Spinning the Bottle in 1964

(Author’s note: The names have been changed to protect the innocent).

“Louanna’s mama called me this morning.”

I froze and held my breath, waiting for my mother to continue. I glanced at her hands on the steering wheel. Her knuckles were white.

“She said y’all had a good time at Sue Ellen’s birthday party last night.”

Here it comes, I thought. Louanna and her big fat mouth.

“Pam: since when did you think it was acceptable to play spin the bottle in Sue Ellen’s backyard and walk to the church, holding hands with Tommy Biggers? I don’t ever want to hear of that happening again. That is not a lady-like thing to do.”

We rode in silence toward Callaway Gardens. I was 13 years old and fortunate enough to have a summer job as a junior counselor with the Florida State University Circus…I thought I was a “jewel” (means the same as “the bomb”), and I considered my mother’s admonition an intrusion into my independent lifestyle…everybody played spin the bottle when they turned 13. Things were different now. It wasn’t old-fashioned anymore.

Suddenly, as if the radio gods heard my silent plea for support, Bob Dylan’s new song “The Times They Are A-Changing” began to play. I reached for the volume knob, turned it up, and sang along with my rebellious comrade.

“Well I don’t care what he says, the times aren’t changing around here,” said my mother, as she turned that knob so hard to the left I thought it was going to break off. That meant the conversation was over.

But the times did change: Tommy Biggers entered Troup High as a freshman and fell in love with someone during study hall, and I don’t think I ever played spin the bottle again…lip-lockin’ at the Methodist Church sucks.

Times changed then and times are changing now, but regardless of the technology or how much we are all wired, certain truths remain. For instance, if you’re gonna hold hands with Tommy Biggers, make sure Louanna Gilmore doesn’t know about it.

And the

Stupid Comment of the Week Award

(Henceforth known as the S.C.O.W. Award)

goes to…

Senator Rick Santorum:

“Conservatives do not want someone to manage the economy.”


Watch the entire interview (about 8 minutes) – santorums-delegate-troubles – with CNN’s Candy Crowley to hear him say the winning comment and several more that will make you scratch your head. I don’t mean to belabor what so many amateur and professional public commentators are doing, but he is such an easy target. Bless his heart: go home and take an aspirin Rick.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I teach...media writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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9 Responses to Spinning the Bottle in 1964

  1. you are too funny! have a great day and keep us laughing.

  2. C. Lee West says:

    Santorum is correct…we do not need someone to run the economy…we need someone who allows the businesses to operate freely and the economy will grow. Obama has tried to run the economy and you can see what is happening…the United States has gone to pot…Hope he is a one=termer at the White House…vote him out in November.

    • Ellouise Connolly says:

      The economy was already going “to the pot” when President Obama took his oath. I have tow friends who are no longer employed because the “business operated freely” and went down the drain leaving 60 people unemployed. We have so many simplistic answers to complex problems. Walk into a plant where dozens of robots are doing the work of hundreds of people and one realizes one of the reasons so many are unemployed. The new “High Tech” jobs requires a lot of new training/education. Time, training and the right mix of freedom and regulation need to come together. Obama is doing just fine.

      • How I love seeing your thoughts…many thanks.

      • Nancy Cantrell says:

        Businesses cannot ‘operate freely’ when the government continues to impose more and more laws and taxes on them So many businessmen are not inclined to grow their business when they already have so many governmental regulations, with more ‘promised’ by this administration ,including being fined if they don’t provide certain benefits.

      • As always, I appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks for doing so.

  3. Glad you’re reading…thanks.

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