Boys up front..Girls in back

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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On the road again, like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.We’re the best of friends, insisting that the world keeps turning our way.Willie Nelson
Big motel disappointment while on family vacation in the fifties….no indoor toilet.
 
Big motel disappointment while on family vacation in the sixties…no TV.
 
Big motel disappointment while on family vacation in the seventies..no air conditioning.
 
Big motel disappointment while on family vacation in the eighties..no color TV.
 
Big disappointment while on family vacation in the nineties..no TV remote.
 
Big disappointment while on family vacation today…no high speed wireless internet.
 
Life is tough out here on the highways and byways of Wisconsin and Michigan without getting on-line but I finally got hooked up to share a few words about our journey so far.
 
Linda and I are traveling with our good friends, Joan and Denny Graves.
You might wonder if we’re still good friends after spending a week together in the car. I think the answer is “yes” but you’d have to ask them.
 
For some people, I suppose, such close proximity over a period of time can result in tension or frayed feelings..but, so far, everybody is still laughing at most of my lame jokes. It’s the price they must pay in order for me to stop at some of the zillion Indian casinos in this part of the country. 
 
What’s really funny is how we’ve become like the geezers we used to laugh at when we were young. Denny and I now sit in the front seat and the girls instinctively crawl in the back.
I always figured that was a sure sign that couples had gotten bored with each other.
I’ve come to realize, though,  that it’s not faded love..it’s just that women “need” to talk to other women and having to holler between the front seat and back isn’t very convenient.  
But it’s more than that.
When the conversation gets down to a whisper, Denny and I know they’re talking about us two lumps up front but we don’t mind.
We’re perfectly content to let miles roll by without having to fill the quiet with conversation.
Now that’s friendship.
 
I’ll post a few photos of our wanderings when we get home.

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