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The entry to the Gaylynn was always a black concrete surface with a sparkle in it. It may have been refinished prior to the premier. I am fairly sure for the "Urban Cowboy" premiere, they covered the

Wilstax, I can honestly say that THAT scene may have been shot in California. Some of the scenes were done there, like the Trailer Park scenes and stuff. You can clearly see some Mountains in the background of a longshot showing Bud driving into the trailer park, coming home from work.

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Wilstax, I can honestly say that THAT scene may have been shot in California. Some of the scenes were done there, like the Trailer Park scenes and stuff. You can clearly see some Mountains in the background of a longshot showing Bud driving into the trailer park, coming home from work.

I haven't seen the movie in a long time but i think i recall that diner was in Pasadena not california.

was it a restaurant with lots of glass and a dirt parking lot???

Seems like it was just east of the Montgomery Wards on Spencer.

I don't think it's still there.

I think only the exterior scenes at the trailer park were in california.

but i am no expert on either the urban cowboy or pasadena but we did go to that wards a lot when i was a kid. :closedeyes:

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I remember in the scene where they are driving down the street and you see a handy dan in the background so I was think it might have been in Pasadena. But I could be wrong.

i think the handy dan was on the northeast corner of shaver and spencer or maybe one block east.

but in the same general location that i thought it was -near wards. if i remember right the diner was sort of behind the weingartens that shared the parking lot with wards.

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i think the handy dan was on the northeast corner of shaver and spencer or maybe one block east.

but in the same general location that i thought it was -near wards. if i remember right the diner was sort of behind the weingartens that shared the parking lot with wards.

It was either called Mom's or Ma's Diner. As I remember, the sign was green w/ white text. According to Pasadena legend, it was the only place still open at that time of night when they filmed it. The building was torn down a long, long time ago, but the sign was there as little as ten years ago. It was just East of Montgomery Wards, which was on the Southeast corner of Spencer and Shaver (it's now a flea market). The Handy Dan was on the Northeast corner of the street (it's been a thrift store for a few years now).

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I think 2016 Main while it may not be the right address would have been the scene they filmed in the high rise apartments downtown next to the Pierce Elevated. It was supposedly where Travolta's rich substitue girlfriend lived.

BINGO, It was the Houston House Apts. I think. Across form the Tenneco building.

I always wondered why they didn't give The Roxy building a credit for location, that is the spot where Bud, and his new gal go to the Upscale Honkytonk, and dance.

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Wasn't that the Baytown Mountains?

actually when you drive on 225, on the north side, there is a mountain of some sort of refinery byproduct that they stockpile there. It is pretty large, too. Maybe 15-20 stories? just a guess.

Probably wasnt there in 1980 though :P

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I think 2016 Main while it may not be the right address would have been the scene they filmed in the high rise apartments downtown next to the Pierce Elevated. It was supposedly where Travolta's rich substitue girlfriend lived.

One of the first people I met in Houston when I moved here in 1981 lived at 2016 Main; he told me that the floor above his (the penthouse) had been used as a location for the luxury highrise in Urban Cowboy.

Since he was a native Houstonian and a real estate broker, I tend to believe him.

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It's been there a long time.

That "mountain" in north Pasadena is actually a huge above ground chemical waste sludge pit contained by an earthen dam built around it. It's been there since WWII. I grew up in Pasadena in the 50s and I climbed to the top of that thing at least several times. I can also tell you it's a lot bigger now than it was when I was a kid. At least twice as big and a lot higher.

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The high rise scenes were filmed at 2016 Main, you can see the Houston House in the background. As for the uptown nightclub, it was Elan back then, on St. James near Yorktown. It is now a restaurant called The Courtyard. My family used to be in the dry cleaning business here in town, during the filming some of the crew rented a house in Tanglewood and brought some clothes in to be done, I'm not sure if any wardrobe items were done, but the crew was driving around in the beat-up Mustang Debra Winger used in the film.

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BINGO, It was the Houston House Apts. I think. Across form the Tenneco building.

I always wondered why they didn't give The Roxy building a credit for location, that is the spot where Bud, and his new gal go to the Upscale Honkytonk, and dance.

A cool little bit of info on my end regarding the shot in Houston House.

My best friend actually used to rent the apartment that was used in that scene (in 86 and 87), which was quite the bragging right at the time. Believe it or not his rent was only $800.00.

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The high rise scenes were filmed at 2016 Main, you can see the Houston House in the background. As for the uptown nightclub, it was Elan back then, on St. James near Yorktown. It is now a restaurant called The Courtyard.

