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Serenade in the Supermarket

I was looking for nopales at Whole Foods and didn’t find them, but was seduced by about seven other expensive items. While I’m waiting in the checkout line, a man perhaps a little older than myself heads towards me with just a take-out container.

  • Me: You can go ahead if that’s all you have.
  • One-Item Shopper: Oh, thanks. Do you mind if I also grab a bottle of water?
  • Me: No problem. I’ll hold your place.
  • Two-Item Shopper:: (returned to line) Do you know what I’m doing right now? I’m listening to myself on the radio.
  • Me: How are you doing that?
  • Shopper: Don’t you hear it? I can’t believe they’re playing it.
  • Me: Vaguely. I can’t make it out. How does it go?
  • Shopper: (singing) She’s a Beau-ty. She’s a One in a Million Girl. Why would I Lie-I? You can Stand outside your Little World. You can Talk to a Pretty Girl. Don’t Fall in Lu-uve.
  • Me: Wow! That’s a great song. Did you write it or sing it.
  • Shopper: Wrote and sang. I can’t believe it. They hardly ever play this.
  • Me: Well it’s good. It could really turn into a hit some day!
  • Shopper: (looks at me increduously)
  • Me: (encouraging) No, really. You never know. It’s a good song. It could be a big hit. Good luck with it!

Later that night I shared the lyrics with my husband.

  • “That’s already been a hit. The Tubes. They had lots of hits in the eighties.”
  • “Oh.”

I you-tubed The Tubes. Oh yeah, I do remember that song. There’s my friend, quite a bit younger, dancing in a pin striped suit and top hat. It really is a good song. I think I’ll put it on my i-pod.

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