Full disclosure: I picked this one because they take a trip to Boston, and I’ll be down in Boston (well, technically Cambridge) later this week for a really important job interview. So, I’ve got Boston on the brain.
To the bat-book! Dawn’s crazy excited because her younger brother, Jeff, is coming to visit. But his visit doesn’t go very well. The Pike triplets—oh horror of horrors--don’t play soccer! And Richard (Mary Anne’s dad) is completely NOT athletic, and he takes Jeff to museums (what can I say, he’s a PBS dad!), which Dawn thinks is “ruining Jeff’s vacation.” Meanwhile, Jeff’s being a whiny little bitch, and Dawn keeps defending him (which I can’t quite figure out, cause when I was that age, and my little bro was being a little shit, it drove me nuts). And Dawn and Mary Anne start fighting.
So, they go on a long weekend to Boston…Short version of vacation: the kids’ fighting totally ruins the adult’s vacay, complete with Mary Anne sleeping in their room, effectively preventing any naked fun for the parents. [Okay, so they’ve got 2 rooms at the Parker House, which is ultra-expensive; now, they make a big deal out of how Kristy’s rich now, but the Spiers must not be hurtin’ for cash. Oh, and they stop for gas in Providence, which is funny for me, cause my hate for Providence knows no bounds—don’t ask.] They do nothing but fight when they’re together, so they start splitting up, Schafers vs the Spiers, as the cover says. Finally, the parents get pissed and let the kids know. So, they go home early, and finally make up during a family portrait session. (Yeah, right.)
And Richard sings this song that I thought was that Phantom Planet song that’s the theme for the O.C., but it’s actually an Al Jolson song from the 20s.
Oh, other story: one single-parent family with three kids is dating another with four kids…
I liked all the references to real places in my section of the world, even if they stopped in Providence for gas… I know it right on 95, but it’s a city. Sure, it’s a crappy little city with major issues and a giant inferiority complex, but why would you stop in a city. I mean, get gas in East Greenwich or Woonsocket. Whatever.