Thursday, July 10, 2008

Planned Obsolecence...a.k.a. getting older...

We're going on vacation next week and I stopped in at AAA to check our arrangements and make some changes. Was I adding a fun new stop to our itinerary? Checking on different and new attractions where we were going? Looking into some nice romantic getaway?

No, I was checking for when I had to give cancellation notice for our destination in case my husband's kidney stones started REALLY acting up. Now I know what the American couple has in common with the American auto - we both go for only so long then we start to break down, one part at a time!

This week alone we've dealt with kidney stones, follow-up laser zapping for previous cataract surgery and renewing a handicap parking tag for my 75+ yr. old mother-in-law! All the while wondering how we're going to handle the highlights of our vacation, not restricted to, but including...(the)Battering Ram, Escape from Pompeii, Alpengeist, Roller Soaker, Wildcat, Griffon, SOOPERDOOPERLOOPER and last but not least, Loch Ness Monster.

I need to make sure I pack Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol, Tylenol PM, Back and Body Ache Bayer Aspirin, Claritin, my thyroid pills, Preparation H, support shoes, a portable fan for me, oh, and sun block and bug spray for Alexa. (They say to be prepared when traveling with children).

I'm why I won't buy and American car - I know it's going to break down just the way I am! Our last three cars have been Japanese or Korean and they were and still are great! Going stronger than we could have hoped for (considering we ran two of the three into the ground, well past what an American car could have tolerated)!

Now to solve the problem of how two over-the-hill, past the warranty date, 50+ American model parents are going to keep up with our super-charged, shiny, mint condition 11 year old Chinese daughter!

Wish us luck!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like it will be a wild time at Hershey Park for you. Hope your health hangs in there for the trip. As I've gotten older, I can't handle rides with a lot of twists and twirls. I still like the sudden drop rides, water slides, and raft rides. I know you're a big coaster fan... I figured that out after our second or third time on Space Mountain on our trip to Disney many years ago! Enjoy your family vacation!

Barb in NH

Tracy said...

My sister heads out for Hershey this week too.

Hi, I'm Colleen said...

But think of all the chocolate there to make it all worth while!! Have a great time!