Crusin' The Main Strip or Drag
Anybody remember crusin' the main strip or drag?
My fondest memories of summers past growing up in the small town of Circleville, Ohio
was cruisin' the town. I guess from everybody's perspective it could be their home town as well. I bet all small
towns in the U.S. are all pretty much the same. Everybody in high school knew one other well enough to at least
wave or toot the horn. We had our preps, geeks, hoods and jocks just as they do today but it really didn't seem
like anybody was left out or mistreated because of their social standing. I guess that is what was so nice about
living and growing up in a small town.
We would gather a few friends together and donate fifty cents each and we cruised
most of the night. Our first stop was the teen center which was located above the library on Main Street. The
building the library was housed in must have been a hundred years old. I can still smell the odor of those old
musky books located in the very back part of the library where nobody ventured because it was so dark and spooky. I
guess that is why those books smelled so badly because they never got opened, or at least it seemed that way..
Anyways the Canteena (the teen center) was located on the second floor. We had dances there with live bands from
time to time and of course there was a pool table and not much more but it was a place to meet with your
After spending some time there you headed out Route 22 to make the stop at Noel's
Drive in to have a coke and flirt with the newest waitress or carhop and then out the door and towards town to make
the drive around at the local Burger Chef. If you didn't buy anything there the manager kicked you out of the
parking lot. What a bummer. Once we made our presence known by being kicked out at the Chef we headed out Route 56
to the A& W Root Beer to check out the car hops there and if we were hungry we ordered the Papa Burger. Anybody
remember those? In fact there was the Papa Burger, Mama Burger, and Baby Burger with a frosted mug of A&W Root
Beer. It couldn't get any better than that.
Off to the other side of town to the bowling alley we headed. This is where the
action was most of the time. They had the best cherry cokes and french fries around. If you didn't find who you
were looking by now they were either at home or on a date at one of the two drive-in movies. You then cruised by
all the hot girls' houses giving them a loud honk and then start all over again. Who said we didn't know how to