Something Special for Atlanta and a #giveaway!

This post is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company but the stories, thoughts and opinions are all mine.

When I was a kid, it was either a safer, gentler time or my parents were hoping to get rid of me so they could save a little money and sanity.  After all, they did have 2 other kids who they probably thought more likely to be able to take care of them in their old age than me (ahem, I’m a writer — I can’t even support myself).

I was reminiscing with some friends about the crazy shit we used to do when we were children.  With our parents’ blessings.  Like running behind the mosquito truck.  IN THE DEADLY CHEMICALS THAT KILL BLOOD-SUCKING PESTS.  Every single night at dusk, we’d run happily screaming, waving our hands through that white mist.  In the road.  Staying about 3 feet behind a moving truck.  In the street.  In a mist.  Do you see where I’m going with this one?  I’m pretty sure I can blame all of my mental and health problems on this single activity.  Is there someone I can sue?  Besides my parents, I mean?

In the summer, I would also leave my house after breakfast and walk a good 2 miles to the public swimming pool alone, stay there the ENTIRE DAY without any communication with my parents and walk back home by myself just before dark.  Did I mention I was 10 years old?

I also got dropped off at the movie theater all the time when I was around this age.  One of my parents would just pull up to the curb, I’d hop out and they’d pick me up sometime later.  Unthinkable these days, those solo movie trips are some of my best childhood memories.  Can you tell I was always a “little” independent?

I’d go in with a crumpled up $20 bill in my pocket and soon, I’d be sitting in the theater with my favorite treats — a box of chocolate-covered almonds and a “suicide.”  You remember those, right?  You’d ask the person behind the counter to  just go from one end of the dispenser to the other putting a little bit of everything in your cup?  Ahhh, memories.

These days, I’m definitely not a kid anymore but I got to feel like one earlier this week.

Like me, you can still have your “suicides” — the modern way.  There’s an app for that.  WAIT?  WHAT?  Yep, there’s an app for that.

Coca Cola Freestyle appAtlanta is one of only 3 special markets in the country to pilot this fun, new technology.  Download the new Coca-Cola Freestyle app to your smartphone and not only can you save your favorite drinks and create your own mixes, but until December 1st, you can unlock an exclusive flavor combination, Thunder Fusion.  Just bumping your phone against the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser (or scanning a QR code on the screen) at your favorite participating Atlanta AMC theater location (see below) will automatically dispense the super creation, a combination of Fanta Lime, Fanta Raspberry and Coke.

SONY DSCI traded in my chocolate-covered almonds for popcorn on this trip but I still had my special childhood drink and I must say, Thunder Fusion is soooo yummy.

So download the app here for iOS and here for Android, but hurry Atlantans — Thunder Fusion is only available until December 1.  And I’m telling you, it washes down the popcorn well.  Really well.

SONY DSCWant to win a $50 AMC gift card?  I’m giving one away to celebrate this trip back to my childhood and it can be all yours.  Just leave a comment below this post and I’ll pick a winner November 20th.  Winner must be a US resident.

coke.giveawayThunder Fusion available at AMC Phipps Plaza 14, AMC Southlake 24, AMC Parkway Point 15 & AMC Discover Mills 18, Altlanta, GA.

This post is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company but the stories, thoughts and opinions are all mine.


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  1. Wow that is really cool! I hope Ky gets this soon! 🙂

  2. That app is so neat! I haven’t seen the Freestyle machines at our theaters, but we use them at Five Guys all the time 🙂

  3. My brother and I got left at the theater also. Left by mom, picked up by dad. Thirty years later I realized it was the time their work shifts overlapped and they had no sitter. And at age eight, I was put on the train by mom to ride downtown by myself to the eye doctor. Then make my way back home. And this was downtown Chicago. I was tough as nails then, but kind of a wreck now. Still, survivor is stamped under those thick bangs that cover up what mom always said was my very high forehead.

  4. Margaret Smith says:

    We too use to run after the Mosquito truck. I also remember walking to our local movies with friends. Almost every Saturday, we’d spend a good part of the day watching movies. Not just one movie, but we usually got to see two or three and it didn’t cost a fortune. Life was much more carefree. Wish my kids could enjoy times (minus the Mosquito truck) like we had.

