Happy Birthday, Dennis Lehane!

Author Dennis Lehane was born on August 4, 1965.  He’s written several novels that were even made into movies such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and one of my favorite movies and books of all time, Shutter Island.

Happy 49th Birthday, Dennis!

Now, since I have a new blogging theme in mind for August which I’ll officially announce tomorrow, I’ll give you a hint today.  It involves humor.  So to tie in my theme of humor with Mr. Lehane’s birthday, I’ll share with you the time that my sister and I went to see Shutter Island at the movie theater.

Michelle always gets a big bucket of popcorn when she goes to the movies.  (Personally, I hate popcorn.  I’m a Sno-Caps girl.  But I digress.)  As we stood on line for our refreshments, the cashier made a mistake and had to get a manager over to open the cash register.  It felt like it took forever, and it almost did.  As a result, we got inside the theater after it was already dark.  We each got our respective snacks then settled into our seats.  As the previews played, Michelle dug into her popcorn.  And that’s when she bit into a human finger.  No, I’m just kidding!  That didn’t happen.  LOL!  She ate her popcorn, and I ate my Sno-Caps.  But as the movie started, Michelle leaned over and told me she was feeling rather warm “down there.”  It had nothing to do with hottie Leonardo DiCaprio on the big screen.  Several times throughout the film, she wiggled in her seat and said something felt weird.

After the movie (okay, honestly it was after the credits… Michelle is a credit reader, and we’re never allowed to leave until the last credit rolls up and the lights come back on), we stood to go.  Only Michelle couldn’t stand.  She was stuck to her seat!  She had to use both hands on the armrests to pry herself up, and when she did, there was a wad of chewed gum that was as large as her rear end stuck to her hiney!  Ewww!  Whoever left it must’ve chewed and spit out two entire packs of bubblegum!  There were at least fifty strings of gum still connected between her butt and the seat.  Poor Michelle was mortified, but at least most of the people had left by then.

But as maddening and embarrassing as it was at the time, even she laughs about it now.  Can you imagine?

Talk to me:  Have you ever read a Dennis Lehane book or seen one of his movies?  Have you ever sat in gum?  Have you ever left your chewed gum where it didn’t belong?  What’s your favorite flavor of bubblegum?

18 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Dennis Lehane!

    • Sno-Caps are like chocolate chips covered in white nonpariels. They’re a “traditional” movie candy as opposed to the “regular” candy they sell at the movies now which you can buy in any store. (Traditional, meaning the kind you could used to get only at the movies. Now you can buy them anywhere, and of course now the movies sell regular candy that was always available everywhere.)

      Michelle only carries her scissors when she’s sleepwalking. 🙂

      • Tradition dictates popcorn over here. Originally salted popcorn yet these days sugar coated. Must admit I don’t get to the cinema much as Shirley says they are too loud!

  1. Gross, some people are pigs. You’re probably too young to remember when you could buy balls of chewing gum from vending machines. No one cared then what the hell might have been stuck up the little chute before your gum rolled down it to be popped in your mouth. We survived.

  2. You and Michelle are a charming pair, and the adventures that the two of you have, amazing. I can just picture and hear the fifty strings of previously chewed gum, cracking and snapping as she got up, I’m still laughing, yuk for sure! Thank you.

    Take care,

  3. The antics of Rachel and Michelle amaze and astound me again. No, I’ve never got stuck by my big end by bubblegum to any seat, anywhere. Yucko! I hope you complained and got some free passes. How unsanitary. They are supposed to clean between viewings!

    Yes, I’ve read Mr. Lehane’s work. We have an author lecture series here in Syracuse, and I was the reporter who covered it for the big daily several years late in my run for the big daily, so I would read up on the work of the speakers. He was memorable, of pen and spoken word. And, true to form, I like the book better than the movie, even the biggie.

    I’m looking forward to your big theme reveal, Rachel … 🙂

  4. LOL 😭😂. . . I have seen all three of those movies, and I loved them! Especially Mystic River! The movies were all very atmospheric, so I would guess that the books are too!

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