Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Classic Movie Night

Life Balance: a feat we try to achieve while searching to be the best that we can we, while simultaneously raising our children to do the same. This is the equilibrium in our inner life force whereby our heartbeat matches the divine force that exists all around us. When this life balance peaks, our sense of peace, joy, love and wisdom acts as one with our very soul.

"I'm ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille"---Sunset Blvd often mis-quoted quote

Bright lights and cans of Spark Malt Beverage--that's how it all began. We went camping at Allegany State Park and went on a long hike to the bear caves. Well, no actual hiking took place due to the rain and Soccer Mom showing up and introducing us to "Spark." Try having one of those on an empty stomach at 11 in the morning, and you too will be mis-quoting old movies like Sunset Boulevard. It was so bad, it took me 3 days and the Internet to remember the title to the movie was "Sunset Boulevard." But who could forget William Holden and the chimpanzee?

Well, it got Mrs. Chevy and I thinking that our wonderful daughters had no clue about some of the best movie lines out there, let alone the plots, the stunning clothes and the unforgettable kisses. Classic Movie night was born. Once a week, we meet to view old movies. One of us brings the movies and picks the theme, while the other picks the food and drink to go with the theme. It's a hoot just to see what we come up with.

Last night was movie noir night...black foods and drinks to match. Mysterious Spark beverage with weird extra things added showed up again. Black licorice. Dark chocolate. Extra Dark. Blackberry juice for the girls. Salsa with BLACK beans. Crackers with BLACKberry jam. Fun stuff. And the movies? "Spellbound and Notorious." We couldn't find Alfred in either one. But boy, did we replay the gun scene at the end of Spellbound 20 times! Poof, the black and white film goes to red.

Another night we had foods with the word Thin. Thin Mints. Girl Scout Thin Mint Hot Chocolate to drink. Thin Spaghetti. Wheat Thins. Thin pretzels. Thin crust Pizza. Almond Thin cookies. And the movie was "The Thin Man" complete with Myrna Loy and her dog Asta.

We watched "The African Queen" and went to Africa for Watermelon slushies and hummus on crackers. We danced to "The King and I" and "My Fair Lady" while eating English biscuits. Mr. Chevy ate ribs while we watched Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in "Adam's Rib." We just guzzled our Tom Collins and laughed at the dresses, hats and hair.

Maybe we'll watch "Key Largo" and eat Key Lime pie, who knows? It's a hoot and a way to connect to a simpler time, when everything was hinted at, when the pictures told the ideas and the themes were creative. Its a nice way to match our moods and go back in time to deal with the everyday. Hmm....I think we'll get "Psycho" for the next time we fight with our husbands. Everyone can use a good shower scene.


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