“There is plenty of time to treat yourself to something good to eat our refreshment center.”

The premier of movie night was wonderful, almost perfect. We had appetizers then dinner then War of the Worlds, the one made in 1953. The movie was fun to watch. The heroine was a typical 1950’s science fiction female. She screamed a lot with her hand to her open mouth wide with horror, buried her head in the hero’s shirt and promptly fell in love with him. The only crimp in the evening was how cold it got. There we were on July 12th wearing long pants, sweatshirts and one of my guests even added socks to her ensemble. Two were bundled in blankets. Wearing pajamas was optional but one was clad in warm and cozy night clothes, including slippers. I wore a sweatshirt but in honor of summer stayed in bare feet. I love these movie nights, and every time I have one I think how cool it is to be outside on your deck watching a movie.

My town used to have a very small, secluded drive-in off the beaten path. It was surrounded by woods. Bugs, especially mosquitos, were plentiful. We’d daub bug spray on us in the car or burn mosquito coils around us when we’d sit outside on lawn chairs. High mounds of dirt for some unknown reason separated each row of parking spots. The car went up and down and up and down until we’d finally settle on a spot. Our drive-in snacks included crackers and cheese, a dip or two, chips and a bottle of wine or a thermos of already made drinks, summer drinks with lots of ice. It was a favorite spot of ours on a Saturday night. Being in the car was almost like being in your own house to watch a movie. You could eat noisy snacks and you could talk any time you wanted. I was really bummed when that drive-in closed. Where it used to be is a field now, and I am sometimes tempted to get out of my car to see if any remnants of the drive-in remain hidden in the tall grass. It would be a sort of archeological dig of places from my past.

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22 Comments on ““There is plenty of time to treat yourself to something good to eat our refreshment center.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    As the great German football team, prepares for Mr Messi, I spent the morning concentrating on my deep catalog of great popular German music. It is the least that I can do as a sign of support for the Bochum Belle.
    “Popcorn”,(can’t find it) “99 Luftballons” Nina was sort of cute but that was 30 years ago, James Last, but then is that fair to Kat with her deep catalog of Bert Kaempfert ? There is that chick from The Velvets but she has long since left us….Then Big Rick called, in recovery from a knee replacement and watching the Tour De France. the light went off….Kraftwerk, sort of like Daft Punk but a bit serious
    I then decided to move on, German beer, I have Hacker-Pschorr Weisse in the fridge

    Very best Birgit, hope you score early and often and enjoy a wonderful celebration

    • olof1 Says:

      I am hoping Germany wins but in a way it would be the final blow to the Brazilian fotball soul if Argentina won 🙂 I’m not sure if Brazil would survive it as a nation 🙂

      Go Germany!

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer, you are exactly right, the idea of Argentina prevailing in the Maracana might be the end. $11b for this ?????

      • katry Says:

        I didn’t think of that, and you are right.

    • Birgit Says:

      Thanks, Hedley! It’s soccer, – anything can happen. Enjoy the game and your Hacker-Pschorr Weisse (I had to look up Hacker-Pschorr.). I will also have wheat beer, local Fiege Hefeweizen.
      PS: Try some better German music if you have the time. I think you will like the later music of Einstürzende Neubauten. This is a nice concert:

      Christer, I agree, though I would never admit it in public 😉
      Go German team!

      • katry Says:

        Christer is so right. I saw posted the front pages of the Brazilian papers after they were trounced by German. Words like shameless and horrible were used. To have Argentina win would be the final blow.

        Go Germany!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      As you can see I posted from my vast catalog of Bert Kaempfert music. It is my support for the Bochum Belle.

      A very good musical choice and it is so different from my Bert. The German beer is perfect touch. I hope Big Rick is recovering. He must have that bike longing while watching the Tour De France.

      Enjoy the game!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Cool here today and ut has been mostly cloudy and windy since early morning. We’ve had some showers and I think I heard the thunder for a second or so. I think winter clothes should be the the best to use if one wanted to sit outside and watch movies here today 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We have a sunny day, and it is quite breezy, a perfect day to be outside, but I suspect it will be a chilly night again tonight.

