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Day 6: A song that reminds you of somewhere

14 Jun

Today is Day 6, A song that reminds you of somewhere.  Once again, I have a problem (big surprise, huh?).  So many songs remind me of somewhere or something I was doing somewhere.  From Rusted Root’s The Cat Turned Blue which I listened to while playing video games on my brother’s computer to the Baywatch theme from when we used to play Baywatch at camp.  I’ve got favorite songs for driving, favorite songs I sing while snowmobiling, etc.  It’s so easy to pick a song that reminds me of somewhere, that I’m having difficulty with it.  Looking back at my life, I can’t help but be brought back to Camp and all the great times I had there.  There are definitely songs that stick into my head when I think of those great summers.  During the summer of 1996, my dad, brother, and I had just bought a new boat.  We bought it from some friends who had gotten a new boat and were looking to get rid of their old one.  It had very low hours on it, as they rarely used it.  Most of the boats we’ve had have been unique in their own way.  This one was no different.  It was white on the top and had an orange hull.  When my friends saw it, they immediately thought of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.  Every time I hear the theme song from The Dukes of Hazzard, I am immediately brought back to all the great times we had on my orange boat.

Driving Mr. Rums

7 Jun

Mom, you may not want to read this one….

 

I love driving.  I have since I first took my moms car without asking when I was 14.  I officially started driving on my 16th birthday.  In reality I’d been driving for a couple of years on and off.  I have driving almost every day since then.  Yes, I know.  Who cares about that.  You want a juicy, possibly embarrassing story.  I’m getting to it dang it.  Let me get some set up in here will ya?!?!

Once I got my license I was “forced” to play chauffeur for my brother.  I may have pissed and moaned a bit, but the reality of the situation is that I would get more time behind the wheel, and this was a good thing.  One night I picked my brother up from a dance at his school.  He told me that we needed to bring two of his friends home because their parents couldn’t come get them.  No.  Problem (I get to stay out later driving around?  SCORE!).

So we take off, flying down some country back road that used to be part of my bus route.  It’s funny how in 2 years you forget where the huge jump is in the road.  This is the kind of bump in the road, that at 25mph in a bus, you hit your head if you are behind the rear tires.  I think we were doing about 60…  Yea Haw!  (People wonder why I’ve always liked The Dukes of Hazzard)  This was the first time I had ever been airborne in a car while I was driving.  I’ll save the first few times I was airborne for another time.  CRASH!  We hit the road, compressing the shocks, then they rebound all the way, then compress all the way again.  Whew.  Made it!

Oh.  Crap!  A 90 degree turn?!?!  Seriously?  Here?  Now?  We’re going to die.  Hold on to your butts!  Needless to say, we made the turn perfectly and I got a quick glimpse in the rear-view mirror.  The two kids sitting in the back seat’s eyes were the size of dinner plates.  They were HUGE.  I’m surprised they didn’t pee or poo themselves.

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