Monday, March 1, 2010

waxing nostalgic

I drove Mr. B and a buddy to a birthday party today in Mr. D's Taurus. They sat in the back seat rolling down the windows and relishing the thrill that comes from having wind in your face while traveling 65 mph down the highway.

"I feel like a man!" Mr. B declared.

"I feel strong! Like a buffalo!" his friend agreed.

I tried to recall those early days of driving--how free they felt. Running errands and schlepping kids around in a dented beige Momvan doesn't smack of glamour and independence. The rest of the way home, I pretended I was 16, driving a brown Chevy Citation alone for the first time on a hot summer day. I turned up the radio to hear the Bangles and cracked the front window for effect. It was easier to conjure up those memories driving a car instead of a van--the Taurus is much sportier. Someday those boys will know the joy of, too. I'd pretty much forgotten.

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Shelly over at Surviving Munchkinland is the winner of Nina Romano's Coffeehouse Meditations and a $5 Starbucks gift card! Congratulations, Shelly! Shoot me an email with your mailing address so you can enjoy some poetry and a coffee on me!

Spill it, reader. What's the best road trip song for a long drive?

20 comments:

  1. When we went to California a few years ago, we listened to Smash Mouth as we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway. It was absolutely perfect.

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  2. I don't have a favorite travel song but a Citation was the car my husband had when we were dating.

    Good memories.

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  3. What a great story. I love "I feel like a man." And a buffalo! That's perfect. I'll be thinking about that all day!

    You made me think about how it felt to drive my first car--a Buick LeSabre that drove like a yacht. But it was my yacht, and I loved it!
    Thanks for the memories.

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  4. Thank You!!!!! I am so excited to start reading some poetry! (And Starbucks too!!! Sounds like a mom day to me!)

    We always listen to classic rock on road trips...I don't know why, but its not something we really listen to on a regular basis...LOVE it! I feel like a buffalo! That's awesome...only a boy would come up with that!

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  5. Stuff by Journey and Foreigner? Most rock from those days has a 'driving' beat. We used to crank it up on the way to the beach, surfboards strapped on, driving too fast.

    ....Sigh....

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  6. There was a summer where Helen Reddy's greatest hits on 8-track got stuck in the 8 track player in my car.. I am woman hear me roar still brings a smile

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  7. paradise by the dashboard light OR You shook me (all night long)


    ahhhh....fun times in the '94 Ford Festiva, which looked like a pregnant roller skate...I still miss that car....

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  8. I still smile when I hear the oldies that my Dad used to play as we hurtled down the highway in the depths of night, to avoid traffic and radar, with my Mom and brother sleeping in the back of our van. The mister and I tend to pop in Third Day so we can sing along, but the girls once chose an endless loop of Hannah Montana and High School Musical that has since caused anything else to be an improvement.

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  9. Oh, wow, I remember our last family vacation when I was 21. I was getting married the next month. This was my family's last chance to all be together like that at the beach in Florida. My sisters and I followed my parents. I drove my 77 VW Bug, no air conditioner but a righteous stereo - naturally. We rolled down the windows and cranked up Donna Summer all the way there and back. And, of course, we sang/shrieked to every single song. Fun!

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  10. Do you ever read John Sandford's Prey novels? In one the protagonist's wife gives him a iPod and a $100 gift certificate to iTunes. He polls his fellow detectives and other friends as to what is the best music for a road trip. The only one I remember is him saying, "AC-DC. I ain't a road trip without AC-DC."

    I see nothing in that statement to disagree with.

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  11. The soundtrack from FLASHDANCE cranked up loud! Or anything BEATLES with the original four.

    Had a British racing green Triumph once, kept breaking down, jumpy clutch, but man, was that a sweet ride~

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  12. "I feel like a buffalo"...hee hee!
    I like the Top Gun soundtrack for roadtrips!

    I have an award for you on my blog!

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  13. "Life Is a Highway", full blast - no question.

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  14. I usually listen to classical - I know - so boring, but it let's all my thoughts just go.......

    p.s. I thought I'd come over here and your 'header boots' would be showing signs of sun - like out the sunroof ! ha! i don't know about you.....but I'm sure ready for more sun and warm days...

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  15. No road trip tunes at the moment, but the feeling like a buffalo? It reminded me of Apolo Ohno saying he yawns before races to feel like a lion before the hunt.

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  16. Great post. We used to live 6 hours from Vegas and always blasted Elvis' "Viva Las Vegas" just as soon as the city was in sight.

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  17. First thing that popped into my head was the Dixie Chicks. Takes me right back to a road trip with my BFF.

    I should blog about that trip...

    :)

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  18. Cher - Cherokee Nation! Okay I'm old school

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  19. I seem to recall blasting the soundtrack to Footloose alot.

    Sorry, but I have to chuckle about the notion that the Taurus is sporty - unless it is the new 2010 Taurus. You need a new car, my dear. I'm in the same boat though, my practical power sliding doors I cannot live without.

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  20. I love your sight and hope you don't mind that I am sharing the address with likeminded people who share your values!

    Mitt Winstead

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Spill it, reader.