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I wish...

It's times like right now that I kick myself so much for selling my old Mustang. Because the mood I'm in right now, nothing would suit me better than to climb into the cockpit, put some 20 year old Heavy Metal into the tape deck and take off on a windy country backroad. Speeding up on curves to almost the point where I can feel the back end begin to slide out on me. Seeing just how fast I can go without losing it. Not that I really cared back then if I did lose it or not. Yeah, I'm in that kind of mood right now. My life is getting complex again. Nothing like cheating death a little to really make you feel alive again. God's I miss drag racing on Friday and Saturday nights. I saw this sweet Mach 1 for sale over the weekend so maybe that's what has me thinking about the Mustang again. Or maybe it's a mid-life crisis kicking in but MAN, the feeling of going over 100 mph down a two lane road right next to some other maniac in a hot car. Stereos blasting out AC/DC or Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. Encountering another car in front of me, and having to decided in a split second whether to slam on my brakes or try to go around him on the shoulder and risk rolling my car. Oh the adrenalin rush of knowing if I didn't win, I was going to lose my car. Getting right up next to the other guy going 80 or so and dropping the gears from drive into second and hearing the shift kit chirp and being slammed back against the seat while the car rocketed from 80 to over 100 in a few seconds. Flying across the makeshift finish line laid down with field marking chalk earlier and seeing a cloud of white dust go up around me. All my friends there cheering for me and getting ready to run their races. Collecting the other guy's car title, my hands still shaking from the rush.

I feel the need for a little speed right now.



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May. 19th, 2003 05:59 pm (UTC)
Funny, I've been feeling that way lately too, especially today. I was just incredibly crabby, really wanted to be anywhere but there. I've never really been a speed demon but flying down some country road in the middle of nowhere in some powerful car (which my little Honda ain't) sounds really great right now. *sigh*
May. 19th, 2003 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'll rent a Jaguar some weekend and drive up to get you and we'll do it together.

May. 19th, 2003 08:58 pm (UTC)
Hm, sounds good. I bet it wouldn't take all that long for you to get here either. ;)
May. 19th, 2003 09:09 pm (UTC)
Not in a jag.ú
May. 20th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Aw, crap.

You mention old heavy metal, and I start thinking Budgie and early KISS. Then I realize that 20-year-old heavy metal would be 1983.

May. 20th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
We listened to a little of everything back then. Most of us were still very into Led Zepellin and The harder 70's stuff. KISS was still Big. AC/DC had just recently come out with the "Back in Black" album. Most of the radio play was REO Speedwagon and Boston and Foreigner. Alternative for us was really like Yes and King Crimson, Genesis and Peter Gabriel. The hair bands hadn't hit yet. Remember Billy Thorpe's "Children of the Sun?" That and Rush's "Moving Pictures" were kind of the turning point from one wave of music to another in that era. Van Halen was still fronted by Roth at least for another year.

Howard Stern had just taken over as the morning jock of our local radio station, DC 101. As much as I hate him now, he helped bring metal to the airwaves in a big way. DC 101 changed formats from Top 40 Classic rock to metal almost overnight and all us gear heads couldn't have been happier.

All of a sudden we were hearing Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy, DIO. Motorhead, Saxon, Dokken, Blackfoot, Whitesnake and a host of others. Great music for people who were into cheating death a little. To me, later metal just never really mesured up so I've never gotten behind the likes of Metallica and such.

But I guess each generation has it's own musical heroes.

May. 20th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, I've got a weird one for you. It's no problem if you don't know. Have you heard a Shawnee creation story with Kuhkoomtheyna (Our Grandmother, author's spelling)? I'm trying to figure something out. She starts a sentence like this: "Kuhkoomtheyna’s grandson, Cloud Boy and Little Dog watched as she made..." I can't figure out whether Little Dog is one of her grandsons, or if it means an actual dog. The author is unfortunately not a terribly good writer, so missing info like this shows up a lot. No worries if you haven't heard the story.
May. 20th, 2003 12:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't but I can talk to our chief as she is more versed in that sort of thing.

I'll ask and get back to you hopefully in a day or two.

May. 20th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but don't go to too much trouble.
Hmm, I have another one: have you heard of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band of Ohio? Apparently they're a state but not federally recognized nation...but they weren't mentioned in my manuscript. Just wondering.
May. 20th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have. actually that is the parent group of the branch I belong to. The deal was when the Shawnee were pushed out of Ohio in the early 1800's by the US government, Several Shawnee under Tecumseh decided to stay there. Tecumseh never signed a treaty with the government thus the ones who stayed behing never got federal recognition. The ones that agreed to go to Oklahoma signed a treaty and are now federally recognized. here is an excerpt from the URB website on the history.

After Tecumseh's death in 1813, most of his warriors and their families decided to remain together as a Shawnee group. By 1840's there were 36 Shawnee communities existing in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and a few other states. Thick Water, who was Tecumseh's first cousin, best friend, first warrior, and personal body guard, became the "leader" of this Remnant Shawnee group. Tecumseh's children and other family members went to Oklahoma after Tecumseh's death. Most members of the Shawnee Nation URB are descendants of the remnant families who lived in the 36 Shawnee communities.
The Remnant Shawnee leadership continued through Thick Water's line for 7 generations to today's date. Thick Water's name in Shawnee is Paughp which eventually became Pope. Hawk Pope, a direct decendant of Cornstalk,Tekonsha, and Thick Water, was elected "Chief" by his people in 1971 when he was 30 years old.
The Shawnee Nation, URB reorganized in 1971 gathering the remaining Shawnee decendants from the 36 communities. the time of reorganization the Remnant Band had 312 people on its rolls. By 1995, the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band numbered over 600 members. After genealogical proof of at least 1/16 Shawnee blood and two full years of probationary time, the Shawnee Coucil takes a vote on whether or not to accept a petitioner into the Tribe. Meeting all requirements does not automatically guarantee full Tribal status.

My sister and our chief actully know Hawk Pope and it was he who gave them permission to form the South Eastern Alliance of Shawnee in NC. He gave them sacred gifts as well to get started with. I've seen a few of them and held one of them. Pretty powerful stuff.

There is a bit of "conflict" between the western Shawnee in OK and the URB which is probably why your manuscript does not mention them. Sort of like the differences between the Cherokee in NC and the ones in OK.

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