“The Combo” episode, like most of the story lines for HOT MESS is based in truth. When I was a Freshman in high school, my locker was in the middle of the ‘cool girls’ lockers. The girls felt it was their duty to make me feel unwelcome in order to have me change my locker location. One morning I came into school to find they decided to decorate my locker in an array of derogatory names – “loser” being the only one I can repeat here. I wanted to curl up into a ball and die. Luckily, something in my head said don’t let them win. I didn’t change my locker but I did change my attitude. It was that day my skin got a bit tougher.