SWF is filled with car stories, starting with the nostalgic "Buying Cars with Dad," a true tale of how my dad mastered the art of buying used cars. To him (and to the salesman) it was a kind of game they both relished.
Next is "Terror in the Heartland," how the Midwest is full of terrors for a west-coast kid on a car trip with his family. It's the Midwest's version of "Deliverance."
The piece closes out with a graphic version of a short story by W.H. Matlack titled, "What I did with my summer vacation." We follow two high school best friends as they try to cope with, and overcome the oppressive heat and crushing boredom of a summer in Phoenix. A small hint: the heat wins.