What’s a girl to do on the 4th? There’s parties, festivals and all sorts of options. I’m not what you would call a ‘patriotic’ person, but hey I enjoy my days off like anyone else. So I was looking around for things to do. I wound up in Franklin, TN for their 4th festival. Boy I was in for a treat. From phallic giraffes to fast cars, this place had everthing. It even had blue raspberry sno-cones and miserable ponies to ride. Don’t ‘cha just feel sorry for all the petting zoo animals? For some reason we humans like to unleash our untamed, uncoordinated little ones on the poor unsuspecting petting zoo creatures. I saw the cutest little blond hair, blue-eyed girl choking the crap out of a little duck while her mother stood by and took photos. *sigh* Now that’s Americana.
It’s official. I am my mother. I used to make fun of my mom for, and even protest against, going antique shopping. Because come on, everyone knows those places smell! And when you’re a kid you can’t touch anything ‘cuz everything is old and breakable. I remember cringing when we pulled over during one of our many road trips to venture through YET ANOTHER antique store. But guess what I did this weekend. I WILLFULLY walked in and browsed around in an antique mall. AND I ENJOYED IT. Oh, the humanity! But all dramatics aside, they really did have some cool furniture and knick knacky type things. I found a vintage pool ball set (it was expensive, wish I could have afforded it) and a 17th century dresser that cost $18,000. Yep. A dresser. For $18,000. No, the comma is in the right spot. I was intricatly carved and smelly to boot, but I had to pass. I only had ten grand on me and they wouldn’t deal.*tee hee*
I’m like any other hot blooded, tight-pocketed american. I love a good deal. So when I heard that the local movie theatre, Carmike Thoroughbred 20 at 633 FRAZIER DRIVE in Franklin was having “Stimulus Tuesdays” I was a happy camper. Their in-theatre advertisement boasted a “48 oz popcorn and 16oz soda” for a dollar each. AWESOME! So I planned a movie night SPECIFICALLY for Tuesday so I could take part in the deal. WELL what do I get for my dollar? I got a 12oz popcorn and an 8oz soda (filled with ice so more like 4ozs). I wish I had my camera with me so I could show you the dinkyness. So I’m pretty much outraged. The pimple-faced kid behind the counter said “This is what we are giving, take it or leave it”. Carmike has been advertising this out the WAZOO like they are doing us all a big favor. (just google ‘carmike stimulus tuesdays’) What they are really doing is participating in some hellacious false advertising and an enormus rip off. Has anyone else fallen victim to this horrible bait and switch? Carmike, you should be ashamed of yourself.