Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's Saturday Night ... Do You Know Where Your Social Life Is?

I must be stuck in the 70's this week as I'm pulling another song out of my past to post this evening. This one is by the Bay City Rollers, a Scottish pop/rock band that hit it big in the mid-70's and then faded away into obscurity in the early 80's. This particular song, "Saturday Night" was quite popular in 1976, the year American turned 200 years old and I graduated from high school. Yep - I am most definitely showing my age!

Ever since I can remember, Saturday nights have not exactly been the big thing for me that they are for a lot of people. It wasn't "date night" or "hit the town with my friends night" so much as it was "stay home and feel sorry for myself night" or a night where I could watch TV by myself while grimacing at every commercial for Sun-In spray-in hair lightener, Clearasil acne treatment, or Pearl Drops tooth whitener. Not that I needed any of those things per say but maybe they were all part and parcel of the reason I was sitting at home on Saturday night rather than going out and having a good time like every other teenager in America.

me in high schoolMyself, circa 1976
Even though I don't think I was particularly unattractive, I wasn't the type of girl that the boys gravitated to unless it was in the form of a friend. Story of my life pretty much when I stop and think about it. My cousin Diana had a boyfriend, my cousin Pat had a boyfriend, my best friend Diane had a boyfriend ... I had a lot of boy friends and that's pretty much where it ended. That's not to say that my entire four years of high school was nothing but an arid desert but for all that I went out, it might as well have been. Heck, I didn't even get invited to the senior prom (and don't think that still doesn't depress the hell out of me all these years later!).

So - flash forward 30+ years later and Saturday nights are pretty much what they were back in 1976 except that rather than sitting home all by myself every Saturday night bemoaning the fact that I'm sitting home all by myself on Saturday night I occasionally have Amanda for company as long as she isn't spending the night with Cate over at Jason & Amy's.

After all this time I've rather gotten used to having non-social Saturday nights but every once in awhile, I tire of it. Perhaps it's because the weather is finally warming up and it's as Alfred Lord Tennyson penned in his poem Locksley Hall, "In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." No doubt in the Spring a woman's fancy (even if she's no longer young) might also turn lightly to thoughts of love - or at least a little company once in awhile! Add on the fact that I haven't been on a date in longer than I can remember and it probably all makes sense!

Earlier this evening, while on my way back home from an exciting trip to get groceries, I was wondering if I'll ever actually go out on a date again or if the rest of my Saturday nights are going to be spent with my blog or an exciting game of Bejeweled on the XBox? If I had one of those Magic Eight Balls, chances are real good it would say - - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more
- so I won't. I'm afraid I'd turn bluer than the background of the text above but I guess if I could make a wish on one of my own "wishing stars" I might actually wish for a date with a handsome man with a great sense of humor who liked to slow dance. Now that would be a nice Saturday night for a change!

Oh well, time to end the pity party. I guess I'll see if Amanda is up for a little Rock Band on the XBox - no sense wasting the fact that she's actually home for a change tonight! It's not a date but at least I've got a teenager that doesn't mind spending time with her mother - sometimes!


  1. I didn't go out much in high school, either, if that helps.
    I can also commiserate about the senior prom. I didn't go to it. That was for the popular kids.

    I'm glad my daughter went to hers, and now son is ready to go to his next month. Here come the tux rental,the corsage, etc..
    Oh well, they only graduate from high school once!

  2. we are sitting home too, sarge is watching poker on tv and i am fooling around on doris. hey that sounds kinky, i think i like it! ha ha

    smiles, bee

  3. P.S. Nice photo of you as a damsel.

    You've given me an idea - to post my yearbook picture.
    Well, maybe I shall.

  4. Well, I remember BCR. When I was in junior high, most of the girls I knew were all wonky over them.

    I've heard that song Saturday Night so many times, that I recognize in the video clip that it's the original lead singer and the original recording of the song, but not the original band behind him! Talk about a rip off.

  5. I must have been your long-lost older, almost a twin sister! Sounds like a replay of my social life -then AND now. Except that my song would be "It's Saturday night and I ain't got no money!" Always been the story of my life, ya know.
    Loved the circa 1976 pic of you though but it's highly unlikely I'd ever be brave enough to put my graduation picture up -just way too depressing.

  6. Anonymous4:45 AM EDT

    bejewelled beats any date anyway...

  7. I wasn't a Saturday night out person either. The Bay City Rollers were a dated group very much who vanished overnight.

  8. Now there's a blast from the past. I think Saturday nights out are over-rated if that's any consolation. I much prefer a Thursday night for some reason, less crowded, easier to get baby sitters, a little boost to get me through to the end of the week, something to look forward to.
    Best wishes

  9. I used to the Bay City Rollers, they were so much fun.

  10. Oh ho ho! Well in September you may regret saying this :)

  11. I remember the Bay City Rollers!

    Saturday nights have always been our night out. In fact when I was in my late teens I was out every night.

  12. There is an eight ball on my site you can use any time. I've gone through a whole life being "liked" by men. About the time they wander around and finally figure out they might have missed something the first time, I've moved on. Oh well ... that's why I took up good causes. They guarantee a regular social life and a chance to meet interesting possibilities.

  13. Sounds like you had a great evening with Amanda. That's a good thing when a teenager actually likes spending time with mom. Have a great day Linda. :)

  14. I didn't go out much either. Nope, didn't go to prom either.

    Just so you know - I love hearing about your and Amanda's relationship - you have a very special mother/daughter bond there.

  15. A teenager and her mom on Saturday night. That is so sweet and so you!

  16. that is a rather dramatic post there....and no...I will not be posting any pics from that era.

  17. When you least expect it...
    My folks were adopting a child, the adoption fell through and three months later she became preggers with me! So somewhere, maybe across a crowded aisle in the market, your eyes will lock on to someone and it will just happen!
    You're such a wonderful woman and I love you very much.

  18. Anonymous5:50 PM EDT

    Linda, this Saturday night, go rent "So I Married an Axe Murderer" with Mike Meyers in it.
    It's hilarious!

  19. Anonymous5:51 PM EDT

    Oh, it features Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers!


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