So....the summer between our freshman and sophomore years in college (her Cornell, me community college) Kathleen and I went to work at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg in the oh-so-authentic German Festhaus.
It was the summer we pooled our earnings, storing it all in a coffee can on the kitchen counter, just like grown-ups.
It was the summer, I left my boyfriend behind, and wound up having sex with an older man, (he was 21) on the bow of a tugboat. Yes, a tugboat. Not a yacht. Not a cabin cruiser. Such was my life. I'm not a fancy girl.
But enough about me. This post is about Kathleen. It was the summer, that bad girl went crazy and finally bucked authority.
You see, to pour beer at the "German" Festhaus, we had to wear uniforms. Little green skorts(yes, skorts)with white tops and suspenders. A little white shower type cap on our heads, and light brown socks, pulled up to our knees.
Cool as I was, I did what any self respecting 19 year old would have done. I pulled those socks down. Casual. No knee sock crap for me. But Kathleen was afraid. She wore her socks regulation.
Maybe it was all the beer we drank during every shift(Michelob Dark looks deceptively like Coca-Cola if served over ice in a coke cup), or maybe it was just my pure bad influence, but halfway through summer, Kathleen loosened up, and those socks came down!
I got the supervisor (a big authority because he was a junior in college instead of sophomores like us) to take Kathleen out into the center of the Festhaus and reprimand her. He not only did my bidding, but knocked it out of the park, by adding that the president of Busch Gardens himself ("Cal" somebody?) was going to be coming by to talk to her about her attire, specifically her socks.
I almost peed my pants, standing behind the beer line, watching her face drop, and watching her pull those socks up. In fact, I think I did pee, just a little. But it was worth it.
And that's my goody two socks story.
Now seriously....wouldn't you want to buy a house from someone like that?
*The closest I ever came to backpacking through Europe.