In the before time, the long, long ago—before the great recession—when resources and free time were plentiful, families used to pile into something called a "station wagon" and go for extended trips cross-country, where they would slowly water the seeds of dysfunction over the course of a fortnight. It was called a vacation.
This primitive ritual was even chronicled for the historical documentary National Lampoon's Vacation, in which our nation's 38th president, Chevy Chase, stalks a supermodel across the American Southwest, and his close adviser, Randy Quaid, is replaced by himself, 25 years in the future.
But since most copies of that record were destroyed by the Huluuan invasion that marked the start of the digital dark age, we are currently at risk of losing the knowledge of this part of our history.
Luckily, today, you can do something to preserve knowledge of this time and cultural tradition.
Just stop by the Idaho State Historical Museum tonight and hear Susan Rugh, author of Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations, speak on the topic. She will be selling and signing copies of her book following her talk.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $3-$5. Recommended dress is Bermuda shorts and sandals with black socks.