Friday, February 03, 2006

JERSEY SHORE (Part II)

Summer of '84:
SITTING PRETTY ON A BRAND NEW BLUE AND YELLOW RAFT


The summer of ’84 was a great summer for friendship and music. Sylv, Liza, CC and I listened endlessly to Duran Duran, Culture Club, Loverboy, and Split Enz. While driving down the shore with Chico (yes, I got to drive down with him in his rust colored ’72 Camaro!) we listened to Ozzy Ozbourne and ACDC; “Back In Black” was everyone’s favorite album for years throughout our tenure down the Jersey Shore. Even though I loved all things Van Halen, Stray Cat, and Journey, I was also very into Culture Club. I suppose that’s why Chico began to call me ‘Boy Marcy’; a name he still calls me some twenty-odd years later. It didn’t musically make sense that I should like Culture Club; perhaps they sparked my interest because their lead singer was so overtly bent.

During our weeks down the shore, my friends and I found various ways to entertain ourselves. There were the trampoline’s—anyone who ever spent time in Surf City during the seventies and eighties will remember the sound of trampolines being assigned to paying customers: Liza Z take 1; Marcy P take 2; Mike K on 4, your time is up. Right next to the trampolines was the arcade. All year I would save my quarters so I could play Ms. Pacman at least 20 times daily. On average, I spent $50 at the arcade during each trip down the shore.

Further down the island was Bay Village. This was the place to be with lots of arcade games, miniature golf, exciting rides, and our favorite, the water flume! My parents drove us to Bay Village at least once every summer vacation. We never left without getting a pound of vanilla fudge from The Country Kettle.

One of my favorite pastimes at Bay Village was playing the games of chance at the amusement park. I especially liked the booth games where you put a quarter on a number, then the person working behind the counter spins a huge wooden wheel on the wall, and if the clicker on the wheel stopped on your number, you would win something.

One summer, there was a booth where you could win a wall tapestry that had an image of a famous musician silk-screened on it. The Jim Morrison tapestry caught my eye. I pictured what it would look like hanging in my room right above my bed. I spent about $30 in quarters trying to win that thing with no luck whatsoever. I went home empty handed. I begged my mom to drive me back to Bay Village the following day so that I could try my luck again. Luckily, it rained the next day, so it was the perfect excuse for another trip to Bay Village. I shelled out another $10 in quarters and finally won the Morrison tapestry. I was in HEAVEN. I was so proud of my perseverance. My cousin Krista, who had been rooting me on and talking me into laying all of my quarters on the line for the tapestry, broke my bubble when she informed me that the same exact tapestries were on sale in the Pier One Mall (adjacent to Bay Village) for $8 each. She had a knack for breaking bad news like that to me at exactly the wrong time; I think she reveled in it, actually.


Krista was a boy magnet. Something about her attracted the boys. Perhaps it was her clothing, her hair, her makeup. I don’t know. All I know is that whenever Krista was around, the boys were paying attention. This, of course, made me feel rather awkward—the last thing on Earth I wanted was to attract the boys. Their attention made me rather nervous, but not in a good, natural way. All I kept thinking about was how in love I was with Liza. While my friends were trying to figure out how to meet guys our age and make plans to rendezvous on the beach in the evening, I was trying to figure out how to tell Liza that I wanted to sit with her on the dunes and hold hands, staring at the ocean as the moonlight rippled over the waves. Rendezvousing with a young man was the farthest thing from my mind.

Always a strange dichotomy went along with my lack of wanting to attract the boys: I didn’t want their attention, yet when a boy showed interest in me, I did get a little flattered. I suppose it was the 'I don’t want you, but it’s kinda cool that you’re actually interested in me' type of ego thing. Krista always made a point of saying that I looked like a boy (which I didn’t) and didn’t miss a chance to reflect—verbally—on my flat chest. She didn’t think I could get a boy to save my life. My brother Tom, who was in cahoots with her, was famous for telling me to “Get a boyfriend!” Little did they know it was the last thing on my agenda.

