Almost forgot

Almost forgot how much I loved the Drive-In…

I remember the crunch of the road as the wheels rolled over the dirt and gravel.  I remember my dad and mom discussing the best place not only to see the movie but also to keep us kids corralled.  I remember when it was the little box that had to clip onto the window for you to hear the movie.

But the craziest memory about the drive-ins… the movie Rising Sun.  It was a double feature at the Hollywood Drive-In with Superman 3 playing right before Rising Sun with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes.  Superman had just finished and I was still a little shaken from Superman almost having been turned into a machine. My parents started to debate whether to stay for the second movie and decided to give it a go.  They probably thought me, my brother, and my buddy Joe would join my sister in sleepy land.  Well, if you’ve seen that movie, you know there’s an interesting scene close to the beginning with different “parts” being shown.  My mom shrieked “JEFF!” to which my dad responds with his usual and expected, “Whaaaaaaat Janice?”  He was also laughing pretty hard as at the same time, the three suddenly VERY awake adolescents in the back gave a collective, “whooooaaaaa”.

But the Hollywood is also filled with other memories of playing baseball in front of the screen before the show started, trying not to trip as you manuver through the dark trying to get to the refreshment stand, and memories of the old school “Let’s all go to the snack shop” ad that played in between each movie.  They may have even paused in the middle of each movie but I can’t remember for sure.

A few Fridays ago, myself and a few friends headed back to a Rochester drive-in for a double feature of Public Enemies (decent) and The Hangover (we’ll cover that in a second…).  The tires made the same sound as we pulled into a spot.  This time though there were new memories and new reasons to head back.

If you haven’t had a chance to see The Hangover, I highly recommend it.  There’s been talk in a few different places about it’s relation to past parts of my life and here’s what I’ll say… Lots of you out there could find a connection to different parts of the movie.

But I know that in the future there will be many times to put my arm around that special someone, look up at the stars, give a little nod of thanks to the Big Guy upstairs, then turn and smile as she erupts in laughter…

Thanks for reading…


One Response to “Almost forgot”

  1. Amanda Morrison Says:

    mr.spain, there is still a drive in near my house that has those little boxes that hang on the windows of your car. since there are 3 drive ins with 40 mins of my house i am quite well versed in the art of drive in viewing!

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