I've always loved drive-ins. I feel like they're just an essentially American harkening of the past, letting us all revel in our nostalgia. And I love nostalgia and I love kitschy things. It's why I love diners, and I feel like drive-ins have just as much americana as diners. This drive-in in Lexington is pretty unique — they are the only community-run drive-in in the country, and have non-profit status. When the drive-in went under a few years back, the locals weren't having it, and decided to pool money together and run it mostly off of concessions and donations. And I love that.
I got sent out to a tribute band festival called Harefest a couple of weeks ago for The Oregonian. I didn't know what to expect, except that there would be some wild hair, some drinkin' and some serious nostalgia going on. It pretty much lived up to my expectations — there were some crazy dancers, some fantastic mullets and a great crowd. I didn't expect there to be so many groupies for the tribute bands, though. Appetite for Deception was a Guns 'N' Roses cover band and there was also Stone in Love, a Journey cover band. It was a fun night to be sure.