Today is my birthday, and I have a tradition: Every April 28, I detail my car.
I spend hours doing a thorough wash, I vacuum inside, I polish all the black plastic and rubber, I clean every crack and nook and crevice, and then I apply two coats of wax.
The whole process takes a good 8 hours, and I take great pride in the final outcome.
I also like to go through the ritual, or at least a shorter version of it, before road trips. I catch some flack for that one, because the clean car doesn’t usually last more than a few hundred miles. Even still, I like starting with a spotless car and then washing off the road grime when I get back home.
It’s a lot of work to wash the car, but I also really enjoy the process. So news of a car that washes itself is taken with an equal dose of relief and dismay, along with a little bit of trepidation.
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