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January 28, 2004

Re: TV 24-7...on wheels

Colleen, I have to disagree with your comments about TV's in cars. I think you are missing boat on this one. It's not about watching TV while you are driving at all.

Let me paint a scene for you that is all to common in the Devericks household. It's 9:00 on a Friday night, you're zipping down I-5 at 70-plus miles per hour -- two hours into a five-hour drive to visit the grandparents in Oregon. Your 3 year-old has been crying for the last 30 minutes (feels like six hours) because it's dark outside and the foxes are going to get her. She's tired, but she won't go to sleep. Meanwhile, your eight-month old, who was sleeping soundly, wakes up to the sound of his sister crying only to realize he's strapped into his car seat (he hates that thing). So he lets it all out and starts squealing like a stuck pig. That's when it hits you, THREE MORE HOURS. What do you do?

If you're driving a properly equipped motor vehicle, you flip down the flat panel display, pop in your three-year-old's favorite copy of "The Lion King." The foxes go away, she stops crying and the eight-month-old falls back asleep.

If you're in the Devericks mobile, you suffer. I covet the day of TV's in every car.

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Posted by Eric Devericks at January 28, 2004 11:57 AM



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