We’re Crazy For Swayze

June 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Fun Times, Life | 23 Comments
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Yesterday, after the culmination of a very bad couple of days, I finished all of my responsibilities and went to meet Rosy, Anne, and their four legged babies, Atticus and Duke, for dinner. We then headed to the airport to pick up Mae, who is quite the jet setter these days. We had a whole night planned. A whole Crazy for Swayze plan.

One of the greatest things about Nashville is the summer activities. Big Band dancing in the park, picnics, hikes, movies in the park, ghost walks, picking parties (guitars not fruit), Frist Fridays, etc. etc. etc. All so much fun!

Last night was Movies In the Park at Centennial, one of the city’s many great parks. Us girls, B-Man, Atticus, Duke, and a couple thousand of our closest friends converged on the lawn to watch Dirty Dancing.

We had all the essentials for a fun movie night. 

1. M&Ms-check

2. Sour Patch Kids-check

3. Twizzlers-check 

4. Three Muskateers-check

Oh yeah, and a couple of a blankets, doggie treats, and cameras. I however forgot that I had run the battery down in my camera so you will all have to deal with the run-down of the night without any pictures. Sad, I know.

We arrived with all the essentials in tow and tried to find a spot on the very crowded lawn. People were everywhere and unwilling to move their blanket a quarter of a inch to make a comfortable spot for us, so we wound up sitting on the side tyring to sneak peaks of the screen in between a million walking bodies, dogs, babies, and a few rogue tree branches. But, we were there and that is what counts.

As Mae and I annoyed everyone around us by quoting the entire movie, Rosy and Annie tried to maintain their four legged children. We all cheered when it came on the big screen. Watching a movie in the park amongst so many people will always be one of my favorite summer experiences. So many different people all around you all there to have a good time and just be with the people they love. And it is so awesome.

Well, almost all people anyway. During the last few scenes of the movie, some guy runs up to a jogger (seriously who jogs during movies in the park) beside us and starts asking in a very frantic voice where the park ranger was, where the security people were, wanting him to call 911, etc. He was very loud and I was annoyed because I did not understand the seriousness of the situation. Annie and I proceeded to shush him until we realized someone had stolen his friends purse at knife-point as she sat and watched the movie. Sure enough, sirens and crying woman made me realize that even in such a perfect place where all seems to be right there are still bad things that go one. We couldn’t for just a few hours feel like we were a community of people all just out to have a good time. Our perfect little world was shattered and as I walked back to my car Rosie and I remembered how back when we were in college no one ever came to this park at night. It is not the safest place at night even today, but really, to rob a woman in the midst of thousands of people is just unreal to me.

There is no such thing as total safety. Even with Johnny Castle around. Really, don’t we all just need a Johnny in our life to stick up for us and rescue us when we need it?

All in all, it was a very fun night surrounded by people I love. We all cheered when he rescued baby “from the corner” and when they did the perfect practiced lift at the end, and when they took over the resort hall. Seriously, a great movie experience. I am only regretting the M&Ms!



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  1. ohmygosh that’s so scary. i can’t believe someone would get robbed in the midst of so many people, that’s ridiculous.

    maybe your next movie in the park experience will be a little bit better.

  2. Minus the robbing, I love movies in the park! It is my absolute favorite thing to do in the summer. All cities should have it. We are the lucky ones in that respect.

  3. Sounds like a great time…for you guys at least. My sisters and I saw the musical Dirty Dancing last weekend, but honestly I think watching the movie on a blanket outside in the park would be even better!
    Now I’m off to get some M&Ms!

  4. Oh that sounds like so much fun…aside from the woman who was robbed portion of the evening.

  5. Wow, that sounds brilliant, I’m not sure if we have movies in the park over here. Possibly because the weather’s not good enough?! Nothing beats Dirty Dancing though, we have lots of screeings of that here too.

  6. I’m glad most of the evening was pretty enjoyable. I’ve never been to a movie that way. Sounds like fun! Very scary how people are so gutsy nowadays. Just seems to be getting worse and worse.

  7. Oh my gosh, that poor girl! One of my friends got robbed at gunpoint on her way home from jogging in her VERY nice neighborhood last summer and now that’s all I can think about when I’m outside in the evenings. It’s so sad that something so awful can happen in such supposedly “safe” areas. Sigh. I’m glad you managed to have a great night anyway!

  8. It’s crazy just how quickly a situation can change from a good one to a bad one. That sounds scary! Knife point!? Eek.

    I’m glad y’all had a good time despite the purse-stealing. It sounds like a fabulous time, and I’m uber disappointed that I’m not living in Nashville (yet) to experience those kind of things!

  9. I want to move to Nashville. *pout* It sounds like so much fun!

  10. One of the things I wanted to do while living in Arkansas was to visit Nashville. I’m kicking myself that that never happened! Someday! =)

  11. you just brought back a ton of summer in highschool memories for me. i use to visit Nashville every summer to spend a few weeks with my BioMom. I’m glad to hear they still do all the things that I remember enjoying.

    I have to say that the Nashville Lights was the most awesome of all because you literally got to walk around and see free concerts and the country stars are walking around too freely with little to no body guards. i got so many autographs 🙂

    ps, how can you regret M&Ms? M&Ms are perfection!

    Countrygirl in the Windy City

  12. That sounds like so much fun. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any place showing movies in a park.

  13. Movie in the Park sounds great…but stolen purse with the help of a knife. Yikes! I don’t like the sound of that, at all!

  14. Oh my gosh, how scary about that robbing! Sounds like it would have been the perfect night, if not for that.

  15. Wow that’s so scary. I can’t believe someone would do that in such plain sight of so many people. Crazy. Glad you got the sour patch kids though, definitely a movie night must.

  16. Yay! that sounds like so much fun- minus the knife incident. I want to go to a movie in the park. At least Eliza could play on the lawn while mommy watched. Bummer about the camera. I have done that sooo many times.

  17. Ah I love movies in the park during summer. We have them here and it’s always fun. Good movie candy selection too. Scary about the girl getting robbed in the park, it’s sad when someone has to ruin a fun night like that. Keep your purse close!

  18. sounds like an awesome time!

  19. Well, the movie sounds great, but the knife-bearing thief? Not so much. Glad everyone was ok, though.

  20. happy birthday!!!! (a day or so early)

  21. I’ve never been to movies in the park, unfortunately.

  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope your day is fantastic 🙂

  23. Am like so late to reading this post – but can I just say I LOVE watching movies in public places!?

    Yes. I do.

    On Waikiki beach, they show free movies on a big screen every Friday. It was glorious. We’d dig a seat in the sand, put a towel over it, and settle in. Bliss.

    (PS: You won my contest – what a birthday present!! 🙂 Just email me your address: ashleymarie6 {at} gmail!!)

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