"My old man's gonna be back soon and if we're still here he's gonna shit Twinkies."
When I was around 14 years old and living in Ventura, CA I was really into punk rock and skate boarding. Yes. I was a tom boy. My older brother was in a band called Patient Zero. We were in the suburbs an hour north of Los Angeles. We went to clubs that used to be XXX theaters. My friends were in bands with names like Dick Circus, Coat Hanger Kids, The Missing 23rd and Peter Pans Army. Ridiculous? Yes. My first show was D.I at the Mayfair Theater. I think it was shortly after my 13th birthday. I had just seen the original version of Suburbia (which D.I. plays a huge amount of the soundtrack for) so I was pretty fired up. I'm sure my brother and I drove our parents crazy with all of it. And seeing that it's Mother's Day I'll just go ahead and say "Thanks Mom for putting up with us during those years." Ha.. I think we both turned out ok.
At any rate... I've stayed in touch with a few folks from back in the day.. one being Jacob Rhodes who recently got his MFA from Yale with a degree in sculpture. An ode to Oxnard is on his site that I find quite humorous. Maybe you just had to be there.