Yes! It was later The Ocean Club. I remember people talking about that!

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Trivia

The scene where Wes chews up and swallows the worm after drinking the bottle of tequila was not scripted, but a joke done for the dailies.

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Patrick Swayze's wife and mother (Lisa Niemi and Patsy Swayze) choreographed the dance sequences.

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John Travolta had a mechanical bull installed in his home two months before production began. He became so good that he was allowed to dismiss the stunt double and do the takes himself.

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At the time the film was shot, Gilley's, used as the film's main nightclub location was the largest nightclub in the world in terms of available space for the patrons, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Michelle Pfeiffer auditioned for the role of Sissy and was producer Robert Evans' preferred choice.

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Patrick Swayze taught John Travolta how to do the two-step for the movie.

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Studio executives were against casting Debra Winger in the lead role at first. Director James Bridges threatened to quit the film unless she was cast. They eventually approved the casting.

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The script was originally written for Dennis Quaid.

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Robert Evans sent Debra Winger back from location because he did not think she was attractive enough for the lead; it was only at the insistence of director James Bridges that she did the role.

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The soundtrack album was a major hit. It sold several million copies and featured the hit tunes "Looking for Love", "Can I Have This Dance?" and "All Night Long".

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The 1967 Ford Mustang that Sissy drove in this movie now resides in Evans City, PA (near Pittsburgh). It is owned by two brothers and is often seen in local car shows.

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Wilstax, I can honestly say that THAT scene may have been shot in California. Some of the scenes were done there, like the Trailer Park scenes and stuff. You can clearly see some Mountains in the background of a longshot showing Bud driving into the trailer park, coming home from work.

I havent read further down to see if this was answered already but I know for a fact that the coffee shop/restaurant scene was filmed in Pasadena on Spencer Hwy just east of the Shaver intersection. If your familiar with the area there was a Mongomery Wards (its a flea market now), at the southeast corner there, just east of that is where the restaurant was. Its been torn down since, theres nothing there now. Its a vacant lot between the flea market and a Ryans family restaurant (closed also). If you notice in the scene where Sissy is trying to hitchhike, The MW is in the background... well you see the sign anyway. I was about 9-10 years old when this movie was filmed. Around that time I had an uncle who lived in an apartment complex just passed it. I remember seeing it on the way there. Had no idea it was one of the filming locations, however I did know John Travolta was in town filming a movie, I though that was so cool. (Big fan of Kotter and Saturday night fever) The trailer park was located in California.

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Hey guys, I found this site looking for info on Sonny Looks Depot and saw this thread.

I dated a girl in Pasadena during the filming and spent most of my spare time driving her around trying to get a glimps of John Travolta, the trailer scene where the bouncer lived was actually behind Gilleys. The trailer park were Bud and Sissy lived was on Garner between a nursing home and a 7/11. The trailer park and 7/11 are gone now. The restaurant was where described earlier next to a muffler shop the slab is still there.

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The high rise scenes were filmed at 2016 Main, you can see the Houston House in the background. As for the uptown nightclub, it was Elan back then, on St. James near Yorktown. It is now a restaurant called The Courtyard. My family used to be in the dry cleaning business here in town, during the filming some of the crew rented a house in Tanglewood and brought some clothes in to be done, I'm not sure if any wardrobe items were done, but the crew was driving around in the beat-up Mustang Debra Winger used in the film.<<Bmil128

You are exactly right. You can see the Houston House in the Background so it was definitely 2016 Main. I remember Elan on St. James, it was one of the hot places to go in the late 70's. The movie was previewed at the GayLynn Theater at Sharpstown and I heard that they resurfaced the entry with some kind of glitter infused concrete to make it sparkle for the local premier. Most of the movie was filmed in Pasadena and that trailer Wes lived in was out in Gilly's parking lot for quite a while. I recall seeing it at least a few years after the movie had been released.

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So, any guesses as to what 2200 Main was back then? Anyone know what is there now?

2200 Main is a strip center built in 1920 according to HCAD. There used to be a religious store named Mary Regina there, but it closed a few months ago. The building is faced in brick, and has four units facing Main, with their windows running slightly diagonal from the street. The two center units meet at a point. I go by there most days on the way to the museum district.

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Hey guys, I found this site looking for info on Sonny Looks Depot and saw this thread.

