Sunday, May 25, 2014
Just because this Passat commercial reminds me of a true story....
So about, oh, fifteen or twenty years ago I was getting ready to drive my little nephew from Vermont to visit his grandparents in Washington, DC. That's a 9-hour drive, not including gas and bathroom breaks for those of you who are interested.
Very early in the morning of the big drive the kid is dropped off with a little suitcase. His dad hands me a box of audio tapes. "What's this?" I ask. "It's his audio version of The Lord of the Rings- he loves listening to it, and it takes about ten hours to get through."
"Oh cool" I replied. "Does he have enough batteries for his Walkman to last that long?" And here comes the punchline.
"Oh, he doesn't have a Walkman. Don't you have a tape player in the car?"
No kidding. I was expected to listen to The Lord of the Rings on my car's stereo system. For nine hours. Seriously.
I had totally forgotten this story until I saw this ridiculous, obnoxious commercial. Who the hell plans a road trip and then forces his companion to listen exclusively to one thing all the way?
BTW, considering that everyone except me has a Smartphone these days, isn't this kind of outdated anyway? What stopped the guest from just whipping out his phone, a pair of ear buds, and living his own little world while the idiot, selfish asshat driver learned Spanish?
Oh, and no- I don't really remember exactly how it worked out, but I didn't listen to one minute of The Lord of the Rings during that drive. Not. One. Minute.