Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It was a little slice of small town Americana; a group of town folk gathered together in a nice community bonding experience. The fact that the town is LA is probably surprising. I went to a free screening of The Incredibles in the middle of a trendy shopping 'mall' in Los Angeles -- The Grove -- one of the busiest and most popular shopping attractions in town. [My sister and her sister-in-law took our little 'niece' who was mesmerized watching the dancing waters fountain at The Grove.]

Families and movie lovers filled bleachers and the makeshift outdoor theatre for the event which the Grove called Movies in the Park. As we approached the viewing area, I was taken aback at the size. For some reason I thought it was going to be in the Pan Pacific Park next to The Grove. The park was actually an intimate patch of lawn inside the 'mall' that could possibly fit 3 or 4 Hummers. Luckily we arrived well-ahead of the start time to set up our picnic area. Some of us on the lawn were within a yard of each other while we sprawled on our blankets and quilts. It was amazing to have so many people in a relatively small space, yet it was good vibes all around. Little ones crawled up to say hello, while a well-behaved mini greyhound tentatively tried to make friends with us.

I felt like I was picnicking with a bunch of family and friends. We had the pleasure of watching a movie under the stars, while thankfully being spoiled with creature comforts close by... like Surf City Squeeze, Barnes & Noble, restaurants, clean public bathrooms, etc. I could never have survived at Woodstock!

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