End of an Era
End of an Era
by Dave Tooley
It's funny how you can map parts of your life by
setting chapter milestones within it.
Joining Solent City Scooter Club was one such
chapter milestone for me. Up until that point my
circle of friends was limited pretty much by male school
acquaintances of a similar age (I went to an all boys
school) After the day I joined I suddenly had a huge
circle of friends of both the male and female kind from a
variety of backgrounds within quite a large age
group. Brilliant…what a difference that made to my
life almost overnight.
Immediately I had a social life (something that
had been sadly missing during my 'O' level year at
Grammar School) but what was better, I knew some
I now had places to go, people to see, a means
of getting there, and my social calendar suddenly started
filling up rapidly.
For a period of about 3 years there was always
something to do and I was never in, there was never a
chance of getting bored.
The end of the Scooter Club came quite rapidly
and unexpectedly, and was another milestone for me since
it spelt the closure of an era I thoroughly
enjoyed. You can tell what an impression it made on
my life because of the way I can still remember many of
the characters and events like they were yesterday.
I was coming up for 20 years of age, and the spectre of
responsibility and adulthood loomed largely on the
horizon. My Father was bending my ear about saving
a good part of my hard earned dosh towards buying a house
within a few years. I knew he was right, but just
didn't want to hear it at the time. Thank God that
he did, or I would never have been in the lovely home
that I have now.
Saying goodbye to your teenage is always a bit
traumatizing, but when it is piled on in spades by
suddenly losing something which you held most precious is
a lot worse.
I struggled for quite a while to come to terms
with the club being no more. All the members were
suddenly scattered to the four winds, and many I never
saw again from the day we broke up.