The Car Wash Life

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I Make His Life Easier

Believe it or not, my father for the longest time did not want me to make the car wash business my full-time job. He was similar to Pop Pop in that regard. Like Pop Pop, he wanted his son to have a nice, 9 to 5 suit-and-tie job. Unlike Pop Pop, Dad was not hostile to the idea of his son working... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dealers Required but...

I have written before that Maryland requires Oil Companies to have dealers at their stations. However, not all Maryland gas stations have dealers. How can that be? One would think the Attorney General of Maryland, Brian Frosh, would be launching a lawsuit to rectify that. However, those stations... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Icy Solution

Dad faced a Location A problem in 2002 where the automatic touch free's auto cashier would not work. It would not take money, credit cars or the paper notes customers could buy if they wanted to buy their wash from the cashier. I remember the first time it happened. Dad and Steve Redder were beating... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Strong Reaction

Mom told me about a time in January when she was at her nearby Big Bank branch. A commercial customer was getting her deposit counted. The teller doing that customer's transaction said, "You've got to have the bills facing the same way. If you're not going to do that, take your business elsewhere."... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Matter of Donuts

It was Christmas Dinner 1997. Dad shared some interesting news with the family. He said he had been approached by an oil company about leasing a gas station. "I think the place can do well," Dad said, "but it needs something to draw them in. It only has gas and a small store." "You ought to ask them... Sign in to see full entry.

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