I would never let a man ruin my life. But they sure can ruin my favorite places. For instance, there's a Mexican restaurant near me that has the best fish tacos in the city. The tacos are never soggy, they don't skimp on the guacamole, and there's nothing freaky under the fry batter.
It was my birthday this week, and I celebrated by almost getting arrested. Our story begins at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, on a day that was blazing hot - 87 degrees, to be precise. I pulled into a parking lot and noticed that the black car next to me had an adorable little white dog inside.
The great thing about friends is that sometimes they realize what you need even before you do. For example, my bestie Laura gave me a bicycle last Christmas, and I thought it was a really cool gift. But I hadn't ridden a bicycle in about 300 years, and this bike had so many bells and whistles that I didn't know if I'd ever figure it out.
Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella write a column, Chick Wit, for The Sunday Inquirer's Arts&Entertainment section. Lisa is a New York Times best-selling novelist with some 30 million copies in print worldwide. She won the Edgar Award for suspense writing, and is the president of the Mystery Writers of America. She is a Philadelphia native who lives in Chester County with four dogs, two cats, and several chickens. Visit Lisa at www.scottoline.com.
Francesca Serritella graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She is working on a novel, and lives in New York with only one dog, so far. Visit Francesca at www.francescaserritella.com.