Wednesday, February 6, 2013

HOW LONG AGO???????!!!

It may be 2013 on the calendar, but yesterday it was 1974.  I was at my desk working and listerning to the oldies station (online) from Portland, Oregon.  (By coincidence, I found and was listening to this station for a couple of weeks before I realised it was in the same city as my middle daughter.  HI DONNA!) 
Anyway, "Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers came on and as my mind wandered, it was 1975 and I was in the midst of being transferred from the Coast Guard Cutter Salvia (in Mobile, AL) to the USCG Search and Rescue Station in Pascagoula, Mississippi.   My lime green 1972 Gremlin was loaded with all my belongings (obviously I didn't have a lot at the time) as I pulled into the parking lot of the Pizza Hut on Highway 90 for my first meal in my new duty-station town.  I had just placed my order and sat down when this song started on the juke box - and played six times in a row.  Now, I really like the song but even I thought it was a bit escessive at the time.  But because of it the memory stayed with me.  As I sat and ate I could see the Singing River Hospital on the land side and off in the distance I could just make out the Gulf on the water side.  I finished eating and got up to go report for duty at the station, but couldn't resist as I headed out, dropping a quarter in the juke box and punching in "Black Water".  There was an audible groan from inside as I got in my car.  I couldn't help chucking as I headed off.  May all your memories be happy.
Everyone Have A Great DAY!