the short story project


Tommy Friend

I Remember You

I listen to our favorite song playing on the radio
Hear the DJ say love’s a game of easy come and easy go
But I wonder does he know?
Has he ever felt like this?
And I know that you’d be here right now
If I could have let you know somehow
I guess
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn**

  One night I had this crazy dream, I was on a beach eating Chicago style pizza & drinking a strawberry daiquiri. you know the one. With an umbrella sticking out of it, sugar all around the big glass rim grande size. All I can see is a white sanded beach for miles & miles with blue waves coming towards me and the sun is shining bright, it’s like 95 or 100° degrees outside. And I looked down at my soccer ball with the face painted on it and I say Wilson look at this gorgeous view man with got everything, got palm trees. We got girls walking around all day long wearing nothing but bikinis. We got this speedboat looks a lot like the guy’s from Miami Vice had back in the ’80s. 20 or 30 feet from me my custom-built stage design by DJ Tommy Friend with this killer over the top light show and Carvin four 21″ subs & four huge Carvin 3-way towers and 50,000 watts of power + two huge screens playing all the music videos. Tonight I’m going to DJ a wild party tonight with over 5,000 of the coolest people I ever met in my life. Tonight We’ll be at this party and I can remember a lot of pretty cool people. I have a very good memory of 128 GB DDR 7.

   Looking out at the ocean thinking it doesn’t get better than this, a lamp washed up to on to the shore. I pick it up, and I guess when I picked it up I must have rubbed it. Because when the genie popped out I was shocked. So I was like OMG It’s Princess Leia in a golden bikini and she says no dummy, I’m a fucking genie. I was like what!. She said I’m here to grant you one wish. You have any girl you want and she’ll love you no matter what forever. And by forever you mean two years right? she said, “NO. what you talking about?”. I said, “never mind”. So, I’ll take you. Your so HOTT and you look a lot like Princess Leia. She says look! I’m not Princess Leia. You Trekkies are all the same, why don’t you just get a life ( R.I.P. Spock ). I said, “Princess Leia is from Star Wars duh”. She says you can’t have me and I forgot to tell you. You can only have one your ex-girlfriends. I said, wait a minute what kind of fucking dream is this? I think I need to wake up. And I said okay well when I first got this Facebook page after my divorce in 2009. I was thinking about this girlfriend I knew in Chicago and we’re together for a year and a half and were even engage to get married. I found one my ex-girlfriend on Facebook and she did spell her name first and last name the way she spelled it when we’re together but I was like oh my god that’s her and she’s sitting at a table and there’s a little boy the background and I thinking was she’s probably married you know in this popular her son in the background so I sent her friends requests and a message. I was asking her how she was doing this and that. I wasn’t thinking about getting back with her. Although I always thought of her as the one that got away. We broke up but still friends and we still talk about from time to time. I had lost my phone with all my number in it and we lost touch. The last time we talked was in the late ’90s. I did think nothing of it. I figured she would want to talk to me and reminisce. Wells, she replied and said that she grew up in California and she only lives in Chicago for a couple of years and she was a little girl and she doesn’t know who I am. And I message her back and I said really? and I put her address that she’s lived in Chicago and I told her what high school she went to .she’s replied. Sorry, you must be thinking of somebody else. I said: “Okay I don’t mean to bother you”. She didn’t accept my friend requests and then I looked at her friends’ list. She had a couple of the same friends from Chicago that were her friends when we dated. I met my girlfriend at the Brickyard Mall two blocks away from my house with her best friend who was on her friend’s list. I was thinking that’s weird that she doesn’t remember me and I know that’s my ex-girlfriend.

  My ex-girlfriend doesn’t remember me? I found myself homeless again, staying with friends and sleeping friend’s cars and one friend’s basement floor. I would roll up my leather biker jacket and use it as a pillow. I was at a friends house. He let me sleep at his house, he hooks me up with a good meal and let me shower & shave. My girlfriend stop at his house looking for me. I step outside to talk to her. She said every time I call your house your not home. I haven’t heard from you in weeks what’s going on? Ashamed of my situation and it was getting worse every day. Unable to find work to make things better. She asks me if I had another girlfriend, I didn’t but I told her Yeah! that’s it!  I’m seeing someone else. I would rather be the guy that was cheating of her instead of the loser that was homeless and with no job. She was upset and told me she was pregnant. I that she was having our baby with or without me. I was very happy and that the same time was thinking, can things get any worst. I was in love with her and dream of marrying her and having a family with her. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I didn’t have a place to live or a job. How can you have a beautiful girl with a gorgeous body, take care of her and give her a great life without money? Now I need to make even more money now, somehow I’m going have to support 3 people now. She told me I need to start getting my shit together and be a man. You are going to be a father soon. She left pissed off. Two days later I was at the local Army recruiter station. The News and everybody in America felt like we were going to WAR in the Gulf soon under President George H.W. Bush. They wanted me to join I was so excited and I always wanted to be a Marine.

