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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

 
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Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Remember me to one who lives there,
She once was a true love of mine.


Simon and Garfunkel's song always reminds me of my very first car date. He was my first teenage crush...well, other than Mickey Dolenz, Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy. I actually got to go out with this one. It was a double date with his sister and her boyfriend. That being the only way my mom would let me go with him. It was the summer of '68, and it was hot, hot, hot. Sis' boyfriend had a convertible and didn't I feel like the coolest chick riding around with the top down in the backseat with an older boy. We went to see "The Graduate" at the historic Keith-Albee Theatre in Huntington, West Virginia. All of my companions had already seen the movie, but they wanted me to see it. I'm pretty sure they wanted to shock me as I definitely consider it an "adult" movie. I'm also sure that I had no understanding of the underlying themes set forth in the movie. Sis and my date sat on opposite sides of me and every time a risque scene was forthcoming, I would get jabbed in the ribs by both of them.

After the movie we went to a popular parking spot called Gobbler's Knob in Ritter Park. I was mighty uncomfortable watching Sis and beau making out in the front seat, while I tried carrying on a conversation with my date. Our relationship didn't last the summer, but I continued my crush on him throughout my high school years along with many others. Luckily I didn't marry him, because I'm pretty confident that I wouldn't be able to stand him now. Doesn't life work out just grand?



Daisy, one of my Buff Orpingtons, was trying to help me take photos. She suggested this spot, but there was too much green in the background. She's still learning.

 

22 comments:

Ruth said...

I can't watch the video until I get back to my office. I'm at a non-speaker PC at the moment, in the orientation lab, killing time until lunch.

Lucky me I get to read your post! I love that photo actually. Those cachepots are so pretty, and a nice complement to Miss Daisy.

Would you believe I have never been to a drive-in? You didn't say you were at a drive-in - don't think so, since the parking happened after the movie. Such a good girl.

Susan said...

Oh, it was in a walk-in theatre, but I spent lots of time in drive-ins, too. Matter of fact, that's where David and I had our first date. Saw "Romeo and Juliet" with Olivia Hussey. I didn't really have a curfew, per se. Mom apparently thought I had enough sense to come in at a normal time. So, anyhoo, on this first date, we stayed for the second feature which was "Barefoot in the Park" and, boy-oh-boy, did I get in trouble for coming in at 2:00 a.m.!!! I was sixteen. I had no common sense.

Oliag said...

I don't think I would ever have the nerve to write about my first date...but it was similar to yours and I really enjoyed reading this!

We are definitely both of a certain age...Simon and Garfunkel's album was the first I remember buying with my own money...they and Bob Dylan were always my favorites...altho I did have that first Monkees album too:)

How adorable is Dustin Hoffman in that clip?...I had such a crush on him and Steve McQueen...

Char said...

soooo sweet - i can remember days similar to this and the heartache of a crush that never worked out. i sometimes wonder about mine.

i also love this song and your photographs

Susan said...

Oliag, that's why I didn't name any names! winkwink. Not that he or anyone remotely connected to him would ever read this blog, but ya never know. Ironically, "The Graduate" is one of hubby's and my favorite movies.

I had a huge crush on Dustin, too, until "Midnight Cowboy". Ugh, a little too uncharming and uncute in that one. Oh yeah, Steve McQueen in "Bullitt"? It just doesn't get any better than that. Made me love Mustangs.

Susan said...

Char, how is it we remember every detail of those first dates? Summers seemed to last forever, didn't they? All I did every summer was laze around on the front porch and hang out at my friends' houses playing cards and drinking iced tea. I think the simpler times just made momentous occasions indelible in our minds. Of course, you are quite a bit younger than I am, but it was still a pretty uncomplicated time in which to grow up.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I was two years old when that song came out, and it was my absolute favorite. My mom even bought me the 45, and when I got old enough, I would play it on my little turntable over and over. No memories of dates come to mind, just my innocent youth!

Susan said...

Well, two is a little young for car dating! lol

So glad the younger generation can appreciate a great song too, Sandy!

CottageGirl said...

