When I was 16yrs Old, gosh! that was quite a long time back and just typing the number out seems so hard *chuckles* Anyway looking back I must say we are so lucky to have a courageous and loving Mom who brought us on her own to California USA! And Free & Easy too mind you! I think it was during the year end school holidays. Dad had to work, so Mom decided to brave it on her own together with us. The trip was fully sponsored by Dad when one of the insurance policies matured. Okay as this happened so long ago, let me just go through the highlights of our adventure which made it so memorable for me.
For starters it was arriving at the airport with no clue where we were going to stay. Mom did panic a little, so I took charge looking around the terminal for accommodation. We managed to find a Motel and so headed there. Sheesh! then we heard gunshots in the wee hours of the morning, well the very next day after a hearty breakfast we took the first greyhound coach we could get and headed to Downey City where Mom’s cousin was staying.
Then there was the picnic at the beaches…Woo hoo! I just loved to watch the real life L.A. babes in bikinis and the ‘Fluffer Nutter’ sandwiches. Here I was literally ‘California Dreaming Come True’. Erm Ok which do you want to know more about first? The babes or the Fluffer Nutter? I’m guessing the latter…hee hee SO…the sandwich is actually made up of two slices of white bread, marshmallow creme and peanut butter. There you have it! Oh and the babes, yup what you see on Baywatch etc. is true…these sort of babes actually do exists. One such babe still haunts my memory to this very day, and she wasn’t even a wearing a bikini!…….oops what I mean is that she was wearing a shimmering black one piece halter top with sexy cuts at the sides. And ran in my direction to retrieve the beach volleyball she was playing with her friends. Yowza! Moving on….now…..erm oh yes the sea water was icy cold as it was close to the winter season, I wanted to try surfing but didn’t have a board or the time to take it up. So I got to Boogie Board instead which is a way smaller surf-like board which you glide on instead of stand on. Fun! Fun! Fun!….and Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Cos when I hit the showers, the skin on my nipples were scrapped off with all the earlier action and I didn’t even realise it as the waters were icy cold and had numbed them.
Weekends was fun too, because I remember cruising to garage sales listening to a very very cool DJ ‘Wolfman Jack’ on KRLA with his signature howl. Even tried my hand at Metal Detecting and brought back one. There there was the Orange County Auto show with all the amazing cars and Oh yeah actually seeing some cars with ‘bras‘ for the first time. Of course we did the fun touristy stuff like going to Disneyland, Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry farm and had heap loads of fun. Then there was Sea World with Shamu the whale, China town, and the Hollywood walk of fame. San Francisco was a sight to behold, from the Golden Gate bridge, cable cars and Fisherman’s Wharf. Loved the fresh seafood, clam chowder and toffee apples…Yummy!
We stayed there for more than a month, just before boarding the plane on the way back home. I remember going into a book store and grabbing a couple of Playboy Mags to show my friends back home. The Store clerk looked at me and asked if I was a minor. I was baffled, I mean what was a ‘minor’? I was a senior enough I thought, anyhow she later explained that I had to be 18 at least to purchase them. Mom came to the rescue and paid for them *blush* and she didn’t even say anything about it afterwards. Now how cool is that??? Anyhow after touching down at the airport I remember distinctly that I could hardly breathe. The air was so humid compared to the states, and it took a while to get adjusted.
Thanks Mom & Dad!