Saturday, June 6, 2009
Top 5 GM Memories
#1: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Formula
1979-80: This is not a single memory, but a whole senior year's worth.
It's dark green, with a T-roof--removable glass panels that turn it into a targa. Beige velour interior. Yes, it's from my dad's car lot, but this one is actually "mine."
Sep '79: I wear black rayon "driving" gloves and pull into the high school parking lot with the T-roof panels off. Radio on. "My Sharona."
Nov '79: My little sister April asks me what it's name is. I say cars don't have names. She says you have to give it a name. So I say, fine, it's called The Green F--k, now leave me alone.
Mar '80: I leave the T-roof off one night, and the next morning there's snow inside.
May '80: I take Cindy Mannon to the prom. She's a transfer student from California. Do we have anything in common? Have we had anything vaguely resembling a real conversation? Who cares--she's a transfer student from California. We look good, and it's a good storyline. After the prom we do donuts in the parking lot.
June '80: I leave for a summer session at NYU, and my dad sells it.
Every act has its curtain. There will be other cars, other songs, other storylines.