Monday, April 4, 2016

A Psycho First Date

The A to Z Challenge takes us on a journey through the month of April. We write Monday through Saturday and take Sunday off. Hence, 26 days and 26 letters of the alphabet. Come in and see what snippet I'm sharing with you today.


First Date

Do you remember your first date? Most of us do for one reason or another. I was spending the summer with my aunt (mom's younger sister) who lived in a nearby city. I wasn't yet 16. 16 was the magic age that my mom had decided was an appropriate age for a girl to start dating. My aunt didn't usually go along with anything my mom wanted.

It was probably 1965 or around that time. A pretty cute boy lived across the street from my aunt. I don't remember how old he was but he was able to drive. My aunt asked him if he wanted to take me on a date. The boy said yes. The date was planned. I was a nervous ninny!

On the day of the planned date I was ready to chicken out. I told my aunt I wasn't going. She said, "yes, you are." I said there was only one way that I would go and that was if my sister could come too. My sister was 2 years older than me. A woman of the world! Surprisingly, this boy agreed to this. 

We left in his long white car. Him and me in the front seat. My sister sitting, happily, in the back seat. And he drove us to a drive-in theater. Have you ever been to a drive-in? They were pretty popular when I was growing up. 

Shower scene
We settled in. Hung the speaker on the almost rolled all the way down window, turned the dial and began to watch. The movie playing that night was PSYCHO. Yep, that one and only crazy, Alfred Hitchcock horror film starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates. The scariest film I have ever watched in my life. Was years before I took a shower that was longer than a quick soap, quick rinse, and out!!

What a dumb movie to take a young girl to on her first date! Well maybe it wasn't so dumb on his part. I spent the entire movie sitting almost on top of him, clutching tightly to his arm. And sitting right next to me, as closely as she could get, was my sister. Sure glad she went with me on my first date. (It was also the only date I had with this guy)

Tell me about your first date. Do you remember where you went? 



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    1. Bowling is a good, safe first date!!

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  2. haha..awesome! Mine was a simple coffee shop and then a walk on the beach in the afternoon heat.

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    1. Oh I would have traded mine for a walk on the beach any day!

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  3. Oh my gosh that is funny.
    We have a couple of drive in's in the Dallas/Ft Worth area now. I guess what's old is new again. :)

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    1. It seems that drive-ins are making a comeback!

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  4. I actually don't remember my first date. A group of us hung around together and one of the boys and I gravitated toward each other. He would be my date for the school dances. So he was my first boyfriend but I'm not sure we ever went on an official first date.

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    1. I may not have remembered mine had it not been so memorable! LOL

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  5. LOL, I love it :) I can imagine the three of you in the front seat of the car. I wonder what his motives (other than physical) were to choose that movie. I never saw it either because I heard so much scary stuff about it and I'm so impressionable, I would have been the same like you, quick showers :)

    My first date was with a guy that worked with someone I was babysitting for. I was 16 at the time. It was to their company picnic. He was 19 years old, had a fast kind of car. The picnic was serving beer for those that were 21 and older. He had managed to get a wrist band that said he could drink. He had a few beers and I was scared to death about driving home with him (his sister was along too). We did get home safely and I never dated him again. Had I known he was going to do this, I wouldn't have gone out with him and these were the days before cell phones and the picnic was a ways out of town, I couldn't quite figure how to get myself home if it wasn't by him driving me.

    betty

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    1. That would have been scary Betty! There was a lot of underage drinking in my day. I don't hear about it as much now that I am the 'old' granny! I did my fair share of it. I hope my grandchildren act responsible, whatever they chose to do!

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  6. This is a great story! I still check behind a shower curtain before I step in : )

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  7. :) Had a smile reading about your first date! I must say smart guy to take you out for that movie!
    My first date was when I was 18 and I had asked this guy out who was my classmate's friend..We went for a romantic movie! But unfortunately it turned out to be a really boring date :(

    Cheers,
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    1. I try to encourage my granddaughter to ask the guy out. She's just not brave enough yet!

