We took our first electric roadtrip as a family last weekend, as the children got Columbus Day (and the preceding Friday + the following Tuesday) off.  We headed to Guntersville, Alabama on Saturday, where my parents live by the state park. But first, we stopped at a Nissan dealer in Rome to fill up on electricity and then headed northwest to Scottsboro, where airports’ unclaimed baggage is sold in a giant superstore. The children got sunglasses and watches; the Mrs got jewelry; I got impatient to get some…

I don’t normally take the entire day off on Christmas Eve, but I decided to this year, and we visited the new ice skating arena that opened a couple miles from our house the previous weekend.  I hadn’t skated in years, and the 3 children had never even attempted it.  When we walked onto the ice, all 3 clutched the railing surrounding the rink and slowly shuffled along, fearing falling down. The rink has penalty boxes on both sides, so there was frequent quitting to sit on the…