The Car Wash Life

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Snow: Not All It's Cracked Up to Be?

To have published a blog entry with such a title a decade ago would've caused car wash operators in snowy climates to burn me at the stake. Gasoline would've continually been poured on me. Anyone who tried to stop the burning would've have met the same fate as me. Today car wash owners find... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Jake is working today. Howard Booth needed a second person to help with a two big automatic touch-free jobs at Location B. As the title indicates, this is a one-time thing right now. I know Dad wasn't feeling optimistic about Jake coming back once business picks up. However, to me this is a sign he... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Machines Are Taking Over

A lot of mega convenience stores, and some mom and operations, have lottery vending machines. Lottery players can buy scratch-offs and regular lottery tickets. Economically, it makes a lot of sense. Lottery margins are 5%. Some lottery users have a tendency to slow down a line. So someone who is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Free Pass

I was at Location D and went up to the mechanical room. Uh, oh. One of the employees had his keys in the lock. The door was ajar, which was not good either. Someone had left in a hurry. I took the keys to Dad. "Those are Carl's keys," Dad said. "He was the last one here." Dad called Carl, who was... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 21, 2018


"This changer's out of service," Dad said to me at Location Y. It was July 2007. Marty Goldberg was away on vacation. Marty trusted Dad to empty out his car wash. Normally, Dad had Timothy Stockton with him to carry the heavy bucket of quarters under his watchful eye. A decade earlier, he had caught... Sign in to see full entry.

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