Among those of a certain age, one way to get a good conversation going is to ask: When your family went on summer road trips, at what kind of places did you spend the night?
Answers are all over the map.
Some grew up with dads who would drive all night if that's what it took to get to the destination, usually a relative's home.
Others will recall finding places to camp along the way.
A few will describe staying at Brand X roadside motels that weren't exactly clean and had a certain air of "crime scene" about them.
But some, those who grew up in families with a little money, will remember staying at bright, colorful places that seemed exotic and wonderful.
"Does it have a swimming pool...YESSSSSS!"