Last weekend was Kim & Jason Escape Event #3. The challenge was simply this: Do something fun that is inspired by one of your favorite movies!
Kim and I got talking about “our song” and remembered that it played a big role in the movie Karate Kid, Part II. The song I speak of is Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”, which was a #1 hit in the U.S. and won an Academy Award nomination for best song from a film.
We heard it on the radio while we were on our first date, Valentine’s Day, 1995. We both said how much we loved the song upon hearing it in the car on the way to Monical’s Pizza. Ironically (or maybe not so, considering it was Valentine’s Day), we heard it again while sitting in the restaurant. We each ended up buying the CD, and it ultimately became the first song we danced to as husband and wife.
Well, this weekend Karate Kid, Part II showed up on cable, and we realized that we had never actually seen the movie together. So after a busy weekend hosting family, we camped out on the couch and watched the old 80s classic together. I was surprised to learn just how extensive Kim’s crush on Ralph Macchio really was, and Kim was surprised to learn that I had created cardboard action figures based on the characters in the film. (They were pretty sweet, too. Their legs and arms were joined by pieces of rubber band, giving them authentic karate chop action. Hey, these are the sorts of things introverted creative types do…)
For those of you looking for a trip back in time, here’s a video with “Glory of Love” playing over some highlights from the movie:
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Ok, now on the WINNER of Escape Event #3 and a set of six movie passes — Club K&J member Lisa Warsinske of Wisconsin! Lisa and her husband Jim took a little inspiration from Driving Miss Daisy and Chevy Chase’s Vacation to create this classic Escape Event moment. I’ll let Lisa describe it in her own words:
I know, I know – the cost of gas… blah blah blah. BUT you have to find the fun!! This weekend, cool hubby Jim and I took (70 year old fun-loving) Mom to dinner. In and effort to participate in the Escape Event #3 and to have fun along the way – I taped an empty soda cup (complete with lid and straw) on the roof of the van.
It was taped on, not going anywhere and empty – get it? So we go for a nice drive around town…one son and I were in the back seat watching the folks on the street who would spot the cup on our van. There was honking and waving and pointing and yelling…
What fun ensued!!! People are PASSIONATE about letting you know there is a cup on your car. We just wave back and act like we have no idea what they are saying to us, or why they are pointing up. Mom was so funny riding shotgun, giving people a nice smile and oblivious wave accompanied with a cheery thumbs up.
One guy on a bicycle saw us enter Riverside park (LaCrosse, WI) and he rode his bike really fast to the other side to head us off and told us about the cup. Jim admitted to him that it was taped on for a joke and the guy says “Man. That’s a good one. You should video tape it. But hey – promise me you won’t do that with a fake baby!”
Other highlights: A teenager screamed “Taco Bell on the roof!” A man on a sidewalk called out “There’s a cup up there.” Which is fun to say repeatedly and fast. (There’s a cup up there. There’s a cup up there.) It makes my lips tingle with silliness.
A whole volleyball team stopped their game at the beach to scream “STOP!! You have to Stop!!!” Mom just smiled and waved cute. I find our outing a fine combination of the Chevy Chase “Vacation” movie with a little “Driving Miss Daisy” thrown in.
A fine combination, indeed! Cheers to Lisa and Jim for an absolutely stellar Escape Event performance!
Cool idea – I love it!
Jill Fleming says
Lisa & Jim are a riot! There is no adultitis in their fun-loving household.
Please keep inspiring us to have fun Jason & Kim! Love your site.
Good gag! And oh, yes, Karate Kid. We got our first VCR one Christmas and the first Karate Kid was on HBO, and it was the first thing we taped. We must have watched it 25 times over school vacation. I remember we watched it 3 times in one day. The second one was even better! The third I was disappointed in, but because of that VCR Karate Kid was probably the most-watched movie of my preteen years!!! :)
Libby, did your parents check you in to Karate Kid detox? And did you have a plethora of Ralph Macchio “Bop” posters plastered all over your bedroom as my wife did?
No…but I may have had one poster alongside Patrick Swayzey, Jon Bon Jovi, and some unicorns! The movie was one of those crazy kid addictions, which are good to outgrow a bit! :)
I love it! We did something very similar during a trip to Orlando. It was really funny…and harmless. :)
Similar, huh, PJ? Well I’m just dying to know what you did differently!
Darn! We missed the contest! But here’s what we did recently that was inspired by a movie. Can anyone guess??? Warning: You might be revealing your fellow nerdiness if you do….
Oops, the movie didn’t show up, but it involved singing “Row Row Row Your Boat” in the shadow of El Capitan at Yosemite… can you guess??
I went to Orlando with a group of friends. One of the guys we were with accidentally left his McDonald’s cup on the bumper of my Geo Tracker. We didn’t notice it until the next day and realized that we had driven all around town with it stuck there! (Possibly stuck via the syrup seeping through the paper cup, we think.)
So, the next day we decided to put another cup there, just to see how long it would stay on. But this time we had the convertible top off of the Tracker…plus we got stuck in traffic. So we kept having people, who were stuck in the slow-moving traffic, yell over to us to let us know! We kept coming up with different things to respond with and it actually made the traffic jams more amusing than they probably would/should have been! :^)
Love it, love it, love it! Lisa and Jim are natural Adultitis-busters! You know that reminds me, I think you and Kim should sell some buttons with that as a logo. You make a mint. (Well, maybe a buck or two anyway.) :0)