Licensed to Ill: driving your teenage roads, twelve years on.

Unlike many of my peers, I wasn’t given a car as a birthday present when I turned 18. Publicly I was saying I didn’t want it but I knew it was a case of fox and grapes with a numberplate, at least judging by my driving sessions whenever a chore required sitting behind the wheel of my mum’s old Clio. Chores that inevitably involved driving for far longer than necessary, along roads that led nowhere, in and around the hills and mountains of my province, listening to my favourite music tapes.
Twelve years have gone by, and I still don’t have a car of my own. Mum’s Clio has gone, demolished and hopefully recycled into something more reliable; a rented Golf, an expanded version that Volkswagen surely must be calling something other than the “Bloated Golf” I came up with, sits in the driveway. It’s Saturday morning and I don’t even have to pretend to have a chore to do.
I slide into the driving seat, turn on and the radio announces a special broadcast to mark the thirtieth year of Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys. I smile, think at when Licenced was only 18 and drive off.
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8 Responses to Licensed to Ill: driving your teenage roads, twelve years on.

  1. Not at all shabby to do some growing up.

  2. lexklein says:

    I love a good car drive with no destination in mind and some nostalgic music to accompany me. Coincidentally, I spent a long weekend driving my own teenage roads this past weekend, breathing in the aromas of dried leaves and woodsmoke in the first really cold snap of the season. It even looked a little like your surroundings!

  3. J.D. Riso says:

    Nothing like a little nostalgic road trip flanerie. And it looks as if you reveled in it. 😎

  4. Driving a secondary road, far from the big cities and the crowded motorways, with some good music on the radio is always a good exercise ro recharge our batteries
    robert

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