Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cocktails and Dreams

WHEN HE POURS, HE REIGNS


So I lost a bet. I lost $50 on the most extravagant impossible bet. I thought it was a sure thing. Easy money. It was destiny. I was destined. There was no doubt in my mind. Of course it would happen!!

As a spiral permed teenager, I bet $50 I was going to marry Tom Cruise by the age of 30.

Shut up!! Stop laughing!!!

As a teenage bogan dirtbag, I truly believed Tom and I were destined for each other. It was the story of a hot sexy world famous film star who falls in love with a small town innocent Aussie starlet (me). I was headed to Hollywood where I would live out the rest of my days becoming a film star and living in marital bliss with Mr Cruise.

To prepare myself, and to prove my love, I covered my room in all the Tom Cruise pictures I could get my filthy teenage hands on. I kissed each one and put them on the wall with bluetak, thumbtacks and sticky tape. My prized possession was the Cocktail movie poster I scored from the local video shop. The rich shades of pink and blue mesmerised me. Tom was looking straight out of the poster, looking at ME!!

 I refer to this time as The Cocktail Years.

During The Cocktail Years I indulged in other devoted behaviours such as screaming at any song from the Cocktail soundtrack. It didn't matter whether the song was on the radio or TV. I screamed. I lost my voice during a school social screaming at the Kokomo film clip by the Beach Boys.

The pinnacle of my devotion was honouring the birthday of Tom Cruise. July 3rd. I dedicated 24 hours to honour and celebrate his birthday. The plan was to watch Cocktail non stop for the full 24 hours. I watched the movie, rewound the video tape, and watched it again. I would've made it through the 24 hours, I only had one more to watch..... but my mother got sick of it and at 6am, she stormed out of her room, yelled "enough"" and snatched the video tape.

I exploded!!!! I snapped in the way only a sleep deprived teenager can do. I threw myself on the ground, kicking!! "I hate you!!!!" I screeched.
I pounded my fists and punched my own head!! I howled and howled and howled! I was devastated!! I was heartbroken! I wished I was dead.

I was even more heartbroken when Tom did a film called Days of Thunder, there he met and married another small town Aussie starlet. That should've been me!!  It was through I'd been stabbed in the heart. I was defeated, deflated. I took down all of my posters and set fire to them in the backyard with the dramatic flair of a heartbroken teenager


So I lost the bet. I never went to Hollywood, I've never even met Tom Cruise. I look back at The Cocktail years, and smile. It was a time where feelings were big and the impossible seemed possible.

Cocktails and Dreams.


                                      


Today I'm linking up with The Very Inppropriate Blog and The Lounge to share confessions of a teenage dirtbag!


14 comments:

  1. Tell me truly, though - you are really glad you didn't marry him now, aren't you? I mean.... the jumping on the couch, the silent childbirth... eek!

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    1. I'm super glad, mainly because of the whole scientology thing.

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  2. Back in the 1980s, being infatuated with Tom Cruise was an utterly reasonable (and potentially unavoidable) fixation for a young lady with good taste. Sure, history may seek to question the wisdom of such love but things were different back then. I remember being mocked by tough-guy male classmates because I didn't share their interest in manly bands like Queen and Devo. Ha!

    Still reckon A.L.F. the Alien nailed the Bob Seger scene from Risky Business better than Tom, though.

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    1. ALF sure did rock the Risky Business scene much better. Thank you for your approval of my '80s infatuation. Sorry you were mocked by the tough-guys. I'm sure your taste was much more refined and I am sure it still is :)

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  3. Good god... that Oprah interview where he went mental must have been really hard on you x

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    1. It was hard, but it totally justified why I burnt all his pictures.

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  4. Oh god he was SOOOOO cute in those days. My mum and I both had a crush on him! My personal fave was Risky Business - he was such a naughty boy in that one. I'm sure you're now very thankful that Nicole did "cut your grass" and save you from his later weirdness. Thank you for linking up with The Lounge - it is lovely to have you here :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel. He was a cutey, and I agree Risky Business was a good one.... but there is nothing that compares to Maverick from Top Gun.

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  5. Wow. You were a very devoted teen. I really appreciate the flair of setting fire to the posters as a woman scorned. Was your family able to stifle their laughter?

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    1. hahaha oh Katy I don't think they dared laugh. I was a teenage timebomb!

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  6. I think you should count your lucky stars you got the lamb roast instead of Tom! Yes, he was THE heart throb of the 80s/90s but I reckon he's a bit of a narcissist/weirdo. My crush was Keanu Reeves... Ugh.

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    1. I have counted those lucky stars and he is very weird now.

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  7. Yeah he was cute back then. Now he's just creepy. Similarly, Mel was cute but now he's just a jack ass. Sigh. Why do we have be disappointed by our idols? Oh well, at least it makes the fact that didn't end up marrying him a good thing!

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  8. Hilarious!!!! I loved that Kokomo song. And yes, he was as CUTE as a bug's ear, but these days, you know, what with the scientology and all, he seems a little less alluring. URGH!

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