Sunday, March 02, 2008

m-m-m-MY Sharona

The other day I stumbled on this old journal I wrote when I was between 18 and 20 years old.


Apparently I was destined from the very beginning to become a blogger, as is evident from this opening paragraph:

Dec 25, 1979 (18)

It’s really strange, just thinking about what’s going to happen in the next couple of years. Right now is when it’s all going to start too. I say this as I look at the “Sleeper” posters all around my room, as I lay on my waterbed. I decided I had to start this, I have to keep the memories of the past and future. It’s really important to me. So much has already happened that at once was really important that I’ll probably never remember. So from now on - Christmas Day of the last few days of the ‘70’s – I am going to preserve the life of me – and eventually my family in writing, pictures or whatever.


And what do fledgling rock stars write about? Why, their first bands of course.


Only four days ago – Fri, Dec 21, I played my first “professional” gig with Sleeper – my 1st pro of the 4 groups I’ve been with. Boy it was great too. I can’t really say this is the first professional band I’ve been in in terms of getting paid, because I have been paid for playing with a group before, but it is pro because of the way we’ve got our act together and also the money too.


But enough about all that. What we really want to know is... how was the action?

I’ve been with these guys for about a month now and just last Fri (Dec 21) we did our first gig. We played Northwestern High School in Mapel (sic) Wisc. And it was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for a better show. We know 20 songs and played for 3 hours, repeating 4 or 5 songs to stretch it. But after the 3rd song, “My Sharona” they filled the dance floor and didn’t leave it till we were through. We sounded great too. After it was over a group of 3 chicks came over to where I was standing and one of them had some mistletoe. So she had one of the others put it over us and she kissed like a 30 year old whore. But it was nice though and did a lot for my ego. I loved it.

After getting to know these guys I decided this is going to be one hell of a group.

And these excerpts were from just the first 3 of 100 pages!

Unfortunately my mom reads this blog, so there's only so much I can reveal. But I'm guessing the first thing she's wondering right now is...

How the the hell did he know about 30 year old whores!!?

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35 comments:

Mushy said...

The George Dickel made me click before I passed the password!

I said, before I was rudely interrupted, that this post, or rather the journal is PRICELESS!

I never kept a journal, but I did make some early notes on my life...I'll have to look for them.

Whit said...

That's awesome. It's like a time-capsule.

Heather said...

Wow, groovy journal man.

I kept a journal from about 13-18. Then, I burned them because it was just too much incriminating evidence to have laying around.

So now I do the blog thing, you know, because it's so much more private.

leigh said...

wow. this is great. i hope you continue to share. i wish i had kept a journal. i actually love it when people share stories from their childhood/young adulthood.

Elizabeth said...

Too fun! Are you going to let you kids read it?

Sarabeth said...

Ah, a personal time capsule.

Blog hopping--HP

Jennine said...

Hmmm..."whore"?

Oh! You meant hoe. I get it now.

I read this post and could have sworn I smelled "Love's Baby Soft" and heard Shawn Cassidy singing in the background.

secret agent mama said...

That's awesome! I have like 12 of those tucked away. I had a fetish for collecting really cool journal books and only using 1/3 of them! LOL

Happy Saturday!

Anonymous said...

Mom says "Oh my"!!!! Enough said!!!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of prostitutes, we had a local girl everyone called taconite, because she was a low grade ore.--Bill

Phil said...

I always wanted to keep a journal, but never got around to it. Until I started blogging, that is.

Hey, is that you on the far left? You've got some serious rock star hair going on there.

Maureen said...

Wow... I was just thinking about posting excerpts from my diary when I was young... now I'm going to look like a copycat. Geez.

Great post -- I never thought guys kept journals...

Stacey @Real World Mom said...

How cool!

Happy Saturday! Blog Hoppin'! :-)
"Margarita Mom"

Jeff said...

mushy - You should. You'd be surprised what lies within.

whit - No kidding. Unearthed 30 years later.

heather - LOL. Like totally man.

leigh - We'll see. I've only made it through a few pages so far so I'm sure there's more embarrassment to be had.

elizabeth - Uh, not likely. It's not exactly rated PG.

sarabeth - Yes, a blast from the past.

jennine - Ha. Remember when we used to call them whores? Ah, those were the days.

secret agent mama - Well then, you might want to crack them open and get busy!

mom - Hey, if you can't stand the heat...

bill - Only you dad, only you.

phil - Yep, sure is. Good eye!

maureen - Don't worry about copying me. There's really no unique ideas left out there anymore anyway. And guys DO keep journals, but apparently only for 2 years.

stacy - Happy Saturday to you too!

Carla said...

I pictured Afro's all around, yes even for a bunch of midwest lads. And lots of polyester with loud print.
Now, do you have any recordings from then?

Marie said...

LOL a 30 year old whore. Did that seem really old to you then?

Mom Thumb said...

I don't want to know how you know, but how DOES a thirty year old whore kiss?

rick said...

Speaking of whores... as long as Austin is going to New York, Letterman recommends the Time Square Hooker, Space Shuttle Special. Fifty dollars for the first boink, and ten dollars for re-entry. Hope he has fun.

Jeff said...

carla - I have a few really crappy sounding cassette tapes. Maybe one day I'll try to digitize some of the tunes but for now they're going to have to remain trapped on cellophane.

marie - Heh, when you're 18, 30 is ancient! But I probably meant more like really experienced. I mean wouldn't you think by that age, she should be pretty good kisser?

mom thumb - By the hour.

rick - Um yeah, thanks for the suggestion. I'll be sure to recommend that one ;-)

jerrychicken said...

The furthest I can go back with written memories is 1984 and even then its just the old office diaries but there are still memories attached to each of the jobs that are entered in there - I can't imagine how it must feel to have your ACTUAL thoughts and feelings from that time, I know what I was doing in 79 and I wish I'd have written it !

Theresa said...

Actually, the first thing I noticed was your handwriting. Good thing blogs aren't handwritten...and it's good for me too, since my handwriting sucks. So, how did you know what a 30 year old whore kisses like? ;)

April said...

The 30-yr-old whore line is priceless!
Can't wait to read more. (Don't worry so much about your mom reading this - worry about your kids digging through the archives of this blog later :)

Groovy Mom said...

Very cool that you kept a journal. I was a flighty journal writer. I would do it for a while, forget about it for a long time, go back and read it, be embarrassed by my silliness and rip all the pages out and burn them. :-P

Jeff said...

jerrychicken - I agree. If this hadn't been written, there's no way I would have remembered it.

theresa - I didn't know. I was just "projecting" my imagination. Apparently I felt only a 30 year old whore could kiss like that. Hmmm, now I'm wondering just what kind of kiss that really was!

april - I suppose I will be able to dig up more dirt. After all, there's still another untapped 97 pages!

groovy mom - Oh, that's too bad. When you have a blog, embarrassing material is gold!

Drowsey Monkey said...

LOL ... 30 year old whore...what the hell? ahahahaha....

There's lots of blogging fodder in there! Back in my day, I didn't know boys kept journals, I love it! :)

G said...

Ha, a natural enough question. Actually I was wondering if you coined that phrase. Too funny. Freakin' funny actually. Pretty incredible to have that little piece of history though.

Mamma said...

A 30 year-old whore...

That was going to be my question.

yellojkt said...

Yeah, I was wondering about your knowledge of 30-year old whores too.

Kathy said...

How 'bout you start an "invitation only" blog and you post all the goodies from the journal you don't want your mom to read. It would be a money-making blog because you could charge admission.

Shieldmaiden96 said...

I love it.
I have a whole box of journals that surpass the embarrassment of that exponentially. I would never have the guts to post them. Heck, I don't even want to read them myself and mine them for material. My husband picked one up and read a couple of pages a few weeks ago and literally laughed until he peed. (I was a dramatic gal in high school. Very dramatic.P

markira said...

I am apparently your mother because that was my first thought, too.

Karl said...

It's like discovering the journal of a rock god or something.

Jeff said...

drowsey monkey - I'm thinking there is too. Although strangely I haven't had time to get past page 5 so who knows what's lurking in there?

g - I ddn't think that is a known phrase. Especially because if you Google the phrase "like a 30 year old whore" I'm the only thing that comes up. I'm so proud.

mamma - I does make you wonder.

yellojkt - I was really into research in those days.

kathy - Sounds like a good idea. I recently saw Karl use the phrase "NSFM - Not Safe For Mom" I could name it that.

shieldmaiden96 - Well then, I think that seals the deal. If you can make someone pee then you have no choice but to write about. I think there's a law about that.

markira - Don't say that, or I won't invite you to my new blog.

karl - You mean it's like discovering David Lee Roth's journal? Oh wait, he only thinks he was a rock god. Nevermind.

Julie Pippert said...

OMG LOL. Can I tell you...I was just that surprised to find you thought "30 year old whore" as a description of the kiss meant BAD. I thought you meant HOT. LMAO

So I had to think back to a galaxy long ago and far away when I was 18 and hmm I think 30 meant OLD back then. Now it's JAIL BAIT.

LOL

Love the journal...

wayabetty said...

You can't stop like that Jeff! Just tell your Mom to close her eyes, promise I spill the bean! So juicy, do tell do tell my friend!