The kids and I loaded up the van and hit the road for Chicagoland. You want a good way to really get to know the people around you? Drive for eighteen hours with them! You'll learn more than you ever thought possible. You'll probably learn more than you ever really wanted to know. I wonder if, one day, my kids will look back on these road trips fondly, or if they'll refuse to go anywhere with their own kids when they're adults because they're so badly scarred from these vacations.
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