I was in Austin, TX, staying with friends (a married man and woman) I’d met in college. By staying with, I mean they’d given me their large, comfortable guest bedroom and bath, as well as access to WiFi, their HBO on Demand account, and all the movies and TV shows I wanted to watch on Netflix, Hula, and Amazon Prime. They also fed me anytime I was around and they were eating, and they let me borrow a car when I was between vans. I hung out with them and their siblings and nieces and nephews during family night on Fridays, and I celebrated the season premiere of Game of Thrones with them. (We celebrated by saying, Winter is coming a lot and by eating a most delicious chocolate cream pie baked by the Woman half of the duo.) In other words, they treated me like family.
As I eased into the routine of the household, I learned The Woman went to an afternoon movie most every week. She typically went to one of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in South Austin. The Man half of the duo said if I ever went there, I really needed to try an adult (meaning with alcohol) milkshake.
One day The Woman invited me to go to the theater with her. I wanted to go, but when I asked her what movie she was planning to see, she said Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey. It sounded like a possible downer. My mental health was rather fragile at the time, and I couldn’t risk a movie sending me into a tailspin of depression, so I politely declined.
A couple of days later The Woman said she’d changed her mind and had decided to see the original Jurassic Park–in 3D. Was I interested in seeing that movie? The Woman asked. Well hell yes I was! I’d never seen any of the Jurassic Park movies, so I was excited for this (belated, yes) cultural experience–and in 3D, no less.
The woman and I arrived at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plenty early. We picked our spot and sank into the comfortable seats. Upon consulting the menu, I quickly found the adult milkshake I wanted to try. It was called a Mexican milkshake; added to the chocolate milkshake was tequila and cinnamon. Yes, please! The Woman encouraged me to order food too, so I asked the waiter for an order of green chile cheese fries.
When our food was delivered, I dug right in. The fries were cooked to perfection–crispy and crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside–and the cheese was a lovely white cheddar. The green chiles added a perfect kick. So delicious! The milkshake was fantastic! I love me a chocolate milkshake (so cold! so creamy! so chocolately!) and the tequila added a kick of its own. I was in food heaven.
Before the movie started, a warming came on the screen. Basically, it said to turn off cell phones and no talking. It said the management would kick out people who talked during the movie. I was glad for the no-talking rule, but I knew I’d have to keep my tequila tipsy self in check.
Then the movie started and WOW–dinosaurs in 3D. I knew Jurassic Park was a thriller, but I never knew it also had environmental/don’t-fuck-with-Mother-Nature themes. I enjoyed the action and the dinosaurs practically coming out of the screen at me. I managed to keep my shrieks of surprise (and my snarky comments about the 80s hair and clothing) to myself, so as not to get kicked out.
What a fun and yummy couple of hours. And what a good and generous friend The Woman was to treat me to all that fun and yumminess.
I am so glad I came across your blog! You have a very engaging writing style and I really enjoy reading about your adventures. I’ll be getting on the road for some long term traveling starting in early March, in my van. Per your blog, and depending on what El Nino is up to, my first big stop out of Oregon will be to visit Humboldt and drive the Avenue of the Giants. Got some major tree hugging to do. Now I think I’ll go whip up a Mexican Milkshake using your recipe. Perfect for brightening up a cold dreary rainy PNW day. Thanks!
I am happy you are enjoying my blog. Thanks for writing.
The Avenue of the Giants is so incredible. I am so glad you are getting to drive it. If you can, make it to the Trail of 100 Giants some time, so you can have both the coast redwoods and the giant sequoias under your belt.
Awesomeness! Thank you for that extra info. I’ll definitely try to make the Trail of 100 Giants too. Love those trees!
Yum!! I want an adult milkshake now!! What great friends you have!
A Mexican milkshake was the last alcoholic beverage I had. That was in 2013. Another friend and I replicated it in her blender. It was GOOD! If I ever drink adult beverages again, I will go for a Mexican milkshake again.
And yes, I have great friends. The ones in this story REALLY came through for me. I am humbled by that kind of love and generosity.