New playlist today. Had to hear a few things.
Doing some reflecting.
This month is my birthday. Its a few weeks away.
Once again I think back on being younger.
The powerful things that shaped my mind.
The music, the people, the TV, the movies, the events.
What year (or years) held major importance.
I can track' em. I know the ones.
One in particular 79-80.
What a year. It held everything.
I remember roller skates. Grease. Star Wars was in full hype.
Xanadu-Olivia Newton John.
Flash Gordon- first movie I saw without my parents.
Bad, bad movie. But I loved every moment of it.
Fantasy Island was in its golden run.
Smiles, everyone smiles.
I love lunch boxes. Still do.
What fantastic buckets of glory.
The best? At school- Lunch time. You could see rows and rows of lunch boxes.
Each lunch box reflected a different kid.
You had lunch boxes with Batman, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars,
Wonder Woman, Grease, Bee Gees, the list goes on.
Roller Rinks- I love roller rinks.
The sweet smell of sugar syrup, ice cream machines,
followed with the nasty smell of moldy socks.
Music with a beat urging you to that great smooth floor.
Neon light with that special black light glow-
turning anything white into a super funky delight.
Was I any good at skating?
Did that stop me?
I would spend hours smashing myself into walls covered in carpet.
Once a month. Usually a skate party. Or school party.
I would take off to the rink.
To be a target for other kids to bruise, smash, and collide into.
But it was a safe place.
It sounds funny.
Most often my parents would drop me off.
With a set time to meet outside.
They would send me with five or ten bucks.
That was the best.
The snack bar was the ultimate delight.
Ice cream, corn dogs, sno-cones, licorice, pizza, candy.
Blisters- I remember blisters.
I remember bringing extra socks.
It was a place to flirt, be cool, fall on your ass, pick yourself back up.
I remember kids that would fall and not get back up.
Its not for everyone.
On the rink- its much like life.
You have kids that want to go fast, slow, some that can glide with grace,
others who cry and cling to the safety walls.
Some who sit and just eat. Never setting foot on the rink.
Just eating and watching others.
Some skate in pairs, or as a group.
Other times- your encouraged to race, play a game with everyone,
or find a partner to skate with.
I think that for my birthday- I will go skating.
Talk soon all!