Now that I am planning my micro-vacation, I’ve been thinking about some of the other vacations I’ve taken.
I’ve had lots of pleasant vacations, and a couple of fabulous vacations.
But I had one terrible one.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Just like General Motors thought that this was a good idea:
Somewhere around 1974, my best friend Chris had a Chevy Vega. And she got a great deal on the newfangled tent that GM had invented to hook over the open hatchback.
We were enthused! What a great way to go camping!
So we booked a week at a campsite in Ogunquit Maine. I had never been to Maine, so that was terrific too! We were going to have so much fun!
Notice all the exclamation points?
Here’s another one: It was the rottenest week ever!
I learned a lot though.
1. Ogunquit Maine is not a hotbed for swinging activity if you are a twenty-something.
2. Ogunquit Maine is a hotbed for swinging activity if you are a mosquito.
3. The men on the beach were either four or eighty-four. Even if you averaged those numbers, the result was too old for me.
4. The lack of cute boys didn’t mean I didn’t have my share of attention. About 100,000 flies thought I was quite attractive.
5. If your favorite rainy day activity is shopping for scented candles and sand sculptures, Maine in 1974 is the place for you.
6. Evening activity in 1974 Ogunquit was diverse. They had TWO movie theaters. The theater that played “Godspell” had a broken air-conditioner. The theater that played the re-release of “Mary Poppins” had the sound stuck at 124 decibels. (125 dB is where pain begins).
7. When you have to cover your ears during “Chim-Chim-Cher-ee”, you get a terrible attack of the giggles.
8. Car-tents rank right up there with harem pants in the bad idea hall of fame.
8a. You can’t pitch your tent for the whole week, because then you’d have to drive around during the day with your tent hanging off the back of your car. So you have to take it down every morning and put it back up every night.
8b. When you come back from “Mary Poppins”, and have to pitch your tent, many many mosquitoes get inside the car/tent while you are setting it up.
8c. When you finish setting up (sometime around two hours after you start), you have to spray the inside of the car/tent with “OFF”. Then you have to get into it.
8d. The car/tent has really small screen windows. It is summer. It is hot. It is a small car. It is bug-sprayed. There are two people and two sleeping bags. You are basically sleeping in the trunk of a compact car. Sort of like being kidnapped by the Mafia.
But the very most important thing I learned in Ogunquit Maine:
A great friendship can survive even the most horrible vacation.
(but you may need to give it a few weeks.)