As a general rule, you can tell how long someone has had their car by the method and frequency that they wash it. Take me, for example. The first few months I had my truck, I would wash it at least once a week. I was sure to use the safest cleaner and the softest, non-abrasive cloth, Armor All on the inside, along with tire cleaner, wheel cleaner, etc. And I'd only rinse it with the natural flow of the hose, never a super-high-powered spray nozzle. Not on my super shiny, Victory Red street rod.
Then, after a little while, I started slacking. I'd only wash it every other week. Then came a day where it really needed washing, but I didn't want to hand wash it, so I took it to the car wash and sprayed it down, cringing at the thought that I might be damaging the resilient, yet precious, clear coat. And finally, after a few more months, it was time for the first trip thru the drive-thru car wash, with those big spinnning, whirling nylon brushes, turning at Mach 2, where you can practically hear the paint being chipped away bit by bit. But after a few times, even that doesn't bother you anymore.
And now? I just hope it rains once in awhile.
Yesterday, I was watching Pablo Picasso do his thing (swim, not paint), when I noticed two long streaks along the back wall of his plastic one-gallon aquarium. Upon further investigation, I realized the wall was cracking! It wasn't leaking yet, but I didn't know how much longer it would last. I tried to remain calm, so Pablo wouldn't panic. But I promise he was looking at me like, "Hello! Do you not see those cracks, man? Come on and get me outta here!" I ran to Wal-Mart and purchased another aquarium and got it set up and ready to go for him. Can't let anything happen to my little buddy. I tell you what, now as soon as I turn the light on in my room, he swims to the little corner where I feed him. What a smart boy!
Out of the blue
A girl I dated like in 1994 called the other day. That was interesting. Wow, that's a long time ago. Why do I seem to get along so well with ex-girlfriends? Anyhow, I'm sure glad I'm not still hung up on anyone I dated years ago. That would be a shame, and would probably even get in the way of what could be some very meaningful, long-lasting current relationships. Hmm, that's odd, I don't recall it ever lightning before on a cloudless, sunny day.
Was talking to a friend of mine the other night who recently went to a Speed Dating thing. She said you had eight minutes to talk to ten different people. She's exchanged emails since with a couple of the guys, but no dates yet. I don't think I could ever do something like that or match.com. Too many freaks. Then I'd be dead and my story would be on City Confidential or something.
In one other bit of good news, I found my Yourself Or Someone Like You CD the other day. I had the case, but had not been able to find the disc for several weeks. And if you know much about CD's, you know that the disc is really the integral part of the disc/jewel case association. So anyway, I listened to that a couple of times thru. That's still their best album to me.
I think I'm headed up to Nashville tomorrow for the day. Don't know what else is going on. Hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!
"And we always say, it would be good to go away someday. But if there's nothing there to make things change, if it's the same for you, I'll just hang, the same for you, I'll always hang..."