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Driving to the Drive-In

July 12, 2010 - Karin Elton

Reading Katy Palmer’s blog about going to a drive-in movie reminded me that I have been planning to take my kids to one for years now. So Saturday night I drove down south U.S. Highway 75 straight to the Verne theater. (My kids wondered what happened to the “La.”) We bought tickets ($5 apiece. What a deal.) and parked the car. One of my daughters started to get her shoes on. The other daughter and I said, “Where’re ya goin’? We’re here.” We got there just in time. “Eclipse” was just starting. We tuned the radio to a specified station and were good to go. I saw lightning in the distance and mentally told it to stay away. But before long the manager cut in saying we were going to get rain, but it wouldn’t be severe. We started the windshield wipers and watched Jacob, Bella and Edward cavort in rainy Forks, Washington. The next movie was “The A Team.” We watched that for a little while but my daughters said they wanted to go home. They didn’t know what was going on in the movie with all the helicopters and shooting. They also weren’t confident about how late I could stay up and still drive us home safely. I’m not a night owl. The light show in the sky kept me alert as I made my way toward Marshall. I hate detours, so I thought I would try to avoid the one between Russell and Lynd on Highway 23. I also get lost a lot so it was kind of a dumb idea because I ended up taking back roads to Russell and ended up on the detour anyway. It was tiring driving all the way to Luverne and back, but now my kids know what a drive-in movie is.


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