Thursday, August 4, 2011

"FYI" Drive In Closed On a Tuesday...."Let's Get Tatoos"

Having three kids we recently figured that for us to engage in a fun activity other than the typical over used park or walk around the block, costs us an average of $50, which is really getting by with the minimal. Shockingly at a recent trip to Sunriver resort where the pool is a MUST DO in dry central Oregon, we strategically watched the weather and planned which day we’d pack our suits, towels, 45 sunblock, and our grab & go snacks which consisted of granola bars, cheese and sports drinks. We know we only had one chance to go since it would cost our family $54 dollars!! Thankfully the kids had fun, I got a great start to my tan, which I guess the bill was far less then Sunbeam Tans back home which I never do, and there was great people watching which included a wide array of lower back tattoos, mostly faded, blended and stretched .. a sign of what was cool in the late 90’s. Strangely, those same tattoos and their owners would take over the water slide and go absolutely nuts in the 15 minute adult swim only time. I highly doubt their beverage of choice was a sports drink, at least not our kind of sports drink. The adult swim is a funny view in itself when the whistle blows and the pool goes from a mayhem of families with minimal room to maneuver, to adult swim where the water is calm other than about 40 bobbing heads in almost a synchronized dance on the surface of the water. It’s almost mesmerizing from my lawnchair until I realize the clanging bell in the background is a bunch of whining hot kids, whose parents are bobbing, and they are wondering when they are going to go back in and yelling "HOW MUCH LONGER" every 10 seconds!! Pretty soon the whistle blows and the young fish are running toward the sea of tattoos while the tattoos with dry hair bobbing in the pool, who failed to watch the time and get out 2 minutes before the whistle, are scrambling to get out between the giant cannon balls and loaded swimming diapers, which really makes for the best show of the day. It really is amazing how many tattoos are represented in a swimming hole once the secret art is revealed, and even more amazing how that number triples at a waterpark.. I’m just saying.

So the other night we decide to do something on the cheaper side of the movie theater ticket and go to the drive-in. In our area there is only one drive-in that services about 30 communities, so you have to go early, that much I knew. I have fond memories of the drive-in as a young girl with my family with the smell of popcorn popping, and gathering the blankets and lawn chairs.  Passing on this adventure to my family was really exciting for me as we found a perfect movie and a perfect open summer night. Things just sometimes are too perfect though as I realized entering the town that there might not be a lot of people here because it was Tuesday and a work night! “Cool we’ll be sure to get in I’m sure”.... OH NO IT’S TUESDAY AND A WORK NIGHT!…which reminded me that the theater is only open Friday-Sunday! “Um hey kids? We have a problem… the movie is Friday”. Now you might think they would start crying or be really upset, angry, or start throwing things at me, but instead they were fairly calm with a slight showing of disappointment on their faces, which I thought was so mature of them, only to realize it is a well earned and learned “gift”. A gift they acquired from learning that often their mom is a little scattered and does things on the spur of the moment and often leads to a closed theater, a store or a missed KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP. Ok yes.. I did that, and to be quite frank he is a very well adjusted and happy child regardless.. In these times, and there have been many, I get flash backs of the 1980’s movie Vacation where Chevy Chase is taking his family to the amusement park excited that they are the first one’s there, only to be greeted by Security guard, played by John Candy, who holds up one hand in security guard formality and says “Sorry folks, Parks Closed”. Well if you have seen the movie you know that the next scene Chevy Chase is holding a gun and forces the guard to open the park and escort them on every ride.
"Sorry Folks, Parks Closed"
All I know is I don’t carry a gun, but I have sure felt like pulling a fake "gun finger" on several occasions.

That I come by honestly as well, as I have a very vivid memory as a child of my jokester Grandpa being frisked by TSA and the police at Portland International Airport. He thought it might be funny at the time to walk through security and put a “finger gun” hidden behind his coat and say to them “hey, hey look what I got” … well they didn’t think that was funny at all, but I think he was still giggling with his hands against the wall and all of his family scolding him.

The good that came out of the drive-in mishap is that we decided to swing by the instant movie box and grab Soul Surfer which had just came out that day and amazingly was available... must have been that Tuesday thing again. Thankfully I had one good idea out of the evening and decided to turn our flat screen TV around so that it faced out the window onto our covered deck area. We grabbed the blankets and popcorn out of the car and had a great night outside regardless and only $1 (minus the wasted gas to the drive-in). As I type they are watching another movie tonight out there in our “theater room”. They did however remind me that tomorrow is Friday and we are going to the drive-in.

Spears Outdoor Theater


  1. So a sentence out of this blog was removed after I got a frantic call from my mom about the content and relating to sorry mom! it is fixed. Some of you who read this earlier I'm sure know what I'm talking about.

  2. Ha! I can just imagine!!

  3. I thought I would get to see Carrie Underwood surf! I really, really, really, wanted to see her surf! :( Oh well, at least she sang a little. :)