It is the third Friday of September, 1981. Todd gets off work at the plant and jams a Loverboy cassette into the tape deck of his Datsun. Squealing tires and a smoke show. This weekend is going to rock.
In fact, this will be the weekend that, while at a bar called The Rendezvous, Todd will meet the girl of his dreams, Trixie, whom he will impregnate in the ladies room. They will part ways soon after and remain apart and think little of each other for three months. Then Trixie will contact Todd. There will be stages: shock, regret, acceptance. And finally, happiness.
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Six months later, Todd Jr. will be born to many happy returns, only a few weeks after a wedding in Trixie’s parents’ backyard. The family will move into a small suburban house near the plant, where Todd will help Trixie get a job as a secretary. They will live a happy life. Todd will refinish the kitchen and join a bowling league. Trixie will complete many a crossword at the kitchen table.
When he is old enough, Todd Jr. will start a band with his buddies, playing guitar and doing backup vocals. His dad, upon hearing of his son’s endeavor, will suggest that they cover “Working for the Weekend.” They do.
Their first show will be at The Rendezvous. And after the show, as if by some cosmic intervention or a visit from Fate herself, Todd Jr. will meet the girl of his dreams and accompany her to the ladies room.
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But that future is all down the road. For now, back outside of the plant, where the cool autumnal air hovers delicately and the beech leaves are just starting to yellow, we can only sit back and marvel at the wonderful image of a man in a Datsun racing off toward the sunset.