Many articles of mine refer to the numerous trips and vacations taken by my family while my sister and I were growing up. My father was a veritable nut about going places… and neither my sister not myself were all that gung-ho about traveling – especially by car, but air travel for families hadn’t really been “invented” yet. Even if it were available, we would have been unable to afford it; we didn’t have a lot of what would today be referred to as “disposable income”. So we went by car. My mom saved pennies for a whole year to help pay for motels. Our air conditioning was an open window and all the roads were two-laners with little traffic; the Interstate Highway system was years away.
Games? My sister and I often occupied
ourselves with a car game called
Zingo (a sort of road bingo where one needed to locate certain objects
seen along the way) or we practiced our reading skills by reading all
of the Burma Shave signs and billboards along the roads. I also got
pretty good at reading road maps. That was about it… and sometimes it
got pretty boring. To be sure, we did have fun. But it was a different
kind of fun, since AM radio was the extent of our technology. When I
wasn’t sleeping to pass the time, all I could ever say was: "Are
we there yet?" or "I'm bored" or “How much farther?”
If I said those things once, I said them a million times!
Even though it was a great car game,
a slightly different version of Zit Zingo is still available… Although
many prefer it, lots of things are better – and less distractive to
the driver – than movies in the car. However, check out our list of
car and other games to help everyone pass the time.
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