Are We There Yet?
If you are planning a road
trip this summer, you
are probably searching
for ideas to help pass
the time for your kids.
Take these activities and
ideas along with those
swimsuits and shorts.
“Your referral reward
program just paid for
my whole house carpet
cleaning. Every person I
have referred to you has
also given out your name. I
see your trucks here every
time I turn around.”
– Rose E. Derwood, MD
Find It Games
Before you go, write the
letters of the alphabet
on index cards. During
your trip, deal them out
to everyone. Search for
words starting with those letters on billboards, or simply things out the
window starting with those letters. The first one to go through all his cards
is the winner.
The Good Life
I’m Going on a Picnic
The first player says, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” He or she
then names a thing to bring that starts with the letter A, like apples or
artichokes. The next person repeats what the first person said, but adds
a B word. For example, he or she might say, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m
bringing apples and broccoli.” This continues, with each person adding a
word starting with the next letter of the alphabet until someone forgets the
items. When that happens, that player is out. The last player to be able to
recite all the items on the list wins. To add variety, you can play subsequent
rounds going to different places, like the beach or to a campground.
License Plates Games
Start by joining together to name all the states in the U.S. This can be
harder than it seems. Keep this list handy and every time a license plate
from that state is spotted, mark it off. Try to complete your list before your
trip is over. Finding Alaska and Hawaii will be extra special.
Pick a category. For example, you might choose cities, presidents, flowers,
sports, or movie stars. Each player has ten seconds to name something that
fits into that category. Continue playing until only one player is left. That
person picks the category for the next round.
Never Ending Story
The first person begins this game by saying, “Once upon a time. . .” and
then adding a sentence. The next person continues the story by adding a
sentence or two. This can continue as long as you like.
By the Numbers: Summer Vacations
• ust over 45 percent of Americans take a summer
vacation each year.
• he average American travels about 560 miles round trip
on their vacation each summer.
• bout 91 percent of summer vacations are made in personal
vehicles, and only 7 percent are taken by air travel.
• he top travel destinations are Florida (19 percent), California (15
percent), New York (10 percent), and North Carolina (9 percent).
• he beach is visited by 45 percent of travelers in the summer, making it
the most popular type of destination each year.
Source: Equation Research, Harris Interactive
To be safe when using an ATM,
try to avoid using street ATMs at
night. It is always safer to go into
an open business to use an ATM.
It is important to be aware of your
surroundings. Be on the lookout
for suspicious vehicles or persons
idling in the area of the ATM. If you
are confronted, it is better to give
up your money than risk injury or
worse. Try to engage a robber as
little as possible by not fighting or
arguing. As soon as possible, call 911
If you have a cracked taillight or
turn-signal cover and can’t get it
replaced right away, you should
cover up the crack. Auto parts stores
sell orange or red tape that can
cover a crack. This will keep water
out and prevent further damage to
the light compartment until you can
get the cover replaced.
A CLEANER CARPET CHRONICLE