My theme is Musical Memories: The Memories that music brings rushing back.
It's the late 70's and I'm in High School. Me and my friend Michelle spend a lot of time in town, cruising. Talking, laughing, flirting with guys we see, hooking up with friends. We adore the Beach Boys even though they weren't the hottest or newest group around then. Their simple, happy lyrics and tunes. And all those songs about cars! And I was car crazy.
Daddy had passed away. And I maintained the 1974 Mercury Capri he left for me, myself. Changed the oil, the plugs, kept the battery clean. The car clean. Even changed out a fuel line myself. Instead of Teen magazine or such, I subscribed to Hot Rod and Motor Trend.
The car had a button under the hood called an "interlock override". Now in all honesty, I don't know exactly what that meant. But, I did read the owners manual that said that if the car didn't start to press that little red button near the firewall. It rarely happened that I needed to, but one time it was priceless.
Me and friends had been eating a bite at Sonic Drive Inn. When I went to crank the car, I got nothing. I got out and went to the front of the car to pop the hood. You could hear teen boys all around us groaning, thinking they were going to have to get out and help. Soon as I got the hood up, I held it with one hand and reached under with the other, pushed the button, dropped the hood, got in the car, started it up and pulled out of my slot. I glanced around to see the groaners staring in amazement! The satisfaction of the moment: priceless.
I finally went to my first ever concert while in college at SFA. I saw the Beach Boys and it was awesome.
Did you ever cruise town when you were a teen?
Were you car crazy or only know where the key went?
Who was the first person or group you ever saw in concert?