i was out mowing the lawn and “sunglasses after dark” by the cramps from their 1980 album songs the lord taught us came up on the ol’ playlist. and just like it does every time i hear the song, i recall listening to it on a boombox while doing 30′ boardslides across parking blocks connected end to end on a tony hawk powell peralta deck in 1985 while wearing, of course, wearing sunglasses after dark.
it’s a fantastically visceral memory. slow motion. leaning waaaaaay back on the boardslide. hands clasped behind my back. and sunglasses. it makes me want to skate again every time i hear it. maybe i will.