Washing Cars and Wasting Time

Thoughts wcawtbyjco Misadventures at a Family-Run Car Wash by John C. Oliva, Orange Hat Publishing 2013, 144 pages, tradeback

Gift from Jennifer of Relentless Reading (or perhaps I won it in a giveaway?)

This is exactly what the title and subtitle suggest – short vignettes about what it meant to own a car wash in the 70s. Nothing too outstanding, not terribly exciting, either. He met interesting people, both horrid and wonderful; the stories offer views of ‘slice of life’, coming of age, and challenges in running a small-business. Well-written, plenty of absurdity and told with a touch of humor.

Rating: Three slices of pie. No pie was mentioned in the course of the book.
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4 thoughts on “Washing Cars and Wasting Time

  1. I think the excitement factor can go up quite a bit given the location of the car wash! I was a NY transplant to Hollywood, Ca. in the 70s and the car washes there had a lot of action! Remember the song from that movie Car Wash? Wasn’t filmed in Hollywood but that movie car wash was like all the ones around me. A hot bed of activity be it prostitution or drugs. Yes, I was a little 7 year old checking all this stuff out.

    1. This book did include some outrageous stunts on what customer’s attempted to get away with but overall, the telling wasn’t TOO crazy. 🙂

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