Born in 1946, American Vacation ruled in the 1950s and 1960s.But alas, job pressures on the middle class, along with the arrival of laptops and cell phones, started eating away at American Vacation.
By James E. Gaskin
July 15, 2013
DEARLY BELOVED, we are gathered here today to say goodbye to American Vacation. Born after World War II from the union of the automobile and the middle class, American Vacation became a national hero in the 1950s and 1960s as he encouraged workers to see America through the windshield of their loaded station wagons. His slogans, “Are we there yet?” and “Don’t make me turn this car around,” resonate still.
Alas, job pressures on the middle class, along with the arrival of laptops and cell phones, started eating away at American Vacation. “One can’t recharge while checking email, tweaking PowerPoint presentations, and monitoring remote networks,” said American vacation from his deathbed. Sadly, the Great Recession gave many the time but few the means to enjoy American Vacation.
At the memorial service, cousins Vacances (French) and Urlaub (German) looked healthy yet worried. Most relatives and friends, however, attended via the YouTube video feed. After all, who has time to take off work? In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Disconnect and Enjoy Life Foundation.