Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CB Radios - Still Cheesy After All These Years



For my readers out there under 35, you probably don't remember the old CB radio. I remember asking for one and I'm sure my parents thought CB's were too white trash so I never got one. Or they thought it was way to complicated for me:

Mom
: I think we should get him a CB for Christmas.
Dad: Sally, it's mechanical. What it it breaks down? Do you want to be driving it to the Radio Shack or Audioland at the Farmer's Market to get it fixed every other day?
Mom: That's true, and don't CB's involve some kind of math knowledge? I think they said that on 60 minutes.
Dad: Exactly.

Anyways, here's a link to to some CB lingo. From the list, here are a few of my favorites:

"Watch Your Donkey" - Police are coming up behind you.
"Toenails in the radiator" - Full speed.
"Professional Beaver" - Hooker.
"Chicken Coup is Clean" - Weigh station is closed.


Now, enjoy the cheesy Convoy performance from the Mike Douglas Show. This performance ties it for me -along with Disco Duck - of what sickens me about the 70's . Look how serious CW McCall is. And you know he's proud of his performance. Puh-lease.


23 comments:

Rider said...

I remember my old man testing out a CB once, calling a trucker who gave him directions a "good buddy" (which we later found out was CB slang for gay). I'll never forget the guy's vehement reply: "I ain't your good buddy."

Cripes, take it easy, hoss.

Some Guy said...

Finally, Dr. Zibb's true identity is revealed! That's a great pic, Doc. It's great to see that you didn't let your parents early discouragement stop you and that you became a CB enthusiast anyway. I also see that you subscribe to my line of thinking when it comes to t-shirts - keep 'em tight!

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Ah CB radio. My Dad was into that for a while, as I recall.

When CB radio was illegal in the UK everyone wanted to try it, but then it was legalised and people realised how dull it was. I once heard a doctor on TV use this as an analogy when claiming that all illegal drugs should be legalised.

Gwen said...

My dad had one, God know why. His handle was Bullwinkle.

Gwen said...

Also, I have to respectfully disagree. I LOVED Convoy and this song. Of course, I was 9.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with gwen. We loved Convoy when it came out. I should say I come from a family of truckers and grew up around CB's. Damn bumpkins.

Dr Zibbs said...

Man I do have a large hick readership. Oh well, what are you gonna do? Good Buddy.

Sornie said...

19 channel or 40 channel CB? You have to be specific or else people will just be confused. And if you defame the greatest tune in the world, Convoy, ever again there will be an 18 wheel hex laid down upon you.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

My wife just heard Convoy for the first time the other day...on the radio! And this was the "rock station...everything that rocks!" That should tell you how awful radio is in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Also, my cousin was big on the CB radio. He loved it. He had one and spent all day on it, kind of like Kip talking to hot chicks on the internet all day. In fact, Napoleon Dynamite really kind of was like a documentary for my cousins' daily life.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Oh, and CW McCall is nothing. If you want some good trucker music, might I suggest Jake Brake and the All Trucker Band, with their signature hit, "My blonde haired, blue-eyed, big-titty girl".

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

I think I was in 3rd grade or something when that song came out. We had the 45 of it at school & used to run around the classroom pretending to be truckers. Especially memorable is the part where he says, "So we crashed the gate going 98." Man, we got rowdy there. Ten-four, good buddy.

H said...

I LOVED our CB radio. We had it in our sweet van with the couch in back that folded out into a bed, a little b&w tv hookup and running lights in the ceiling. My friends and I would jump in the van and flirt with the truckers on the CB telling them we would meet them at the McDonald's up the road. Too bad we weren't old enough to drive and actually watch them pull in and look for us. Ahhhh the good old days. My handle was FreckleFace. Soooo hot. I was 11.

Step Right Up said...

I remember the Christmas when all my cousins old enough to drive and uncles got CB radios. I think it was also the same year they all got those round ball compasses they installed on their dashboards. That same Christmas I got my Disco Duck record.

It was a glorious white trash Christmas!

Jennifer and Sandi said...

dah-di-dah-dit
dah-dah-dah
dah-dah-dah
di-dah-di-dit

Roger that good buddy!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

- Jennifer

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Oh wait.....that's morse code. Shit, am I THAT old?????

- Jennifer

M@ said...

Professional Beaver. Love it.

Suze said...

The next time I go to the doctor, I'm going to ask if their "chicken coup is clean". I hate those weigh-ins.

enc said...

Oh, I was going to break with a "10-4, Goodbuddy!" joke, but I'm so late to the game, everybody's beat me to it.

I've got to get outta here now, Smoky's on my tail.

GETkristiLOVE said...

My handle was sidewalk surfer - back before I played hockey. I always had to go 10-100!

boo said...

1040 good buddy

Grant Miller said...

Ten-four, good buddy.

Chris said...

Smokey and The Bear kicked Convoy's ass!

Distributorcap said...

cmon convoy was better than disco duck