My Dear reader, I wanted to take a moment to share with you how I custom make popcorn boxes. When I was growing up, we had popcorn machines. The machine made the popcorn, we popped it and took it out and ate it.
It all started with my Dad who bought a popcorn machine for our home, after a couple of years, our neighborhood was getting older and as the neighborhood, the neighborhood kids were getting older, the school started to get busier. The school was becoming a lot busier. So the school started to restrict the number of kids allowed to bring in their own popcorn machines.
But there was no stopping them because they did not have any other choice. Kids loved popcorn. There were days when you could hardly see kids in this neighborhood, I mean there were so many kids in this neighborhood. So that is why we would sometimes work hours at home after school just to keep ourselves occupied and that is why we would want our own popcorn machine to entertain us when we came home from school.
But as the years went by, the kids also started to get older and their parents realized that keeping their kids occupied was no longer a necessity anymore. So as the years went by, the neighborhood started to get more congested and kids would start to leave the neighborhood, eventually the days where you had only the kids from the neighborhood would be numbered. And then eventually they started to age, the kids got married, left the neighborhood or there were too many of them already.
They just started to drive around in those cars they drove around in when they lived in the neighborhood. Soon the neighborhood would just get too crowded, the cars would get more crowded, it just became too much of a mess. So they all decided to put in something to entertain themselves.
We put in something to entertain ourselves and that was the old-fashioned one at a time, use your imagination days when you used to light a fire and grill popcorn. You could light a fire on the porch and grill up a batch of popcorn. The smell of the hot charcoal would give you some of the best smells you had ever had, it was the best. But since all the houses were bigger, they would build a big hole in the ground where they could place their popcorn machines.
They would use the same hole they had made years ago and build a homemade popcorn machine. When they started to make the popcorn, they did it the old fashioned way. Since there was no electricity, we use different methods to make the popcorn, some methods were kind of a gimmick, but to us it still felt right to do it that way.
I am sure that when you watched television watching the guys making popcorn, you could smell the popcorn, the smell would remind you of your childhood times. You would eat it and love it too. But for the adults, we grew up and began to have to go to college and all the jobs.
And as the years went by, we began to have children of our own and we wanted to keep them occupied and we wanted them to stay busy, we wanted them to have a house job and stay busy. So we got to work and began to create some pop-up stores. We opened up all different kinds of pop-up shops where you could go and shop, buy or eat your favorite snack.
One day, we were watching television and one of the guys was talking about how all those stores closed down. He was talking about how there is nothing left to do, there is no one to go see, not one store left. One by one all the stores closed down and now we were the last one in town.
That was when we thought about what we would do to honor the once in a lifetime opportunity that we were given and we thought of putting a name to what we call Donnybrook, which is in fact a local street in my town. The name is still available on the local newspaper but only on the home page. And it doesn’t seem to be available any longer.