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This is a story about how Mandy validated Mindy.

Mandy and Mindy. The similarities of their names are just a coincidence. They did not know each other, but they met once, briefly. If memory serves, this is how the chance encounter transpired that day…

“Amanda can you restock the baby tee’s and check the dressing room to see what items are back there,” Mandy said to a clerk, not looking up.

But first a little about Mandy. She is 5’ 5”, 117 pounds, a B-cup, but a C-cup when she’s having her period. She has dirty blonde hair. She wears make-up and a lip balm that tastes the way she imagines the beach would. She is cute. She loves perfume that smells vaguely of coco butter. She is the manager of an Old Navy in an important mall that provides jobs for local residents.

Then there’s Mindy. She is a customer. Mindy had been feeling down until her friend called and suggested an impromptu trip to the mall for a little shopping.

“How does this look,” Mindy asked her friend, staring in to the mirror as she shifted weight from leg to leg imagining how the mauve belted flight capris would look if she wore them out, maybe even on a date.

Mindy thought the capris would be perfect with the sleeveless floral v-neck. The outfit pleased her very much. Mindy proceeded to the checkout line.

You guessed it. Mandy was manning the register. Mindy handed Mandy her merchandise. Mandy rang it up. Mindy paid with a credit card, a Visa I think.

“Are you all straight with parking,” Mandy asked cheerily.

“Oh my God, no I almost forgot,” Mindy said fishing in her knock-off Louis Vuitton bag for the parking garage ticket. “Here it is!”

Mandy slipped it into a machine that stamped it with the Old Navy logo.


“Consider yourself validated!”

Mindy tossed the ticket in her bag and made a mental note to remember where she put it. She wanted to shop more before heading home. Mandy went back to taking inventory and thought about her plans after the shift ended.

Date Written: March 03, 2004
Author: scoop
Average Vote: 3

03/8/2004 qualcomm (2): i really thought this was going somewhere. what a letdown.
03/8/2004 Vampa1978 (2): tisk tisk...this was a bad joke told by a two bit comic on a late night network TV comedy show.
03/8/2004 Will Disney (4): whatever! this short delivers on exactly what it promises. did you read the first sentence? jees.
03/8/2004 Mr. Pony: Thought the "Ka-Chunk" was a drum fill, at first.
03/8/2004 Will Disney: by the way, welcome to the site, Vampa.
03/8/2004 qualcomm: damn disney. the number of terrible shorts you've given 4s to makes me sick, considering the number of far superior shorts written by me that you haven't given 4s to. might have to write an essay on that. anyway, this short is so fucking boring. which would be okay if the payoff were satisfying or funny or something, but it isn't.
03/8/2004 anonymous: It did go somewhere, Feldspar. Use your fancy Jew head and figure it out.
03/8/2004 Vampa1978: thanks for the welcome...i'm a legal observer at the moment.
03/8/2004 Dylan Danko (2): Where does Amanda fit into all of this? Please don't answer that.
03/8/2004 qualcomm: pretend i'm an idiot, author, and explain it to me.
03/8/2004 Ewan Snow (3): I didn't think this was so bad. I liked the pointless details about her bra size, and there were a few other bits that were amusing. Maybe I'm dim, but I didn't see the parking thing coming, and assumed the "validation" would be emotional (or relating to how she looked in the clothes). And considering the ratings, I was expecting it to be worse. It was longer than needed, however, and I didn't laugh out loud.
03/8/2004 Ewan Snow: Good point, danko. That paragraph could have easily been cut, no?
03/8/2004 qualcomm: yeah, my 2-star may have been 'churlish'. but i still don't like it. nuh-uh! no!
03/8/2004 Jon Matza (3): The brand name/credit card/Mindy-Mandy milieu seemed a bit obvious as a comic target. Enjoyed the subtle erotic undercurrents though.
03/8/2004 Will Disney: yeah, right - this one is sexy.
03/8/2004 Jimson S. Sorghum (4):
03/8/2004 Mr. Pony (3): Wow! Who validated whom? Gosh, I dunno. I really don't. This thing is on the edge of the edge of something...but it's not quite there yet.
03/11/2004 senator (4): Surprise ending. I like. I thought Amanda was a good joke. I think highschool chicks in the mall are hot. Validate.
03/25/2004 anonymous (1): Two stars for this one. It seems aware of the easiness of the targets and was playing with that a bit. But it needs a one star to overcompensate for those high ratings.