August 6th, 2013

MST3K: Joel X-P

The Family Truckster

We just pulled into home this afternoon at the end of our family* road trip.

We drove from our place (Seattle-ish) down to Trey's (San-Jose-ish) and back. The driving legs were split across two days each time with a few days visiting in the middle.

It went relatively well! Tim was a trooper on the driving, only actually complaining towards the ends of the long days. We had some snags on the way down -- wildfire smoke creating visibility problems and a burned out big-rig (unrelated) -- but the return trip was smooth.

It brings to mind the classic comedy film National Lampoon's Vacation. There's a line in there I love -- okay, among many lines I love -- from Clark, the father: "When I was a boy, just about every summer we'd take a vacation. And you know, in 18 years, we never had fun."

I try to keep things in perspective about the family road trip and ensure everyone has things they like. For Tim, for example, lots of stops at parks and McDonald's playlands to run around. It works out. And I think we're doing okay on the fun score. (My dad was likewise fond of this film and I suspect he took a similar lesson since our family car trips were usually pretty good, too.)


But I also mention the film because of a news piece I found:

Real-Life Griswolds Recreate the Family Truckster


Yes! A family, actually named Griswold like the movie characters, has recreated the marvelously hideous station wagon (the Wagon Queen Family Truckster) from the movie and used it for their own family road trip!

I applaud their dedication and pursuit of weirdness. (You all know I'm sincere in appreciating these qualities myself.) I can only imagine the terrific double-takes that thing got on the road...


* Actually, it was Kit, Tim, and I. Lottie stayed home with Auntie. She's not yet ready for this level of car-intensive fun!