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I'm pretty sure the neighbors think I'm nuts when they see me out in the rain, in my duster, washing the car . . .

Washing the car in the rain - 2009

The only time I ever wash the car is in the rain. The thing is, the only time any one else washes their cars is on sunny days, because I guess they like to wash it, and shine it, and admire it, and maybe drive around in the shiny car.

I have however noticed that I have what I think is called "hard water", which has a lot of minerals in it, and wherever it air-dries it leaves behind a white residue. This residue builds up on certain of our plumbing fixtures and, even with the chemicals that are supposed to remove it, is nearly impossible to remove.  So exactly what would this residue, or the chemicals, or the required compounding, do to a relatively fragile surface like the paint on a car?

I could spend a lot of time on this but I won't, because the easy answer is - - - I wash the car in the rain.  Then the rainwater washes away the hard municipal water.  And it looks fine.  And I never have to worry about whether it's going to rain after I wash the car.  Makes perfect sense to me.

Date: 2009-09-27 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Stu, I'm sure that washing your car in the rain is just the icing on your Crazy Cake for the neighbors :)

I think it's brilliant! I'm going to use that excuse for my truck, too.

I'm sure you're right.

Date: 2009-09-29 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thing is, I am clearly on a different planet than the neighbors (and most other people in the world). For example:

After WorldCon, being just a little excited, I told some of the neighbors about Steve's success.

A couple days later one of the other neighbors approached me and said that I must really be pleased, what with my son winning a car. We had a ridiculous conversation, and after it was over I realized he thought Steve won a Yugo! (Especially odd, since Yugos haven't been brought into this country since 1991)

But even so . . . a Yugo????? Like I said, a different planet.
Edited Date: 2009-09-29 02:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-27 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Y'know, that actually makes a lot of sense. We have hard water here too (which means instantly drying pots and pans after washing or you get that white residue), and I've not bothered to wash my car for the past almost 2 years because we are also in severe drought. Reckon I might park it out front on the next rainy day though.

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