Wooo-eee! Brings back LOTS of memories, Susan! I don't think kids go parking anymore, do they??? I'm so far out of the loop on that one! Those were the days.
I was with a date, too when I saw the Graduate ... general embaressment throughout the whole movie!
Dustin was a hottie ... and you underestimate Daisy's eye for the setting!!

Tattered and Lost said...

Nice post. I remember the Mad Men style adults in my neighborhood all a twitter over The Graduate. They obviously didn't want any of us teenagers to know what it was about so it was all very wink-wink-nod-nod. How stupid did they think we were?

Will I break your heart if I tell you I found out a friend of mine used to drive home late at night from her job as a go-go dancer on the strip in a car with Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones? While all the rest of us were only dreaming of these people she was actually out and about with them. She has given me a whole different perspective on that time period.

Susan said...

CG, I think they just hang out in packs now, don't they? That's what my kids did anyway.

It was a perfect setting for Daisy, for sure! Not so much with the green herbs though. Isn't she pretty?

Susan said...

Tattered, I think I understood the obvious sexual stuff, but didn't quite get the competition between mother and daughter part. They couldn't have been more different than my mother and me!

That little tidbit of info doesn't break my heart at all....I always wanted to be a go-go dancer in a cage wearing a short mini and those cool white boots. Remember Shindig and Hullabaloo?

Tattered and Lost said...

Okay, I'll see if this gets you. My friend was a dancer on Shindig and she owned not one but TWO white shimmy dresses with the go-go boots. They're long since gone much to her dismay...and mine.

Tattered and Lost said...

And I forgot to mention that when my friend told me she'd danced on Shindig, Where the Action Is, and American Bandstand I think the blood drained from my body. I know I gasped and my eyes bugged out. I can still see the expression on my doctor's face when I told her. She gasped then got a huge smile on her face and said "Wow."

Susan said...

UNCLE!!! Tattered, you got me with that one! Wow, your friends have led really interesting lives! This midwestern farm girl could only have lofty dreams of ever achieving such greatness!lol

Yikes! I forgot about Where the Action Is. Who sang that song? Dion?

Tattered and Lost said...

I think Freddie Cannon sang "Where the Action Is" but I'm not sure.

Yeah, I led a sheltered childhood too only imagining what was going on out "there" never dreaming I'd meet someone who was so completely a part of it. She went to Woodstock, saw the mud and the bugs and said "NOPE, I'm out of here." 'll tell you I have heard such stories....

Cindy said...

hey we shared the same teenage crushes. Mickey, David and Bobby that is. One of my daughter's friends is totally infatuated with the 60's and mentioned Mickey Dolenz the other day. I had to google his name to see what he looks like now.

First date? first date... hmmm. Not remembering that one! First crush? yes, I do remember that one. I'm trying to figure out if I should "friend" him on FaceBook. Probably not the best idea.

Love The Graduate! and Dustin Hoffman. I had such a crush on him. Did you see Little Big Man (1970)? That's the movie that did it for me.

Susan said...

Tattered, you're right! It was Freddie Cannon. I could hear the voice, but couldn't remember the name. You have total recall, it seems.

Hehehe, I would have had the same reaction at Woodstock; that is, if I had even known about it at the time!

Susan said...

Cindy, see, I knew you were cool! All my friends were in love with that little pipsqueak Davy, but I, being a tall girl, wanted a guy with a little height who was also irreverently funny....like me! Peter was too goofy and Mike was too....out there. I just watched a piece about them on cable a couple of weeks ago. It was good, but destroyed some of my childhood illusions about them. O..kay, I think that's enough about The Monkees!

Oh yes, Dustin in Little Big Man. Favorite scene: Faye Dunaway bathing Jack..."Are you thinking about Jesus, Jack?...Oh, yes ma'am, I'm thinkin' about Jesus." Cracks me up every time I see it.

Cindy said...

Oh yes, I almost forgot about the bathing scene! Of course, it's on YouTube... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOtNBUBSukY

Natalie said...

Miss Daisy looks pretty in the greens. She has a cousin here in California who insists on crossing the road... our Betty has a lot to learn!

Susan said...

Natalie, I keep finding your comments! Does Betty make it to the other side?....that's the crucial point here! Mine don't get a chance to cross the road as they are completely fenced in and too fat to fly!