Here's an excerpt from my book THE ME GENERATION... BY ME (GROWING UP IN THE '60s). I haven't plugged it in awhile. You can buy it here. You SHOULD buy it here. My Dave Diamond tribute has made me nostalgic. Anyway, take the Way-back machine to the summer of 69.
started going out with Rhonda. She lived in Philadelphia and was just
out here staying with relatives, one of whom was my friend Jay. Might
this be one of those “summer romances”
where you meet, fall madly in love, she goes home in September, you’re
heartbroken, you remember her always, she forgets you the minute she
enters the jetway? But you get laid so she may injure you like no woman
ever has but screw it, you got what you wanted.
For date #1, I
suggested we see EASY RIDER, a movie that had been getting a lot of
buzz. The saga of two hippies (starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper)
traveling across America had struck a real chord. The ending where
rednecks shoot and kill them stunned and startled young audiences. It
was the one “You’ve got to see this movie” movie of the summer. But
Rhonda had no interest. So we saw her choice instead -- CHITTY-CHITTY
BANG BANG starring Dick Van Dyke.
I got a goodnight kiss.
I knew that time was of the essence I decided to just pull out the
stops for date #2. I offered to take her to Disneyland. That should be
good for at least some hands-inside-the-sweater action. She didn’t
want to go to Disneyland. She had already been there.
But she did want to go to Japanese Village and Deer Park.
What the fuck?!
had a number of animal-themed attractions back then. Jungleland was
way out in Thousand Oaks. The most bizarre was Lion Country Safari.
You’d drive around slowly while jungle animals roamed freely around you.
Good idea to keep your windows up so the lions wouldn’t stick their
heads in your car and eat your children.
In Buena Park, not far
from Disneyland, was Japanese Village and Deer Park. This featured a
Japanese-themed tranquil Zen-like atmosphere with gardens and koi ponds,
and a tea house, and dove pavilion. Deer were allowed to wander.
You can’t believe how crushingly boring this place was.
Another goodnight kiss.
date #3 I suggested Lion Country Safari figuring I would roll down the
window on Rhonda’s side of the car. But she wasn’t interested so there
was no date #3.