Little Miss Portable

Another risky post as this one is about my wife and her deserved nickname of “Miss Portable.”  What this indicates is Di’s tendency to pack for every possible contingency when doing the travel thing.  I have seen this in action.  I have felt the joy of having exactly what we need in a moment of crisis.  I have felt the pain in my lower back loading the car.

There is a lot of good in the notion of travel preparedness, and Boy Scouts of America should consider honoring her.  When you have mechanical problems somewhere between Phoenix and Albuquerque, there’s a benefit to having a 512-piece set of Snap-On tools ready.  If the repairs take a while, Di was ready to set up a campsite complete with the two-story, 3-bedroom, 2-bath tent and cook up some grub with the chef’s set of camp cookware.  Food selection would have been the minor challenge in that we’d have to methodically dig through each of the igloo coolers large enough to store a body in.  We could have done the body transport once we’d emptied a  cooler, but that was unlikely because of the full stock of emergency room equipment and drugs that was our first aid kit.  If the kids got bored, we had all our DVDs and CDs, board games, travel board games, and of course the collapsible 15-person swimming pool with water included.

Of course, fuel economy suffered a little bit, but this was before gas really went through the roof.  Also, we did have to make some sacrifices due to the fact that you can really only get so much crap into a Chevy Blazer and still have room to ride in it.  Deciding whether to take the satellite TV dish or the travel playground set could get tempers elevated.  I suggested leaving the kids once, and though Di was enthusiastic about that, we opted not to because their luggage was already buried under the foldable bass boat and spare farrier kit.  We may well have taken an extra child that year but I couldn’t confirm it and none of our neighbors thanked us upon our return.  In the end it always worked out because we were ready for Winter outdoor fun on every July road trip to visit family.  I have learned to drive without the benefit of a rearview mirror and handle a car with a six-foot-high center of gravity.

We’re looking forward to the upcoming 4th of July.

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One Response to “Little Miss Portable”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    WELL WHAT WOULD YOU DO W/O MISS PORTABLE???? SHE IS PREPARED FOR ANY AND ALL THINGS. LOL SMUDGE RANT WAS CUTE TO MATT. LOVE YOUR WIFE, SWEETNESS

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