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Here Are The Drive In Theaters That Are Open in Alabama.

Here Are The Drive In Theaters That Are Open in Alabama.

May 1, 2020

According to driveinmovie.com

With the current Coronavirus situation , drive ins are looking like a great way to get out and see a movie with your family.

Cinemagic Drive-in Theater
1702 Jefferson Street Southeast
Athens, AL 35611

The Cinemagic Drive-in is a is a family owned single screen drive-in located in Athens, GA. The drive-in was opened in 1997, but they also have indoo…more about Cinemagic Drive-in Theater

Sand Mountain Twin Drive-in
10480 US Highway 431
Boaz, AL 35956

The Sand Mountain Twin Drive-in is located in Boaz, Alabama which is about 1 hour 10 minutes from each Birmingham, AL and Huntsville, AL.

411 Twin Drive-in Theater and Grill
300 County Road 265
Centre, AL 35960

This old solo screen, with a capacity for 250 cars, was first lit back in 1953 and had a run of 30 years before going dark. It then lay forlorn and o…more about 411 Twin Drive-in Theater and Grill

Blue Moon Drive-in
4690 US Highway 43
Guin, AL 35563

Located on Highway 43 between Guin and Winfield, Alabama, the Blue Moon Drive-in is a 2 screen drive-in theater that has been in operation since 1956

Henagar Drive-in
168 Gourge Road
Henagar, AL 35978

The Henagar Drive-in is a single screen drive-in theater located in Henagar, AL. It is a relatively new drive-in theater as it was just opened in 199…more about Henagar Drive-in

Coyote Drive-in
6200 Grand River Parkway
Leeds, AL 35094

The Grand River Drive-in is a 3 screen drive-in movie theater that originally opened in 2016.

King Drive-in
18478 US-43
Russellville, AL 35653

Opened in 1949, the King Drive-In is the oldest remaining drive-in theater in Alabama. The King Drive-in is a family oriented drive-in movie theater …more about King Drive-in

Lets put a few things in perspective.

Lets put a few things in perspective.

Apr 29, 2020

Some perspective on progress and “the green thing”

I found this story on Facebook .

So many of us who are baby boomers and older, remember this stuff but when younger folks accuse us of being the ones that squandered their resources we just duck our heads and mumble. If you are older you will remember these things. If you don’t remember this will be very informative.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then. We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.

Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.

We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing.”

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.

Continue to praise the good and call out the bad.

Continue to praise the good and call out the bad.

Mar 15, 2020

First let me make it clear that I do not agree with the opinion that the Covid-19 Pandemic is all a made up thing and not really a deal. Of course it is just like H1N1, SARS, MERs Ebola, etc Do I think that some folks are hyping this a little too much for political and ideological purposes…perhaps.Time will be the ultimate arbiter of that. The best example of that is the January travel ban by the president. At the time , he was derided and ridiculed for being racist and reactionary,,today it seems like that is the major reason we are not as hard hit as places like Italy and Iran who didn’t do that.I am not young and not particularly healthy…depending on who you ask…..I have no beef with the government or most companies on how they are responding and certainly not anybody in health care god bless them all….I am however an observer of human nature…. just like in every act of god we have visited on us…there will be people who show extreme acts of kindness and heroism and unfortunately some who will be horrendously selfish and even prey upon their fellow man….I will continue to call out both when I see them. I hope that everyone will do the same as I truly believe that doing so, especially on social media, is the best way to keep the exploiters in check and to encourage the best in our fellow man. Bad things most often happen in the dark and sunshine is the best disinfectant.

Your Internet Will Go Down!

Your Internet Will Go Down!

Feb 16, 2020

No matter who your primary provider is. No matter what product you have. At some point your internet is going to quit on you. For small businesses this used to be a risk worth taking when balanced against the cost of a secondary provider. That has changed….. VOIP telephone systems in the cloud, cloud based Point of Sale, credit cards over the internet and just the nature of our cloud based business models has made the internet a critical part of even the smallest small business. Two things that I ran across in my travels convinced me that even small businesses have a mission-critical need for internet access.

In little Samson Alabama population about 2000 (on a good day), the owner of the Piggly Wiggly has two internet services in his store. Why you ask? Because if he loses internet he can’t take credit cards which is 60% of his receipts. In the era of chip cards, there is no run the paper slip anymore. He can’t take EBT cards (which is 35 to 40 % of his receipts) and he really can’t take checks since he verifies them with an online service. He could take one but if its not good, he’s on his own. It’s actually really hard to take cash since his Point of Sale system lives in the cloud. He realized that if his internet was out he was done! Since at that time his was about the only grocery store in the area, his daily receipts were from 9000 to 15,000 dollars per day (albeit on razor thin grocery store margins). A day or two of that and he would be out of business, especially if it happened on his biggest day Saturday. This business owner is one of the smartest guys I have ever met. The extra monthly cost paled in comparison to what he would lose.

