Writing. Now and then I take a moment and just appreciate where this dream has taken me.
I want to write all the time, but inspiration doesn’t come like a flash of lightning. The art and craft take time. There are quotidian bits to be observed. There is reading involved, and most importantly, there is a life to be lived.
So, that’s what I did the other day. I took my son to Universal City, near Hollywood, to a place called Bubba Gump, a shrimp and seafood restaurant modeled after the movie Forrest Gump. Good food, relaxing atmosphere, scenes from the movie everywhere, and, of course, movie memorabilia.
The restaurant offers dishes named after characters in the movie, like Jenny’s Catch and Forrest’s Seafood Feast. Guests can play Forrest Gump movie trivia and can signal their waiter with a “Stop, Forrest, Stop” sign. Remember Forrest himself was on an epic run, until he famously said: “I think I’ll go home now.”
And, here is a bit of Bubba Gump trivia: Actor Chris Pratt was discovered in 2000 while working as a waiter at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Maui, Hawaii. He waited on the table of actor/director Rae Dawn Chong, who had starred in one of Pratt’s favorite films, Commando. Chong offered Pratt a role in a short movie she was directing at the time.
What movie-themed restaurant (if any) do you enjoy?