On Sunday at the Latin Mass coffee hour I dined out on this experience. In Buffalo you are not brought up to pay to have your car washed. You are supposed to wash your car yourself. And we are all fascinated by the experience of going through a car wash.
Not being brought up to go through a car wash, I have been in one only... well, only once. The Buffalo News had me doing a story on going through Delta Sonic on the first warm day of spring and so I did.
What a pain! I remember begging Howard to go with me however Howard would not. I had to go through on my own. Not easy!
This second time around was just as challenging.
The car wash puts out no prices, no options. There was nothing in print as far as I could determine. It is expected that you know these things.
As I was heading into the car wash I had to notice for myself that one lane, you did not go in that lane, nobody was in it. Everybody was in the other lane. The lane on the right was not open, however nobody told you that. There were no signs.
When I got out of the car wash the drama continued. The arrows were all pointing in this one direction however when I followed them, the only exit I could find was the road going the wrong way. It was the road where the people coming into the car wash were supposed to go.
Luckily nobody was coming into the car wash at that moment. However I thought, I must be wrong. I backed up the car. I looked around.
I could not figure out any other way out!
So I went out the wrong way. I reached Sheridan Drive successfully, hung a right, and I was out of there.
I do want to become accustomed to going to the car wash. Sure, you get hosed -- pun intended.
Still it is worth it to get your car cleaned. I am trying to get my life together and cleaning my car is part of that. I am, as YouTube motivation gurus would put it, raising my floor.
The car wash was part of a larger surge. On the way to Delta Sonic I also went to the dry cleaner, for the first time in my life. And to the shoemaker, also for the first time in my life.
But that is another story for another day.