Across the street from our shore house were three men in their late teens/early twenties. I imagined every single woman on the beach was swooning over them. The ringleader was extremely handsome, his body perfectly tanned. I believe he told Krista that his name was Mike. He looked like a ‘Mike’—an all American guy who enjoyed body surfing during the day, drinking beers out on their porch in the early evening, and then cruising around in his suped-up mustang ‘til the wee hours of the morning. Krista, Sylv, Liza, and the rest of us enjoyed flirting with them as they sat in their swimming trunks drinking Bud. We used to yell things across the street to get their attention. Sometimes we’d dare each other to go and talk to the guys. Because of the emotional dichotomy I outlined above, I was rather shy. CC was usually the one who was talked into initiating conversation with the guys. Once verbal contact was achieved, Krista would inevitably come on the scene and monopolize the conversation. She was usually hysterically funny in her dialogue: her blunt approach never lost on the young men.

On one particularly sunny afternoon, Krista, CC, and I went to the beach with our colorful beach towels, sun block, and our brand new blue and yellow rafts. The tepid water was minus jellyfish and the surf was relatively calm. We did a bit of tanning, then grabbed our rafts and headed into the ocean. We jumped over the waves in order to make it out far enough into the surf where we could float in the calm waters.

Krista and I shared my raft, while CC navigated hers on her own. I had my upper body draped over the right half of the raft as my legs dangled in water. I couldn’t help but recall the scene in JAWS where the camera angle was the shark’s eye point of view. I wondered what lingered beneath the surface of the ocean.

My nightmarish daydream was cut short when I caught Mike’s eye about two yards to my left. He was resting on his yellow boogie board, bobbing up and down to the rhythm of the waves. He smiled at me. I turned around to see whom he was smiling at; That smile couldn’t have possibly been intended for me! I thought.

There was no one behind me: just Krista on my left and CC on my right. I looked back at Mike. He smiled again, this time showering my attention with a confident wink. I stared at him, and smiled back. Krista had noticed that Mike was taking an interest in me. She began to flirt with him, “Hey, big boy. What brings you out here?” He didn’t answer. He just nodded his head towards me and gave a smile so wide his pearly whites glistened in the sun.

“Oh, you like this little boy?” Krista snickered. I whacked her in the upper arm with my elbow.

CC was on her raft, laughing. I looked at her and said, “What, he can’t be attracted to me? You have a problem with that?”

“Oh yeah, he’s REALLY attracted to you!” and she giggled so much she nearly fell off her raft.

Krista began to laugh, too. Mike’s friends now swam up to see what was going on. Mike nodded over in my direction; his friends looked at me. Then, they looked down at my chest, then back at my face. I was blushing religiously. I could not understand why all of the attention was suddenly on me. Why was everyone looking at my chest? We all knew that Krista had the most voluptuous breasts on the beach. Why in God’s name were the guys swooning over my sunken chest?

Mike swam a little closer to me. “Hi, I’m Mike.”

“Oh,” I mumbled, and then, after a long pause, I declared, “I’m Marcy.”

“You know, Marcy,” Mike said while bobbing up and down on the waves and staring at my chest, “Your boobs are hanging out of your bathing suit.”

I looked down and, sure enough, my girls were hanging out full frontal, just resting on the raft. My bathing suit top must have come untied while I was jumping the waves. My face burned with embarrassment as my cousins, one on either side, laughed their asses off at my expense.

I was right. A guy like Mike wouldn’t throw his affection my way, unless, of course, my breasts were exposed and sitting pretty on a brand new blue and yellow raft somewhere off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.



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19 Comments:

Blogger marcy_peanut said...

Hey Mike--Thanks a lot for the heads-up. At around 7PM tonight, I don't know what happened to this blog. I was trying to edit the previous post and, all of a sudden, the text in this current post was all cut and pasted. Everytime I tried to fix it and republish, I kept getting an ERROR! prompt. I ended up totally deleting this post and reposting it from scratch.

Thanks again for the heads up! ;)

BTW--Your comments were deleted when I deleted the post. :(

9:36 PM  
Blogger Miladysa said...

Congratulations Marcy YOU are this week's FBF Winner!!! I am so pleased that you have won :)

(Sorry that I am late with the news).

4:55 PM  
Blogger Miladysa said...

I felt as though I was one of the gang while reading this. I am really looking forward to the next post :)

6:29 AM  
Blogger L>T said...

Hmmm, I don't know if this Mike is such a good guy. I was worried he was going to try to catch you alone & do something awful.

Alot of people seem to be having blog trouble, in the last few days. Hope I don't catch it. :(

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Salbert said...

