Posts Tagged ‘road trips’

GAME DOODLE: Road Trippin’ and Lid Flippin’

June 11, 2015

Clown and Pony Show-small

My kids and I play this game where each of us makes numbered lists- two of adjectives and one of nouns- and then the other players call out random numbers. Whatever adjectives and noun we hit are what we have to doodle. I drew a doubleheader (one from my son’s list and one from my daughter’s) and my subjects were “happy screaming horse” and “mad scary clown”, hence the jolly little joyride you see before you.

The Joy of Driving?

November 30, 2010

I recently read an article about the driverless vans that made a trek of over 8000 miles from Italy to China. While this is impressive from a technical standpoint, all I could think was “Where’s the fun in that?”

It was hard enough for me to give up my manual transmission when I inherited my wife’s Honda as my daily driver. I felt I had been removed from truly being a part of the driving experience. I was no longer a driver…I was a steerer. (And don’t even get me started on how much I despise cruise control.)

Now this. A car that doesn’t even need a steerer. Blechh! Does anyone really want to be merely a passenger in their own car? Who has ever, when hit with the sudden impulsive desire for a spur-of-the-moment road trip, called up a cab? Or, upon seeing a beautiful, winding country road, thought “Man, if only someone would drive my car down that road for me!”?

So, if and when this technology becomes available in consumer vehicles, buy it if you so desire. But just know that there will be at least one car out there actually being driven by a human. One who has a BIG grin on his face as he downshifts into third and giddily steers his car into a backroad hairpin turn.