(Strip Number 4035, Original Publication Date, 13 July 1981)
Panel 1: We start off with the hoverwagon driving along one of the backroads that John loves because he's able to avoid highway-style gridlock; the fact that he's taking a short-cut that multiplies his travel time and family's discomfort means nothing to our boy. What does mean something to him and Elly is that the children are vocally uncomfortable; we see them trading back angry commentary -"She's got more raisins than me", "He got hims leg on my seat", "GIMME!!", "Stop looking at me!!, "I wanna drink", "Are we there yet??", "WAAAAAAHHHH!!!!" - which makes their parents infuriated.
Panel 2: John growls "I wonder if anyone's ever developed a rear ejection seat for a station wagon?"
Summary: Sadly, it's CIMH time for me and my siblings; I too had a foolhardy parent who expected us to sit quietly while he drove down a trackless waste without anything to divert our attention from how boring it was to do nothing and go nowhere because he wanted to waste time saving it.