Sunday, July 6, 2008
The Motorized Cooler
Um, yeah. This is a motorized cooler. A cooler you can ride on. A cooler with handle bars, foot pegs and a cushioned seat. A cooler that someone packed into their car and drove all around the campground during our vacation. Am I the only person who has never seen one of these?
Last week on our camping vacation I spent a great deal of time sitting around the campsite contemplating the meaning of laundry, life and daily bathing. As a result, I did a whole lot of people watching. If you've never been to a campground before, let me tell you about the sorts of characters who camp: We are usually very nice people with some very serious eccentricities and, generally speaking, not a whole lot of concern about what people think of us(hence my ability to quickly forget about hygiene and changing clothes and such).
I realize that living in Mathews dictates that we are far behind the times with modern trends and gadgets and things. But when I saw a man go by on this motorized cooler, I simply could not believe my eyes...nor could I control my laughter, which is very, very loud.
My children considered this noteworthy as well. Here's what they had to say:
Son, Day 2
The main highlight of this day was that we discovered something far better than TV, watching people go by our site. We saw people on 3-wheeled bikes that you lay down in that came with decorative flags, and people way too big to be riding bicycles. But the best one of them all was the motorized cooler. When Mom saw it she had to check 3 times to see if she wasn't crazy.* I was the only one to have seen one.
Daughter, Day 2
On the second day, Brother and I went out almost the whole day. We went to the arcade.....Anyway when we got back our Mom told us that a motorized cooler just rode by our camper. We laughed for a while then we started to get a look at it. Fortunately it was parked at the Bait and Tackle shop. Oh, and also Sam and I went to the General Store. Back to the cooler. It had brakes and a horn. And pedals.**
* The jury is still out - no verdict has been reached on this topic.
**It also had a cup holder.
The one predictable part of camping is this: Nothing. Except storms, ants and shirtless characters riding around on motorized coolers with padded seat, foot pegs and cup holder.
Sounds about right for one of my vacations.