I probably saw National Lampoon's Vacation for the first time when I was about 10 years old (which was already about 10 years after the 1983 classic was released) and I remember not finding this scene funny at all. I'd laughed my ass off when they tied the awful aunt to the roof of the car and when Clark got lost in the desert, but this was just too painful.
They drove all that way and the damn place is closed? That was Shakespearean tragedy to a young mind not yet equipped to deal with major disappointment (clearly I'm well-versed in that area now).
If you haven't seen the movie, hopefully that didn't ruin your week with that spoiler. Regardless, you should still come out Wednesday night to the latest installment of our Suds and Cinema series. We'll have beer from Steam Plant Brewing Co. for $4 a pint, some free stuff to toss at you and free ice cream from Brain Freeze Creamery.
We'll also be recounting awful vacation stories from the stage. Do you have a truly forgettable family outing you'd like to share? Did you lose your stuffed animal when the station wagon crashed in a snowstorm and make your dad drive back 50 miles the next day to look for it? Did you go to Jamaica and not see the sun for seven days of torrential rain? Did you get pulled over in Utah with idiot college friends and come dangerously close to spending eternity in a backwoods jail? 'Cause all those things happened to me.
Share your story in the comments section and if your experience was just dreadful enough, we'll share it at the Bing tomorrow night. We might even bring you up on stage! Or, you can tweet it with the hashtag #WorstVacationSuds.