One summer day around 1975 a family took a trip to a grocery store in their brown station wagon. The station wagon was the car that just about everyone had in the 1970s. The family needed to get their weekly shopping done and add in some extra goodies for a BBQ that was going to be hosted for the family and all their friends in the neighborhood. While they were gathering their groceries and trotting around the store, they kept hearing announcements on the loudspeaker. The two children were screaming over the speaker "I want this snack!... Mom, Dad, can we get apples?... Mom! can we please get these cookies!". The typical thing that happens when you bring children to the grocery store.
This family was not fully together or as some would say “happy”. There was a lot of arguing between the parents, so they never really spoke anymore other than to bicker. What once was a warm hearted, welcoming environment, slowly transitioned into a spiteful relationship that seemed burdensome to both parents. The rarity of joy in their marriage came and went in unexpected waves.
Continuing to do their weekly shopping, trotting around the store there was another announcement made on the loudspeaker that the Doheny's continued to ignore. "There is a brown station wagon lit on fire in the parking lot with a license plate of ***-****". The license plate part blurred out to them completely. They were giggling through the store saying, "I wonder whose car is on fire out there!" In the time, it was clear that everyone has a brown station wagon, so how could that really be narrowed down to just one family?
Finally, they begin to approach the checkout of the store and gather all of their items to head home. Sometimes grocery shopping feels like hours long. One final announcement was made about a vehicle being on fire in the parking lot. Mr. Doheny and Mrs. Doheny say, “Hahaha what idiots really don’t know their car is on fire out there”. Everyone starts laughing.
The Doheny's left the grocery store and searched for their car. To their surprise, the station wagon they owned was the car on fire. Any normal family would start freaking out, but this family, what do they do? They started bursting out with laughter because they themselves were the idiots that did not know their car was on fire. It was a nice transition from the usual unhappy moments to laugh at their idiocracy.