Monday, March 16, 2009

night driving

Did I hear one of my passengers complain about how long the drive to Florida was? That's okay...

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Here is a fun game to play at night with your kids. You have a volunteer sit in a driver's position, facing this image on the computer screen. All the other players in the game go to sleep for eight hours, but this volunteer must stay awake the whole time, cannot take his eyes off the screen except for a moment, or get out of the driver's position... or they all die.

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Truth be told, there were parts of the drive that it didn't seem quite so agonizing. I liked the stillness of all God's creatures and the opaque shroud of tranquility that tucked us in from horizon to horizon. I liked the space to drive, and the absence of commercials. There was no urban competition for that piece of asphalt right in front of your car. Except for the occasional remnants of highway Kamikaze, the animals were all out of sight. I delighted in the unique sound that a bug makes when the windshield pushes its face through to the opposite side. (Just checking to see if you're still with me.)

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The kids behaved so well for having to sit through a 22-hour drive. I am quite pleased with how they got along. To harass me for all the psychological prepping and behavior coaching, one of these monkeys asked me if we were "almost there," while we were still in the first hour of the drive. (sigh) Everybody wants to be a comedian!

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Oh, before anyone says anything... I DIDN'T take that photo while driving. I talked my wife through it. She doesn't usually use my camera, but did a nice job, eh?

10 comments:

Shoebee said...

Sounds like a great video game that you came up with. So realistic. Glad you made it home safely.

donsands said...

Great photo. The colors are cool beans.

nAncY said...

I liked the stillness of all God's creatures and the opaque shroud of tranquility that tucked us in from horizon to horizon.

i love the way you worded this...

thanks for sharing about this.
and yes, i think the photo turned out great!

dot said...

Very nice nite shot and the young lady is beautiful. Is she yours? You might have passed right by me at some point. Who knows? lol

lime said...

oh man, i have driven from PA to GA and FL enough times to know how wretched such long drives are. not my favorite activity in the world. glad it went well though and that top picture is really very impressive.

Shammickite said...

I've done that drive to and from florida (in fact a bit longer) quite a few times, but never had to drive the whole way by myself. Congratulations on making it home all in one piece and (maybe?) with your sanity intact too.

imac said...

Ah, I remember playiong games on the back seat of the car.

Craver Vii said...

By the way Folks. Yes, that young lady is one of mine. :-) That's D2.

Imac, I'm so glad they didn't go for games or songs. I preferred the silence while driving. Occasionally my wife would talk. Her voice is the only conceivable improvement to the beauty of the night's hush.

Carletta said...

I'm thinking you should turn the camera over to your wife - oh, did I say that out loud! :)
She did a fantastic job!

You have a lovely young lady!

In your comment to Imac - 'her voice....' - nice sentiment.

MrsEvenSo... said...

Her voice is the only conceivable improvement to the beauty of the night's hush.

Make sure Chrissy sees this! Major brownie points. ;D