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Jackie and The Plan by Michael McDonald One of the first pieces of advice my mother gave me as a kid was that nobody was perfect If its one thing that I have observed in people its just that Even the most morally perfect people sometimes stumble and have a moment that theyre not really proud of Take me for instance I love my friends Theyre really the most important thing to me in the world next to my family So when I did something with malicious intent I felt contemptible I have a friend named Jackie who is from San Jose If you have spent any length of time in Santa Cruz you know how the locals feel about people from San Jose otherwise know as trannies We make fun of them heckle them I even have friends who like to beat them up for fun But Jackie was different Jackie didnt dress like them She dressed like a Santa Cruz local She didnt really talk like them The only thing was that she did say hella some Jackie came from a really rough childhood and that made it very hard for us to give her a hard time Her mother died when she was fifteen and she had been living on her own for about two years it really showed Shes the only one of my friends who knew how to balance a checkbook and pay the bills by the time she was seventeen We met Jackie though another friend of ours His name was Spike and they worked together at Blockbuster Jackie had transferred from a blockbuster in San Jose Since she didnt really know anybody yet Spike invited her to hang out with out crew It was cool to have someone new around She was into all the same stuff we were skateboarding music hanging out partying She had two roommates in a
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