Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Secret Revealed and a Giveaway!

I've mentioned here several times before, that one of my BFF's in High School was Stefanie Wilder-Taylor. I still consider her a friend today, even though it's been several years since I've seen her. When we have had a chance to talk on the phone in the past couple years, we still manage to talk for hours. I guess sometimes the important, meaningful bonds people make in their lives don't just go away.

I met Stef one afternoon in High School, when we were both serving after school detention. I was sitting behind her and she turned around and asked me something funny like "What ya in for?" I was taken by surprise that this really pretty girl was talking to me. I was going through one of those periods when all my "friends" had turned their backs on me for something silly/stupid (kissed a boy at a keg party,and this boy, unbeknownst to me, was supposedly going to ask out someone better than me from my clique) (little bitches!)and wasn't very trusting of anyone at school. But Stef seemed sincere, so I laughed and answered her.

She saved me from being friendless and we had many fun times over the next several years. After Stef graduated High School and after I dropped out, we moved to California together. She had always planned on returning there and I just wanted to get away from my dysfunctional home life.

Stef has had three books published and a fourth not yet released. The secret I'm sharing today is that I am in her third book It's Not Me, It's You... ! In fact, I'm in the first four chapters! In the book she openly shares stories from her life and I'm in the parts of the book about when we moved to L.A. together. I think I'm one of the "It's You" she's referring to. Heh, heh. I loved all of her books, especially the parts I'm in of course, and I laughed out loud over and over again.

In the book she calls me Beth Moskowitz. She originally wanted to call me "Wendy" but since I always wanted the name Beth, she changed it for me. I'm even mentioned in the NY Times review of the book as "the roommate". If you click on the title link above, it will bring you to Amazon where you can read excerpts from the book. Just search 'Beth' and there I'll be!

Now for the contest. Stef has offered to send one of my readers a signed copy of her third book. All you have to do, if you want a chance to win a copy, (and learn some dish about me and Stef) is leave a comment for this post. I'll leave it open until April 2nd and then I'll have the kids pick a name randomly out of a hat or something, and I'll post who the winner is.

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Stef on our road trip to California. We drove in style!



Me on the way to Cali!
Okay, not really her car.



Me after living in Hollyweird a while. I took rebellious to the max, while Stef tried to actually do something with her life. We both did a good job. I actually shaved the sides of my head every Friday night before going out to see local punk bands play. In this photo, my hair has been growing out for over a week.


Here we are a few years after I had moved back to Mass from Cali. I came to visit her in LA and we took a road trip to Las Vegas. Don't you love our big hair.


Good luck!

25 comments:

Shelly Overlook said...

You know I love you, right? But those hair pics make me love you even more!!!

Sheri said...

My hero!

JoeinVegas said...

you deserved that Porche. Should have taken it anyway.

Barb said...

You met in detention. Why does this not surprise me? bwahahahaha!

I watched a few of her Today Show videos. She sounds like quite a hoot!

BabyonBored said...

0h my Gawd, those pictures are cracking me up! And I have so many more. Remember the one of us in our smelly apartment sitting around the coffee table having a pseudo "party"? I can't wait to scan and get them up.

I miss you hon!! You were and always will be a true blue friend!

Tanis said...

Suddenly I'm inspired to dig up photos from my wild and wooly past.

However, I could only wish I had the nuts for the mohawk-ish hair. I covet that hair.

Coral said...

Wow these old pics are amazing! xD

Eileen said...

That is some seriously impressive 80's hair. I'm having an Aqua Net flashback right now. I love the stories of you both in LA.

Shan said...

I would love to read Stefanie's book. I admire her writing so much and more than that, her willingness to be open about the hard stuff!

joanna said...

I had such a booooring past (and hair-do) compared to you! How fun to be in a book.

Jennifer Hajer said...

I can relate to the following fashion crimes that you two have committed:

1)Aqua Net, obviously the pink and silver can and possible at home perm kit.

2) High top Reeboks. Did they come any other way?

3)Is that a pink hankerchief around STW's neck? Pass, I didn't do that one.

4)An elbow's worth of black rubber "bracelets"

5)Ahhh the half capri sweat pant. Can't tell if a name is down the front of them

Thanks for sharing your story. You were smart to hold on to those pics!

Jessica said...

There is nothing like an old friend to make you laugh! I'd love to read more about you and Stefanie's crazy days in LA!

Mom24 said...

I'd love to win this! Thanks.

Ginger Patches said...

Those pictures are great! I so remember the big hair days. Would love to have a copy of the book!

Shelby said...

I love the pics! Wish I had known you 2 back in the day!

Penny

otin said...

Those hair pictures were awesome! Brought me right back lol

Vanessa said...

The photos are hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

The Empress said...

Wish I would've had the guts to do my hair like that,but I was too chicken shit. I do remember thinking that chicks like you had balls, and wishing I had them... rock on!

Bethany AKA Mother of the Munchkins said...

That's so unbelievably awesome to be in her book! Sweet! Now, to the big hair days... I miss them on occasion but definitely not the manner in which to get it. Perms... whew... pretty sure I lost a lot of brain cells under those fumes. ;)

Karen MEG said...

Wow, that's amazing that you're in her book - what amazing pics! And the HAIR!!!

I've heard of Stef and her books, that is so cool at she's your BFF!

doggie mamma said...

oooh I love that you are in a book - love love love that! I hope randomness picks me! lol

and I of course, remember that hairdo!

The mystery package. said...

Well I have randomly come accross my new favourite blog. I have nothing but love for the 80's hair.

Rebecca said...

I swear I remember leaving a witty comment, but completely forgot what I commented.....and now it's gone. *sniff sniff*

Probably something about the big hoop earrings.........

Okay, so maybe only I Thought it was witty, but still.

Vodka Mom said...

oh Jesus, the hair TOTALLY distracted me from something witty and hilarious.

HILARIOUS.

The Empress said...

I didn't know that about you and Stef. I just discovered her last night. I was up quite awhile reading. It's quite a story. She just can't be pigeonholed into a category, can she?

Excellent reading , though.

How funny that you're both such very good writers.