South of Davis Oklahoma is where the old drive-in theater used to be located. Back in the late ’50s, the drive-in was probably about a mile outside of the city limits. It was about a mile and a half walk, if one wanted to go, from our neighborhood.
My friend Toad (Loren Damron) and I decided to walk to the drive-in one night long ago, to see the Abominable Snowman. Scary!!!! The year was 1957.
As we were walking home and probably shakin’ a little on the inside, I kicked this old tree limb lying in the street. Turned out it wasn’t a tree limb at all; but, a snake about four feet in length.
That scared us even more. Trailing along behind us was a guy who loved to bully the rest of us at that age. His name was Donald Looney. Donald was rather big for his age, and liked to prove it by ‘pickin’ on younger guys.
As we stepped away from the snake, Donald came upon it, and picked it up by the end of its tail, and began chasing me and Toad. Scared the begiggers outta us, and we ran.
As we were running ahead of Donald and his snake, the Santa Fe Chief arrived and stopped at the railroad station. As Donald approached us with the snake in hand, Toad and I crawled under the train while it was stopped. Guess what? Old Donald wasn’t as brave as he pretended, ’cause he wouldn’t crawl under the train.
Toad and I made it home in one piece. I don’t know what scared us the most, the Abominable Snowman on the silver screen or Donald and his snake.