I dated a girl in Pasadena during the filming and spent most of my spare time driving her around trying to get a glimps of John Travolta, the trailer scene where the bouncer lived was actually behind Gilleys. The trailer park were Bud and Sissy lived was on Garner between a nursing home and a 7/11. The trailer park and 7/11 are gone now. The restaurant was where described earlier next to a muffler shop the slab is still there.

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Sorry Joe, the trailer park is definately in California my friend. There is even a location credit for it. Watch the movie again, you can see the mountains in the background as Bud pulls in after work.

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Sorry Joe, the trailer park is definately in California my friend. There is even a location credit for it. Watch the movie again, you can see the mountains in the background as Bud pulls in after work.

They may have filmed some of the shots, or substituted some shots, but I saw them filming at the trailer park and at an empty lot a little farther down the street where they had placed another trailer.

I double checked with my wife. She remembers the trailer park scene was in Deer Park, I got that one wrong. Some of the other trailer scenes were on Garner near Lafferty. She even sneaked onto the set and looked into the trailer as John Travolta was changing clothes setting up for a scene. They may have reshot some the ones they didn't like and tried to sneak them in on us.

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They may have filmed some of the shots, or substituted some shots, but I saw them filming at the trailer park and at an empty lot a little farther down the street where they had placed another trailer.

I double checked with my wife. She remembers the trailer park scene was in Deer Park, I got that one wrong. Some of the other trailer scenes were on Garner near Lafferty. She even sneaked onto the set and looked into the trailer as John Travolta was changing clothes setting up for a scene. They may have reshot some the ones they didn't like and tried to sneak them in on us.

joe

I actually knew and went to high school with the guy who played Buds brother in the film...the same year he was in the film.

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I still can't believe that this film was made. I am only glad as the years pass that this film starts to fade away from my memory at least. Maybe it was the timing it was made?

I was in high school and every guy I knew simply hated John Revolta. Even some of the smarter girls thought he was just tooo fruity. He was so type cast as Vinny Barbarino as a hip NYC high school Sweathog, I mean come on. Not to mention Saturday Night Fever. Yuk! So now he is put in a macho image tough-cowboy in Paserdener? They may as well had Richard Simmons play the part. :wacko:

His Texas swagger has to have been one of the worse ever. In some of the scenes he even forgets he is from Texas and the Brookyn dialects is clearly heard.LOL :lol: We used to check out Gilley's only out of pure curiousity and this was BEFORE the movie was made. It was just a ramshackle tin roofed beer joint and had numerous additions to the main bldg. Basically it was just a oversized beer dive. Rarely did you ever see any minorities in there. The Klan was still running most of Pasadena at the time. Texas proud huh?

Any how, this film has to be one of the main one that stereotyped Houston for ages, and the TV show Dallas. Ok, Iv'e vented. Much better now. Talk amongst yourselves. Any old subject will do. :)

Oh by the way, the only thing that was cool about Gilleys was the big sign out front. I think Mickey G saved it somewhere. Yeahahhh! Time for a Lone Star!

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I still can't believe that this film was made. I am only glad as the years pass that this film starts to fade away from my memory at least. Maybe it was the timing it was made?

I was in high school and every guy I knew simply hated John Revolta. Even some of the smarter girls thought he was just tooo fruity. He was so type cast as Vinny Barbarino as a hip NYC high school Sweathog, I mean come on. Not to mention Saturday Night Fever. Yuk! So now he is put in a macho image tough-cowboy in Paserdener? They may as well had Richard Simmons play the part. :wacko:

His Texas swagger has to have been one of the worse ever. In some of the scenes he even forgets he is from Texas and the Brookyn dialects is clearly heard.LOL :lol: We used to check out Gilley's only out of pure curiousity and this was BEFORE the movie was made. It was just a ramshackle tin roofed beer joint and had numerous additions to the main bldg. Basically it was just a oversized beer dive. Rarely did you ever see any minorities in there. The Klan was still running most of Pasadena at the time. Texas proud huh?

Any how, this film has to be one of the main one that stereotyped Houston for ages, and the TV show Dallas. Ok, Iv'e vented. Much better now. Talk amongst yourselves. Any old subject will do. :)

Oh by the way, the only thing that was cool about Gilleys was the big sign out front. I think Mickey G saved it somewhere. Yeahahhh! Time for a Lone Star!

It is a terrible film . . . . and did people really dress like that ?

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The Gilley's sign now resides at the Cowboy Ranch (or whatever it is called now) on Spencer and Red Bluff in Pasadena.

Actually, Jim closed the Cowboy Ranch and auctioned the sign on e-bay. Last I remember seeing, someone in Canada was high bidder.

