Four wheel drive

Category : Hasse's Blog
I have to confess, I've never been that interrested in cars or motors. If I have the time and if it's not TOO far away, I'd rather walk or ride a bike. With this said, remember I was born in a generation when Volvo and Saab were still Swedish cars and made a profit (at least Volvo). Back then lots of guys tried to make their old Volvos and Saabs look as "hot" as they could. I invested my money on musical equipment and so did Thomsson. He had one dream though, to drive a Ford Mustang cab and we actually ended up renting two new ones. I have to say it was quite a feeling to drive that little "bugger" around central Hollywood, up in the hills, on Sunset Boulevard all the way down to Pacific Coast Highway, drive around in Malibu a little and then back to Santa Monica and Venice, where we had our first hotel. After 7 hours of driving, we still wanted more, what an experience!

During our stay in L.A I noticed a pleasant surprize. Nowadays they have a great bus net and as far as I know they're building a subway at the moment. They allready have a couple of "tube stations" ready and more under construction. On the second week we used the bus a lot. It costed only 1.50 dollars and a new one was coming every 15 minute. We even took the bus from the centre of Hollywood, all the way down to the beach (Santa Monica).

I might be wrong but I guess the L.A club scene is not as active as it was in the eighties. This time the Thomssons and the Fröbergs even brought their 16 and 18 year old kids to "Whisky a go-go". I guess we hadn't that much choices but we had a splendid evening together with "Wild Child". That's a "The Doors" cover band that's been going on for 20 years. Maybe we're not that big "Doors" fans any of us but it was nice for the kids to see a classic rock club on Sunset Strip and a great night were held by all of us. I have to say though, it's very easy to become a nervous wreck when you have 2 beautiful teenage daughters in a club full of 30 + guys, that's had a couple of drinks and has switched on the "reptile brain". After the concert we got home by bus. It didn't take long to realize that the people on the bus were young or old, black or mexican (I guess) and some Swedish tourists. I sat in front of two black men who must've been at least 70 years old. Even though it was in the middle of the night, it looked like they were on their way home from the job. I couldn't help but hear their conversation and it got more philosophical for every km. Just before we had to get off the bus, one of the gentlemen said: "If you're born happy and if you die happy, you know you've had a good life". I'm not sure it's as simple as that but I guess sometimes life is not as complicated as we try to make it?

To preorder the album, just go to the main page. Click on the FuturePast album cover. There you will be transferred to the Reingold Records shop where you can buy your copy of the album. It's a peace of cake really.

Next blog: "I love music too much but I love too much music"

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