So 5:30 AM this morning I’m driving my 16 year old son to his ROTC drill meeting 45 minutes away.
Trying to teach him responsibility he has no license yet, so driving him around is getting old. I have a few cars and there’s one nice Jaguar all paid off sitting in my driveway waiting for him to drive it, yet he refuses to work to pay for his insurance. So no job to pay at least some of his insurance no drive.
I don’t believe in giving a 16 year old literally everything, I mean he has pretty much almost everything he wants anyway and thus far he has no interest in driving yet, or he would be driving himself. I had my first car bought and paid for at 15, I had girls to take out and go parking, plus as a teen I grew up in Bucks County outside of Philly so it was COLD and a car was necessary to date. I guess he doesn’t need wheels to make out with chicks. The weather is nice in SFL, they have parks and other friends houses and I’m often not home, so if you don’t need wheels for a chick why get them.
My 16 year old son is a dudes dude I guess, he is definitely the leader of his little group of friends. He was the #1 ROTC Cadet in his grade and got a huge award last spring. All his buddies are in ROTC with him, the same kids that have often been in my house for years now eating all the stuff I eat. The same stuff that my sons don’t like, yet his friends sure like what I eat. He would probably eat most of the stuff that I eat which is stuff most people don’t bother to buy since it’s healthy food. But he doesn’t like it since it’s stuff his old man eats. You know how kids hate to like anything their parents like, so healthy food that most don’t like to blow the money on is in my fridge and no way will my kids touch it, yet their buddies sure like to devour it. But I’m not their dad, so to their friends it’s FOOD and if you ever had teen sons you know how FOOD DISAPPEARS.
Anyway, so I’m driving him 5:30 AM to this ROTC drill thing, and last night I made the ultimate sacrifice that a single dad in their 40’s or 50’s could ever make, since I had to tell my 18 year old girlfriend last night sorry baby I got to take you home early since I have to get up at 5:00 AM to take my 16 year old to this ROTC thing. So most of my date was blown off since I had to get up early. He told me about this ROTC thing minutes before I was leaving for my hot date. “Oh dad I got to be at ROTC drill 40 minutes away at 6:00 AM tomorrow, I need a ride.” So there went my hot date. I got a lot of girls I date between 18 and 22 and I have only one 16 year old son and I have a 15 year old son as well. So teen sons come first, then second is slightly older teen girlfrinds. Afterall, this is South Florida, every month there’s a new litter of 18 year old cute chicks looking to spend older guys money.
So I’m driving my 16 year old to ROTC in my Convertible 550 Benz and Sammy Hagar is singing on a classic Van Halen tune ‘Right Now’. So I say to my son, “Do you know who that is?” He says,”No”. I say it’s Sammy Hagar he was the main singer in Van Halen. He says, “Oh yeah I heard of them.”
So then some Led Zeppelin comes on, he knew who they were but didn’t recall the specific song. Then ‘Schools Out’ by Alice Cooper came on, he had no clue as to who Alice Cooper was. I said in the 80’s I didn’t live far from him in Phoenix and we used to play some of the same golf cources and run into each other. I said he and Eddie Van Halen were the only rock and roll golfers I had ever met that could play a little.
So I’m thinking these songs are now 30 to 40 years old. When I was 16 that would have been like me listening to stuff from the 1930’s or 1940’s with my dad, and the 40’s was his era, you know big band and the Andrew Sisters and stuff. At 16 I would have preferred to go deaf than listening to the ‘Boogey Woogey Man’.
I say this doesn’t sound too bad huh, it sounds like it could still be on the radio today (which they all are).
He says, “It sounds okay.”
Even the next song that came on ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ by Bon Jovi didn’t sound too bad to me now almost 30 years after it was released, not that I would consider Bon Jovi to be classic rock.
So here we are now 30 to 50 years after classic rock was made and 16 year old sons can listen to it with their dads in their 40’s or 50’s and hear them say ‘This isn’t too bad.’
I remember in the middle 70’s when I was his age thinking how ancient 50’s rock and roll was. As far as the 40’s music that my own dad thought was great, well that was for dinosaurs.
Yet today here the music of my youth has stood the test of time and young kids today can actually at least listen to it and say not too bad.
Now can you imagine in 30 or 40 years some future teen listening to his dad’s CD iPod or smarphone or whatever music is stored on then in his car and saying that Eminem and Snoop Dog or Justin Bieber isn’t too bad.
I have a CD player in my car and a backup CD is filled with Eminem and Snoop and the various young sluts that are alleged singers today and when one of the 18 to 21 year old chicks jump in my whip that’s what I usually play unless they’re Latina then it’s my Raggaeton CD. Plus I have a couple of thousand songs on my iPhone that connects to my car just in case the 6 CD’s I have loaded isn’t enough of a selection.
My 6 pack of CD’s are:
CD 1 – 90’s rock and some early 00’s rock.
CD 2 – 70’s and 80’s rock
CD 3 – Raggeton (I date lots of young Latina’s)
CD 4 – Soul from 3 decades.
CD 5 – 60 Beatle hits
CD 6 – Some emerging bands one of my companies produce
CD 1 – Classical Beethoven, Chopin Bach
CD 2 – New Age and Electronic stuff I made ages ago
CD 3 – Rap like Eminem and Snoop and I couldn’t tell you the rest
I have a feeling 30 or 40 years from now 16 year old kids will still be saying ‘Not too bad’ when their dads say you know your grand dad used to have this on in his car when I was a kid and it was recorded when he was a kid, 60 to 80 years ago as classic rock cranks out of their sound system.
Nothing like Rock and Roll.