The Dreaded Window Shade
Written on February 21, 2006 by Kevin.
Do I feel ashamed of being a parent, of being a dad? No. But there are certain things that I would prefer not to have to put up in my car that make me stand out as your typical father. One of these things are those ugly baby window shades you see on every minivan in America.
Babies'R'Us sent us a stack of coupons a few weeks ago and the first coupon is for a free window shade. Maybe it was the fact that I have dark (near limo) tint on my back car windows, that I figured we could put this shade up with out it being noticed from the outside, or maybe I had just lost my mind. I joked with my wife that the shade would be branded heavily with Babies'R'Us name and I was right. We pull out the shade for the first time and right there, on a white background is Babies'R'Us written in big purple text.
Now let me straighten this up for you people that are a bit confused. First off, we have a terrible looking sunscreen that for some reason is white on one side and purple on another. Why these color choices? My tint is dark, but not dark enough to block out a big white shade that is right up against it. Now to make it worse, they add their name to it so now I am a walking advertisement. Granted, the shade was free and I understand their reason behind this but it still doesn't make me happy. Furthermore, with their branding, it is impossible to turn the shade horizontal so you can actually cover the window rather than a small portion. Who wants to drive around in a car with their name written on a shade that is basically crooked.
Mark my word, I will never become a father, in any type of car, that has multiple shades of different types on it. I refuse to purchase any shades other than a solid color, preferably black. I refuse to purchase any shade that is different than any other in the car, as to not bring even more attention to the fact that I have fallen into the god forsaken window shade group.
The bottom line is that I will not be using this freebie gift much at all. The only time that I can see myself using it would be when the family is taking a road trip and Rylan is getting a face full of sunny delight. Luckily, that is pretty rare with my current car window tint.