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  8. I enjoyed reading about your first date. Times have changed, and yet things are much the same:)

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  9. Oh brave of you to share this tale. My first date was just too embarrassing to share! lol

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  10. I love this! You played right into the classic guy-game of getting a girl to a scary movie, and a drive-in no less! I first saw Psycho in a Film Appreciation class in college, so it was much less traumatic.

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  11. Pretty sure it was a movie (but not a drive-in) ... when matinees were $1. We might have ridden our bicycles. ;-)

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    1. Ridden your bikes. That is an interesting first date!

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  12. I think my first date was a double date, going out for dinner. My girlfriend's brother asked me out, and my brother asked my girlfriend. I just remember feeling super awkward. Not a memorable experience!

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    1. Double dates can be fun! You should write about your experience!

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  13. I love that movie! Psycho is such a classic. In fact it was just on a few weeks ago and I watched it again. Did you ever see the movie Hitchcock? It's a docu-drama on the making of that film.

    I remember drive-ins! I used to love drive-ins. Saw many many movies at the drive ins. There is one still operating in San Antonio, about an hour away. My ex took me to see Mission Impossible a few years ago. It was fun.

    Memories all the way around with this post Paula!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I am glad you have some good memories Michele!

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  14. My first date was to a Sunday afternoon movie with a guy who wanted to take me to the Homecoming dance. The movie was something to do with nature and hunting, a documentary. We came right home after. My mother wanted to invite the fellow to stay for dinner. I should my head no. I still went to the Homecoming dance with him, because I had already agreed. My curfew was midnight. I got home at 8 p.m. four hours ahead of schedule! Nuf said!

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    1. Sounds like you had decided that you didn't want to date this guy after your first date! And that maybe Homecoming was a bust too. Well, it gave you a memorable first date. Do you still remember his name?

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    2. I remember this guys name too. It was Dewayne!

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  15. I only dated one fellow in high school. Our first date was a movie, too ... something totally forgettable. Then his father went and "ruined the rest of our lives" (lol) when he moved the family to another state far, far away.

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    1. LOL! Did you stay in touch?

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    2. Actually, yes. We still trade Happy Birthday wishes each year. Crazy, eh?

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    3. That is wonderful! I didn't stay in touch with a single one of my friends from high school! Sad!

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  16. My first date was to a Thanksgiving Day parade. We went with his 2 older brothers and their girlfriends. After the parade we went bowling and still made it home in time for dinner.

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  17. My mother said that for years after seeing Psycho, she would go through the house and make sure all the doors and windows were locked before getting into the shower.

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  18. My first date we double dated with my friend and her husband went to Applebees for dinner and then saw a movie. We just stayed friends didn't want to hurt our friendship if we dated and broke up. But that's good beacuse I wouldn't of meet my husband. :)

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    1. When I first started dating Applebees didn't even exist! LOL

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  19. I enjoyed this. Of course, the sad part is if you were to find out this "boy' had his own website, he's "out there" bragging to the world how his first date was with TWO sisters! Yea, boys can be morons, and they men they turn out to be may not be much better, but .....they are kinda funny sometimes! Keep writing.

    Zulu Delta

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    1. I never thought of this story from his point of view. Thanks for reading!

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  20. Nice story...enjoyed it ! Thankfully I saw Psycho at home , on the VCR ( In 80s) , so I could get up and disappear when the shower scene came on....

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    1. If Psycho comes on at home, I turn it off. Once was enough!!

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  21. Yes - I was taken to an old-fashioned drive-in movie theatre when I came over to the States and I thought it was fantastic :) I've never seen Psycho - FAR too scary for me!!!!! As for first date - ice-skating - which was fun but I can't remember talking much as too busy concentrating on skating :)
    Pempi
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    1. Ice skating would be a good date. I have never tried ice skating but I love to watch!

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  22. Oh my goodness! I've completely avoided Psycho over the years. My first date was a double date to an amusement park around the time of Halloween, so everything was spooky. My mama is wise and told me that boys take you to a haunted house so they get to hold your hand. She was right. ;)

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