can Just Bite my Ass was a Shania song...

Sunshinedaily4me; It was a beautiful romance to watch.
VirtualSprite: Thanks baby!

Wendy said...

How cool to be able to watch people meet like that.

marsha_tm said...

Great story.

And I couldn't live without my twice-monthly girls night out. I start to get feral.

mama_tulip said...

I love your stories.

gandhi rules said...

great story, I'm glad he found his card. I'm glad you saw it.

Panda said...

That is SO cool, being witness to the beginnings of a romance.

hautemama said...

You inspire me--you write amazingly thoughtful blogs.

sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

You have the greatest adventures. Love the picture!!

Jodi said...

I luv your stories. Luv them. I want to go somewhere with you and see if I can see things like you do. You have such a writers voice that it's hard to imagine what it must be like to witness your stories in real life.

Does that make any sense whatsoever? I mean it as the highest compliment!

And I'm so glad you got a night out with some long-time-ago-friends, those are the very very bestest kind of friends to have!

Blonde Vigilante said...

Okay, I read this before and posted something the other day...I swear.

Everytime I'm in that girl's situation the guy just walks away. Everything happens for a reason, I guess.

Maritza said...

That is fantastic! I will consider bobbing my hair.

Rock the Cradle said...

I love a happy ending!

As with the first poster...goosebumps!

kristi said...

Now you finally know who they all think that you are.....that is funny.

Rhonda said...

First, how wonderful to get out and have a refreshing childfree, husbandfree evening where you can rejuvinate and remember you are more than a wife and mother.

And then, to witness first hand what might well be the connecting of soulmates . . . how beautiful!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great night. I hope you had a blast! A night out with the girls is good for the soul!

Domestic Chicky said...

Amazing story. Just think, you may be the only witness besides them, who can tell what happened that night.

I so would have chased him down to ask him to let me know how it turned out!!LOL

Domestic Chicky said...

PS-And I totally get the Shania resemblance!

Sheila said...

Sometimes the journey to somewhere is better that the destination...what a great story - I really saw everything in my mind - especially how everything slowed down as those guys were serenading you....

Attila The Mom said...

I can't tell you how delightful this post is!

What great friends you have too!

I feel all warm and fuzzy. Not in a "I need a bath because I'm grody" kind of warm and fuzzy.

The good kind!

Thanks so much for writing this!

Kristin said...

sigh. i love it.

and hello? shania "hot stuff" twain. i may have to hate you know, gorgeous.

MommyWithAttitude said...

Great story!

And girlfriends are just so totally priceless!

kim said...

now we know who you look like ...
its SHANIA !!
that was an adorable story ... and im such a people watcher .. i loved it theres nothing like a new romance *sigh*

pinknest said...

aaaah! all i ever hear on the subway and such are bad pickup lines! lol! not something as lovely as that scenario.

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Ruth Dynamite said...

Ah - love. A chance encounter. Seizing the moment. And you witnessed it all. Lucky you. Thanks for taking us with you.

IzzyMom said...

Ooooh, you hot mama! What a great story :)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

What a lovely story! I had a huge smile on my face when I finished it. Thank you!

I think he turned around and raced after her because you willed him to. You've got some powers, girl. Maybe they'll live happily ever after without ever knowing who their fairy godmother was.

yllwdaisies said...

I loved your story. This is my 1st time visiting, & I was waiting for to what happened the whole time.