billeyler: (Brokeback reflection sheep)
Here's the first pop song I remember that I knew was a pop hit. I was 7 or 8 at the time, and it made an impression on me, hearing this playing on a diner Wurlitzer juke box. I think my family was making a quick visit with my mother's family in Clarksburg, WV before we went on to Colorado Springs.



This would have been 1962.

I had heard lots of songs before this though, of course. My parents loved Johnny Cash; I remember hearing his songs on the (shortwave) radio when we lived in Germany 1960-1962. Having a TV in Germany would have been useless for us, because none of us spoke German.

I remember Elvis Presley songs dating back to living in Florida in the late 50s. I remember some songs that were pre-rock that my mom sang. Mostly my folks didn't listen to music though.

I probably remember this one because we were moving from Germany back to the US and it was a stressful, enervating time for my whole family.
billeyler: (Brokeback reflection sheep)
Here's the first pop song I remember that I knew was a pop hit. I was 7 or 8 at the time, and it made an impression on me, hearing this playing on a diner Wurlitzer juke box. I think my family was making a quick visit with my mother's family in Clarksburg, WV before we went on to Colorado Springs.



This would have been 1962.

I had heard lots of songs before this though, of course. My parents loved Johnny Cash; I remember hearing his songs on the (shortwave) radio when we lived in Germany 1960-1962. Having a TV in Germany would have been useless for us, because none of us spoke German.

I remember Elvis Presley songs dating back to living in Florida in the late 50s. I remember some songs that were pre-rock that my mom sang. Mostly my folks didn't listen to music though.

I probably remember this one because we were moving from Germany back to the US and it was a stressful, enervating time for my whole family.

Bygone era

Aug. 30th, 2009 02:49 pm
billeyler: (Angel)
I've started scanning some of my old photos. Until just now, these had been in a frame, mostly ignored.

Florida 1952-1958 )

Bygone era

Aug. 30th, 2009 02:49 pm
billeyler: (Angel)
I've started scanning some of my old photos. Until just now, these had been in a frame, mostly ignored.

Florida 1952-1958 )
billeyler: (face in the sunlight)

A shy child of not-quite-six, gazing out a window in an old German hotel converted to US military apartments.  Early in 1960, probably in the late winter or early spring.

Everything was alien to me, especially this car tooling around the crescent roads outside the window.  Danny calls them "Bubble Cars"...I had no idea what make they were, or what they were called.  I was just impressed that the door was the front of the car!

Funny the memories that come around.  So many are all hot for the French SmartCar now...some permutations of them have been around for decades.

Danny also found this link for the song "Beep Beep" originally written in 1958.

billeyler: (face in the sunlight)

A shy child of not-quite-six, gazing out a window in an old German hotel converted to US military apartments.  Early in 1960, probably in the late winter or early spring.

Everything was alien to me, especially this car tooling around the crescent roads outside the window.  Danny calls them "Bubble Cars"...I had no idea what make they were, or what they were called.  I was just impressed that the door was the front of the car!

Funny the memories that come around.  So many are all hot for the French SmartCar now...some permutations of them have been around for decades.

Danny also found this link for the song "Beep Beep" originally written in 1958.

billeyler: (Brokeback reflection sheep)
The brief virga* and clouds that passed over an hour ago didn't cool it off here at all. 95 is hot for me; that's my cutoff temp between bearable and too hot to stand out in the sun.

While driving home tonight, I passed one of those ice cream trucks. This one was a beat-all-to-hell 40 year old van, plastered with a variety of stickers and emblems, but still playing its merry little tune. The driver looked a bit scroungy.

Turning the corner, I had this flashback from probably 45 years ago of me and my younger brother Steve begging my mom for a dime each, so we could run outside to the ice cream van for a Nutty Buddy. It was probably in the 90s, and all the windows were open, so we heard the recorded tune a long ways away.

I remember us being shirtless with little boy bellies, wearing shorts and Keds, being dirty from playing in the yard. I remember standing next to the van after it stopped, my hand sticky and wet clutching the one dime, sweating with excitement. KIds from all over had run up to cash in on the bonanza of colorful cold ice creams. The driver was smiling, wearing a white uniform with a white uniform cap. The truck was clean and shiny.

We got our Nutty Buddies and wandered back home, as happy as an eight-year-old and a six-year-old could be, and as close as brothers could be.

I was smiling and a bit teary-eyed as I pulled into the driveway.



* Virga - > Rain falling from clouds that evaporates before it hits the ground. Common in the desert. Viagra keeps something else from evaporating.
billeyler: (Brokeback reflection sheep)
The brief virga* and clouds that passed over an hour ago didn't cool it off here at all. 95 is hot for me; that's my cutoff temp between bearable and too hot to stand out in the sun.

While driving home tonight, I passed one of those ice cream trucks. This one was a beat-all-to-hell 40 year old van, plastered with a variety of stickers and emblems, but still playing its merry little tune. The driver looked a bit scroungy.

Turning the corner, I had this flashback from probably 45 years ago of me and my younger brother Steve begging my mom for a dime each, so we could run outside to the ice cream van for a Nutty Buddy. It was probably in the 90s, and all the windows were open, so we heard the recorded tune a long ways away.

I remember us being shirtless with little boy bellies, wearing shorts and Keds, being dirty from playing in the yard. I remember standing next to the van after it stopped, my hand sticky and wet clutching the one dime, sweating with excitement. KIds from all over had run up to cash in on the bonanza of colorful cold ice creams. The driver was smiling, wearing a white uniform with a white uniform cap. The truck was clean and shiny.

We got our Nutty Buddies and wandered back home, as happy as an eight-year-old and a six-year-old could be, and as close as brothers could be.

I was smiling and a bit teary-eyed as I pulled into the driveway.



* Virga - > Rain falling from clouds that evaporates before it hits the ground. Common in the desert. Viagra keeps something else from evaporating.

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