Sunday, July 29, 2012

Soundtracks For Summer: Rockaway Beach

Part 28 in my ongoing "Soundtracks For Summer" series.

It's the middle of summer folks, so let's go to the beach!

Man, I've been on a Ramones kick lately, and this one is a perfect beach-going song. You'd hear it blasting on your radio on your way to the beach, at the beach, and anywhere else that gets you away and soaked for the day, really. I haven't been to a water park in forever, but I'll assume you'd hear it there, too.

The album version, at least. The live version, like all Ramones songs, is infinitely more kickass.

You know, Rockaway Beach is a real place here on Long Island. It may have been worth singing about years ago, but it's since became a shithole, thank you very much Robert Moses.

But in any case, you want to head to a beach (ANY beach) to get away from all the crap in life and get drunk while ogling people in skimpy bathing suits while this song is playing. Man, somewhere else is being really enticing right now, I don't wanna go back to work tomorrow. I really just wanna say "screw ALL the things!" and just head on down to Splish Splash (the local water park).

A week ago I was watching one of those "extreme water parks" shows on the Travel Channel and a random thought popped into my mind a few days later: Why have I been so chicken to go on water slides? I was never much of a water slide person, I think I blame it on various anxieties. I think it's the height plus not being strapped in plus falling plus, umm...falling itself. For those reasons I preferred going down the slides that required the innertubes and other rides that were closer to the ground. So skipped the normal slides and I eventually stopped going because I felt like I wasn't getting the most out of the park.

But then that thought showed up. "Why the fuck not?" Yeah, what's stopping me, really? The enclosed slides never really gave me a problem, and I've been too scared to go down the normal slides for And now I WANT to go, but thanks to my schedule I can only go on the weekends, when it'll be super crowded. And going to a water park needs different timing than going to a regular amusement park. The weather has to be juuuuuust right or else the day is wasted because you'll be cold as hell or nothing will be open. Plus, I don't know who I could go with. My friends, like myself, are all fat, broke, and self-conscious.

I haven't been there in about a dozen years, and I want to check out all the new crap they added. I hear that Bowl slides are all the rage these days. Plus, I may or may not eventually conquer the Cliff Diver, the tallest thing in the park.

Fifty feet tall. Yeah...I'm crazy.

BTW, I'm also taking reader submissions for future "Soundtracks For Summer" entries. If you've got an idea, pop me an email at beamingforbunnies[at] OR comment on this entry OR at the Facebook Fan Page OR tweet me @Galileo908 with the name of the song, and a reason or two why it defines "Summer" for you. You'll be glad you did.

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