You Dumb Kid: The Great Outdoors

There are some things you see as a kid that become a skewed fact that actually turns out not to be true at all, like your dad is the tallest guy in the world or your step-uncle is a fantastic kisser. This also applies to movies, where some detail sticks out for you and you turn it into a false assumption.

The Great Outdoors

In the film, Kate (Annette Bening) confides in Connie, her sister-in-law (Stephanie Faracy) that it’s “lonely being wealthy” and continues to say that it could be a whole month before she has sex with her husband (Dan Akyroyd) because he works so much and travels a lot. Connie feigns sympathy for her and says “Wow. A whole month? That long?” Kate then says the only way she can get any pleasure is if she leans on the washer during the spin cycle. As an innocent kid of 10 years of age I honestly did not get the point that she was pleasuring herself with her washer. I cannot recall what I did think she meant other than just doing the laundry. At that time I never did my own laundry so I didn’t even know what the spin cycle was. Further into the movie after a very heated family fight, Connie insults Kate and yells to her, “GO GET YOURSELF A SPIN CYCLE!!!”

I think I thought it was an exercise bike back then.

20+ years later, I still don’t understand how to do “The Laundry.”

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