My mommy taught me a lot of weird things when I was growing up.
She used to take me out to restaurants with her when I was 16 and bought me alcohol and cigarettes. She used to tell me it was okay to sneak into the back door of the movie theater at Universal Studios because we paid $8 for parking. She taught me how to abuse the refill policy on sodas and popcorn, by only ordering one and constantly going back for more. She taught me how to watch three movies for the price of one, by doing this thing called movie hopping. She taught me how to smile and beg for free food at Pampas Grill by asking for a second plate with a puppy dog face. She taught me that if everything falls apart, then you have to push through and do odd jobs just to survive. She taught me that if you’re on the street to put a pack of cigarettes inside something that looks like a purse, so if you ever get robbed, then the person only gets to steal a pack of cigarettes instead of cash. She taught me that you can basically fly anywhere in the United States with a few hundred bucks and figure out how to survive for months, if not years.
But the most important thing she taught me?
Hmm… She taught me that it’s possible to get a 35 year old boyfriend who works at a host bar (The place where the guy takes off his shirt and dances in front of women for cash), even if you’re 50 years old and have a 20 year old son.
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