  5. We used to take the bus downtown to see a movie. It was the first experience we had to do something all by ourselves without our parents. Sadly, no one would allow it today. The world has changed since then.

  6. At my movie theatre they had the best nachos ever, I would love getting those to eat during a movie! And we also had this really old school movie theatre that would play classic movies and give out prizes, that was the best. That app looks really fun, it needs to be available everywhere 🙂 Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  7. Will this work at places out side of Atlanta? I’d love to try it at our Five Guys here in Houston!!

  8. Rachel Drake says:

    I cannot believe all the stuff we were allowed to do! My sister and I would ride our bikes all over town all day. Even more scary is what I was allowed to do when I was 16 and babysitting. I would take 6 kids to the water park almost weekly on the parents dime… Crazy people

  9. Awesome. We are going to the theatre tonite. LOVE coca-cola. Renea

  10. What a great giveaway! I would love to win this!

  11. This is great! I love Coke products :).

  12. Yes, how well I remember all of these things. Rode my bike to the beach, walked wherever I could and got dropped off when I couldn’t, no cell phones to call to pick me up or check in every five minutes like nowdays. Walked to school, walked home, stayed home along a lot — none of these things would happen today. I don’t think I ever had any of the Fanta flavors, I was a Coca Cola addict — Cherry Cokes were as adventuresome as I got.

  13. The Thunder Fusion mixture sounds good, but I like root beer and cream soda mixed together. The machine is a unique idea. Let’s see if it catches on.

  14. Carey Miller says:

    I never got dropped off alone since I have three sisters. But we were definitely given plenty of freedom. And were reasonably well-behaved at the theater to my knowledge. 🙂

  15. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    Going to the theaters for us is always a treat too! A time to relax and enjoy yourself instead of thinking about all of the other millions of things that need to get done 🙂 Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  16. Kyl Neusch says:

    love buttered popcorn

  17. wendy rozema says:

    Thank you for a great giveaway! I’d love to win this!

  18. Danielle F says:

    I rarely went to the movies as a kid, my parents just weren’t that into it – I maybe went 4 times a year and when I did get to go with my 2 brothers it was a treat for us.
    As an adult, I don’t go to the movies much either but I would love to go, – last movie I saw in the theater was probably over a year ago.

    As for supervision, my parents were fairly good about watching my brothers and I although there was one summer where we all got into those Nerf water guns and used to have daily water fights in the summer where my 2 brothers, myself and 3 other kids from our street would basically run around a 5 block radius and attack one another w/ water! LOL.. we’d run through people’s backyards, front lawns, hide on people’s porches, etc.. anything to avoid the water or hide so we could jump out and attack someone else. We were completely unsupervised – just running around having fun for hours.

  19. it has been so long since I have been to the movies with my busy life it just seemed out of reach but I believe you have just convinced me to go again! thanks!

  20. Judy Chapin says:

    Ahhhh, childhood memories 🙂 What a great giveaway, I’d love to win, so thank you for offering!

  21. I love going to the movies!

  22. Michelle C says:

    I totally remember being dropped off at the movie theater and then just ‘picked up’ sometime later. LOL Brought back memories!! And if I waited over an hour to be picked up, I would use the payphones (that are nonexistent now) to call the house and hope someone would be home. Ahhh, the days before cell phones. It’s a miracle we survived (sarcasm).

  23. I love going to the movies. I would love to win the prize!

  24. I love the movies!

  25. Gail Fernandez says:

    I love the movies and especially popcorn at the movies!

  26. Tiffani P. says:

    Sounds like a cool app. The freestyle soda machines are so neat. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  27. I love going to the movies.
    But it is so expensive anymore!

  28. soha molina says:

    Yes I love Coke products.

  29. I’d love to take my kids to some holiday movies!!

  30. Janice Cooper says:

    When I was a kid I loved going to the movies with my cousins and friend. We would walk to the nearby theater and go see those scary movies. I also loved going to the drive-in. So much fun!! First drive-in movie I saw was Jaws.. Thanks for this fun giveaway!

  31. Linda Lansford says:

    We did not go to movies when we were kids. As an adult it is a treat to see a movie.

  32. Lauren Becker says:

    How exciting! I love going to the movies. It’s such a fun, relaxing way to just get out of yourself for a bit. I’ve never had a “suicide” though! How fun.

