Have you ever been to a place you’ve seen on TV or in the movies your whole life? Was it as cool as you thought it would be when you went there?
Recently a friend tagged me in a photo of this:
This is a frozen banana stand on Balboa Island. For those of you who aren’t familar with the show Arrested Development the characters in the show own a frozen banana stand & talk a lot about family responsibilities in staffing said banana stand. My friend wrote under the picture: “balboa island is just how i imagined it. (it’s where lucille lives on arrested development.) hello george michael bluth!”
What is it about seeing things in person that we’ve seen on TV? Maybe it’s something about feeling part of something bigger or validation that there is truth in fiction (the banana stand is real!!!)
When Dave and I were on a road trip to New York a few years ago we were on the highway and I saw this:
A few of my other “as seen on TV” moments have been:
- When a colleague and I visited Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee killing time before we caught the ferry across Lake MI. All I could think about as I saw bottle after bottle of miller light, natural light & other famous beers of Milwaukee traveling down a conveyor belt was “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” Anyone know what TV show that’s from? Here’s a clue:
I actually asked our tour guide, “do you have any Laverne and Shirley memorabilia in your gift shop?” As soon as the question left my mouth I realized how incredibly lame that was. I was pleasantly surprised when the tour guide told me that was one of their frequent questions on the tour since Miller was the real brewing company that the fictional brewing company Laverne and Shirley worked at in the show.
Funny enough the same colleague and I were on another trip to California driving to LA and then San Diego to visit other InterVarsity chapters. As we passed exits for Ventura boulevard, drove down Interstate 5, we started singing Sheryl Crow’s “I wanna soak up the song” and any Tom Petty song we could remember. Being in California brings all these songs, movie scenes or TV episodes clearly into memory. Like this shot that one of my friends AC Slater put on her blog when she was getting ready for a trip to San Francisco: Who remembers which 1980’s sitcom this is from?
I think the reason seeing these places or people in real life is so exciting is because it’s like meeting a pen-pal (whoa-that’s a dated phrase)in person. You’ve seen their pictures, know their likes and dislikes and yet the first time you see them, you experience them in a whole new way.
So, where have been some places you’ve been that you’d seen on TV or movies? Where would you want to go that you’ve seen on TV or in the movies? I think it would be pretty cool to see where they filmed this: