Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Henny Lady
I saw something in a documentary on YouTube yesterday that I thought captured the American entrepreneurial spirit very well.
The documentary was about a rapper who lives in an impoverished area of California, near Los Angeles.
In the documentary, the rapper, who is a gangster rapper, one could say, was taking a film crew around his neighborhood, showing its members all the important spots and explaining just how people in the area live.
At one point, when this rapper and all his friends were partying, he told the film crew that the lady with whom he had just had an interaction was the Henny Lady.
At first I had no clue what the rapper was talking about. However, when I finally got it, I was in awe.
As a service, the rapper says, a woman in this California neighborhood will deliver Hennessey to your doorstep. Not only that, she will do this at any time, day or night, and “she’s faster than Dominos.”
Moreover, the Henny Lady will not only bring the cognac, but also a liter of fruity soda, the kind often mixed with Hennessey, as well as red plastic cups.
After getting straight exactly what this woman does, I rewatched the part in the video with her in it to see her again in action. After she completes the transaction, she just blends back into the scenery, her actions nothing more than prosaic.
At first, the Henny Lady and the service she provided seemed absurd to me. But after some consideration, I thought she was quite smart, and after even more consideration, it actually seemed to me that she embodied the American entrepreneurial spirit!
I would say that to posses the American entrepreneurial spirit, one has to have brains, gumption and discipline, and this woman totally had all three.
Here's to the Henny Lady!