At the time when my girlfriend Bev
and I had been dating
about a month, she was working part-time at the Subway
on the Guide Meridian
, across the street from Barnes & Noble
. The Columbine Incident
had occurred only two month
s before, so going out in public while wearing all black
was still a somewhat dangerous proposition
Bev, of course, has never been one to allow something like bad publicity to prevent her from wearing whatever she chooses, so she continued to go about her daily activities swathed in her ever-present black trenchcoat. She was used to being harrassed for her mode of dress, so she didn't take much notice when she heard someone shout "DIE, TRENCHIE BITCH!" as she crossed Meridian on her way to work ("trenchie" being local slang for goths in general, and goths in trenchcoats in particular).
She sure noticed when the souped-up Honda Civic sedan knocked her off her feet. As she stood up, dusting herself off a bit -- shocked, but unharmed -- she saw a pair of jock types sitting in the front seats, jeering at her and giving her the finger. I'll love her forever for what she did next:
"I may be a trenchie bitch," she yelled, "but you forget we wear combat boots!" And, with that, she delivered a denting axe-kick to the Civic's hood. Composing herself, she continued on her way to work, fuming but unharmed.