Cruisin  

TTigerAtty 63M
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4/21/2006 4:59 pm

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Cruisin

I suppose many of us have grown up in a small town or city that had a Main Street or a Broadway Street. As the sun set this April evening on Broadway in Cape Girardeau, MO, I was reminded of a time too many years ago when I had my first car and my first young love. See if you can remember a similar time in your life, where you were and who you were with.

Cruisin' down Broadway
On a Friday night.
Engine pulsating,
And I'm feelin' alright.

Lookin' really cool
In my shiny Corvette.
Top down, in third gear,
Recallin' how we met.

Cruisin' down Broadway
And feelin' alright!
Oh yeah, we're cruisin',
Cruisin' down Broadway!

Soft breeze in our hair,
Moonlit night so clear.
Happy that we've been
Together for a year.

We met last April
At a baseball game.
I walked up to you
And asked your name.

Cruisin' down Broadway
And feelin' alright!
Oh yeah, we're cruisin',
Cruisin' down Broadway!

I'm off to college
This coming September.
We've got until then
To be together.

So let's make the most
Of our time this summer.
Sharing our young love,
A time we'll remember.

Cruisin' down Broadway
And feelin' alright!
Oh yeah, we're cruisin',
Cruisin' down Broadway!


So, if you don't mind sharing:

1. Do you remember cruisin' down the main street in your town when you were a senior in high school?

2. Do you remember who you were with?

Copyright © April, 2006 by TTigerAtty


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MOfunNOWWOW 56F

4/21/2006 9:37 pm

Cool post and absolutely! Lots of different cars.
68 Chevy IMP was my favorite cause of the power and all the people it could hold. Also great for drive ins. My usual crew was Linda, Becky and Cheryl. {=}


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Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
4/22/2006 9:37 am

Great post! I didn't do any cruising. I missed out that!!! But, I'm sure I made up for it in other ways! LOL!

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Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
4/22/2006 9:38 am

Great post!!! I did not do any cruising - so I guess I missed out on that. You can bet I made up for it with other things though! LOL!

Whisper...


DrLoveEsoterica 64M
219 posts
4/22/2006 10:16 am

Hey TTiger . . .

Our town was so small it was just called "Main Street", but I recall a lot of fun times . . . Mine was a '67 Galaxy (Couldn't afford a Vet, but my back seat was a LOT more fun than yours) This was the late '60's/early '70's so CB radios were just getting popular for the first time . . . I had one of those big steel whip antennas on my rear bumper. Friday nights after home football games . . . Gathering at the Tastee-Freeze for a burger and a malt . . . Talking your girl into a ride up to the mountain to see how far you could "talk on your radio" . . . both of you knowing there wouldn't be much talking when you got there, but the view and the opportunity were both great once you did.

For my junior prom, my older sister let me borrow her new car . . . Things were goin' great until I came home after the dance to change clothes and she checked my trunk . . . Found the booze stash for the after-party and confiscated it ALL! (Almost woke up Mom and Dad and didn't let me go back out, but I talked her out of it somehow.) . . . The only things she missed were two bottles of cheap champagne I had under my front seat. I learned later that night why champagne bottles are so thick. Take my word for it and NEVER transfer champagne into your favorite leather covered flask to be carried in your hip pocket during the after-dance. The explosion nearly blew my pants off! Oh what fun we had when we were young!

There were many girls back then, but without a doubt, my one true love at that time was "Lisa". I really messed that up "big time" . . . but I'll not fill your blog with that story.

Good blog question . . . and a fun stroll down memory lane. Thanks!

Doc


TTigerAtty 63M

4/22/2006 11:15 am

    Quoting MOfunNOWWOW:
    Cool post and absolutely! Lots of different cars.
    68 Chevy IMP was my favorite cause of the power and all the people it could hold. Also great for drive ins. My usual crew was Linda, Becky and Cheryl. {=}
Those were the good old days! Remember those drive-ins? I went to Ronnie's 66 Cinema 24 in St. Louis a few months ago. It is located where there famous drive-in used to be located. That have a neat cafe in there with the drive-in speakers as artifacts. I loved the fun cars too! I'd go back in a heartbeat!