Cute little fact about Cowboy Ranch: The restaurant sat in two cities - Deer Park and Pasadena. There was a yellow line in the restaurant that represented the split... it may have even been the actual line. Either way, it went through a table of four. Since Deer Park was dry, it was rumored you couldn't drink on the Deer Park side of the restaurant, but could drink on the side that rest in Pasadena. I've been there several times, and was only denied alcohol once or twice in certain areas... could have been the staff playing, or the real deal.

The pub I own in Pasadena has a Gilley's Retro Nite every Wednesday. It's a great young crowd and good times, complete with Mickey's son Greg and his posse.

Never a dull moment in Pasagetdowndena... that's for sure.

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Cute little fact about Cowboy Ranch: The restaurant sat in two cities - Deer Park and Pasadena. There was a yellow line in the restaurant that represented the split... it may have even been the actual line. It was rumored you couldn't drink on the Deer Park side of the restaurant, but could drink on the side that rest in Pasadena.

Unless Pasadena has voted itself "Wet" since I lived there 30 years ago, you have it backwards. It's Pasadena that's dry. Deer Park is wet. Pasadena has been dry for many decades. I grew up and went to school there, and we always had to drive to South Houston or Houston to buy beer. People who live there now still do.

You own a pub in Pasadena? Which one? Is it really in the Pasadena City Limits? I'd like to check it out sometime.

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hahah! There are days I wish Pasadena was dry... drunk people can get on your last nerve!

It's called KK's Pub, on Fairmont Parkway (just off Burke Road). It's really in Pasadena (actual limits). There are some places in Deer Park that (for whatever reason) you can buy liquor/beer/wine, so there must be some strange boundries involved in liquor licenses. Just let me warn you, my pub is a little hole in the wall 'Cheers' type place... everyone knows everyone, and it's more a gathering spot of old friends. One couple even brings their dog in with them everyday.

(Just kidding, TABC!)

I would compare it to Kay's Lounge in The Village, without the $10 pizzas.

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I still can't believe that this film was made. I am only glad as the years pass that this film starts to fade away from my memory at least. Maybe it was the timing it was made?

I was in high school and every guy I knew simply hated John Revolta. Even some of the smarter girls thought he was just tooo fruity. He was so type cast as Vinny Barbarino as a hip NYC high school Sweathog, I mean come on. Not to mention Saturday Night Fever. Yuk! So now he is put in a macho image tough-cowboy in Paserdener? They may as well had Richard Simmons play the part. :wacko:

His Texas swagger has to have been one of the worse ever. In some of the scenes he even forgets he is from Texas and the Brookyn dialects is clearly heard.LOL :lol: We used to check out Gilley's only out of pure curiousity and this was BEFORE the movie was made. It was just a ramshackle tin roofed beer joint and had numerous additions to the main bldg. Basically it was just a oversized beer dive. Rarely did you ever see any minorities in there. The Klan was still running most of Pasadena at the time. Texas proud huh?

Any how, this film has to be one of the main one that stereotyped Houston for ages, and the TV show Dallas. Ok, Iv'e vented. Much better now. Talk amongst yourselves. Any old subject will do. :)

Oh by the way, the only thing that was cool about Gilleys was the big sign out front. I think Mickey G saved it somewhere. Yeahahhh! Time for a Lone Star!

A friend just gave me the synopsis for the entire movie. ok, here it is.... Sissy cleans the trailor. The End.

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Maybe it's dry within Pasadena's original city boundaries?

That's the way it is in Friendswood.

Everything that was annexed later is wet.

That's the probable explanation. The annexed areas were wet when they were annexed, but there must be a "grandfather" clause in the law that allowed them to stay wet. It makes sense.

KK's pub? Compares to Kay's? Sounds like a place I would enjoy a cold one or three. I might drive over to my old stomping grounds and check it out some time.

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That's the probable explanation. The annexed areas were wet when they were annexed, but there must be a "grandfather" clause in the law that allowed them to stay wet. It makes sense.

KK's pub? Compares to Kay's? Sounds like a place I would enjoy a cold one or three. I might drive over to my old stomping grounds and check it out some time.

There's definitely a wet side and a dry side to Pasadena. I used to live there...but I don't recall how things were divvied up...

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There's definitely a wet side and a dry side to Pasadena. I used to live there...but I don't recall how things were divvied up...