  33. I still get suicides from time to time; people really look at you as an adult when you do that. This would be an awesome prize!

  34. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    Our family goes to the movies every Christmas after our dinner. Have a good trip and thanks.

  35. Lorena Keech says:

    My parents would let us go to the pool by ourselves but not the movies. We had to have at least an older kid with us, usually a neighbor kid.

  36. mary gardner says:

    we had a theater in walking distance of our house and we went to the movies often as kids.

  37. Michelle Fosnaugh says:

    Its been so long since I have been to the movies, Im actually going to go to the Hungers Games midnight release this Friday, because I dont think i can wait LOL! Some other ones I want to see are American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, Blue is the Warmest Color to name a few! See!!! I need this gift card LOL

  38. what a cool idea, and amc theaters are my fave!

  39. Maria Iemma says:

    I appreciate the opportunity to win the gift card so I can take my grandkids to the movies.

  40. The movies are so expensive now days but I love going to them! I love this app and would have a blast adding it to my phone

  41. I remember when I was a kid and our local theater would hand out “Barf bags” for the scary and gory movies.

  42. I so remember that mosquito truck from my childhood. However, we never ran after it playing in the mist. Which is a shame, I’d like to blame a lot of stuff on that!

  43. tracey johnson says:

    i remember eating chocolate covered raisins and drink a coke cola watching Popeye on the big screen. thanks for bring back that memory of me and my dad

  44. Brings back great memories of growing up and going to the movies, those were great times, we would get a soda and popcorn or maybe a box of candy.

  45. i have memories of coke cola and a the old movie theater

  46. Wow, this is so cool! It really brings back memories.

  47. thischickwins says:

    i love going to the movies, and i haven’t in so long!

  48. So many options at the movies now.

  49. Susan Smith says:

    Sounds great, there are a lot of movies coming up next month I want to see.

  50. Maura Philipps says:

    I have never heard of a suicide, but I frequently mix sprite (or 7-up) with fruit punch. Yummo!

  51. I am in Atlanta and will try this app at the Phipps AMC. Very cool!

  52. I never heard of “Suicides”. My childhood was in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Drive-ins were the place to go to see movies, and $20.00 would be far more than we ever needed.

  53. Stephanie Larison says:

    This sounds like a very cool app! I’m waiting for the perfect movie to take my daughter to for the first time. She’s 4 and never been yet.

  54. I haven’t had a suicide in years! I used to love those. Drove my mom nuts for some reason 🙂 I don’t know that things were any safer when I was growing up, but I do know that I would never let my kids do half the stuff I used to do. I am too much of a helicopter mom.

  55. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Thank you very much for the giveaway! I would love to go to the movies and get some great snacks as well 🙂

  56. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    I love going to the movies. Would like to try these apps where I live.

  57. wendy wallach says:

    this would be a great night out for my whole family

  58. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  59. Oh, what our kids are missing! I have turned my youngest on to suicides tho. He has loved them since he was old enough for soda, he is 21 now and still mixes them.

  60. Laurie Emerson says:

    I love going to the movies. It always reminds me of when I was growing up and we went every Saturday. There was nothing better than a good movie, buttered popcorn, coke and a giant box of Milk Duds! Thank you for the giveaway!

  61. Brad Merrell says:

    Those machines are awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. My husband’s family always celebrates the holidays by getting the entire group of us (which is quiet a few) together and we all go see a movie, we wold love to be able to help pay this year with this awesome gift card!

  63. Dang, I’d almost forgotten about suicides. Taco Bell was the hot place to go since at the time it was the only one we knew of that had the self dispensers for our drinks so we could make our concoctions. We’d drink 3 or 4 of the big big cups too. No wonder my bladder hates me, haha!

  64. Brittney House says:

    My favorite past-time is sitting in the movie theater with an ice cold drink and buttery popcorn!!

  65. Jasanna Czellar says:

    There are some great movies coming out. I’d love to use this!

  66. Christian Alejandro says:

    I just love all the concessions at the movies. It’s one of the few places I allow myself to dig in to all the junk food.

  67. jennifer sorenson says:

    That is very cool! I remember the suicide drinks, my son always mixes the slurpies all together 🙂

  68. krystal wethington says:

    awesome prize.

