Another vacation scene

Ten quatloos to anyone who recognizes the significance of the truck in this photo. Also huge sympathy points for being exposed to it.

Fortunately, the tourism investment in that crap has diminished since the last time I visited Forks, several years ago.


  1. blf says

    Another one who has no recollection of even ever hearing of the books or movies, but found it trivially easy to track down… thanks Generalissimo Google ! (I had a very vague recollection of “quatloo” but got the episode wrong.)

  2. Doc Bill says

    Had to Google it, never saw the series, never will, don’t care.

    However, I did invest in Quatloos many years ago which is how I was able to retire early. You might say I was “enthralled” by the episode about the Gamesters!

  3. says

    I never saw those movies or read those books. I’m an old fashioned kind of vamp and feel nothing but loathing for the modern interpretation of my kind.

  4. Brigham Narins says

    I know what quatloos are, but not the truck. . . . Then I DuckDuckDuckGo’ed “chevrolet truck named bella.”

    I loved Star Trek.

  5. JoeBuddha says

    Knew what it was the instant I saw where you were. Never saw the movies or read the books, though. I prefer space opera vamps that are caused by an infection of nanobots, or Covid vaccines, or whatever. Much more realistic.

  6. says

    I read the first book just to see what all the fuss was about and watched the first movie. It’s one of the rare instances where the movie was better than the book, since it trimmed out so much of the useless, boring filler. But better is a relative term. I never bothered continuing the series in either medium.

  7. blf says

    @8, “Too many ducks…” — nah, I had Magret de Canard au miel et thym for lunch today, so there’s one less duck… which did go down well…

  8. NitricAcid says

    I’d really like some quatloos (I have a vacation planned for Triskelion), but don’t know the truck.

  9. weylguy says

    Following his embarrassing association with Aunt Bee, it looks like George “Goober” Lindsey got a facelift and moved to Mount Pilot.

  10. says

    @davidc1 – It’s from the Twilight series – the one with the sparkly vampire who stalks a teenage girl, but it’s somehow romantic instead of creepy. Oh, and werewolves.

  11. Thomas Scott says

    Hey PZ,
    Yeah, I recognized the truck after having visited the “museum”. I hope that you also visited the very interesting exhibit of antique logging technology next door. That’s actually worth the stop.

  12. brucegee1962 says

    I haven’t read any of the books or seen any of the movies, but I picked up enough second hand to guess correctly due to Forks + Bella.

  13. raven says

    I never read the books or saw the movies either.
    I did think iit had something to do with Twilight since it was filmed in Forks, Washington, an otherwise remote place.
    I did follow the suggestions and tried searching using Google images.

    1953 Chevrolet
    The truck in the “Twilight” books is a 1953 Chevrolet, according to a Web site for the series’ author, Stephenie Meyer. The vehicle in the “Twilight” movie passes for an early ’60s model.Oct 26, 2009

    Texas ‘Twilight’ buff gets truck from film | khou.com › article › news › local › texas-twil…

    Bella Swan’s truck | Twilight Saga Wiki | Fandom › Bella_Swan’s_truck
    In the movie, Bella’s truck is a 1963 Chevy StepSide C-10 pickup. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.

    I’m sure this information will never be useful unless you are on Jeopardy.

  14. birgerjohansson says

    But can you travel in time if the truck reaches the necessary speed?
    Also, it will need extra armour for journeys through zombie zones.

  15. StonedRanger says

    I knew what a quatloo was but no idea about the truck. I googled bellas truck and all I got was more pictures of the truck so thanks to JeffL @15 for splaining. Never paid any attention to the books or movies either. Ah well, live and learn.

  16. DanDare says

    I’m facinated by a trend in movie and TV series to take wildly scary concepts and tame them.
    Vampire – a reletless, hungry, super powered predator that is full on sociopath. Becomes mopey teenager immortal who wants nice things.
    Warewolf – a horrid infectious curse that makes a good person fly into uncontrolled fits of bloodthirsty rage, threatening even those close to them. Becomes people that transform at will into superpower pooches that are nice to their friends.

  17. says

    Having a teen aged daughter, we had to go to Forks within weeks of moving to Washington a couple years ago. Not just the truck though. We had to drive around town and look at all the locations that appeared in the book. Can’t say I am a fan of the series, but i did enjoy sharing the experience with her. So that was a win/win in my opinion.