My mind followed a detour into the 1950s and 60s this week thanks to some free audiobooks I received titled “50sVille,” further subtitled “The town you will absolutely love … or else.” I listened to all five volumes, approximately two and a half hours each as if they were a page- turner, but that is probably not an apt description for a listening experience. Not to go promotional, but the novels are also available on Kindle Unlimited. My review of Volume One only is at https://ron877.com/2019/06/17/of-the-worlds-we-used-to-know/. The artistry of the entire five volumes is not revealed in only one of its components, Volume One. There is a masterful buildup in each of the selections to a great conclusion in Volume Five. Volume One only hints at what is to come in its final few minutes. Most of Volume One is scene setting.
For those who have experienced the 50s and 60s, this collection of audiobooks will weave a spell that will occupy veterans of those times an entire day, so this is probably a great nostalgic visit best left for a weekend. For later generations, some parts might drag but would still be very interesting if read, hence the Kindle Unlimited selections would be better.
Relevant to today’s Twittering Tale is an almost disappeared institution, the drive-in movie. Shortened to “drive-in,” the term can be confused with an outside drive-in restaurant complete with wait people on skates that arrive at your car at unexpected times. With this TT, my meaning is the one that shows films. Admission price to a Drive-In “Theater” might be based on per vehicle, or it might be per person. The latter system promoted clever “trunk-stuffing” schemes the get several smaller gang members in for free.
A significant social change was one brought by Drive-Ins related to sexual experiences and awakenings. This was very complex and could be the basis for many novels for genres YA and others. The death of Drive-Ins was a foregone conclusion as TV technology and availability advanced. In the last gasps of the struggle, some locations experimented with pornography, both soft-core and far beyond. And that is the thought (memory) that prompted this week’s Twittering Tale.
About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. This is important as I have noticed that some of the ping backs have not been working. If you would prefer to post your tale in the comments (some people have very specific blog themes but still want to participate), I am happy to post a link to your site when I post your tale in the Round Up.
I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.
“Oh my god Ned! When I dared you to stick your head between the railings, I didn’t think you were stupid enough to actually do it! This picture is soooo going on Instagram!”
“When you’re done humiliating me, a little help maybe? I’m really stuck. Joe…come on…JOE?!!!!
It’s disgraceful! I know we got this mansion cheaper than the going price for most in the area, but no one told me our neighbors converted their property to a Drive-In Movie. At least I don’t have to avoid admission price in the trunk of my cousin’s car like when I was fourteen.