When I was growing up in the late 1970s and early ’80s, trucks were just starting to catch on.
And like the ’60s, ’70 and ’80 and ’90s, we all thought the trucks were cool.
That’s why I had my first truck, a Chevy Silverado.
The truck’s name was Thunderbird.
In the summer of 1980, my father bought me a used pickup truck, and he got me a bunch of other trucks that I drove.
He bought the truck because he said, “I’ll buy you a used truck.”
He bought my dad the truck and then he went on a trip to Los Angeles.
He had this thing where he’d go to this ranch and he’d take me to the water park, and then we’d go up to this huge ranch that had this massive waterfall.
And it was like a swimming pool.
We had this big pool.
And he’d bring me down here and he was like, “What do you want to do?
What do you wanna do?
What are you doing here?”
I said, I wanna ride a Harley Davidson.
“And he’s like, [laughs] I don’t even know what that is.
And I was like [laughs], “Well, what do you think?”
He says, “Well you gotta ride a motorcycle.”
I’m like, I’m gonna ride a real motorcycle.
He goes, “Oh, that’s cool.
How do you like to ride a bike?
“I was just like, Oh, okay.
He says to go get the motorcycle, and we went to this shop and we took our motorcycles and we did some rides on it.
And when we got to Los Angeles, we had this really good time.
We would go to these surf shops and hang out in the water, and that was just where we’d hang out.
I would be at the surf shop and I’d just be in the pool with these girls, and I’m going, “Wow, this is amazing!”
And then the girls would come up and grab me.
And they would go, “We’ve never seen anyone like you.
How are you feeling?
“And I’m just like—we were just hanging out in LA and we were just going surfing, and it was just a really good experience.
I loved it, and in fact, I got married.
I was going to be divorced at the time, and so I got engaged to my fiancé.
I thought, Okay, I think I’m ready to get married.
And so that’s what I did.
I went to the wedding, and they said to me, “You gotta go to the reception.
The reception is here.
You have to go.
“And so I went.
And there I was, with my fiancée, and she’s wearing this beautiful dress.
And she was just looking at me.
She was like looking at my truck.
I’m not sure if I had ever seen her look at me like that before.
And we were at the reception and I had the truck.
And then she was like to me like, You know, it’s like we don’t have time to be together.
And this was at a time when there was no social media.
So I was walking to my wedding and she said, [inaudible] What’s your story?
I was thinking, Oh my god, this isn’t right.
And my fianciée is like, Well, I’ve never had a relationship.
And you know, so that was the first time she’d ever seen me, and, and the way she looked at me was just really beautiful.
And that was it.
I felt really comfortable and she felt comfortable with me.
I did not think it was weird at the same time.
And now I get texts from her every day, like, Wow, I really like you, and when I’m with you, I can tell when you’re thinking about me.
That was a great experience.
So that was a big part of what made me want to become a writer.
And what made my story really come to life was that I was living the life of a young girl.
I wasn’t living my life, but I was in my 20s.
And at that time, I didn’t really know anything about motorcycles.
And after my fiance and I moved to L.A., we took a trip up to the surf school.
And the surf schools were really big in the ’70-80s.
There was a surf school on the beach that was really big.
And one of the teachers there was my teacher.
And her name was Annie Stromberg.
And Annie had been teaching for so long that she was already famous.
And people came up to her and they were like, Annie, you’re going to love this.
And a few of the guys were