Thursday, January 30, 2014

An aha moment, or two

California Car Duster (with free mini-duster)
So when Ed moved to LA in the beginning, one of the first things he laughed about was an infomercial for the "California Car Duster".
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He looked at me incredulously and said, "A car duster?  Are you kidding me?"
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After a little while in the City d'Angels, he realized it made perfect sense.  It goes without rain for months at a time and your car gets dusty and a simple wipe gets rid of it often (of course, if a Jacaranda Tree has crapped all over your car, you're going to need a real wash and scrub).
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In the 1977 / 78 drought, they wouldn't let the car washes run - so the duster made total sense (since then the Car Washes in Los Angeles County have all converted to water saving - which is the water is recycled. That was the only way they were allowed to stay open.
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Aha moment for Ed.
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Now me.
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This year, in our trip up to Mass MoCA, we ran  through a lot of snow, and Ed's car got filthy.  You know, that snow gunk filthy.  (Like the car pictured, only that is not Ed's car - but the gunk is the same).
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So I said, "You gotta get that washed."  I said this because I can't believe how lazy people are int he snow and let their cars look like that.
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And Ed says, wait for it, "I have to wait until it warms up or the water will freeze on the car."
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The water will freeze on the car!  Aha (moment for Scott).  I had never thought about such a thing!
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I always thought people in the snow just didn't care.  I thought that white gunk was like the auto equivalent of winter weight, or the freshman 15.  Turns out, no.  There is a reason they don't wash cars in the winter.
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Live and learn.

1 comment:

Katrina said...

I would love one of these dusters here in Dubai. I put off washing my car just because of time to get to a car wash- the ques are just too long. There are plenty of maids around here that I see washing the family cars at least 1-2 times a week. Not at my house.