Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Rain maker

Our tropical weather is just too weird. We were complaining about the heat and then suddenly we're rewarded with a heavy downpour. It was pouring when I arrived at the office this morning.

My Korean associate had an epiphany when he visited recently. We were driving in the rain when he suddenly exclaimed, "Now I know why the streets in Singapore are so clean. You have so much rain!'

Good point there. Now you know why I never bother to wash my car. All I have to do is to wash my car and the rain will come. If I wax it, I'll be rewarded with a thunderstorm like today. I forgot to tell him that I had washed my car just before he arrived.

You see, my car was shiny and gleaming when it left the workshop yesterday. I paid an extra $11 to get it washed and vacuumed. Let's just say it has never been so clean in many years. I warn my friends not to wear black when they sit in my car because they will only emerge with lots of white fur on their clothes.

The mechanic was appalled by the amount of dust accumulated in the aircon filter. He fished out a nasty looking thing from the bin and dangled it before me like a prized catch, "Look! I have never seen such a dirty filter all my life!"

I didn't quite know where to hide my face, so the easiest thing to do was to push the blame on the dog. "Must be dog's fur in there." I replied. "I bring my dog everywhere you see..."

To me, a car is a utility vehicle, not a showpiece. That's why it's called an SUV! The only mistake I made was in the colour. Black is cool but it's also very unforgiving. Dust and water marks show up too easily which reflects badly on a lazy owner like me.

When we were living at the farm, a muddy SUV fitted in perfectly against the landscape. In fact, it looked kinda cool. Now that we're living in the suburbs, a dirty car sticks out like a sore thumb in a carpark lined with shiny cars.

My neighbours give me a dirty look when they see me driving in but I'm not caving in yet. I haven't gotten used to washing my car in the tiny space called the washing bay. I find it easier to use the garden hose at the farm. For now, I'll just have to rely on the rain to do the job.

However, in case you're in need of rain, please holler. I'll wash my car and the rain will surely come.


Petunia Lee said...

This is a hilarious post!!

The Real Mother Hen said...

I thought I'm a lazy car owner... till I drove my friend's car for a few weeks when my car was sick. I decided to tidy it up before returning to the owner, and I found old food from McDonald's, cookies, a set of keys (which they thought was lost forever), toys, best of all, a can of milk that was there since last Christmas. It was so funny.

Anonymous said...

Delighted to read abt yr car washing experience. Glad I'm not alone. Mum's maid washes my car always on a Tuesday and invariably it wld rain, sometimes even as she's washing it. Suspected she had pawanged the process! But yr story tells me there's a new law in the making: washing cars bring on the rain! ;)

Unknown said...

I am the same way, my car has sand - everywhere! and sometimes it smells like seaweed, and shells, and wet towels and stuff.

Blur Ting said...

Petunia - I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

Blur Ting said...

MH - Oh my! Did the milk turn to cheese? You're such a sweetheart, you clean the car for them!

Blur Ting said...

Auntie Lucia - Oh, so you have that same problem too? Now I know why we're getting so much rain!

Blur Ting said...

Shello - Yes, I would imagine that cos you guys do such fun things!