“We were strangers
Starting out on a journey
Never dreaming what
We’d have to go through
Now here we are
And I’m suddenly standing
At the beginning with you”
This is the song, "At The Beginning" by Donna Lewis and Richard Marx, from the movie, "Anastasia."
“And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing's gonna stop us now...”
This is the song, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by '80's band Starship
Mine is the Chevrolet Caprice. The rest of these officers use Plymouth Gran Furys.
The Chevrolet Caprice was a full-size car popular with police forces until it was discontinued in 1996. The Dodge Diplomat/Plymouth Gran Fury was another such sedan that was discontinued in 1989.
“Now with you, out of the blue
Love appeared before my eyes with you
A dream come true
I never thought I'd realize what love was
what love was, what love was...”
This is the song, "Out of the Blue" by '80's teen star Debbie Gibson
And I.....remember how you loved me
Time was all we had until the day we said goodbye
And I...remember every moment
Of those endless summer nights...
This is the song, "Endless Summer Nights" by Richard Marx
In U.S. college football news, the twelfth-ranked Tigers completely dominated the thirteenth-ranked Yellow Jackets, 31-7 last Saturday…
In reference to a college football game played by Lisa's alma mater
your bonds with your Pokemon must be as hard as a rock. Wait, does that sound too much like a Chevy Truck commercial?
"Like A Rock" used to be Chevy's tagline for their trucks
In college football news, the tenth ranked Tigers lost their Thursday night game 24-7 as Tech simply ran over them…
Yup, another college football game with Lisa's alma mater.
If someone has caused you injury, call me right now! I’ll crush every penny out of them that I possibly can! I’m Larry “The Knockout” Jones! In court, I’m not just your lawyer. I’m the nastiest SOB around, and you’ll want a nasty SOB on your side for this battle! So call me right now at…
Spoof of former Rochester, NY lawyer, Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro, known for his outlandish ads.
“Trade in whatever piece of junk you drive for an $8000 minimum trade! Here’s Liz from West Bluefield!”
“I couldn’t believe it! West Town Kia paid me $8000 for my old ’74 Pinto that went toward a brand new Sedona! Thanks, West Town Kia…”
Dealers of Korean carmaker Kia have some of the most obnoxious ads, with loud screaming and outlandish deals.
I suggest you watch TV this weekend. You'll be seeing your mug on ‘Fourtix Region's Most Wanted’, courtesy of yours truly.
Based on American TV show, "America's Most Wanted" where viewers call in tips to help capture profiled fugitives.
Yep, I live in the commercial area of Anderson, South Carolina, just off the main strip on Clemson Boulevard. Our place there overlooks a Quality Inn, a Target, a Lowe's and an Applebee's.
All of these businesses are located near each other in the city of Anderson, South Carolina. Clemson Boulevard/US 76 is the main road heading into town from Interstate 85 at Exit 19A, and many businesses line this strip.
Lisa found a six story AmeriSuites hotel
Soon the AmeriSuites chain will be obsolete. Hyatt purchased the chain from Prime Hospitality and is in the process of renovating them and converting them to its own brand. I am not happy with this decision, and so this AmeriSuites will remain here as a memorial of sorts.
He's now serving 65-90 years for armed robbery and extortion in lockup in Atlanta
The United States Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia is a maximum-security facility for male inmates.
reminiscent of Interstate 85 near Lisa’s hometown.
I-85 runs from its I-95 junction in Petersburg, VA to its I-65 junction in Montgomery, AL. Other major cities traversed include Atlanta, GA; Anderson, SC (Lisa's hometown); Greenville, SC; Spartanburg; SC; Charlotte, NC; Greensboro; NC; and Durham, NC.
“Now I've got you in my sights with these
Now did I take you by surprise...”
This is the song, "Hungry Eyes", from the '80's movie "Dirty Dancing." Sung by Eric Carmen.
Lisa ran right to the triangular, orange-roofed structure that served as the hotel’s lobby. After checking in, she proceeded to the two-story structure. She noted that it was an older hotel with a balcony outside her second floor room. A set of horizontal wood beams spanned the width of the ceiling. A panel by the bed contained four light switches. Lisa discovered she could control all the lights in the room from this panel. There were two sinks, one in the bathroom and one located just outside of it.
This is a typical '60's era Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge- a two-story structure with first floor patios and second floor balconies. Rooms featured central light control panels, two sinks, and other unique features. The lobby was contained in an "A-frame" gatehouse with a bright orange roof. These type of motels are quickly disappearing.
a large vintage Chrysler Newport police car rolled past
Chrysler canceled the full size Newport (and similar Dodge St. Regis) after the 1981 model year, and moved the New Yorker onto a smaller platform (that would later become the Fifth Avenue) in 1982.
The jacket was purple with a small orange paw logo embroidered on the right side.
Yet another clue as to where Lisa went to college.
the NASCAR race cars sponsored by those three businesses- the Target #41, Lowe's #48, and CarQuest #5
The #48 Lowe's Chevy is driven by Jimmie Johnson, the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion. The #41 Target Dodge is driven by Reed Sorenson, who just finished up his rookie year. The #5 (sponsored by CarQuest for only a few races; usually sponored by Kellogg's) is driven by Kyle Busch.
Lisa also identified the parked car as an ultra rare 1975 Mercury Grand Monarch Ghia.
The Grand Monarch Ghia was a limited production luxury edition of the Ford Granada/Mercury Monarch built only in 1975 and 1976. It was the precursor to the 1977-1980 Lincoln Versailles.
“Whoa-oh, we're halfway there...Whoa-Oh! Livin' on a prayer!”
“Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo...Domo...Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto...”
“We come together cause opposites attract and you know...”
“How can I fall, how can I fall, when you just won't give me reasons, just won't give me reasons at all...”
“Just a foolish beat..of my hear… hearrrrrrt... I could never love again, the way I loved you...”
Then it was Lisa's turn to sing at the top of her lungs. She took the stage, ready to sing her heart out.
“And we can build this dream together, standing strong forever, nothing's gonna stop us now...”
In order these songs are:
Bon Jovi- Livin' on A Prayer
Styx- Mr. Roboto
Paula Abdul- Opposites Attract (this might have been borderline '89/'90)
Breathe- How Can I Fall?
Debbie Gibson- Foolish Beat
Starship- Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (also featured in chapter 4)