In the months following the passing of Patrick’s father, we were very busy dealing the necessary duties, so things such as my birthday understandably fell to the wayside. But yesterday, Patrick surprised me with a “birthday” trip to the drive-in, complete with ice cream and birthday announcement! We went with two of my dearest friends, Angelina and Lizzie, and had an absolute swell time.
We picked up bubbles and a paddle ball (which is harder to do than you think!) at the Fred Meyer’s next door and enjoyed the sunshine (Patrick in his new sunglasses) as we waited for dusk to arrive.
The drive-in has an immensely special place in my heart, and sometimes I find it hard to put into words. I guess one of the reasons I love it so much is that I find it one of the few things from the by-gone 50s that seems utterly unchanged and has not become a caricature like many diners and and even car shows have become. For those in the Portland area, Newberg’s 99W is the closest to you. Oregon is also home to three other drive-ins, one in La Grande, another in Milton-Freewater and the Motor-Vu located in Dallas. For those outside Oregon, I recommend visiting Drive-Ins.com to located a drive-in near you.