40Gal Bucket List

A list of life's 'to-do's' before turning 50 … our journey of gettin' stuff done

My Birthday Bucket List Surprise


It was a cold December night and I was instructed to wear something comfortable and to make hot chocolate for our evening adventure. He wouldn’t tell me where we were going which made my birthday even more exciting! So all bundled up in the car we drove up to what looked like an abandoned parking lot near the old airport in Austin when all of a sudden a small sign came into sight. We were at the Blue Starlight Drive-In! Yeah! I love getting Bucket List surprises!

open screen

We drove straight to the blown up screen that was plopped in the middle of the parking lot. We were in the front row and immediately latched on the portable speaker to the window so we could hear the movie. We had blankets, hot chocolate, snacks and each other. It was the perfect Birthday date.

snacksBefore the movie, we enjoyed old commercials that were shown at drive-ins “back in the day” promoting the smallest portions of French fries, popcorn and soda. There was nothing supersized that is for sure! After watching cartoon characters dance around with nostalgic refreshments for about 10 minutes, we decided to venture out into the dark cold to the refreshment stand/camper that was not far away where we found 1950 portions of hot dogs, popcorn and soda waiting for us. So authentic and perfect! Just how I had imagined! Well, except the port-a-potties that were near-by. I didn’t imagine that I would have to pee in the dark confines of a plastic mobile (and stinky) toilet. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do!


Back in the car and all bundled up the movie finally started: Best in Show. Great movie! And for the double feature, we also watched Waiting for Guffman, not as good in my opinion, but still funny. It was time to head home. The surrounding cars lights started popping on and people drove off (well except for 2 cars that need jumper cables – oops) we followed.

This was definitely one of the most fun birthdays I have ever had and a Bucket List item was checked off! Thank you my love!

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One thought on “My Birthday Bucket List Surprise

  1. AWESOME surprise!!

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