Saturday, June 6, 2009


Of all the people I’ve lost contact with over the years, I’ve regretted losing touch with Allya Canepa the most. Allya was one of Dominic’s early girlfriends. She went to Villa Duchesne.

At the time all the girls we knew went there or Rosati-Kane. I have no idea how we dirty, city rat, teen age boys ended up hanging out with these privileged Catholic high school girls but we loved it.

This was when we were all learning how to drive. Dominic got into a couple of crashes and somehow Allya helped him through the financial consequences. Dom was so rattled he wouldn’t drive or get his license for years.

One of my favorite memories is sleeping on her couch in Webster Groves. The house was dark. Allya came downstairs and instead of turning on the lights she turned on the radio. It was King Crimson’s “Court of the Crimson King”. We sat together in the dark listening to it. I really thought she was my best friend at that point.

Allya fell from the sky through FaceBook recently. I almost wrote a post about her last year but it seemed a little gushy. Now I’m glad I waited. I reminded her about that night. She was very sweet about it.

In the early 80s Pam and I were attending an event at Webster College. We bumped into Allya. I’m pretty sure it was the last time I saw her. Pam and I were slick, new wave social sophisticates and Allya was in full hippie drag complete with a gypsy dress and John Lennon glasses. The encounter was brief and it almost felt as if we really didn’t know each other.

This has happened to me several times in my life. I’ll run into someone, they might even have a knowing glint in their eyes and I am totally oblivious. I get a little self absorbed. A bad habit of mine I find hard to break.

I almost forgot. I wanted to name our daughter Allya but Kim thought it was too odd. We named her Chloe and at the time that was an odd name. 

I grabbed a recent pic of Allya in India from her FaceBook. She’s living in Boulder, CO now, not far from Tracey. I’m not sure if he knows her though. The other pics are Pam and Me. The color one is a portrait we had taken at the South City Famous-Barr. We took advantage of some free promotion they were doing.The b&w one is by Matt O’Shea. It’s hard to keep up with FaceBook but I can’t believe all the old friends I’m finding.


Anonymous said...


I'm so glad you posted that campy photo of you and Pam, with her red parrot pin hanging halfway down her blouse. (Your description at the time.)

Your Mom

Allya said...

Hi David - That was fun, running into your blog. City rats and Catholic girls - some things never change! It is fascinating how pivotal points in our lives hang in there. That moment when I helped Dom about the car, together with the moment when David P stole all the cash from my piggy bank together with the fact that all this was being earned while "baby sitting" on Pershing Place has pretty much become my classic form, wider and wider - maybe - but never as succinct as exactly then. I do remember running into you again. I had probably been deeo into my Vermont hermitage. What I always find peculiar is how people remember me as a hippie. I must have been in disguise. And I John Lennon is a hero. Nonetheless ... I would dress like Meryl Streep in Prada if I had that kind of clothing budget! Love to you...

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