Dandy Day is a thirty-five year old free-spirited, commitment-phobic, Venice Boardwalk roller skating waitress. When Dandy is suddenly dumped by her therapist, right when they were on the brink of figuring out why her relationships last only a whopping three months, Dandy decides to take her relationship issues into her own hands. With the reluctant help of her lifelong best friend, Simon, Dandy tracks down her exes one by one and does a relationship autopsy on each of them in order to get to the bottom of her relationship challenged life.
A short novel about love, friendship and grown ups (sort of) growing up (sort of).
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There’s another dream I have about once a year. I have no memory of my dad, so I have no way of knowing if he and my mom were ever happy together. I do have one photo of him, though. He’s leaning against a red Jeep, smiling into the camera with a grin on his face, like he just got away with something, and wouldn’t you like to know what? He has the butt end of a lit cigarette dangling from his lips. He’s wearing a striped brown derby hat. He has bushy eyebrows, but even so, he was without argument a very good-looking man. He looks like he could charm the pants off of you. Which I guess is exactly what he did to my mom, who had me about 9 months after meeting him.
My mom was there too. She was stunningly beautiful and serene, with blonde, wavy hair and big, blue knowing eyes. I remember she was always laughing. Not the kind of laugh you laugh after hearing a joke but the kind of laugh where you are so full of joy that you have no choice but to laugh.
My mom and dad are sailing on the clear, blue ocean, over calm waters, the wind in their hair, they hold on to one another tightly. Mom was joyous, and dad was charming. And together, in this yearly dream of mine, they were deeply, undeniably in love. It’s as if nothing outside of themselves on that sailboat on that perfect summer day could harm them.
Then the sea gets suddenly choppy and huge, ten foot swells begin to rock them violently around the boat. They lose their balance. My dad lets go of my mom to tend to the boat, and my mom’s smile starts to fade as she watches him go. He looks like he’s about to take the wheel, but instead he tips his hat to my mom and dives off the ship, leaving mom alone on the rocking boat. Then there’s a baby’s cry heard from inside the cabin. I can’t see the baby, but I’m guessing that I’m that baby. My mom’s smile returns briefly. But not completely. The baby’s cries get louder and louder, and mom slowly begins to vanish. First it’s her left arm, then her right, then her legs. A piece of her keeps vanishing one at a time, as the baby’s cries grow louder, the wind whips the boat to and fro until finally… mom is completely gone. The baby is now alone on the rocking boat in the middle of the storm. Still crying.
That’s when I wake up. Disappointed that the dream always ends the same way.
Everything was perfect until dad jumped ship and mom disappeared.
I feel painfully sad for that baby.
Annie was born in Hollywood, raised in the valley. She avoided the valley girl accent by speaking backwards for the first 15 years of her life. As an actress she has guest starred on several TV shows. You may remember her best in her recurring role on Becker with Ted Danson, Lara in Good Luck Chuck and as the host of her own nationally syndicated dating show, BZZZ! which she also co-produced. As a writer, she is a produced and published playwright and recently had a comedic scene in the NBC/UNIVERSAL showcase. Her web-series, Karma’s a B*tch http://anniewood.com/karma.htm was chosen by Virgin America as BEST OF THE WEB and season 2 is now in the works. Her books of comedic scenes, Snapshots! & Act Up & Make a Scene have been performed on Hollywood stages and is available on Amazon. She lives in Los Angeles with her charming, Italian husband and her equally charming, Jewish/Buddhist/Italian dog, Lucy.
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