Stranded at the drive-in

August 4, 2009


It’s that time of year again for Home Visits. I drive to the homes of my students to bring some paperwork, meet the family, and take pictures of the children for their cubbies.

It’s also the time of year when I start using my truck again, and am shocked by how dirty it is. I seriously need to spend several meaningful minutes de-trashing the inside, and today I noticed how incredibly dirty it was on the outside. (That’s really saying something, considering I am truly gifted in the dirt-overlooking department.

Relax - I see that open window.  At least, I did once I started spraying the water.

So, after home visits I stopped at a car wash. I didn’t have enough money to use the cool automated part, so I had to do it by hand. That’s right, cheap-o eco-freak went somewhere and paid money to spray gallons and gallons of water on my vehicle, with my own hands.

Oh, the power! The wasteful, wasteful power!

What a rush.

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17 Responses to “Stranded at the drive-in”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    My sister in law uses a bucket, no soap and water. Maybe just a couple of gallons does the whole thing. But then again, she’s not lazy and washes regularly.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    I thought for sure after reading the title, you were going to run out of gas somewhere. I’ve run out of gas ALOT! It’s not because I don’t have the money to get more gas, or I don’t feel like stopping (well, it is that ), but it’s mostly a challenge to me. Can I make it one more stop? Right after the library I’ll get it…made it…ok, right after McDonalds…and so on…is that weird?

    BTW: My car still has sand in it from when my son took my car to Florida back in the beginning of June. Oy va! I HATE cleaning cars! HATE!


  3. Brad Said on:

    I haven’t washed my car since I bought it three years ago. Is there a reason that cars need to be washed? Does it increase gas mileage or anything?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      They say you should wash the salt and the corrosive ice melting chemicals off your car (and under your car) after the snowy season.


  4. beth (rachel's wife) Said on:

    When I clean my vehicle at one of those quarter eating bays as it appears you did, I find it very difficult to resist the urge to jump into a stance and pretend the water wand is an assault rifle. Very fun and I figure it is good to entertain passers-by.


  5. Curt Said on:

    Your truck is red??? I could have sworn it was a different color.


  6. Mark Said on:

    Take solace, dear sister. If you truly only wash your truck every once in a blue moon, your per-day use of water is far lower than those who keep their vehicles spotless, even if they only use two or three gallons a week to do so.

    Compared to them, it sounds like you used about a cup of water per day.

    Besides, trucks were meant to be dirty.

    To answer Brad’s question, it’s worth keeping your car clean if you do a lot of highway driving. And I mean a LOT. Dirt does affect wind resistance, which affects mileage. But then again, driving slower also affects wind resistance and therefore mileage. As does keeping tires inflated and engines/transmissions well maintained.

    If you’re married, don’t wash your car. If you’re single, apply a second coat of wax when you’re done. No self-respecting date will get into a filthy car.

    (Thus killeth this thread.)


  7. Mark Said on:

    Ummmm. WAX…not ‘was’. (Stupid fat fingers.)


  8. Lucretia Rensberger Said on:

    Even in the waiting of those of us fortuitous satisfactorily to be born with a imperfection vacant thickness, in the speed of time the effects of aging, childbirth and straight acuteness resolving start to second their toll.


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