Wednesday, September 09, 2009

That's a 10-4 Rubber Duck

Guess what I'm doing tonight? If you guessed that I'm having fun driving my kids crazy, you'd be partially right. Of course, I enjoy doing that a lot. But tonight in particular. :) I'm also researching 1978 for a time-travel romance I'm writing. Why 1978? I graduated from high school that year. Between going to the disco several nights a week most every week and switching gears a couple times a month and going to the square dance and doing the CB radio thing, I had loads of fun. My kids, and probably most of the people alive today, seem to think the 1970's were weird. But it was FUN! Partially I think so because I was a teenager. But I think that merely allowed me to enjoy it as I wasn't fettered by diapers or a wedding ring yet. The 80's and 90's and even today, seem pretty boring in comparison to the 70's. I wasn't a Burt Reynolds groupie (that was my hubby) but I thought he was hilarious as the Bandit in "Smokey and the Bandit". I don't recall ever seeing "Convoy" with Kris Kristoffersen and Ali McGraw, but I figured now was a good time to remind me of things 70's. I was hoping to download it on the computer and watch it, but we can't find a version that looks safe. But there's You Tube! So I've been playing Convoy videos on You Tube to immerse myself in the times. I'll have to visit Blockbuster this weekend to see if I can rent it. My dad's CB handle was "Speed Boat". I don't remember mine or if I even had one. Back then every female was "Foxy Lady" or "Foxy something". It's cracking me up: "Love Machine", "Rubber Duck", "Bears in the Air"... Yes, a lot of people really talked that way - in Ohio, USA where I lived, anyway. Usually it was in snippets. "Ten-four" and "Put the pedal to the medal" was pretty common. The kids got smart - they pulled out their headphones so they can tune out my wacky songs and videos. Shoot! They're destroying my fun. Dang kids! But not all of it. I'm pretty easily amused and laughing at this trip down memory lane. I'm also having fun writing this time travel. I hope I can do it justice. I'm trying. You'll also want to see what Amarinda Jones, Anika Hamilton, Anny Cook, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Rebel, Kelly Kirch, Molly Daniels, Sandra Cox, Regina Carlysle, and Cindy Spencer Pape are up to, so make sure to visit them also. :)


Molly Daniels said...

Got your ears on?

Breaker breaker one-nine...there's a Smokey knockin' at your back door...

My next door neighbor was 'Sweet Stuff'; I was 12 and had braces, so I was 'Metal Mouth'. I loved the show Eight is Enough and couldn't wait to be 18 so I could disco all night!

Was a HUGE Burt Reynolds and John Travolta fan, as well as the Bee Gees, Shaun Cassidy, and Bay City Rollars.

Uh-oh...gotta get the baby up so he can go ten-one hundred...

Linda Kage said...

Well, dang. I feel like I've got peanut butter in my ears because I missed out on the 70s except for the last three months of '79.

Sounds like growing up in then was rich with culture. All the nineties had to offer were grunge bands, Titanic, and the beginning of Harry Potter.

The Bumbles said...

We love Smokey too - and Andy is a huge fan of the Convoy song from the movie. CB's were so cool - I was a pre-teen then so didn't get to be Foxy anything :0(

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