Thursday, April 01, 2010
This is a true story of my brief friendship with the great MJ.
I was working in Encino, CA when I was 20-21 yrs old. I use to take the bus to work so when I had to run errands for the office I used my bosses 450SL Candy Apple MBenz. MJ also owned the same type car that was almost the same color.
Driving up or down Ventura Blvd I would occasionally pass this other MBenz, the driver and I would wave at each other. I knew whose car it was because everyone who worked in the area knew who drove that other car. One time he pulled up next to me and opened his window to talk and tell me how much he liked my car. Being young I wasn't going to tell him any differently (Would you?).
Anyway I would see him in the local market at the wonderful deli they had inside.At first I just smiled at him and nodded my head at him. The first time he smiled back but had a look that said "I should know you but from where". The next time I was inside the deli, he walked up to me and in a very small voice said "Hi". He apologized for not recognizing me the last time I saw him there.
I had to laugh and said "Well I am not anybody famous just a secretary in one of the local offices but my name is Teri". He took my hand very gently, said I was lovely. Some of the other people were staring at us. He noticed and left.
We would run into each other and have short conversations. Nothing special, the weather, what food I was ordering. One day he said he had to ask me who in my office was eating the "liverwurst w/red onion, mayo on an onion roll", he laughed when he said the persons breath would have to be pretty strong for the rest of the day. I busted out laughing so hard, it startled him. Only then did I confess to him that the "liverwurst" was for me, a childhood favorite.
Unfortunately, I changed jobs and started working in Westwood at UCLA within a few weeks and only waved at him a couple more times after that meeting.
I will say he was very shy, sweet and soft spoken. He would have been around 18 or 19 yrs old and very awkward.
When MJ passed away my husband and I were on vacation, driving around the country. It amazed me how much his death affected so many people around the USA, even after all the law problems he faced. Everyone will miss his music and the wonderful persona behind all of it. I know I may be a few months late in talking about this movie but better late than never.
I also walked my dog 2 times today. Did my "Shred" dvd and 45 min of housework.