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Profile picture Rich Martinez
TANK TO TANK
Scott--How would you know about that?-you're becoming my worst nightmare.
I think the statute of limitations has expired, so I will share.
We called it 'tank to tank' because we would pull up next to a parked car and place the siphon hose from the parked car directly into our idling car. We kept our car running in case we needed a fast getaway-- the only incriminating evidence left behind would be a dangling hose.
The most fun was in Scott Weiler's convertible. A few of us guys and an equal number of girls would drive around with the top down looking for willing donators. While the hose was performing its function, we traded gossip and shared the thrill of wondering if we would get caught.
When the convertible was no longer thirsty, we went to a produce stand that kept its fruit outside, in front of the store. (does anyone remember the name of the stand?)
We borrowed a few watermelons and then went to the old junior high football field and parked on the 50yd line for a night time picnic. We smashed the melons and since we had no silverware, we only ate the 'hearts'- the center with no seeds.
Afterwards, I can't remember, or will not/never tell what we did.
Scott, Ferguson, and I were the core group and had various guests join us. Will the 'girl guests' please confess. I remember a few, but I will not "rat you out"
You can't beat a night of 'breaking the law' for stupid high school kicks.
Profile picture Scott Hightower Re: TANK TO TANK
Sorry to rat you out, Rich, but you told this story at the 40-year reunion and I've always remembered it. I'm amazed at how much went on that I never knew about.

Scott
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Rich, Hi it's Cindy Ferguson here. How are you?
I asked Ron if he remembers the name of the fruit stand at 44th and Wadsworth. He came up with Baccers or Bockers, not sure of the spelling. There was also a liquor store(back part of the building)on the corner as well as the Pizza Oven. Funny how Ron can remember things that happened years ago, but not what happened in the last 10 minutes. Old age! Not fun!
He does remember stealing the watermelons and the gas from others, and yes he remembers doing this stuff with you.
Profile picture Rich Martinez Re: TANK TO TANK

Fergie wrote:

"Rich, Hi it's Cindy Ferguson here. How are you? I asked Ron if he remembers the name of the fruit stand at 44th and Wadsworth. He came up with Baccers or Bockers, not sure of the spelling. There was also a liquor store(back part of the building)on t"
Hi Mr/Mrs Fergie
44th and Wads was the place!! I still can't remember the name, but I'm going thru all the B's until I do.
I forgot about the liquor store and pizza oven. Does my"Good Bud" recall how he used to distract the guy at the liquor counter while I performed a 'slight of hand', and pocketed a half flask of whatever was within reach?
This was my first indication that my hands had a future. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a LEGAL use for them.
For you judgmental classmates---I want you to know
our group had principles and a thread of moral fiber--WE ALWAYS PAID FOR THE PIZZA
Ron's memory is functioning fine. None of us want to remember the present--we have to wait for it to become the past so we can modify it to our best and most useful recollection. Hug my good friend for me


Profile picture Scott Weiler Re: TANK TO TANK
Hey Rich, Ron and all you others that remain unnamed. I still have chapped lips and cannot stand the sight of watermelon to this day. Sometimes it amazes me that we survived and can write about our exploits 50 years later. A couple of other good times I remember: when driving around, seeing some cows out in the pasture. We all jumped the fence and then onto the cows having our own little rodeo. I don't know who was scared most, the cows our us.
Another time -- or couple of times -- we would sneak into the drive-in theater via the trunk. Then fortified with 3.2 beer, put the top down and proceed to watch some of the show. I almost forgot to mention that it was winter time with snow on the ground.
Does anybody remember the cow riding and top down drive-in movie? Many of these were courtesy of 'Tank to Tank" I just can't help myself -- "Tanks for the memories."
Profile picture Ron Ferguson Re: TANK TO TANK

sweiler wrote:

"Hey Rich, Ron and all you others that remain unnamed. I still have chapped lips and cannot stand the sight of watermelon to this day. Sometimes it amazes me that we survived and can write about our exploits 50 years later. A couple of other good tim"
Hey Rich and Scott,
Asked members of my family, that were and are still Farmers if they remembered the name of the market at 44th and Wads. It was the "Hillcrest Market"! Al Backer owned the land, but didn't run the market.

