Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ain't nothing but the dog in me...

I don't usually talk about national politics in this space, but this is so utterly astounding/disturbing that I have to share.

The white Chevy station wagon with the wood paneling was overstuffed with suitcases, supplies, and sons when Mitt Romney climbed behind the wheel to begin the annual 12-hour family trek from Boston to Ontario.

As with most ventures in his life, he had left little to chance, mapping out the route and planning each stop. The destination for this journey in the summer of 1983 was his parents' cottage on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron. Romney would be returning to the place of his most cherished childhood memories.

...Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.

Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it.

...The ride was largely what you'd expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the ''white whale.''

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.
As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.
Wow.

4 comments:

A. Nony Mouse said...

Which is a better concluding sentence?

#1. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.

Or

#2. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: stupidity.

I vote for number 2.

Anonymous said...

If leaving little to chance was the goal, then renting an RV large enough to accommodate the entire family riding within would have been a more thoughtful and considerate plan. And anyone who's taken a pet on a trip knows the pet's bladder won't last as long as a tank of gas.

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