Back in the Day Music – 3/17/17
Back in the Day Music
“Well, all I’m saying is that I want to look back and say that I did it the best I could while I was stuck in this place. Had as much fun as I could while I was stuck in this place. Played as hard as I could while I was stuck in this place.”
Making the most of it. I feel that I did a great job of that as a high schooler in a couple of areas. Socially, I got 100% out of myself in high school. I think I can count on one hand the amount of nights I didn’t go out on a Friday or Saturday and do something. Now, we didn’t do much. Mostly just rode around back when gas was nice and cheap. We didn’t have money to fill up our tank, but we stretched it out as much as we could. I remember driving around with a guy and he put in as much gas as he could afford…93 cents. Talk about embarrassing.
Sometimes we would drive around after a storm and pretend we were news reporters talking about the storm and the “damage” that ensued. We used a nice WCW wrestling microphone to look professional. Sometimes we could get lucky and find someone picking up branches in their yard. One time we got really lucky and we acted like the house I grew up in got really tore up during the “storm”. Really, we were just putting up new siding.
Now as an adult, I wish I would have taken better advantage of the free education that was provided to me. I think I should have maxed out my math classes and tried to get through Pre-Calculus. Unfortunately, this type of idea would have required me to drop something else, perhaps one of the many PE classes I dominated. Being young, bowling on a Tuesday in January greatly outweighed solving a single problem that would take up the entire page. The only limit I was worried about was if my PE teacher was going to limit the amount of lotto scratch off tickets I could purchase. I do enjoy limits, though….and I cannot figure out why….
One great thing about Morris Community High School was the vocational and shop classes that it provided for students. In hindsight, learning how to cut a tomato julienne style probably should not have been such a high priority on my list, although Foods 1 and 2 were fun. Learning how to weld something or taking apart a small engine could have provided much more for me long term. Or I could have just paid more attention when helping my dad fix something. I was more worried about running around than holding the flashlight steady. Now don’t get me wrong, I did take some classes that were worthwhile but there was so much more at my disposal that I just ignored. A home improvements class when I was a sophomore was a good nine weeks. We talked about laying shingles, a skill that is definitely not something I ever look to use due to my strong dislike for heights. We also learned how to change a tire, which is something that I always wondered when I will have to use because I fear to be that guy on the side of the road. I did get a blowout one time, but I called my dad to take care of it instead. What a man! A few years ago, I thought I was going to have to do it again, but it turned out that my wheel just fell off my car completely. No need to change it when it is already off.
After using some basic problem-solving skills a few nights ago I decided to see if anything worthwhile was on HBO since I didn’t think I had gotten my money’s worth as of late. After cycling through the channels, I find the movie, Little Nicky. Please tell me Adam Sandler was funny at some point in his career because this movie came out in 2000 and it was horrible. Horrible. In reviewing his timeline on IMDb.com, I note Mr. Deeds as a watchable, not funny, but watchable movie. I also note The Longest Yard remake as a watchable movie. Not as good as the original, but any movie containing a few WWE superstars is fine in my book. Besides those two flicks, there is nothing exciting over the last 17 years. Maybe he should go back to being a talking goat. Now that’s something I could get behind.
The one good thing about Little Nicky though was the music. With a movie about the devil’s son, a track from the Prince of Darkness is not surprising. What was surprising, though, was where this song took me in terms of memory lane. And that takes us to today’s back in the day music.
The year was 1991 and today’s song was the only Billboard, solo, top 40 hit by Ozzy Osbourne. You know, the first reality TV star. Why was it easier for you to understand him singing as opposed to him speaking on the show? Maybe that is how all British people are, in retrospect. Our power ballad today was about his manager and estranged wife, Sharon.
Each time I hear today’s song, I immediately think of Mr. Shaw’s Woods 1 and 2 classes at Morris High School. When we were done for the day and all cleaned up, sometimes he would play some music. I only took two of these woods classes and now know I should have taken everything that was in the catalog because they were worth it. He taught you life skills that I really wish I had a better understanding of now. But hearing Ozzy blasted through a terrible movie, it felt like it was the fall of 1998 again, and the movie didn’t seem so bad because I could almost smell the sawdust and hear the clanging of orange lockers that stored our projects, all while our teacher blasted Mama I’m Coming Home.