I lived in Pasadena for many years and I do recall a dry and a wet side but I cant remember the dividing lines either. I do know the Phillips 66 on Pasadena and Preston was dry but the Cheries on Preston just a block or 2 down was wet. The 7 elevens on Red Bluff south of Pasadena Blvd were wet but the ones to the north were dry. The Caffeys on Spencer close to Deer Park was wet but if you went to the west on Spencer the stores were dry. And Pasadena had quite a few hole in the wall bars dotting the entire community. They had a joke back in the 70's that there was a church for every bar in Pasadena so the drunks wouldnt have far to stumble for forgiveness.

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A friend just gave me the synopsis for the entire movie. ok, here it is.... Sissy cleans the trailor. The End.

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Yeah, this is one tough dude. When Grease came out we really got queazy. Oh God, and he actually has a Lone Star in hand. :wacko: Rumor had it he went to Mary's bar while in town. Kids at school had a field day with it.

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Yeah, this is one tough dude. When Grease came out we really got queazy. Oh God, and he actually has a Lone Star in hand. :wacko: Rumor had it he went to Mary's bar while in town. Kids at school had a field day with it.

I think one of the cheesier moments in this movie is where Sissy asks Bud.."Are you a real cowboy?" And Bud answers in the most awful Texas accent ever.."Well that depends on what you think a real cowboy is." Oh my gosh.. it had a cheese factor of at least 9. Question for myself.. "Why do you watch this every time its on tv?" :blush:

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Pasadena is no longer wet/dry. They did away with the dry section(Old Pasadena) last year. You can now buy alcohol any where in town. The dry section was bordered on the north by 225, south by Spencer, west by Allen Genoa and east by Preston.

By the way the previous comment came from a local comedian named Gary Bun Richardson who used to play at the Comedy Workshop Annex all the time.

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KK's pub? Compares to Kay's? Sounds like a place I would enjoy a cold one or three. I might drive over to my old stomping grounds and check it out some time.

Come on by anytime... I've been told we have the coldest beer. Nothing on tap though, it's all bottles.

...and we have Titos!

Thanks, Texianjoe... that sounds right. I do remember not too long ago the battles of trying to go wet but I was thinking that was more So. Houston area for some reason.

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I think one of the cheesier moments in this movie is where Sissy asks Bud.."Are you a real cowboy?" And Bud answers in the most awful Texas accent ever.."Well that depends on what you think a real cowboy is." Oh my gosh.. it had a cheese factor of at least 9. Question for myself.. "Why do you watch this every time its on tv?" :blush:

Now you got me thinking of the songs from Grease. "Your the one that I want...hooo...hooo....hooo"

the one that I want...hooo...hoo....hooo.

Like a train running through my head.

I was so glad when Travolta seemed to fade away by the 80's then like living hell he's back! My mom is in her mid 80's and even she says, he's so damned ugly now, looked better on Welcome Back Kotter. :lol: lol

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Thanks, Texianjoe... that sounds right. I do remember not too long ago the battles of trying to go wet but I was thinking that was more So. Houston area for some reason.

There is a finger of S. Houston that goes into Pasadena all the way to Shaver where Fiesta, Racetrack drive thru beer, He's not Here icehouse are. That may be what you were thinking off. They were not to happy about the new law, they were making a killing being on the border.

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I think one of the cheesier moments in this movie is where Sissy asks Bud.."Are you a real cowboy?" And Bud answers in the most awful Texas accent ever.."Well that depends on what you think a real cowboy is." Oh my gosh.. it had a cheese factor of at least 9. Question for myself.. "Why do you watch this every time its on tv?" :blush:

I just realized that there was a sequal to this stupid movie. "Brokeback Mountain".lol

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Pasadena is no longer wet/dry.

Wow. That's amazing. Of all the places on earth I would have expected to stay dry forever it was Pasadena.

Then again, I guess all the annexations over the years have brought in enough voters who drink to outnumber the Baptists and other "churchianity" folks who kept the original Pasadena dry for so long.

I wonder how many people in the "old" Pasadena even speak English.

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That's the REAL question!

Of course after this amnesty bill goes (GRRRR!!!!) through you can kiss Pasadena goodbye. I wouldn't be surprised if they start flying flags of Mexico over it.

I moved to Pasadena in 1991. Strawberry Park, for example, was mostly non-hispanic at that time. By the time I moved from there in 2003, gangs were rampant (graffitti everywhere) and there were only two non-hispanic families living on my street. And you couldn't walk or run the track at Strawberry Park because of the vatos walking their fighting pitbulls.

And not a one of them vatos were English speaking. It's nuts.

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