|INDY!!! ( http://www.worcesterfilmworks.org/)|
Time for a little personal information: I love Indiana Jones. So much so that I regularly refer to him in everyday conversation as Indy. I use a level of familiarity that his friends in the movies use, because I may self-identify as having some sort of relationship with this character. I know it's a little crazy, but since I was old enough to watch the Indiana Jones movies, I have wanted to be Indiana Jones, or be with Indiana Jones if the opportunity presented itself. This led to my love of history, archaeology, religious studies, Egyptology and eventually my degree in preservation. I often weave quotes from the series into conversations, such as "We are pilgrims in an unholy land" (often when surrounded by Yankee fans), "Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes," (for obvious reasons), and "No ticket" (you'd be surprised...my husband has a habit of leaving tickets behind...). Anyway, my dreams of a future in archaeology were shattered when I figured out that Dr. Jones is probably the worst archaeologist on the planet and that I really hate digging (well not really digging, but the fleas and other insects/creatures that go along with the process). Either way, I still love Indy and the movies...
|You know you love it! |
(also Google images gave me this photo, please don't sue me Lucas Films!)
Back to the relevant story, after I had settled down from my shock and excitement, I read that the first film in the Movies on the Common Series was Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (or just Raiders for us Indy nerds). I made plans to attend this screening with my husband and friend, Maria. Then I went about preparing for the event. Having been to several Movies on the Mall in DC, I knew some tricks of the trade. I packed a cooler full of snacks and drinks, several blankets for seating, sun screen, a sweatshirt in case it got cool, and bug spray. We were all set.
The movie was advertised to start at dusk, with a pre-show concert beginning at 5P. I wanted to arrive at or before 5P to be sure I had prime seating for Indy, but my companions had other ideas. Maria had a work event that would keep her from arriving until 8P(!) and Jackson was complaining about sitting in the heat. This troubled me for a few reasons, first, I am a prompt person and it pains me to be later than the start time, second at the DC movies, good seats fill up quickly and I didn't want to be "in the back", third, I needed to make sure I had a spot with enough room around me that conversations and movements from other audience members didn't upset my experience. Since I couldn't force Maria to do anything, I grudgingly told her that I understood, however, I compromised on a 5:30P arrival with Jackson. I rushed him out of our apartment at 5:30P on the dot and we walked down the Worcester Common with our supplies in tow. In Jackson's defense it was about a billion degrees outside (read: 89 or 90 degrees Fahrenheit), but honestly, I didn't care, we were going to see Indy(!) so his incessant whining was annoying, but didn't really kill my buzz.
|I bet it was hotter in there! (Also Google Images) "The floor's on fire...see.. AND the chair!"|
|"I suddenly remembered my Aristotle..." |
We had an umbrella like Dr. Jones the first. (Google images yet again)
|Are you reinvigorated? (Google images)|
|Indy was a boy scout so he was always prepared! Oh, River Pheonix...(Google Images)|
|And they lived happily ever after... until he went to China and met that obnoxious blond... (Google Images)|
The night was a total success. It wrapped up around 11P and everyone cheered enthusiastically when they announced the next film would be "Jaws."
|"We're gonna need a bigger boat..."|
Followed by "The Princess Bride" - Inconceivable!! (Sorry, no cartoon for that one yet.)
I really want to credit all of the parties involved in organizing this event. Not only did they pick a fabulous movie, but they are bringing people back to the common, providing a free summer event for families, and showcasing local artists. I'm completely impressed.
This is a total WIN for Worcester!!!
Until next time,
|I couldn't resist... " Dr. Jones?" "Henry & Indy: Yes"|