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Up Hill Both Ways in the Snow

Posted Jul 27 2012 8:59am

How many of you remember this?

Back in my day, that’s all we had for entertainment when we were in the car! No batteries, no screens, nothing! And also no peace and quiet for the adults.

That last part we’re not supposed to admit, right? Taking car trips should be full of family bonding, singing “100 bottles of milk on the wall” and sharing our inner-most secrets. Just like the Brady Bunch.

However, just as most of us don’t have astroturf lawns, most of us don’t have such picturesque travel, either. At least, we don’t! In fact, I think my kids might fight in the car more than anywhere else. The other day I told Andy I was going to make us rich by inventing an impenetrable screen to go between two car seats. Doesn’t that sound like a great idea?

Until I do that, though, I am not ashamed to admit that I love having a DVD player in our van. As you may remember, we just entered the realm of minivan driving a few months ago when we bought our Toyota Sienna – and we are loving it. Don’t worry, we haven’t completely given up on the idea of communicating with each other in the car – like I said, we have plenty of time for our kids to fight – but when we’re on a trip for an hour or more, we happily put in a movie.

Of course, even though our van is a 2011 model, I was just perusing the Toyota website and now I am totes jealous of the brand new Siennas. Check this out:

From Toyota.com This dual headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System lets your rear passengers watch movies, play video games and even listen to music… Each monitor can operate independently to allow for separate video or video game use and includes a pair of infrared wireless headphones with two user selectable channels (A and B) that offer superior stereo sound quality. Both monitors also feature RCA A/V jacks for connecting external inputs such as video game systems or digital cameras.

Did you catch that? Each screen operates independently. Each kid gets to watch their own movie. Can you imagine? I die.

These tricked-out vans are not just fun and games for the children – they also indulge the techie adult. I hadn’t seen this before, but Toyota’s now have entune .

Entune is a collection of popular mobile applications and data services that are now accessible right from inside your Toyota. Now you can stay connected, no matter where you are.

Apps for your car. That is quite possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen.

Now, Andy and I have recently purchased two new (to us) vehicles – and given our track record, that means the next one we buy will be in 2022 (is it just me, or does that look like a fake date? I did that right, didn’t I? 2012 + 10 = 2022? Anyway.) So we will need to live vicariously through others to experience this. But I would LOVE to check it out.

So I have two questions for you – have any of you seen entune in person? Generally, what are your family’s rules on in-car entertainment?

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Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.

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