“You looked like a riot girl.”

Taking the bus home from school in grade 7, a girl tapped me on the shoulder. She handed me a tape that had cute stickers of ladybugs and dinosaurs on it and said she thought I’d like it. Then she got off the bus. The tape had Bikini Kill, Pussy Whipped on it, amongst a few others like Huggy Bear and Babes in Toyland. This tape changed my life! I listened to it every single day and finally convinced my Dad to buy me a guitar. Still playing to this day, 15 years later. I met the girl again about 3 years ago and hugged her, thanking her for giving me that tape. She said “you looked like a riot girl”. We are still friends.

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