I have visited scores of small boutiques and retail stores over the years. Starting about 4 years ago, I noticed they all had some kind of an online, cloud based cash register. Once again, no internet……no cash register and no credit cards. Even Mom and Pop restaurants have gone cloud based. One particular customer of mine in Tuscaloosa only had to have his internet go out at high noon with 10 people waiting to pay for their lunch to get him on the band wagon. Of the ten,eight people said they would come back and pay when his internet was back on. I think he is still waiting on 4 or 5 of them to return. His average check is about 10 dollars so 40 or 50 dollars walked out never to return. That would just about pay for a redundant provider.

If you haven’t already, take a minute to estimate what no internet for a day or even half a day would COST you. When you do you will quickly see that the idea of a backup internet isn’t as crazy as it used to be. Then call me…I have some ideas for you.

I am political but I keep my mouth shut about it.

I have been blogging for 10 years. I just realized it. I have been very meticulous about keeping all my posts. The first one was in 2007.

Here it is  http://garyedunlap.com/2007/09/10/just-another-manic-monday/ It starts out with:

“Well here goes! I read recently that some IT companies would not take you seriously unless you had a web presence ie a blog.
Now I have never worried too much about being taken seriously however, as a well know gadget guru, technophile, geeky nerdy on the bleeding edge of technology kind of guy…I really don’t know how I have gone this long without my very own blog.I have been led to believe that a blog should be posted to every day like a diary and should talk about what you are doing or have done that day like a diary. Guess what, I AIN’T gonna do that! Let’s talk instead about the things that matter most to me and hope nobody reads this!”

Since I was hoping that nobody would read what I wrote, you could say that I accomplished my goal with my blogging 🙂

In going back and reading some of the things I have written in the past 10 years , I realized that although I am very passionate about all things political I don’t write about politics much. Its such a well covered subject and I am not highly schooled in it so I don’t wax political very often.

Today is one of those exceptional days where I feel like doing just that.

My friend since childhood whom I am friends with on Facebook, just posted that he was unfriending some folks because of their incessant posting about what an awful person Donald Trump is. I know you have seen and heard this stuff till it runs out your ears just like I have. Just like the stuff that we heard about Barrack Obama for 8 years. I didn’t like President Obama very much. I don’t like Donald Trump a great deal either. I did not vote for President Obama but I did vote for Donald Trump. I haven’t loved a president since Reagan. I kinda liked Bill Clinton but all his stuff with the ladies made it impossible to love him like I did Reagan. I voted for Trump because I thought he would shake up the system and he would be tough enough to take the heat it would cause. So far so good.

The shaking up was the most important thing for me about Trump. Our system of government is broken and needs an overhaul. The 5th estate , the press . has lost it’s way as well. They don’t report the news now they try to shape it. I don’t like that at all. We have created a new class of royalty in our country , politicians. We have career politicians who think their job is to get re-elected. The idea of the founding fathers that we would be governed by people who took a break from their real lives and served for a time then went back to their REAL lives has gone completely out the window. That’s our biggest problem along with the size and complexity of the federal government that now requires an army of career bureaucrats to run it. All these things that once merely annoyed me now are really concerning me. I worry about the world that my daughter is going to live in. What will happen to her when I am not here to protect her?

That’s why I voted for Trump. The next person who comes along and looks like they will take government by the ears and shake it as hard as they can, gets my vote.

 

Happy New Year ? Your Choice!

Happy New Year ? Your Choice!

Dec 23, 2015

People choose to be happy or choose not to be. The operative word being choose. We all know people that face much greater strife and challenges in their lives than we do and they are still “happy people” and we can all think of people we know who choose to be unhappy even in the face of good fortune. My best example of the latter is a conversation I had years ago with someone who sounded depressed and when I asked about it they replied. “ I am having a bad day…I can’t decide which kind of beans to cook for dinner.” This was a real conversation…I am not creative enough to make something like that up. Clearly this person had decided to define themselves on a very narrow scale.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next.Amen.
We can’t mange all the things in our life…..they are far too many , too complex. We CAN mange our expectations. Unrealistic expectations cause more unhappiness than anything else in this world. I am not saying not to dream and not to aim high for the lofty goals in life. Just don’t decide that when the lofty goals are not achieved, that you are a failure. Failure is more defined by NOT TRYING than NOT ACHIEVING.

It is my sincere wish for you that you choose to have a happy and prosperous New Year!