Reminiscing (Top Gun)

On the way home from work tonight, “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins popped up on shuffle on my IPod. It’s funny how music can make me remember things that I thought I had forgotten. In particular, this song, which I have kept on my IPod not because I want to listen to it, but because of the memories that it invokes.

I’m not gonna lie here…I’ve had a few drinks, and I’m in the mood to reminisce. If there are a few mispellings, I apologize. Every now and then I hear a song or see a movie or a picture that takes me back. Tonight was one of those nights.

According to IMDB, Top Gun came out my junior year of high school (1986). I remember it being a huge hit. I probably saw it 3 or 4 times at our local theater. In Zanesville, OH, there wasn’t much else to do on a Friday night but drive down the strip, crank up the music, go see a movie or hang at the mall. Me and my best friend would hit Taco Bell (which I also had tonight…just because…), cruise down Maple, listen to the Top Gun soundtrack and then see who else was out that night.

Tom Cruise was the star, but I used to think that the Iceman was so freaking cool. He was a total badass. I don’t remember much else about it. Goose died. They sang “You Lost That Loving Feeling” at a bar. A scene where they played volleyball. I don’t think I’ve thought of that movie in probably 20 years. I’ve never had the urge to see it again. I don’t even think I’ve ever seen it on TNT or any of those other networks that show 80’s movies over and over again. Either way, I know I haven’t watched it in its entirety since. But for some reason, tonight I’m wanting to see it again.

Doesn’t matter what stupid stunt Tom Cruise pulls. I personally don’t know what all the commotion was about when he jumped on Oprah’s couch. I don’t know anything about his religion, and I don’t know anything about him and his new wife or girlfriend, Katie Holmes. I don’t really care about Tom Cruise and his personal life. What I do care about is this song by Kenny Loggins and how cool it was to be cruising downtown with the windows down and the music cranked in my 1967 Volkswagon Bug on a Friday night in my hometown, hanging with my best friend and enjoying life. It’s something I think about from time to time and I just think it was a really fun time.

Anyway, it made me think about how lucky I’ve been in almost all aspects of my life. How I got this from “Danger Zone”, I have no idea. But those were magical times…much like the life I have now. Consider this my form of drunk dialing…but I’ve enjoyed getting to where I am today. It has been an amazing. And to all of my friends who I haven’t seen, especially Chuck, who was my best friend back in those days, I’ve had a good time, dude. Hope yours is going as well as you had dreamed!

And now…time for sleep. I’m sure I’ll be wondering about this in the morning! LOL


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