everything else the Brady Bunch did, going to Hawai'i was evidence that
you were 'normal'. For my friends and me, Hawai'i became the gold standard
- the vacation that everything else was measured against. If you weren't
able to go there, you hadn't quite made it.
was confirmed by my friends. When they got back they told me that everything
was very expensive. "Ice cream cones were $3 US each!!!" Unbelievable,
a bit unbelievable was the 'tarantula spider' that crawled up Peter's
chest. Even though I was only a kid, I knew that that was something
the show stole from some Zoro-like Mexican plot.
later I did go to Hawai'i for work. As I looked at my fellow passengers
on the flight there, I was reminded of the Brady Bunch. I wondered
if it was this television show that brought them to Hawai'i. Or some
other part of the desire-making machine that told you where you had
to go to 'arrive'.