Hey guys, how many of you have ever thought about trying to create a unique
date night or a family night at the drive-in theater, but weren't quite sure
how to pull it off? Well, if that's the case you're gonna want to stick around
because that's exactly what we're gonna cover next on this week's bonus session
of Manly Moments.
Well, I'm here today with my daughter Sadie at the Auburn Garrett Drive-In on
State Road 8 in Garrett, Indiana. This place opened on May 16, 1951 during the
early years of the drive-in theater boom, and has been showing movies every summer
ever since. But if I'm honest, I've only been to the drive-in theater like once
in my lifetime. And so I had to learn things the hard way. And I thought it
might be beneficial to share with you some of the things I've learned, so you
can learn from my mistakes. That's why I put together this video with the Top 10
Tips for a successful night at the drive-in. Take notes because here we go.
#1 - Arrive early. If you want to get a good
spot, you can't show up five minutes before the show starts and expect to get
a good spot. Serious drive-in fans arrive one to two hours prior, especially on
summer weekends. Gee, do you think we came early enough? I wanted to beat
the crowd. It's 3:00 in the afternoon! At least we e got a good spot. #2 - Bring games.
If you arrive early, a football a frisbee or deck of cards goes a long way and can be a
tremendous asset - especially if you bring the kids.
If not, you can mingle with the neighbors or even read a book. I wonder if it's
going to be better than the book. Probably not.
#3 - Dress comfortably. Drive-in double features can last till 2:00 or
3:00 in the morning, so you'll want to be comfortable. If you bring the kids it's a
lot easier to transfer them from the vehicle to their beds if they're already
in their pajamas. Adults too, for that matter.
#4 - Pack a snack. And even though most drive-in theaters have concession
stands, it's still nice to bring your own popcorn, candy, or chips. It will save you a
little time and money, and it's particularly handy if you're on a
special diet. Would you like to try some of my sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free,
non-GMO kale chips? Uhm . . . I'll pass.
#5 - Bring lawn chairs. Sometimes the best way to ensure you have a good
view is simply to bring a lawn chair to sit outside. Or if you drive a van or a
truck, you can park backwards and go for the open view with blankets, pillows,
mattresses, or even a loveseat. Just make sure your chairs are in good shape. Well, this is
comfortable. Sure you don't want to trade for like
just a little bit? No.
#6 - Bring a jacket or a blanket. Depending on where you live and what
time of year it is, it's always wise to pack for chilly weather once the sun
goes down. It's no fun watching a movie if you're cold. Man, it is freezing out
here tonight. I have an extra sweatshirt, if you want it. Sure. How's it fit? It's a little tight,
but I like the design. #7 - Bring insect repellent. The
only thing worse than being cold is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. You
want to enjoy the movie, not fight bugs all night. Dad, hold still. (slap) Got it.
#8 - Bring a radio with backup batteries. While you can typically use an
FM radio frequency in the car to pick up sound for the movie, you run the risk of
using up your car battery. Instead, bring a portable radio with fresh batteries.
That way if the movie stinks, you can always listen to the ballgame. (ball game is broadcast) Hey,
turn the radio off!
#9 - Bring jumper cables. Even if you use a portable radio, sometimes the
constant use of the interior lights can wear down the car battery. Trust me, it's
no fun being the last one in the lot at 2:00 a.m. trying to figure out what to do. I
knew I should have brought the jumper cables. Do you think mom is still awake? No.
#10 - Consider going in the spring or in August. The sun sets earlier in May
and August than it does during the heart of the summer, which means the movie will
start sooner so you can actually stay awake for both shows. In Indiana it
doesn't even begin to get dark until 9:30 or 10:00 in June. I don't know what
they do in Alaska this time of year. So there you have it, the Top 10 Tips for a
successful night at the drive-in. We've got one more thing to cover. Come on. We
still have to pick a winner from last week's contest. Everybody who re-posted or
shared that video got their name and the lucky Man Canp mug and now it's time to
pick a winner. Sadie, I'll let you do the honors. Drum roll, please.
And that lucky winner . . . is oh boy - Mary Whybrew! (cheers) Congratulations, Mary, you just won
yourself a free detailed job from Jay Chapman, the owner of Faithfully Fitted
Automobile Detail. For the rest of you, don't despair, it seems like we're always
giving away free stuff on Manly Moments. But you got to stay tuned, so the best
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don't miss a single episode. And we will see you next time for another
installment of Manly Moments.