Stranded at the Drive-In

America likes things to be drive-in or drive-thru. It’s like the whole country has an aversion to parking and walking ten feet to get into a shop, let alone actually walking the whole way from home to said shop. When we first arrived, I was amazed to see a drive-thru pharmacy (who doesn’t want browse the shelves in a pharmacy?), a drive-thru library (REALLY, who doesn’t want to spend an hour or two browsing the shelves of their local library; you never know what literary delights you may happen upon), and a drive-thru ATM (in fact, our local bank doesn’t have a walk-up ATM, so despite living only across the street from it I have to get in the car and drive over if I want to get cash out). When we were in North Carolina we even saw a “Brew-Thru” where you pull in to buy alcohol – surely the very definition of drinking and driving.

Anyway, this week we finally went to a drive-in experience that I can understand the point of and I wholly embrace – the drive-in movie. The only experience I have ever had of this before is from watching “Grease” where Sandy & Danny go to see a movie together; in fact my over-riding memory of this is the advert showing the hotdog jumping into the bun ….. anyway, I was quite keen to see if the reality would live up to my expectations. Oh boy it did! Well, we reversed the car into a parking space, popped open the rear window, put down the back seats and lounged back in luxury on pillows and a duvet for two hours. The husband was even wearing his pyjamas. Our view of the giant screen fitted perfectly into the rear window space and we enjoyed popcorn that I’d made at home in the microwave and a couple of shakes from the Sonic Drive-In (of course).

Oh, the film was Oz the Great and Powerful, which was enjoyable (and free of charge) but to be honest it really didn’t matter what we were watching, it was just a brilliant, fun, although slightly surreal, experience. And we didn’t have to stand up for the National Anthem like we do at our usual cinema (that could have been slightly tricky in the boot of the car though, I have to admit). Can’t wait to see what films they have in store for the rest of the summer.

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