Here are the photographs that I took during my trip to/during/from the Bottle Rocket Motel Soiree this weekend. Be warned: I take a lot of worthless photos including food and ridiculous pieces of detail. For those of you who enjoy tiny details, you may enjoy them. I posted a couple of reference photos for the motel shots, but if you’d like to freshen up your memory banks even further you can always check out my screencapture gallery of Bottle Rocket. Click on the tumbnails to enlarge.
After lots of GPS misunderstandings and a call to the motel for directions, I finally made it (about an hour and a half later than planned) and immediately recognized this area. I’m kicking myself for not taking the time to take another shot of this during the day, but you get the idea. I’ll grab another picture of it next year!
I was STARVING so I went a small ways down the road to IHOP where I ordered their veggie omelette. The service was friendly, but not very attentive. I was never offered a re-fill of my chocolate milk or a take-home box (I had only eaten about half of the omelette).
Before bed I ran upstairs and took the occupant-free opportunity to snap a shot of the pool at night. The main difference between the film and present-day is that they’ve removed the simple chainlink fence and replaced it with concrete pillars and an iron fence.
I looked up some rave reviews for a local pizza joint called “The Pizza House of West” at 505 W Oak Street and decided to make the 15 minute drive to check it out for lunch. The decor was bizarre, I counted at least 6 stuffed deer heads on the walls, one wall completely covered in old records, a few old arcade cabinets, and a bar. It was a really relaxed atmosphere, the employees were very casually dressed and a family was setting up for a kids birthday party in the corner of the establishment. Lightning McQueen balloons and gift bags kept coming in, must be a lucky kid!
I ordered their veggie pizza, I had never tried a pizza with GREEN olives on it before, and for me that was taking a risk because a usually hate them, but—it was delicious. Everything tasted fresh and the flavors balanced nicely. Amazing delicious crust, it rivals Andolini’s! A waitress took a photo of my tattoo on my way out.
Not long after I got back, fellow attendees for the Soiree had arrived and gathered at the pool, so I joined them. Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow showed up shortly after, setting up their awesome screen and playing some tunes for us.
Before the movie started, I was given this awesome set of mementos from my new friends! They were created by the charming duo of Christopher Durbin and Andy Valentin of Reservoir Geeks, they are also responsible for the event itself!
After the film I walked around the motel barefoot as a storm rolled in around us. I know this probably isn’t the best idea, but it felt like the thing to do at the time. I grabbed this shot of the Loves gas station because you can see it at various points in the film, but unfortunately I don’t have a good screenshot of it right now. But you get the idea.
I turned in about 1am so I would be able to get an early start home in the morning. I was missing my dog, haha. I may bring her next year now that I know it’s commonplace to do so. Before turning in my room keys I remembered I hadn’t grabbed a close-up shot of room 212, so I did that really quickly before having an awesome free breakfast courtesy of Days Inn. Waffles! The ownership of the motel changed since the filming of Bottle Rocket, so the placard looks different but the paint is relatively the same.
I grabbed these two pamphlets in the lobby, I’d like to go up a couple days early next year so I can check out these attractions. Because, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I’m easily amused. I had a much easier time getting home, traffic wasn’t nearly as horrific. I managed to get pulled over for speeding, but somehow wiggled my way out of a ticket.
I regret not getting any photographs of my new friends, but I’ll blame that on my social awkwardness and my lack of a good excuse to say, “HEY let me randomly take your picture!” haha. Next year.