A couple weeks ago, my Dad and I road-tripped from Boston to Oakville. We managed to jam all of my life contents into the U-Haul in tow (including gems such as: skis from Switzerland, no less than 10 large cardboard boxes of books, and some Fergalicious earrings I thought I'd lost!) It's kind of weird seeing all of your earthly possessions packed like sardines into a single tin can.
Here are some of our father-daughter...
Rules of the Road
- Practice your mean mugging faces so that bikers will respect you (see above)
- Grey T-Shirts aren't mandated FDRT uniforms (yet). That's just how we roll
- The GPS Lady isn't always right, but she pretends she is (I swear her tone gets colder the more you disobey...). Sometimes she'll tell you to turn right, only for you to discover that it's a one-way street when you see the police car zooming towards you. She apologizes for nothing.
- Long live maps! Handy buggers (you know, the accordion paper ones...I still never fold them back properly though)
- Commercial-free satellite radio will change your life (as will chocolate milk in your iced coffee)
- Mind over matter that bladder
- Mason jars of change come in handy for unexpected toll roads (as are basic math skills)
- Big Kids (sometimes called "adults") can order Kids Meals too. Fun sized and they come with a toy. What's not to love?
- Bruce Springsteen sounds even better while driving with the windows down and the sun setting. I think it's been proven scientifically but I'm no scientist.
- Schenectady is a fun city to say out loud (well maybe not if you're my Dad stuck in a car next to me for hours on end...)
- Tattooed border guards with missing teeth are the nicest humans on the planet
Somewhere along the Finger Lakes, my Dad let me get behind the wheel so that he could (understandably) get some shut eye. I was surprised at his trust level considering I haven't driven a motor vehicle in awhile, my glasses were prone to fogging up due to the outdoor humidity/AC imbalance (but again, I'm no scientist), oh and changing lanes with a ginormous U-Haul caboose ain't as easy as he made it look for the first leg of the journey.
I put this song on blast and gave'r (after a few scares on his part, it was smooth sailing):
All in all, a fun memory with the big guy :) Can't wait for future road trips / adventures!