      We seem to have rain mostly at night. We got a couple of inches the other night, and I was told there were thunder and lightning, but I slept right through them.

      Have a great day!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    When I saw the 1953 version of War of the Worlds at age six it scared the hell out of me. I had nightmares for years. I have not seen the remakes nor have I watched the original movie since. These days I need my beauty sleep. 🙂

    BTW when Gene Barry was playing Bat Masterson on TV I met him at his sister’s house in Dallas. She was a member of our temple and friends with my parents. In those days meeting a movie star was a big deal.

    Unfortunately, the drive in movie is becoming extinct. The few that remain in operation are small family businesses and they generally can’t afford to upgrade their projectors from film to digital media. The movie industry is giving up distributing the actual 35mm film.

    I never liked seeing a movie in drive in theaters because I hate the heat, the bugs and watching a movie through a tinted windshield is awful. The last movie I saw in my car in a drive in was ‘Barbarella’ with Jane Fonda. I don’t remember much of the film because I was busy making out with a coed whose name I can’t remember. 🙂

    Maybe this crazy July will kill off the draught when the cold front arrives on Tuesday and drops some rain along with the temperature.

    • katry Says:

      The original is a really excellent film with some great special effects for so old a movie. It isn’t on TV often though the Tom Cruise version is.

      I remember meeting TV stars when I was young, especially Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke. You’re right-back then it was special.

      I just read an article which noted that most of the existing drive-ins are finding ways to go digital. The Wellfleet Drive-in down cape has already converted to the new format. Most are finding ways to make extra cash. During the weekend days the drive-in is a huge flea market.

      I really like the nostalgia of the drive-in, and I don’t have tinted windows so the view isn’t a problem.

      I hope you get rain. We may get some tonight.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Actually all windshields are tinted. Depending on the exterior color of your car your windshield is either tinted gray or amber.

        Yes the 1953 film had great special effects and that’s why it scared the hell out of me. 🙂 I have never and will never see the Tom Cruise version for the same reason.

        Honda of America gave millions to try to save those drive in movie theaters that survive by donating digital projectors.


      • katry Says:

        Kudos for Honda for supporting drive-ins. Mine must be darn lightly tinted as I don’t notice it at all.

        I can see why the Martians ships could be scary especially when they incinerated people, trucks, guns and anything else in their way. The Tom Cruise movie has a few really creepy scenes.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My parents used to take us over to North Reading to the old drive-in near Kitty’s. It’s long gone now, too. We kids would go in our pajamas and we might even have our pillows and blankets so we could fall asleep in the back of the station wagon. Very convenient. The theatre had a playground right up underneath the screen. It was a little weird being out there and playing by the light of a lot of headlamps.
    The last time I was in a drive-in was in Grafton MA. A friend and I decided to take her kids to see Star Wars. Those kids are married with children now.

    It’s another lovely day here. Sunny with some clouds and nice breeze. Yes, it still is in the box.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I remember that drive-in and went a few times. Mostly, though, we went to the one off 128 in Burlington as my grandfather had a pass, and it didn’t cost us anything. We also wore our pajamas, and when we were young, we never lasted to the second movie which is why the kid movie was always first.

      Lovely still here, and the breeze is wonderfully cooling.

      Have a great afternoon.

  5. Hedley Says:

    To Birgit the Bochum Belle
    Congratulations, what a goal, what a championship. Enjoy your celebrations.

    • katry Says:

      A fantastic game! I too send my congratulations!

    • Birgit Says:

      Thanks, Kat and Hedley, I can hear honking and fireworks outside though it’s past midnight. Puhhh, what a game. 120 breathless minutes. I need vacation now. Oh, I have vacation now 🙂 Leaving tomorrow morning, back in a few days.

    • flyboybob Says:

      Only 119 minutes to score the only goal. Congratulations to the German team and all their fans.

      • katry Says:

        Those two teams were so well matched. I thought it could go on and on. I’m glad Germany won, but it would be fine with me if Argentina did.

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