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What I Miss

May 18, 2015


Driving without a seatbelt.

Driving without a seatbelt in a car with bench seats.

Driving without a seatbelt in a car with bench seats and a metal dash.


Driving without a seatbelt in a car with bench seats and a metal dash with your date beside you.

Following the Mosquito Man on my bicycle.

Chasing down the ice cream man and pounding on the side of the truck to get him to stop.


Watching the movie projector light through a smoky haze.

Attending a rock concert where the crowd uses lighters instead of cell phones during ballads.

Nurses in tight fitting white uniforms and those silly hats.


Stewardesses in tight fitting uniforms.

A&W waitresses delivering food to your car in tight fitting uniforms.

Miniskirts. (I see a pattern here.)

Delivering 86 newspapers on a bicycle that has two baskets on the side and one in the front.


Catching blowfish off the bridge using frozen shrimp as bait.

Popping blowfish with my foot after they puff up.

Crabbing at 2 AM off Mather’s Bridge.

Lying on the warm hood of a ’56 Cadillac in 10 degree weather and watching the Northern Lights dance across the night sky . (Vermont)


Al’s French Frys with white vinegar. (Yes it’s Frys) (Vermont again)

The smell of A&W hotdogs and fries when they place the tray on the driver’s side window.

A&W root beer in those wax megaphone containers. (My kids are asking, “What the heck is he talking about?”)

Royal Castle Hamburgers. (Mystery Meat)


Salisbury Steak Day at school. (More Mystery Meat)

The smell of the incense in a Catholic Church.

A new litter of Labrador puppies in a cardboard box.











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