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U ask what it was like?
U ask what it was like?
I'm a child of the late 60s - early 70s who learned how to projectile vomit when disco became the rage; prior to that I saw no need to do so.
I am often asked by the younger generation what it was like to grow up in the 60s.
My first answer is usually "nobody who was really there remembers"
My second answer is a little more serious "It was fuckin cool; unfortunately your stuck with the excrement that the sixties produced."
But if I am pressed for a really serious answer it becomes very complex.
First off there was jfk - he had a lot of hopes and dreams for a better world. fairer, a genuine concern for the poor and disadvantaged, the courage to face down the soviets, in tune with a world on the brink of radical change. Every november I remember what I went through as a little boy, what our nation went through, when he was taken. On that day our innocence was lost forever; the fifties died along with jfk.
Next would be the Beatles. I only remember seeing their poster in my sister's bedroom and asking why their hair looked so funny when they came on the scene. I didn't realize how much the music of that bad would have an effect on myself and friends growing up. My hair ended up being 1/2 way down my back in the early seventies.
Vietnam was no big deal for us until 65 or so. It became our Iraq war; but on steroids. Over 50,000 guys died there. Everybody knew someone who died. Those who came home were often pretty fucked up in the head and today you can still see the results if you know them well enough.
In those days homosexuals were not allowed in the service. Many guys would wear their sister's underwear when drafted trying to win a deferment.
Some went to Canada, some ate a whole turkey (hoping to raise their blood pressure), I heard of one who got drunk, put his foot on a stump and had his friend slam it with a sledgehammer.
I had a brother-in-law their; came back a heroin addict. I remember, when I was 15, holding him down on the floor while he went through a vietnam flashback. Did I mention we didn't have the counseling services of today in the 60s?
There were good things too.
My first love. Said if I really loved her I would wait - smile. Wasn't until years later when we looked each other up that I got in the sack with her lol. It didn't work out the second time either but I still think a lot of her.
Discovered marijuana at 16. Now that was a turning point. That would have been 1970. It was just hitting the east coast hard about then.
Ok thats all u get for your quarter tonight - if I'm in the mood I'll write more about it in the future. Now off to bed with ya .
12/10/2005 7:53 pm
Geez... lol... I can identify.|
12/11/2005 7:32 am
Slide - Its nice to look back at what shaped us as people sometimes isn't it.|
12/11/2005 8:20 pm
mzhunyhole - I still let my hair grow long from time to time. I guess old hippies never die, we just join AdultFriendFinder lol.|