During the winter, I very rarely wash my car. What’s the point? In the winter, my car is covered with snow, ice, salt, and slush. Constantly.
I’ve tried to keep it clean in the winter.
Except the minute I fork over a boat load of cash for a car wash, another snow storm hits, bringing with it a whole ton of snow, ice, salt, and slush.
Total waste of money.
But in the spring, I like a squeaky-clean car.
Unfortunately, I don’t drive down many country, dirt roads. There are days when I wish my car was filthy-dirty with dirt-road dirt.
It’s not. Very often.
So, keeping my vehicle clean is fairly easy.
But I face a dilemma every time I need my car washed.
A dilemma I’m sure you may also face.
Side one: car wash
After gassing up, spending your entire paycheck on a tank of gas, you run into the gas station and pay. They ask you if you’d like a car wash. You glance out the window to the pump where you car is parked. Eying the dirt and grime, you say, “sure.” More money is due. You pay it. And a receipt with a special code is printed just for you.
Out the door, into your car, you pull around to the car wash. You punch in the code. And pull your car forward – onto the tracks – and put it in neutral. The mist starts misting. The baby pink and baby blue soaps start dropping on your windshield. The rotating brushes start rotating and scrubbing. The hoses give your wheels a good spray. You sit. In neutral. Watching the entire thing unfold. And random thoughts cross your mind – “what would happen if I get stuck in here?” and “what would happen if I opened my car door?” Finally, your car is washed and rinsed. Time to pull forward for the drying. Water is blasted off your car. And before you know it, you’re done. Your car is clean and ready for the road.
Side two: washing the car
A dirty car. A driveway. A bucket and sponge. Soap and a garden hose. A sunny, summer day. That’s all it takes.
Some music and friends make it even better.
It’s hardly work when you’re having fun. When you’re scrubbing and shining your automobile.
…working at the car wash…