2015 Ford F-150: Visiting The Bradys and the Cunninghams
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on February 26, 2016
Saturday morning. Coffee consumed. Dog walked. Teeth brushed. We had about two hours before one kid had to be at club volleyball practice and the other needed to be dropped off at a birthday party.
Two hours to kill.
The kids of course wanted to stick their heads in their iPads. My wife began to eyeball the YogaWorks schedule. Me? I wanted to go off-roading in Edmunds' long-term 2015 Ford F-150 sitting in my driveway.
"Everyone in the truck," I yelled up the stairs. "We're going for a ride."
Sure, I wanted to go off-roading, but there wasn't enough time. The closest off-road parks or small plot of open desert were just too far away for our short time window.
A quick Google search and 30 minutes later we landed at 11222 Dilling St. in Studio City (some websites say it's in North Hollywood). My kids looked up and said, "Dad, is that the Brady House?"
It was. We were parked in front of the unmistakable fictitious home of The Brady Bunch, a sitcom that aired from 1969 to 1974 on ABC and made "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha" a household name.
After a few minutes the thrill was gone. Back to Google. Back in the truck. Five miles later we were in Hancock Park and arrived at 565 N. Cahuenga looking for The Fonz.
Correctamundo, we had arrived at The Happy Days house, the fictional Milwaukee home of Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham, son Richie, daughter Joanie, and of course that shark jumper himself Arthur Fonzarelli. This large white house with the big porch appeared on the wildly successful sitcom Happy Days from 1974 to 1984.
It was cool.
For the most part, the rest of the weekend was the usual muddled mess of pick-ups, drop-offs and take-out. You know, American family life in suburbia. Just like the Bradys and the Cunninghams. And our big blue Ford F-150 was the perfect vehicle for the job.
No, I never did get to take the truck off-roading. But that Saturday night I did the next best thing. I drove it to Monster Jam at Anaheim Stadium, where my family and I watched Adam Anderson Double Down in Grave Digger.
And our big blue Ford F-150 was the perfect vehicle for the job.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 31,101 miles