OK, let me just state the obvious upfront: you guys clearly no longer have kids under the age of 8. While you are imagining late, warm summer nights spent on the patio with fresh grilled burgers, a pitcher of Sangria with orange slices floating on top, all being passed around to friends who look like they came straight out of a J. Crew catalog, some of us are trying to convince 7-yr-old Timmy that it really is bedtime, even though he has to wear sunglasses in bed to cut down the glare on the pages of his favorite “nighttime” book.
But, wait, this is a show about cars. So I’ll just ask how your brilliant plan will affect those dads out there who purposely wait to leave on vacation until 9:00 pm so they can drive through the night while the kids sleep peacefully in the back seat. If I can get my head around your MIT-educated, New England-centric lunacy (note the astronomical reference to the proper ball in the sky for evening hours), you’re suggesting we delay our departure until around, say, MIDNIGHT. Of course, by then we’ll have drunk your pitcher of Sangria, so what do we care? All I can say is, the summer road safety of middle America is on your heads.
A summer weary English professor about to go on vacation to Florida with 4 kids 12 and under