09:00 Drivers Meeting:
Luigi: How are you holding up?
Zach: Fine. Just feels like somewhat ripped my heart out with an auger.
Luigi: You’ll get over it.
Zach: That’s what they all say!
Luigi: You think you’re the only one who’s had his heart broken? To this day I still feel hurt over Isabella, and I haven’t seen her in twenty eight years!
Zach: Who’s Isabella?
Luigi: One of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever known. We had something together back in the old country. I asked her to come with me to the United States.
Zach: And she refused?
Luigi: Not only that, but I later learned she was sleeping around on me. That made moving easier I must admit. Came to the US leaving nothing behind but an estranged family.
Zach: And this is supposed to make me feel better?
Luigi: No, it’s not. Just a reminder that you aren’t alone when it comes to being miserable. And how you deal with it is up to you and you alone.
(Blake and Marc walk back from the Drivers Meeting)
Marc: Mr. Bitch!
Luigi: Monsignor Assholio!
Zach: So what is this stupid trip about?
Blake: Checking our shitty attitude.
Marc: We’re driving the path of the Oregon Trail.
Blake: No, we’re not going to do any wasteful hunting.
Luigi: I don’t understand.
Blake: Zach used to play “Oregon Trail” on the computer. Every hunting trip he’d shoot 2000-3000 pounds of food.
Zach: But the stupid party could only carry 200 pounds back to the wagon.
Marc: Did it not occur to them to make trips?
Zach: That’s what I said!
Luigi: So we’re going out on the trail?
Blake: We’re taking roads, but we’re also going to visit different landmarks along the way.
Luigi: First things first though.
Luigi: Radiator is filled with water, I checked, we won’t have far to go until we hit a parts store.
Blake: Let’s do it.
(The Enforcer takes off at a considerably less aggressive pace than the other cars, a few minutes later they arrive at the local NAPA parts store)
Employee: Can I help you?
Blake: I’m looking for a water pump for a 1995 Petoskey Stag Big Chief.
Employee: Just a minute.
Employee: God dammit! Am I the only one who’s working today? I’m the only one at the damn counter, so why is nobody putting away truck? I swear to God I should’ve been a murderer!
(Time passes as the employee looks through a pallet for the water pump that’s conveniently not on the shelf because nothing has been put away yet)
Employee: Sorry about that, here’s the pump. Is there anything else I can get you?
Blake: A thermostat for the same vehicle plus the gasket.
Luigi: That’s it all right.
(One moment later)
Employee: Here you go, will that be all?
Luigi: These two gallons of antifreeze as well.
Employee: Okay, let me register your warranty…
Employee: … Okay, will that be cash or card?
Employee: Okay, your total comes to $108.79
(card is swiped, transaction complete)
Employee: There you go, have a good day.
Blake: Okay, we’ve got what we need. Marc, why don’t you and Zach take a walk or something, get some fresh air. Luigi and I will take care of this.
Zach: It’d be something if I still had a phone.
Blake: Well, look in the back seat, there’s a fantastic invention, it’s a bunch of papers bound together with little ink squaggles on them. That should be loads of fun.
(Marc and Zach go for a walk around the area while Blake and Luigi set to work replacing the water pump.)
Morale is reduced due to car troubles and the lack of progress.