On March 25, 1989, R.E.M. performed at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Indigo Girls were the opening act.
That afternoon, a group of us were hanging out at Gavin Luck's house. We had the radio on and we heard a local DJ interviewing two members of R.E.M. Right that minute, we jumped into Gavin's blue Suzuki Samurai and Gavin sped us down I-20 West to the radio station.
That night, we went to the concert and did a lot of screaming and jumping up and down. I remember that Todd Blanchard and Spencer Lee stood with us and we girls were very excited about this because Todd and Spencer were two years older and popular and extremely cute. I have a vivid memory of Amy Wynn knowing every single word to every single song.
Thinking about this particular day, I was flooded with memories of all the good times we had riding around in Gavin's Samurai.
It was like a tin can on wheels.
|Misha, me, and Michael, 2010|
Some of the memories blend together and I just have snapshots in my mind of us riding to Ron's house, riding to my house, riding to Kip's house, riding back to Gavin's house, hanging out in Gavin's bedroom and laughing a lot.
|Me and Kip at the lake, 1989|
One night, Ron and Gavin and I were hanging out at my house and my mom let them spend the night so we could keep talking and laughing into the wee hours. We basically took over the living room that night. I think the next morning we got up and headed straight out to the Samurai so we could go to Gavin's house. I'm not certain but I think maybe he got his grandmother to cook breakfast for us.
I remember every time someone came up with a new plan for something to do, I'd say, "Ooh, yes! Let's!"
"Let's" was totally my word then.
Let's go! Let's ride out to the lake! Let's laugh! Let's have fun! Let's take a ride in the Suzuki Samurai!
If someone pulled up in my driveway now, 22 years later, in a blue Suzuki Samurai, I'd say "Let's!" all over again. Hell yes, I would.
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