  69. I have a few movie selections I would love to see this holiday!

  70. I love going to the movies. There have been a lot of great movies out lately that I have been able to take my two young kids. Thanks for the great giveaway

  71. Those Coke machines are great! Love adding Fanta to other flavors!

  72. I wish times where safer and simplier like back in the day…

  73. Thanks for some amazing memories

  74. Noelle Booth says:

    I love going to the movies with my family it’s great quality time!

  75. Would love to win this gift card – so I could take everyone to the Hunger Games part 2. Thanks 🙂

  76. IM SUPER EXCITED.. Thanks for the oppurtunity.. Love Coke and a new movie on a Friday night, that ecperience speaks for itself..

  77. Yep, I also remember being dropped of at the movies, usually with 2 or 3 of my under 12 friends. Can’t imagine doing that now with my daughter.

  78. Beth Klocinski says:

    I would love to celebrate the holidays with a family movie outing.

  79. I grew up in the South Bronx. I climbed fences, hung out on roofs, played in alley ways, went in the sprinklers on the fire pumps, played stickball in the street, rode a bike with no brakes, went to school alone at like 7yo walking for miles. Ha! Maybe I should do all those things again, I would lose a ton of weight.

  80. I never did mix sodas, but we always mixed our slurpies. At our local Wendy’s, they have this awesome drink machine that has every kind of soda imaginable. I wish they had those everywhere!

  81. would love to win

  82. I love going to the movies were you can escape reality (if only for a little while). This is fab!

  83. I haven’t been to the movies in so long. This would be an awesome treat for a girls day out.

  84. Tanya Bartlett says:

    Love Coke and the movies…the two go perfectly together

  85. What a cool app! I’m downloading it right now. Thank you so much for sharing with us and for this giveaway!

  86. Leslie L Stanziani says:

    I miss the simpler times of my childhood.I would never dream today of dropping my kids off at a movie or the mall .
    My kids love making the “suicide” drinks (esp my 6 yr old son).The movies are so expensive today so our family of 6 rarely goes but I will be checking out the app for when we do go.Thanks!

  87. sounds great

  88. Lots of great childhood memories of Saturdays spent at the movies. We didn’t live far so my best friend and I could walk to the theater. I’ll never forget when we saw Charlotte’s Web. We both walked home after the movie.

  89. Sarah Hall says:

    My grandson and I love going to the movies together. We have seen a lot of good movies in the last few years. I would love to win this so we could see more.

  90. I was born and raised in eastern North Carolina to be a Pepsi drinker.
    Thanks to my move to Atlanta, I am now a Coke drinker.
    Sexy Toulouse, your corporate overlords should be happy that they were able to bring me to the dark side as an adult.
    But I prefer the suicide with the chocolate covered peanuts and who trades for the popcorn, you have both!
    Come on, get with the program.

  91. My parents would drop my sister and I off at the movies too! My favorite was Junior Mints and Coke – didn’t do the suicide drink but DH did,

  92. Awesome app! Thanks for posting about it

  93. Mary Calabrese says:

    As someone who wants only diet drinks without caffeine, these machines are awesome!!

  94. Donna Kellogg says:

    This is great 2 of my favorite things Coke and movies fingers crossed . Thank You for a great giveaway

  95. My friend would love this as an xmas present!! We love going to the movies together. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  96. That is a pretty cool feature of that app. I would love to win the gift card.

  97. I would love to win this so we could go see a movie over the holidays. Thank you for the giveaway.

  98. Vikki Billings says:

    I would love to win this, my fiance and I do not get to go to the movies very often because its so expensive, This would be awesome for us! Thank you for the giveaway!

  99. Buddy Garrett says:

    Your post brought back memories. I am thinking about the drive ins. It seemed like every town had one and Atlanta lots of them. Now there aren’t many left.

  100. Trisha McKee says:

    This would be great to use because it is the one thing my daughter still loves doing with me- going to the movies!!

  101. I would love to win for my kids 🙂

  102. WOOP WOOP! Someone take the bananas out of the freezer and build me a rocket ship.

  103. I would love to win this! I haven’t been to the movies in forever!

  104. Thanks for the giveaway…we love going to the movies in the Fall & Winter !

  105. This would be a great gift for the kids

  106. yes i like going to the movies

  107. Tabathia B says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and would love to take kids to the movies

  108. This is a cool app

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