I was 14 years old during the summer of 1992, and that summer, my family dragged me on another family vacation to the beach. I say dragged because my uncle and aunt were going with us, and I since couldn’t stand either of them at the time, the last thing I wanted to do was spend two weeks living with them.
We left Boston on July 25 on a twelve-hour drive to Prince Edward Island in Canada. This would be my first trip to Canada, and oddly enough it was the most uneventful one. Anywho, the ride was very long, and with five of us in a station wagon, it wasn’t all that comfortable either.
I’ve never been much of a beach guy, so I brought plenty of comics, sketch books, magazines, and anything else I could pack to keep me entertained. As it turned out, it poured on our first couple of days on the island. So my uncle and aunt decided it would be a good idea to drive around the island for a while.
We eventually ended up at a mall, and I wish I could remember the name of it because it was a great place. I will never forget going down an escalator only to discover a big ass comic book store. Yup, I was in heaven, and while my famoly looked around the mall, I started picking up comics.
Every time I’m in a comic shop, I keep tracking of how much I’m spending. For example: If a comic book was $1.75, I’d round-up to $2.00 so I could keep track of the total in my head. That day on the island was no different, and as I picked up a slew of Eclipso The Darkness Within crossover annuals, I kept a tally in my head so I wouldn’t spend more than what I had.
I think I was in the comic store for about an hour or so before my family returned for me. With help from my mom I took my stack of comics to the register, figuring the total would be around $57.00. So you can imagine my shock and horror when the girl told me the total was almost $80. Can you guess what I did wrong?
No, I didn’t run out of the comic store with all my comics. What I had done wrong was I added the U.S. price of the comics, instead of looking at the Canadian prices. Oop, my bad.
The girl at the store was really nice though, and even told me it happened all the time. She was even nice enough to give me a box for free to carry all my comics back to the house. That’s pretty damn good service!
In the end I didn’t make it to the beach too much that vacation, as I spent my time reading and drawing comics. I did however take some time to go to McDonald’s where I had their pizza. And yes, it was pretty much what you’d expect a McDonald’s pizza to taste like.
One last thing: I loved Prince Edward Island, it is an amazing place. The island has plenty of stuff for you to do; it has gorgeous scenery; and the people are incredible. It’s been almost 25 years since my trip there, but I would love to go again someday.