Scott, Ron did remember about your rodeo! I will run this off so he can read it. Please keep in touch with more memories, it really makes Ron laugh.
This is really fun. Thanks Cindy
Profile picture Ron Sollenbarger Re: TANK TO TANK

Ron wrote:

"Hey Rich and Scott, Asked members of my family, that were and are still Farmers if they remembered the name of the market at 44th and Wads. It was the "Hillcrest Market"! Al Backer owned the land, but didn't run the market. Scott, Ron did rememb"
Thats correct you guys... Hillcrest Market. I used to work there. It was run by the Audinos. I worked with Bobby Audino and Bob Bromley (WHS 1958). The Pizzaria was Marios' and they had a drive up window that we used to get beer by the quart. MMMM good. It was owned by Buddy Bacher. (Pronounced Bocker).
Profile picture Rich Martinez Re: TANK TO TANK

Ron wrote:

"Hey Rich and Scott, Asked members of my family, that were and are still Farmers if they remembered the name of the market at 44th and Wads. It was the "Hillcrest Market"! Al Backer owned the land, but didn't run the market. Scott, Ron did rememb"
What a bummer, I'm halfway thru the B's and now you tell me I should have been in the H's!!
Guys, I'm pretty sure the beasts we rode were calves. The Coors 3.2 made them seem like Brahma bulls, but the ground was not that far away when we jumped or fell off.
The other way we detoxed the Coors 3.2 from our bloodstream was going to that short lived place on Wadsworth called Trampoline City. It was a glorified piece of plywood with no roof, and only a fence enclosing 6-8 built-in trampolines. We played some serious 'CHICKEN' bouncing off one another--it was our version of King of the Hill.
My best memory of going (sneaking) into the Drive-in was we were so broke(cheap), we would only pool enough coins to purchase one ticket. Three or four of us would wedge into the trunk and the designated driver would enter by himself.
It was hilarious to imagine what he must look like driving in by himself; but we couln't make fun of him, or else he wouldn't let us out of the trunk. And, as I recall, the trunk had a limited supply of oxygen.
I still wonder about the ticket agent. He/she either felt sympathy for the 'lonely poor soul', or was so dense, they actually believed someone would go to the Drive-in solo.
I know we have been warned about X-rated comments, but now that my 'gross, dusty memory rack' has been activated, I recall one of the best all time jokes by Scott W. It's up to Scott H. to decide whether or not to activate his 'delete finger'--I'm merely the messenger.
Anyway,here goes--the joke either begins or ends here. Scott H.--'THE DECIDER' holds the fate of my Flashback.
Remember when there were contests to see how many people could pack into phone booths? Scott W. said that was nothing--his convertible could hold 71. He would put 2 in the front, and 69 in the back. If you need an expanation, please contact Scott
Profile picture Scott Hightower Re: TANK TO TANK

rsolly wrote:

"Thats correct you guys... Hillcrest Market. I used to work there. It was run by the Audinos. I worked with Bobby Audino and Bob Bromley (WHS 1958). The Pizzaria was Marios' and they had a drive up window that we used to get beer by the quart. MMM"
Was Reggie Audino part of the family that ran Hillcrest Market? Does anyone know where she is? I think she transferred to Jefferson. I'd like to invite those Jeffersonians to the reunion who started at Wheat Ridge.
Profile picture Ron Ferguson Re: TANK TO TANK

rsolly wrote:

"Thats correct you guys... Hillcrest Market. I used to work there. It was run by the Audinos. I worked with Bobby Audino and Bob Bromley (WHS 1958). The Pizzaria was Marios' and they had a drive up window that we used to get beer by the quart. MMM"
Hey Ron, thanks for the clarification on who owned the land and who ran the store. My grand parents farmed the land that Buddy Bacher owned, which was across the street, on the east side of Wadsworth.
I think it is now a church and the old Safeway store.
Cindy Ferguson
Profile picture Ron Ferguson Re: TANK TO TANK

charlesrmartinez wrote:

