I am taking my job very seriously…. it’s Tonya’s vehicle so even when she’s not driving she is the DRIVER..and it’s Deb’s WOLF we are rescuing….so she is the WOLF WHISPERER…that makes me THIRD WHEEL.
Third Wheels are very important, .. i have done road trips with one person…long or short, they suck..i have done them with one person and a dog..it sucks less…i have done a few with TWO persons..but never with the same second person because soon as we arrive home we stop speaking to each other..(i don’t think people should get married until they take a very long road trip with each other screw everything else THAT’s the litmus test.) Three UNRELATED persons is the correct number for a road trip. one sleeps, one drives and one make sure they get home on time. (I am emphasizing the UNRELATEDNESS..personally i have stopped speaking to members of my own family based on road trip reverberations. – i have also come away with injuries resultant from these trips)
What are the responsibilities of the THIRD WHEEL?
FOOD – you are in charge of the food..now the other folks may BRING their own favorites and an entire cooler full of bottled water..but it’s your job to bring what they didn’t think of.. they bring all salt and water..you bring grapes and apple juice. They bring oreos.. you bring sandwiches…GET the picture? What they think they may want to eat on the road may not be what they NEED to eat on the road capiche? Bring a HARD cooler..not all squishy ones..you can’t sit on a squishy cooler, and if you do, everything inside becomes pudding. BLUE freezer cubes are cool for soccer games and picnics..but are USELESS on the road.. where are you going to recharge it? no where. BAGS of ice. that’s why god still puts spigots on the bottom of coolers. i LOVE READING Carl Franz’s book, On and Off Road Cookbook – originally published in 1982, it is funny and accurate and inspirational – i usually just give it a quick flip through before i start planning, then i put it back on the shelf and buy food that doesn’t need to be cooked.
(to be continued)