  I told my girlfriend I joined the Army and I had to sign up for two years. She was so proud of me, I told her I wanted to marry her before I left so anything happens to me, the Government would take care of her and my baby. I want my baby to have my last name. She smiles and kisses me, She tells me how much she loves me, and said nothing going to happen to you. I told her I come back I’m going to get a nice house for us and the baby. It was an amazing feeling knowing that things were going to start changing for me. I was going to be a soldier, a man, a husband, and even a father. I told her how much I loved her and I never leave you or my baby. I wish I had money to buy you a ring, But I promise once I start getting paid I am going to buy you a really, really nice ring for believing in me. I got my hope so high only to be let down when I didn’t pass the ASVAB. I miss it by two points and they said I could take it again in 6 months. I couldn’t wait to retake the test I need to do something now. So one us my friends told me about this U.S. Job Corp program. They teach you a skilled trade and help you get your G.E.D. I got excited again I told him I always to be a carpenter since I was a little kid. When I was a kid everybody would tell me I look just like my father and he was a carpenter what kid doesn’t dream to be like his father. I went downtown to Dearborn St. the U.S. Job Corp recruiter’s office and this time I was accepted. She rerolls me in the Carpenter program and told me. I would go to school one week to get my G.E.D. and the next week I would go to work learning my new trade. The recruiter says the program usually takes two years to complete. You need a minimum of 1,000 hours of on the job training complete the program. We help you find a good paying job after completion. She told me it only pays $15 every two weeks but you get a clothing allowance, Free room and board, and three meals a day. I could wait to get there a bed to sleep in every night and three meals a day. I was thinking wow this sounds great. I never met my father. He left when I was only 2 months old and I am going to be a Carpenter too. I will grow to be just like someone I never met. It felt like it was destiny.

  I was at the U.S. Job Corp program for one year and seven months. I got my G.E.D. and completed the Masonry program. And if I did all only for one thing, wouldn’t that be something.

  I’m a DJ and I DJ over 100 weddings and even I went to a lot of them. And I got married twice. And everybody waits for the first dance at a wedding. It’s the bride and groom special song, it’s that song that means so much to them, cause it’s their song! It’s the song that they heard when they first met. Or the song that describes their love for each other. And I remember my ex-girlfriend from Chicago she used to tell me all the time. I love this song, this is the song that was playing when we first met. this is our song. It was a song by SKIDROW. I told her I when I hear “WITHOUT YOU” by MOTLEY CRUE I always think of her, but you know how that works guys. Our song was her song instead. So back to the beach after the genie asked me, you can have any one of your ex-girlfriends back. I look at the genie and I said, “Wow 10 seconds ago I was going to pick a girl who doesn’t even remember me”. I just can’t believe she doesn’t remember me. Our song was “I REMEMBER YOU” by SKIDROW. Well, great news Wilson that was just a dream.

If you never heard the song before here are the lyrics:

Woke up to the sound of pouring rain
The wind would whisper and I’d think of you
And all the tears you cried – they called my name
And when you needed me I came through
Paint a picture of the days gone by
When love went blind and you would make me see
I’d stare a lifetime into your eyes
So that I knew that you were there for me
Time after time you were there for me
Remember yesterday – walking hand in hand
Love letters in the sands – I remember you
And through the sleepless nights, through every endless day
I wanna hear you say, “I remember you.”
We spent the summer with the top rolled down
Wished ever after would be like this
You said I love you babe, without a sound
I said I’d give my life for just one kiss
I’d live for your smile and die for your kiss
Remember yesterday – walking hand in hand
Love letters in the sands – I remember you
And through the sleepless nights, through every endless day
I wanna hear you say, “I remember you.”
We’ve had our share of hard times
But that’s the price we paid
And through it all we kept the promise that we made
I swear you’ll never be lonely
Woke up to the sound of pouring rain
Washed away a dream of you
But nothing else could ever take you away
‘Cause you’ll always be my dream come true
Oh my darling, I love you
Remember yesterday – walking hand in hand
Love letters in the sands – I remember you
Through the sleepless nights, through every endless day
I wanna hear you say, “I remember you.”*

* “I Remember You” Lyrics by Rachel Bolan, Dave “Snake” Sabo SKIDROW

** “Every Rose Has It Thorn” Lyrics By Bobby Hall, Bret Michaels, Rikki Rocket, C.C. Deville POISON

I woke up on February 27, 2015, and started writing this story. I had the News playing in the background and I found out that Leonard Nimoy just passed away.


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