Hot Nights Hot Cars 02-October-2010
I’m doing this a bit differently than usual, so this story will be posted with both the photo album and the video from last night… so I’m going to put in timestamps that go with the video, and write about the pictures all in one place. I guess you’ll have to see both the video and the photo album for it to all make sense!
The last big cruise of the season… :sigh:
The car isn’t likely to make another appearance until 2011, so we decided to clean up the Bubba Truck and cruise in it instead! Lotsa work there though… Can’t remember the last time I washed it, and it’s been mostly sitting for nearly 2 years. With the top off half the time so I can use it as a pickup truck. But it cleaned up pretty good!
Video 0:10: ‘Big Hill’ in front of the house… not really a mountain, but the kids were impressed that the truck drove right up and down it…
Video 1:10: Kids begin singing “I like Big Trucks and I cannot lie…” I wish I could take some credit for coming up with that one, but I had nothing to do with it!!!
Stellar $3 shades/safety glasses for the kids for the trip. Stellar. We didn’t even make it to Harris Teeter before the kids were singing!
Even in the daylight it was a bit chilly for riding with the top off, which made Sophie really cuddly for quite some time after we got there. Win/Win.
Cars cars cars, and more cars! The General Lee made another appearance… several cool Rat Trucks that we saw while cruising, but unfortunately never got pictures of. Love’em!
Video 2:20: Sophie has her own sign language for ‘Pizza’… I didn’t notice this until I was watching the video later!
We cruised several times, then went to Soppers to put our names in. Then across the street to get a drink while we waited for a table… where we found Uncle Benny!!! That Uncle Benny, I tell ya, has really been a close second to myself with helping the kids enjoy the cruises as a family adventure… last night he asked the kids to do the honors of drawing for prizes up on stage at the end of the night!
I didn’t get as many car pictures this time as usual. Most I snapped as the cars passed Soppers where we were waiting for our table. By the time we got done with dinner, it was time to make our way to the stage! What an outstanding way to end out the end of the last cruise of the season, Ezra and Sophie on the big stage!
Video 6:10: I was a little worried the kids would freeze on the stage, but not a hint of stage fright! In fact, they had a great time! I suppose it’s all fun and games when the world is your Playground?
Video 7:05: Dad goes ‘Dancing with the Cars’ as usual…
From there, one walking trip up and back to get homemade ice cream… nothing warms the bones on a cool fall evening like Oreo Ice Cream! Under a blanket. In the open air…
Video 7:55: I’ve been going to this Cruise-In for so long that some of the people that recognize me have begun to refer to me affectionately as ‘Scott ThreeFifty’… A while back, I got a bit bummed out about that whole situation where I had to nuke that place “Where everybody knows my name…” I used to think ‘that place’ could only be that one physical location. I think maybe ‘that place’ is less tied to a physical location than it is a product of who you are. Maybe even though the physical location of ‘that place’ is forever gone for me, it would seem that I’m the kind of person whose name people remember. And that’s a much greater compliment. There are a handful of you who know me from when and where I was known as ‘Scotty’, and you remembering me from that far back is just as much a compliment as when I hear myself referred to as ‘Mr. Sophie’s Dad’ or ‘Mr. Ezra’s Dad’ or ‘Scott ThreeFifty’… No matter where I’m located. I suppose. Most importantly, my kids seem to be growing up as people whose personalities lend them to be the type whose names people remember… No matter where they’re located. I suppose…
Got the kids all buckled up, jackets on, and blankets over them for our last cruise up and down the strip…
Video 8:30: The Trolley ominously snuck up behind us!
Video 9:20: For a 33 year old Chevy Truck, the Bubba Truck still sounds sweet when you wind it up!
They decided that it was still just a bit too nippy, and we managed to get them both under the passenger seat belt for the trip home, covered in blankets, (still eating ice cream, of course…) and with the heater blasting. They were both very ‘chilly cuddly’ when we got home… Win/Win/Win!
Cheers from The ThreeFiveZero Cruisers