A Mime’s Job Is Never Done Part 8

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If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody'd be surfin'
Like Californi-a
You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin' U.S.A.
You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar
Ventura County line
Santa Cruz and Trestle
Australia's Narabine
All over Manhattan
And down Doheny Way
Everybody's gone surfin'
Surfin' U.S.A.

Colette wonders where the music that was playing was coming from. She spots a crowd down on the boardwalk where she normally took a break when she was performing. She makes her way toward the crowd and spots four young teenage girls wearing bikinis performing a popular Beach Boys song.

A smile appears on her face as she listens to them sing. They put their spin on the song, but they were really good. This was the first time that she knew that a band performed on the boardwalk.

All the girls were dressed in cute bikinis and were lightly tanned. The drummer of the group looked like Soleil Moon Frye from Punky Brewster. The keyboard player was a young Asian girl who looked cute. The lead singer/guitar player had curly brown hair. The bass player was a young black girl with a nice figure and light skin.

After they finished singing, the crowd clapped and tossed money into the opened guitar case. Colette pulls out some money from a pocket on her shorts and tosses it into the case. The girls thank everyone who gives them money.

After a few minutes, the girls start playing I’m a Believer from The Monkees. The girls put their twist on the song, which makes it sound like a cross between The Monkees and Smash Mouth. When the young girls finish playing, I’m A Believer. They start playing Love Shack by the B52s.

Colette noticed the girls play beach-style songs from various artists. She liked how the girls choose their songs and how they traded off on the lead singer. Sometimes the lead singer would sing a song, but then she would let the bass player sing the next song or the synthesizer player would sing a song or two.

When they perform Love Shack, the lead singer and bass player would perform a crazy little dance step. When the four girls take a break after playing seven songs. One of the stores nearby sends one of their employees over with bottles of cold water for the girls.

Colette walks up to the girls “You girls are amazing. Is this a standard thing for you ladies?”

Beverly looks at the young woman with her arm in a sling. She has seen her perform a few times down on the boardwalk.

“We’re just starting. Normally, we perform down at the Clam Shack.” Beverly was glad that Charity’s uncle let them perform there.

“Where did you first perform?” Colette was curious about them.

“Our school’s talent show. We came out dressed in one-piece swimsuits and played Surfer Girl by The Beach Boys.” All of them had been
nervous standing in front of their peers.

“Did you ladies win first place?”

“We came in third place, but our band director was proud of us. He suggested we should try out for more contests since we sounded so good.” Beverly knew their little band had a secret about them.

“Well, I have to say you ladies did extremely well. Are you ladies going to be performing down here full-time?”

“Unfortunately, no. We have other venues during the week and weekend that we have been hired to perform at. I’ve noticed you haven’t been performing down here much. Is everything okay?”

“Everything is fine, I was in a car accident and hurt my ribs and shoulder. So, for the next two weeks, I can’t do any performing. My doctor advises against it.”

“I’m sorry to hear that. Why don’t you stick around and we’ll dedicate our next song to you.” Beverly smiles at Colette.

“Thanks.” Colette watches as Beverly walks back over to her bandmates and speaks to them.

Beverly explains everything to her friends and sister. She walks up to the mic “We would like to dedicate our next song to everyone’s favorite mime.”

The girls start playing Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles. Beverly smiles at Colette as she sings the lyrics to the song. After that song, they perform Dude Looks Like A Lady by Aerosmith.

Beverly and the young black lady in the group start doing a crazy dance step to the song.

The crowd stops and listens to the girls. When they are done performing that song. They play Eye of The Tiger by Survivor. Of course, the song has its twist on it, but it sounded nice.

Colette walks over to one of the vendors not far from where the girls are playing and pays for lunch for them. The vendor said the next time the girls stop for a break, they would deliver the food to them.

Afterward, Colette heads towards the grocery store to pick up a few things. Since she is going to be sidelined for two weeks, she’ll eat at home, instead of going out to eat. While she is in the grocery store, Colette notices the store just got in some fresh scallops. She buys two packages of fresh scallops and some spices for them. She doesn’t normally buy scallops, because they cost too much. But, since these were fresh and just came in, she decided to splurge some and buy them.

Once she pays for everything, she calls an Uber to pick her up. While she is waiting for the Uber driver to show up, she spots a car speeding by the grocery store parking lot, followed by two police cars. Colette shakes her and wonders why the cops were chasing after them.

The Uber driver she called finally shows up. When Colette gets into the car, she spots that Ana had gotten her hair done. It was different than she normally kept it.

“Nice style, Ana.” Colette sits back against the seat.

“Thanks, so what happened to you?” Ana looks at Colette in her rearview mirror.

“Car accident. My poor Honda is damaged beyond repair and with my arm in the sling, I can’t drive my scooter.”

“Sorry to hear that, Colette.” Once Ana was sure that Colette was settled. She drives towards Colette’s place.

“So, how long are you sideline?” Ana knew Colette hated not performing.

“Two weeks. My doctor advises against me doing any performances until my ribs and shoulder are better.”

“Ouch! You hurt your ribs as well?” Ana knew that had to hurt.

“Yep, I bruised my ribs and dislocated my shoulder. So, now I’ll have some free time on my hands until I get the doctor’s okay to perform again.

So, how are things proceeding between you and Jacob?” Colette knew Ana has been dating Jacob for a while now.

“Going well. I meet his parents last weekend. We took them out for dinner at Shelly’s.”

“Man, I bet they liked that. Shelly’s has one of the best menus in the city.”

“And expensive as well. The food was excellent and Jacob’s parents were nice. His mother used to be a school teacher and his father is a bookkeeper for a seafood whole seller.”

“I bet he gets a good price on seafood.” Colette knew most people who work for the seafood industry get good discounts.

“He does. According to Jacob, his father did some horse trading for the large butterfly shrimps for scallops from the company he works for.”

“Lucky devil.” Colette liked seafood, especially the large butterfly shrimp and such.

It doesn’t take long for Ana to drop Colette off at home. It was only a twenty-minute ride from the store to Colette’s place. Ana gives Colette a hand unloading the groceries and carrying them to her apartment.

“Thanks, Ana.” Colette gives Ana a twenty-dollar bill for helping her.

“Any time.” Ana accepts the bill.

Colette watches as Ana leaves. She shuts the door to her apartment and starts putting the groceries away.

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It always good to know people or meet some people. In this case the girl band & Collette knew her Uber Driver which is nice. I wonder what mischief College will get into next.

Love Samantha Renée Heart.