Norm informs me of a Vanpool rule previously unknown to me.
Like in most vehicles, shotgun is the most valued of commodities. On the Vanpool, whoever is in shotgun position also assumes navigation duties.
The navigator gets to make a crucial decision every morning. It's invariably backed up when we near the Lincoln Tunnel. The person riding shotgun gets to make the vital choice: Will we go on the normal route to the Hoboken exit; will we cut through Union City first; or will we even get off at the Rte. 1&9 exit and take those back roads?
"I got to ride shotgun once," Norm says. "I nailed the decision."