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199. Cruising the Boulevard
Steven Baker loves his car. He owns a
1977 Chevrolet Corvette that he bought many years
. Steve, as he is known to his friends,
a great deal on the car. He bought
from a guy who was the original owner.
is the best possible situation a used car
can find. The car culture in California is
. Detroit automakers look to California for trends to
into their car designs. Many people in California
lower cars, which make them look sleeker and
streamline. This comes from the practice of cruising
boulevard, an activity that is very popular among
of all ages, especially in Southern California.
Saturday night in August. Steve gave me a
to see what I was doing that night. "
, let's go cruising, brother," said Steve. And of
I said yes. I loved cruising in his
. The girls loved that car. It was a
-seater with a T-top roof that is removable. That
we cruised Van Nuys Blvd., a popular street
lots of young people like cruising. This is
guys can meet girls and vice versa. It
't long before we spotted a car load of
in an old Ford Thunderbird. "Hey!" I shouted
the girls as we came up near them. "
want to cruise with us?" I said, and
my surprise a couple of young blondes jumped
and we drove away. It was a tight
, but the girls were small and thin. I
in heaven! Before long, I was dating one
them, and Steve dated the other.
a few double dates after that, but Steve
his folks moved away one year later and
never heard from him again. That was a
day in my life, but at least I
a new girlfriend, thanks to him and his