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My Life 1967-1973
- Part Five
Michael D. Holcomb
January through June was the 2nd half of my Junior year in High School. I
don't know in what order the following events took place.
Cynthia ****** was a pretty black girl who hung out with the white kids. She was
a light skinned black with smooth black hair and very petite. She didn't talk
like a black.
She also had a hangup about white boys. I wasn't the first nor the last to take
my turn with Cynthia. During this time the pressure was on with the saying
"you're not a man till you've had a black girl." I have no complaints.
Homecoming at the school was going to be just another event. Being in R.O.T.C we
were required to wear our dress blues and march on the field at half time. My
sister-in-law told me her best friend who was 6 months pregnant wanted to go to
the game but needed someone to take her. The father of the baby had long bailed.
So I was asked to escort her. Here I was walking around in baggy dress blues
with a pregnant gal at the biggest game of the year. I enjoyed her company but
it took a while to halt the ripple of the rumor mill days later.
Diane ****** was the type of girl you didn't mind being alone with late at night
as long as the people you know didn't see you. From the rear she looked like she
had the perfect figure and the prettiest hair, but once she turned around...
During one of the many dry spells myself along with my buddy Wayne had taken our
turns with Diane on occasion. Once it occurred in the back seat of my Chevy at
the clay pitts late one night while listening to the pounding sound of Rod
Stewart's "Maggie May."
Sometime during my Junior year I started turning on to marijuana. To start I
would just smoke it when someone had it available but soon I found myself buying
nickel and dime bags. I couldn't smoke very much at a time because of my heart
murmur. That stuff really heated up the chest and caused the heart to race. To
get caught with the grass had pretty severe penalties so we found the safest way
was to take a pair of tweezers and pinch all the tobacco out of a cigarette and
stuff it full with mary jane. That way you could smoke it like a cigarette and
nobody knew the difference unless of course he had a keen sense of smell.
Some of the others went on to experiment with the harsher stuff but I knew my
limits and didn't. One particular day I remember smoking a joint at lunch time
and just literally floating to my Typing Class afterwards. We had a words per
minute test to take and I failed it miserably. Usually the stuff relaxes the
soul but I think this batch had been laced with some hallucinagenic drug. The
closest time I came to getting caught was when I had just bought a nickel and
stuffed it under the driver's seat when a Leesburg Cop pulled up and asked what
we were doing parked in the Cable Vision lot.
Everyone kept their cool and just explained the Security guard at McDonalds
across the street ran us off earlier. The cop told us we can't hang out at a
closed business either. We were more than happy to just leave and go somewhere
The What-A-Burger was a popular hangout for the kids and it also had a
reputation for the meeting place for drug trading. The word was out to not do
anything there because the Leesburg Cops were on the top floor of Citizens Bank
with binoculars staking out the place.
The Crest Drive-In was probably the favorite place to take a date although some
girls wouldn't let you take them there. These ladies wanted to be taken to the
Tropic Theatre or someplace more public. The drive-in was of course the best
place to drink beer. The mistake I made was tossing the bottles out of the car
and then running over them when leaving that night. Somehow the left rear tire
got punctured and went completely flat by the time I got to the Penn-Dixie store
at Picciola and Hwy 27.
I thought I was in good enough shape to change the tire but once I stood up out
of the car the blood rushed to my head and I found myself just able to hang. My
buddy Tim got out and fell on his face. I didnít know what to do but lady luck
struck when some more buddies saw us and stopped and helped... I guess it's not
until later on you realize how one stunt could have changed your life.
In the Fall of 1971 I started my Senior Year. This was my 3rd year of R.O.T.C.
Myself along with several other guys were thinking of a military career in the
Air Force. A delayed entrance program would allow us to sign up now, finish
school and then go in later.
A group of us were allowed to miss school and travel by Greyhound Bus to the
Jacksonville Induction Center to take the entrance exams and the physicals. I
scored ok on the test but failed my physical due to a trick elbow.
During the stay at the hotel a lot of drinking and partying went on. The local
girls knew where the action was and were a mainstay at the hotel - need I say
Standing in line at the bus depot for the trip home was hard for me - I had
drowned my troubles the night before because I was rejected with a 4-F draft
The Air Force didn't want me because I failed the stupid physical. Here I was in
my 3rd year of R.O.T.C. and it was all for nothing.
Finally the Atlanta to Orlando Bus arrived but we had to wait for the passengers
on the bus to exit and have a quick break. While watching them exit I saw this
honey step down off the bus and go into the station. I said to myself what are
the chances for me to sit near her for the ride home. Soon the Atlanta
passengers climbed back on the bus and then I boarded as quickly as I could
looking for where she was sitting. She was at the rear of the bus so I asked to
sit next to her and she obliged. As I placed my duffle bag on the top rack it
fell down hitting this Spanish lady in the head. She cussed me out over and over
even as I was apologizing to her.
Anyway the honey's name is Debbie ***** and she told me her parents thought it
would be best for her to live with her aunt and uncle in Orlando for awhile. She
had drug and behavior problems at home. We talked all the way home and exchanged
phone numbers. She accepted a date with me for the following weekend.
Sure enough on Friday night I travel to Orlando and pick her up at her Aunt's
house. She looked great in a Sizzler dress and her makeup was just right. I
figured with her being all dressed up she would want to go somewhere nice but
told me anywhere would be fine.
I knew from our conversations on the bus that she was to the point and easy
going, so I said I was thinking of the Rimar Drive-In. She said okay so off we
went. Debbie was into Black Sabbath so I put that 8-track into the player. She
was the most fun that night and the next time together was even better. I scored
both times but when I tried to go back for more on the third weekend her Aunt
told me Debbie had reconciled with her parents in Atlanta.
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