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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Singing The Car Wash Blues: Pay More, Get Less

Posted 12-13-2023 at 07:24 PM by case44
Updated 12-13-2023 at 07:44 PM by case44

There probably aren't two worse things in life than weak coffee and weak soap. They usually wouldn't go together, but then, people who dared might try. Well, if you happen to put that weak soap in your weak coffee, then forget it. It won't improve the taste.

Now, when I need my car cleaned, having strong soap is vitally important. Recently, I took Junior (my new car) to a newer car wash to have it cleaned up. For one visit, it seemed to do well, as opposed to how inconsistent the soap and pre-soak were at another nearby car wash which had been my main go-to for a while in the old car. Well, there were a couple of subsequent visits, and the self-serve wand wasn't producing strong enough soap, and that forced me to go to the brush (which is fine, but not what I prefer). Laborious is the foam brush, trying to get all the nooks and crannies. That's not all, either.

At the newer car wash, I shelled out eight quarters and got three minutes. How do you like that? Eight quarters for three lousy minutes. So, I'd shell out whatever amount of quarters I still had left, prompting a walk over to that trusty change machine. I put in a five dollar bill. That's about what I needed to finish this wash-and-rinse job. Guess it should be time to head back to the old car wash. When it came time for Junior to get washed again, there I'd be at the old stomping ground, grabbing the wand after depositing six quarters, plus eight to ten more. Expensive. If this keeps up, car washes will one day cost more than a plate of Chateaubriand. What matters for the now is that I have better soap and pre-soak at the old car wash, provided I go into the right bays. They have more than others, but a few are weak, so my timing must be right.

After all, Junior deserves the very best. That car wash wand must produce pure magic.
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    Inflation is apparently not just limited to food, housing, and gasoline. Car washes these days want Fort Knox.
    Posted 12-28-2023 at 04:44 PM by malfunction malfunction is offline

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