Over in Jersey huh? Well funny story. Here in Florida, I'm used to warm water and could never swim in that frigid water.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

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5:18 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Jersey girls aren't trash; trash gets picked up! =)


I thought you'd enjoy that one, oh queen of the queer bloggers. How've you been? I haven't seen you at my blog for a while. We miss you (every comic jackass needs a straight man, even if he is a bent woman!). lol

Be good.


p.s. I seem to be too stupid to post the right comment on the right blog. Serves me right for multitasking.

5:20 PM  
Blogger TrappedInColorado said...

Now wait just a minute! You had me going! Very funny. You lost me when you said that Mike came up and told you your breats were exposed. No boy would EVER tell a girl that. He would soak it all in until you found out for yourself. Geesh!

Good post. You have a talent for painting the canvas of your experiences.

Peace

6:12 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

What a grat post. This brings me back to the 80s, when I was wandering around with my friends having a good time with very little to worry about.

Loverboy...Working For The Weekend. A classic in my mind.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is soo funny! I totally remember that day on the beach! We looked and looked for that necklace! We used to have so much fun with all the guys! I remember we used to look up "Teddy K's" (name changed) shorts on the beach!! He used to hang out! Now that I think about it...maybe you weren't looking at him!! Everyone thinks the Jersey Shore is cheesy, but I wouldn't trade those days for the anything!!

ps. Fred- That Loverboy song sure brings back memories!
CC

11:01 PM  
Blogger marcy_peanut said...

ALAS! THE FAMOUS COUSIN 'CC' HAS POSTED ON THIS BLOG!!

HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO MENTION 'TEDDY'S JEWELS ON THIS POST! I MEANT TO WRITE IT. I SHALL HAVE TO EDIT IT IN!!!

THANKS FOR THE COMMENT!!!!

YOU USED TO love LOVERBOY!!!!

11:56 PM  
Blogger mizfit said...

@marcy~it's amazing that u survived that humiliation! i am positive i wud have changed my ID, skipped town. it's amazing how certain incidents burn a hole in our memory.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Manblogger641 said...

I miss being young like that and having a ball at the shore. I used to hang out in Ocean City, NJ. All the shores though are the same. Young kids having fun and getting drunk. LOL

6:12 PM  
Blogger mizfit said...

@marcy~ oh please do post regularly on ur blog. i love the way you write!

12:37 AM  
Blogger uglygirl said...

i can so relate to the whole...not finding men (always) atrractive but wanting attention, nonetheless.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Dubya said...

I had an embarrassin' experience once, only it didn't involve a raft, it was a deck. An' I wasn't wearin' a swimsuit, it was a flightsuit. An' I wasn't on vacation, it was a presidential visit. An' it didn't involve exposin' my body, it was a sign: "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"--jus' hangin' there in the salty breeze.

But y'know what, the voters re-elected me anyway. So no harm, no foul.

8:56 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

P.S. I still have two of the Indian tapestrys I bought in a head shop w/birthday money at 16. My mom confiscated the 'Fly United' poster. (remember that poster? the 2 ducks?)

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie Davies said...

I know I haven't commented here in a while (and yes I feel entirely guilty about it :( ) but I have been reading and lurking...I'm sorry I haven't commented lately though. All of your writing is so beautiful - but I've told you that many times before.

These past few posts have really been exceptional though...I loved the bit abouts your boobs hanging out lmao - been there..done that :D Well actually not exactly... I dove into a pool from a diving board and my whole suit came off :( lol But we won't go there :D (I'd rather forget that memory entirely thank-you-very-much!)

I so love your writing. If I weren't already married, I'd be all over you :D

6:17 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

One summer, there was a booth where you could win a wall tapestry that had an image of a famous musician silk-screened on it.

I remember those. I wasted a lot of money trying to win one. I did win a Def Leppard Pyromania glass picture though.

Heh, sorry, but I would be staring too.

I was in Ventura once with my wife and one of my friends. The waves were especially heavy because it was windy, and I was watching this one chick jumping up and down in the waves. I knew her top was going to come off, but I had to be patient.

So I kept watching, but my dumb friend kept bugging me to join him in the water. I kept saying wait, but didn't tell him why because he was a weirdo (he wasn't a voyeurist, and anyone who is not at least partially voyeuristic is a weirdo).

So finally I gave in and joined him in the water. When I got back, my wife informed me that her top came off.

4:21 PM  

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