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Fri., Aug. 3, 2012, 8:40 a.m.

When grandparents are a road menace

A grade school-aged boy I know is about to go visit his elderly grandparents in another state.

What could be nicer, right?

Well, there's a problem. His aunt has advised him not to ride in the car if both of the boy's grandparents are in the vehicle. It seems the old couple has a tendency snap at one another when they are out on the road.

"No, don't turn here!"

"Well, where in the hell am I supposed to turn?"

Et Cetera.

Anyway, the boy's aunt has suggested that -- in this one particular context --her parents become so distracted by bickering that riding with them is not safe.

Fine. But what I would like to know is just what is this boy supposed to say?

"Sorry, Grandpa and Grandma. I'd like to go to church with you. But I have been advised by counsel that getting in the car with the two of you might be tantamount to signing my own death warrant."

How's that supposed to work?

If you have any ideas, feel free to pass them along. I can relay them to the boy. 

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