Wander aka StoneBear (wander) wrote,
Wander aka StoneBear
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Gas Prices

My Dad sent me this little gem in response to a discussion we were having on gas prices. He remembered complaining in 1971 about higher gas costs in AZ and CO. We were living on the (now defunct) Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, near Santa Ana, CA. I would have been 5 years old and my younger brother would have been 2. The interstates were just starting to be built back then so most of this would have been on Rt 66 going and Rt. 40 coming back. I can actually remember the engine overheating in the desert in AZ. VW's had air cooled engines then. So we had to stop and let the engine cool down. We just pulled off the side of the road and Mom made us all cheese sandwiches. Just bread and cheese. I remember it was really good because the cheese was cold coming out of the cooler and it was so hot in AZ. We had lemonade too. What memories!



It was one of the first trips where Dad taught us these songs to sing while traveling. They were the kind of songs where you build off a starting theme and each verse repeats all the stuff from before. I still sing them somtimes.

One was "There's a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a hole, There's a hole, There's a hole, There's a hole,
There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.

There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea,
There's a log, there's a log, there's a log, there's a log,
There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea."

And so on verse after verse making it up as you go along. Sort of a game which ends when people mess up the order of the objects.

Similar to this was, "There's a hole in the ground and the green grass grows all, all around and the green grass grows all around.

Now in this hole (and everyone else echoes - Now in this hole)
There was a little dirt (there was a little dirt)
The cutest little dirt (the cutest little dirt)
That you ever did see (that you ever did see)
(all sing) And the dirt was in the hole and the hole was in the ground and the green grass grows all around all around and the green grass grows all around."

And on and on. By the time I was 10 and Joe was 7 we were singing about microbes on the dust on the hair on the feather on the bird on the nest on the branch on the tree on the root in the dirt in th hole in the ground.

Later Joe and I performed in lovely 2 part harmony with "Down on the Olde Mill Stream" We still do this sometimes when we are together. Deb on the other hand rolls her eyes when I start singing the car songs.

Peace,

Wander
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