Eddie and I set a goal 3½ years ago on our very first date. We had an unusual romance and by the time we went on our first date, we knew we would be spending the rest of our lives together. It was a typical evening – dinner, movie, dancing – but we had to travel to another state to do it. See, we were in hiding because of our forbidden love. Okay, insert looong story here if you’re interested.
We kept the ticket stubs from our first date, as is the sentimental thing to do. We saw Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller at a South Carolina movie theatre. Then Eddie had a brilliant idea. We should see a movie in every state, and keep the ticket stubs as a memento. And without hardly trying, we soon had 15 ticket stubs under our belt, thanks to the Army Soldier Show. I toured across the country with the show and Eddie would travel to visit me every chance possible. We would steal away when time allowed and go see a movie.
Visiting family made it easy too, with me from Nebraska and Eddie from Texas. And since our move to New Jersey, we easily knocked out NJ, NY, PA, and CT. We keep the stubs in a small zip loc bag in a wooden drawer and continue to add to it whenever we can.
Thanks to this 3 day Labor Day weekend, we hope to knock out at least Massachusetts. If we’re feelin crazy, maybe we’ll get Rhode Island in there too. And after we get the 50 states knocked out, maybe, just maybe, we’ll start on countries next.