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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Open up your heart and I'll set you free

In 1990, my dad handed down his beloved land yacht, otherwise known as the Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight (which he'd purchased brand new in 1981). It was my junior year of high school and I had a busy schedule between school, work, and soccer. The first thing I did was to replace the 8-track stereo with a cassette player, thankyouverymuch. Other than that, the car was perfect. It had plenty of room for all of my friends, rode like a dream and once you learn to parallel park a 1981 Olds Ninety-Eight, you can parallel park ANYTHING. I swear, that thing was longer than a limousine (that's what she said).

I even had personalized plates that I've kept to this day, though they're in a box, not on my current car. I will save that story for another time because if you don't know me personally, it's kind of embarrassing, if points of pride can be embarrassing. Especially since my dad suggested it. Next time you buy me drinks, I'll tell you the story, okay? We'll make it a win-win situation.

Anyway, I must show you a couple of random pictures I found through a quick online search so you can really understand my love for this beauty:


My Olds had 4 doors so it was even LONGER than the one pictured, but you get the idea.


The interior was plush, baby. I'm talking, nicer than some of the furniture we all grew up with. Check it:


Awww yeah...

This car was built for loud music, and I took full advantage of that new cassette-playing stereo. I've always had a broad spectrum of musical taste, but for about 2 months during the summer after graduation, I played this tape non-stop:


Color Me Badd's "C.M.B.", a 1991 musical opus.

I have a steel trap memory for just about everything in my life, including things people have told me about themselves. The tiniest of details get stuck in my brain and it's fun to freak out friends by pulling some fun fact out that they don't even remember telling anybody. It's also good for blackmail and song lyrics. So, to this day I still remember every word of the songs on that C.M.B. tape. Of course I have it on my iTunes, so they still pop up on shuffle and always make me smile.

This time of year, there are a lot of holiday parties which many times have karaoke. If Color Me Badd songs are available, that is what I'll pick. Every time. Specifically, my personal favorite: "I Wanna Sex You Up". Frankly, I don't even need the karaoke excuse. My friends (especially Jenny) can vouch for the fact that I've often broken into this song during approximately 12,784 of our phone conversations.




Related: One of my Facebook statuses from last September, with my boo Will chiming in:


Truth.


All I'm saying is, you've been warned:






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12 comments:

Melisa with one S said...

Do you realize how hard you are making it for me to keep my mouth shut about your license plate? Grrr. It was AWESOME.

(but I will. sigh.)

Melisa with one S said...

P.S. I hope you'll blog that soon. Just sayin.

Tara R. said...

There are so many 'that's what she said' punch lines running through my head.

When my husband and I were dating, he drove a land shark too. Good times!

ThePeachy1 said...

Ok so here's a Fuzzy Navel, a kamikaze, and 2 shots of tequila spill the beans sister. I want to know the truth, the whole truth, is that crystal clear? you can't handle the truth ! What? Oh yeah, I totally know every bit of that song, so " ooooooo oo ah "

NukeDad said...

Emilio Estevez, Kenny G, Christian Slater in Heathers and 1/2 of Milli Vanilli.

If that's what they were going for, they nailed it.

Heather said...

so my husband just had to explain to me who Color Me Bad was. Yeah, I know. It's sad. I was born in '84. HAHAHA. BUT I totally know that song and I totally love hearing it on karaoke night! :)

Melisa with one S said...

Re: Heather's comment

*blink*

Soge shirts said...

I agree with Iamthepeachy one. I am sending you virtual shots and pacificos your direction until you blab about the license plate.

Your love of color me bad is another #funfact. Also lmao at your labels down at the bottom. That oldsmobile sounds like it was a smooth ride.

House of Jules said...

@SisMis: Uh, yes. Yes, I do.

@Tara: Land yachts/sharks are the best!

@Peachy: Well, now I'm too wasted to tell you the story! Uh oh...

@NukeDad: BRILLIANT as usual. Oh man, that is too funny!

@Heather: WHAAAAT? That's no excuse. You were 7 when that song hit the charts! C'mon, get with it! ;)

@Soge/Tim: I don't know how many shots or Pacificos it would take to get me to tell the story. But the next time I'm at Lahaina's, we'll find out. :) Yay for fun blog post tags, too...!

NerdyRedneck Rob said...

What, you abandand the masculine POWER of the 8-track for itty bitty cassette tapes?

No more ka-chunk in the middle of a song?

I.am.stunned! :)

Mike M said...

My buddy Helwig had a family Ole, so I know exactly what you're talking about with the ride! His had tilt steering that we'd set high and drive it like a bus! Awesome car, awesome memories!!

No comment on the CMB - just wonderin' why I never heard you sing that in P-ville?! Wrong place at the wrong time I guess...

Melissa said...

Didn't we all have a car like that at some point? Though I have to admit, I didn't have seats quite that plush...and I also wan't a big fan of CMB...though I'm ashamed to say I listened to a lot of Beastie Boy's in the ex's land shark.

I think I'm going to be sorry I admitted that...lol!

Good to catch up with you!