TTigerAtty 63M

4/22/2006 11:18 am

    Quoting Whispersoftly5:
    Great post!!! I did not do any cruising - so I guess I missed out on that. You can bet I made up for it with other things though! LOL!

    Whisper...
Ha! Ha! Whisper, I was stupid and spent way to much time drivin' around burnin' up gas! Thought the girls would just jump in with me, but they didn't! Well, I drank alot of beer!


TTigerAtty 63M

4/22/2006 11:23 am

    Quoting DrLoveEsoterica:
    Hey TTiger . . .

    Our town was so small it was just called "Main Street", but I recall a lot of fun times . . . Mine was a '67 Galaxy (Couldn't afford a Vet, but my back seat was a LOT more fun than yours) This was the late '60's/early '70's so CB radios were just getting popular for the first time . . . I had one of those big steel whip antennas on my rear bumper. Friday nights after home football games . . . Gathering at the Tastee-Freeze for a burger and a malt . . . Talking your girl into a ride up to the mountain to see how far you could "talk on your radio" . . . both of you knowing there wouldn't be much talking when you got there, but the view and the opportunity were both great once you did.

    For my junior prom, my older sister let me borrow her new car . . . Things were goin' great until I came home after the dance to change clothes and she checked my trunk . . . Found the booze stash for the after-party and confiscated it ALL! (Almost woke up Mom and Dad and didn't let me go back out, but I talked her out of it somehow.) . . . The only things she missed were two bottles of cheap champagne I had under my front seat. I learned later that night why champagne bottles are so thick. Take my word for it and NEVER transfer champagne into your favorite leather covered flask to be carried in your hip pocket during the after-dance. The explosion nearly blew my pants off! Oh what fun we had when we were young!

    There were many girls back then, but without a doubt, my one true love at that time was "Lisa". I really messed that up "big time" . . . but I'll not fill your blog with that story.

    Good blog question . . . and a fun stroll down memory lane. Thanks!

    Doc
Great story, Doc! I can tell you still think about Lisa! I love that story about the champagne, and I appreciate knowing that. I used to carry a flask to our dance jobs (played in a big band back then), but I usually had whiskey or gin in it. Glad I didn't get the bright idea to fill it with champagne!


rm_magnet4u22 50F
18406 posts
4/22/2006 12:16 pm

We used to cruise the A&W drive in in my brother's 57 Chevy...3 on the floor, dual exhausts, slicks...coolest car in town...of course, I didn't get to drive it!!! Then we would go to the beach to go "grunion hunting" I always threatened to tell mom and dad if he didn't let me go.



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DrLoveEsoterica 64M
219 posts
4/22/2006 12:52 pm

I hadn't planned to have champagne in it either . . . just all I had left after my sister raided the trunk . . . and btw, I played drums in a jazz band . . . by chance are we the same person in alternate worlds?

Doc


DrLoveEsoterica 64M
219 posts
4/22/2006 1:01 pm

I hadn't planned to have champagne in it either . . . just all I had left after my sister raided the trunk . . . and btw, I played drums in a jazz band . . . by chance are we the same person in alternate worlds? (Read my reply to an earlier post about what you did Easter weekend and you'll understand this question.)

Doc


TTigerAtty 63M

4/22/2006 5:42 pm

    Quoting newaroundhere64:
    E 14th St. was the Strip we used to cruise. First in my brother's '69 Chevy Impala SS396 than later in my 64 Buick LaSabre. "The Beige Bomb" it was affectionatly known as. Could get 3 in the front, 4 in the back.

    3rd gear???? THAT'S not cruising. Hell, if we could get up to 3rd gear, it was time to turn around! E. 14th was 2 lanes each way. The trick was to get in the left lane, so we could talk with the Betties (thanks, aascrompn, for sticking me on that phrase)as they were cruisin' the other way.