"Hi Mr/Mrs Fergie 44th and Wads was the place!! I still can't remember the name, but I'm going thru all the B's until I do. I forgot about the liquor store and pizza oven. Does my"Good Bud" recall how he used to distract the guy at the liquor count"
Hey Rich,
Ron does remember how he would assist you while you helped yourself to whatever was at hand. Didn't you two have modified coats with pockets(inside) that would hold the liquor bottles? Seems that I heard that story from Ron. I did give him a big hug from you and he wanted a kiss, so he got that too. Hugs, to you Cindy
Profile picture Ron Sollenbarger Re: TANK TO TANK

Scott62 wrote:

"Was Reggie Audino part of the family that ran Hillcrest Market? Does anyone know where she is? I think she transferred to Jefferson. I'd like to invite those Jeffersonians to the reunion who started at Wheat Ridge. "
Scott.. I didn't know or can't remember Reggie.
Profile picture Rich Martinez Re: TANK TO TANK

Ron wrote:

"Hey Rich, Ron does remember how he would assist you while you helped yourself to whatever was at hand. Didn't you two have modified coats with pockets(inside) that would hold the liquor bottles? Seems that I heard that story from Ron. I did give hi"
Happy New Year Cindy-
I was hoping to keep some secrets. Now that I am busted, I guess I’m obligated to explain. I hope everyone realizes all this soul exposure is solely to help and benefit Fergie’s health.
I did sew the pockets into our jackets. It still baffles me how the pockets ended up the exact size of a ½ pint bottle.
My personal remorse and chagrin from this awakened memory is two-fold:
First, it is quite possible some classmates may conclude our escapades were premeditated, rather than circumstantial.
Secondly, and more importantly, I fear the expose of my Home Ec skills may cause some to revisit, or make adjustments to their memories. I hope a measly needle and thread doesn’t bring my heretofore, unchallenged masculinity into question.
Congratulations to Wayne--he was a special part of our youth. He always covered for our shenanigans, and had great Navy jokes. Does he remember sneaking unlimited chili dogs to us when he worked the counter at the Denver Bears triple A baseball games??
I can’t remember the kid’s name, nor what grade he was in. He was the son of, Frank Filchock, the short lived coach of the Denver Broncos. Fergie never explained how he ‘urged’ the son (who was not likeable) to provide us free season tickets.

Profile picture Sarah Chandler Re: TANK TO TANK
Aw shucks Rich! I thought that I and my boyfriend (who shall remain nameless, unless he wishes to own this too...)were the only ones brave enough to steal "a" watermelon (those poor fruit stand owners!). We escaped with ours to a farmer's field, sliced it open on the barbed wire fence, and, under the light of the full moon ate the most delicious melon in the whole wide world. I can taste it still.... Sarah (Elaine Parke) Chandler
Profile picture Judy Trautwein Re: TANK TO TANK

Lillooetsarah wrote:

"Aw shucks Rich! I thought that I and my boyfriend (who shall remain nameless, unless he wishes to own this too...)were the only ones brave enough to steal "a" watermelon (those poor fruit stand owners!). We escaped with ours to a farmer's field, sl"
Excitement!! Pure Excitement!! I loved siphoning gas with you guys and stealing watermelons from Hillside Market and TPing houses. I remember going to the tennis court with the water melons, turning on the headlights, playing the music and doing the twist.
Which of you guys used to go swimming at Olinger Cemetery? Girlfriends and I spied on you. (I guess I should not divulge the names.)
Since I turned 18 in January, I could buy beer before a lot of others. And I did. We got more of a kick out of the 3.2 beer by drinking it out of a straw. Were the bottles bigger?
When my mom and stepfather went to Europe, my grandmother sat for us. While my grandmother was working until 11:00 p.m., we had a beer party. Do any of you girls remember the beer party in the basement? One girl got pretty drunk.
I remember the cool parties at Caroline Darrow's house in her basement. She and her sisters owned lots and lots of records. It was fun to listen to the music in the dark and dance real close!