Dirt Road and Washing Cars
I have been living down dirt roads, off and on, for many years in various houses. My current home sits at the end of a dirt road. I like knowing that I live in a rather quiet part of the country. There are usually very few cars down here and you know when one doesn’t quite belong. The “neighbors” also recognize which cars belong to which family. We keep an eye out on each other.
Dirt roads can be fun to drive down. I grew up watching “Dukes of Hazzard” and other shows like that from the 70’s and 80’s. I remember going sideways around corners in my white, 1965 GTO and flying over berms and catching some air. Yes, I did that and I still miss that old Goat.
Now, lets move to the current year and no, I don’t drive like that anymore. My current ride is a front-wheel drive, “old-man”, Buick. I don’t think it would do the “tricks” my old car would do, nor would it be as much fun, especially if I had to explain what happened to said car to the insurance company.
What I have learned to enjoy over the years is washing, vacuuming and cleaning the cars. I did that every so often with the older cars, yet, as I got older, I found a new feeling spending the time going over the cars a bit more closely. I also know and understand the investment a bit more as well.
I have been laughed at, and even mocked, for washing my cars especially since I live down a dirt road. Here are a few reasons why I think it is good to wash a car, dirt road or not. Lets see if you agree with one or more.
The first reason is to get out of the house. I don’t like sitting and not doing something. It could be just a restless soul or maybe just enjoying the outside. The next reason is, I enjoy it. Yes, just that simple. I enjoy this “chore” and it allows me to focus on the one thing, the car.
The next reason crosses over a bit. Yes, there is some physical effort to completing this task, but I can work out some muscles I have not used since the last time I washed the cars. Then there is a therapy part, which comes into play since I had a stroke in 2012. This helps with my balance and focus. Most people would not notice I had the stroke if they were to just look at me. I thank God for that every day.
Another reason to wash the car, even while living down a dirt road, I can check the car more closely. I can see the similarities of how someone would carefully go over their dog while giving it a bath, looking for blemishes, bugs or other health issues. I also like to look for any irregularities like scratches, dents or even leaks. This allows me to take the time to check my investments to make sure there is nothing wrong. If I find something wrong, now I know about it and can get it fixed or cleaned up.
An example of a close review, just last week while washing my wife’s truck; I found a little dent in the Ford emblem on the front grille. I think we all know someone who would be absolutely devastated that iconic badge which had such damage, the tragedy of it all. It was just something I found, probably won’t replace it, but now I know its there. Yes, I can get that hyper-focused when washing the car.
One of the last, but not least reasons comes down to a basic human emotion; pride. I enjoy seeing the product of hard work and the gleam of the reflection in the paint. It makes me feel good that I can see the result of the effort put forth. Whether anyone else in the family, friends, neighbors down the road or people driving around me on the highway sees a clean car or just an “old-man” car. I feel that it at least looks like it has been taken care of, just like it takes care of me.
The idea of living down a dirt road might frighten some folks, especially during the rainy season, oh all of that mud. Don’t even mention the very dry season when a small dust storm could be started by mosquito wings, just more in-depth cleaning for me. I personally enjoy living where we live. Our kids say they love it and seem to connect them back to nature, especially when an opportunity of watching the wildlife trot, scoot, fly or stroll around the property comes along
How many of you have or still live down a dirt road? What are your thoughts about washing a car and living down a dirt road? Do you drive down a dirt road and think how fun it can be or do you slow down and try to avoid giving the car a dirt bath? I think all of that dirt adds to the stories that families and friends can share about their cars.