    Then off to Sambo's (remember them? Did they have Sambo's in MO?) for a late night snack and meet up with whoever we could talk into meeting us there.

    Me, Steve, Charlie, Paul and Jerry never did hook up with the babes while cruising. It was an earlier version of AdultFriendFinder, I guess!!!
This is so funny reading all these stories! I feel like I'm watching American Graffiti all over again! Many times I was out with my buds too, and we never scored. We would have been scared to death! Sometimes, we got lucky and got in on a beer bust on a county road in the country! I was a cross between Terry 'The Toad' Fields played by Charles Martin Smith and Curt Henderson played by Richard Dreyfuss. Our drive-in was an A&W Root Beer Stand. No Wolfman Jack either because Hermann, MO had no radio station! I wonder what we would have done if we had had computers, the internet and AdultFriendFinder? I guess I wouldn't have developed by pool shootin' skills!


TTigerAtty 63M

4/22/2006 5:51 pm

    Quoting rm_magnet4u22:
    We used to cruise the A&W drive in in my brother's 57 Chevy...3 on the floor, dual exhausts, slicks...coolest car in town...of course, I didn't get to drive it!!! Then we would go to the beach to go "grunion hunting" I always threatened to tell mom and dad if he didn't let me go.
Mag ... Those '57 Chevy's were hot cars back then! Seemed like everyone lusted for one! My buddy who played alto sax in our big band had a lime green '57 Chevy. Can't remember anymore how it was geared or what size engine he had in it. It was cool looking thought! What is a "grunion"? Is that like a "snipe"?


TTigerAtty 63M

4/22/2006 7:00 pm

    Quoting DrLoveEsoterica:
    I hadn't planned to have champagne in it either . . . just all I had left after my sister raided the trunk . . . and btw, I played drums in a jazz band . . . by chance are we the same person in alternate worlds? (Read my reply to an earlier post about what you did Easter weekend and you'll understand this question.)

    Doc
Doc ... You're right! We could have been Siamese twins separated at birth. I read your comment about your trips back home to Virginia and commented to you about "Country Roads" and your father's story telling. I can related to both! I'm glad you stopped by and I will come visit you when you start your own blog!


bardicman 51M

4/22/2006 7:04 pm

1964 Dodge Dart, Cruisin with Donna.

If I could turn back time...

Nothing like cruisin town in a car that is the same age I was.



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rm_luke69iner 49M
3275 posts
4/22/2006 9:14 pm

Nice memories

Thanks


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Sorceror07 55M

4/23/2006 12:36 am

i grew up in ft. lauderdale, fl... so i cruised the ft. lauderdale strip at the end of it's heyday, before they shut it down. used to cruise it in my friend jeff's 72 patchwork blue and bondo camaro... it looked like crap but it blew doors!

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TTigerAtty 63M

4/23/2006 5:48 am

    Quoting bardicman:
    1964 Dodge Dart, Cruisin with Donna.

    If I could turn back time...

    Nothing like cruisin town in a car that is the same age I was.
I'll bet Richie Valens' hit song 'Donna' has a special meaning and appeal for you! I was talking with someone on IM the other night and we think the kids no longer cruise because of the internet. They now "cruise the web" on a Friday and Saturday night. 'Seems that way here, at least. Broadway used to be jam packed on a Friday night especially. Bumper to bumper both ways! I'd like to go back to those days too! Thanks for dropping by!


TTigerAtty 63M

4/23/2006 5:50 am

Luke! Good to see you back! Are you posting again? I'll have to drop by and have a beer with you!


TTigerAtty 63M

4/23/2006 5:53 am

    Quoting Sorceror07:
    i grew up in ft. lauderdale, fl... so i cruised the ft. lauderdale strip at the end of it's heyday, before they shut it down. used to cruise it in my friend jeff's 72 patchwork blue and bondo camaro... it looked like crap but it blew doors!
Sorce, that must have been like a candy store! The bondo comment brought back certain images. Ya' know, I don't see that anymore! I guess it's just not "cool" anymore! Thanks for cruisin' by!


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