All across the country, kids with working parents go home to an empty house after school. They eat junk food for snack, put their feet on the couch, and watch inappropriate TV until they hear keys in the door, when they whip out a notebook and fake some homework.
“Better Off Dead” was one of my latchkey faves. It’s where “I want my two dollars” came from and Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some” managed to make hamburgers sexy. It also left us with this memorable quote, which is actually kind of profound if you squint your eyes real hard:
“All you have to do is go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.”