Thursday, April 03, 2008

Excuse the sentimentality

You ever have one of those moments when you hear a song that reminds you of your youth? Boy, did I have one of those moments today.

When I was driving home, I was hitting the buttons on my car's radio and heard a song from back-in-the-day. Immediately, the phrase, "all skate" popped into my head. It was one of those songs you'd hear while at the rink. It didn't take too far into the song to have memories of my first real boyfriend.

When I was a young teenager (around 14 or 15), I had a boyfriend named Billy (17, almost 18). He had long, dark brown hair (non-mullet) and green eyes (even had some cute freckles). We'd spend a lot of time at the mall or roller skating with our friends...well for as long as people who see each for six months can (and because we could smoke at those places). I do have to mention his way too tight jeans with the first seam always popped. How the second seam held together, I'll never know.

Two really sweet memories of a boy being cute, but so teenager-trying-to-be-smooth, came to mind: One was when we were sitting at one of the tables and I remember THIS song (sorry about the quality; surprised I even found it) playing and he was just staring at me. I was pretty shy and blushed really easy, so a boy looking right at me and admiring me was enough to make me want to hide under the table. When he noticed this, he ribbed me about my bashfulness and said that he just wanted to look into my eyes. (I'm getting really embarassed, right now...seriously...all over again.) Then he said like the song: your angel eyes. (Awwwwwww....what a smoothie! Heh.)

The other thing I remember was how he liked to skate in the slow lane with me so that we could talk and hold hands while we skated. He had a thing for skating behind me and pulling on my belt loop, too. He said he liked my choice in jeans. ;)

I just wanted to share. I googled him. He's in North Jersey (the reason we broke up--had to move). I was just curious.

*I'm feeling a little flushed. *

While I'm on the subject of roller skating. . .I was a good skater for speed and for gliding along. I could do a little bit of a that cross-over hop thing shuffle skaters do. But I was nowhere near as good as these guys. Enjoy the old-school jams. I loved "Planet Rock!"


USA_Admiral said...

No excuse necessary. This is great post.

I remember skating rinks. We always had our school skate parties at the Franklin Skate Club. It was the first time I skated holding a girls hand. We were both in 5th grade. I remember her name, Tonya. It was a fun year. The song was Locomotion by Little Eva.

She turned really mean in middle (Jr. High) school. I was not nearly popular enough so I was the butt of many jokes. Since I was not a jock I got bad times from them. I started to hang out with the delinquents and potheads (my Dad's term.)

I got pretty good at skating but never one of the best. Not nearly like those two in the video.

It has always amazed me how old songs can stir memories.

13 years later while dating my soon to be wife we went skating in AZ. We also figured we were much too old. I forgot a lot of skating skills in 13 years too.

Big Bad Wolf said...

There's a skating rink 5 minutes from my house.

Damn it, now I want to go. I haven't been since I was I was a preteen. Living in Ridgefield, Nj as I recall.

RT, have you seen the movie 'Roll Bounce'?