Have you ever wondered how you’ve managed to get as far through life as you have? Sure, we all wonder that about other people at times, but did you ever doubt your own smarts?
Recently, the SPCA ran a promotion by which making a $50 donation would get you a coupon entitling you to unlimited car washes at Delta Sonic for one year at the price of $19.95 per month (a $10.00 per month discount). Joining Delta Sonic’s unlimited plan also allows you to go through the express lane rather than the cashier lane. I had been thinking of going unlimited for some time, so the SPCA offer sounded perfect.
Now, instead of getting my car washed three times a month at a cost of about $20.00, I could go every single day if I wished, for only $19.95. What a deal!
Having signed up, I couldn’t wait to start using that express lane. Today, it was warm enough that I had my chance.
I pulled up to the express lane and waited for the lift gate to rise. It didn’t – despite the fact that I clearly heard a beep as the automatic reader took note of the Delta Sonic tag affixed to my rear driver’s side window.
Maybe it just takes a few moments? So, I waited. And waited.
Hm. Maybe I didn’t pull up far enough. So I pulled forward until the nose of my vehicle was nearly against the gate. And waited. And waited.
Nuts. Maybe I pulled too far forward and the machine didn’t really read that tag. So I backed up. Despite the fact that there was now a car waiting behind me. I could almost hear that driver thinking, “This IS the express lane, isn’t it?”
I waited some more. And waited. Why the hell isn’t that damn gate going up? I paid for the damn subscription! Come on, already.
Fortunately, the driver behind me was a senior citizen who was obviously in no hurry whatsoever, and there were no vehicles behind him inasmuch as it was only 8:00 am.
Finally, a Delta Sonic employee approached my vehicle and motioned for me to roll down my window. Turns out the machine I was looking at wasn’t just a tag reader – it had buttons for choosing extras like body gloss and tire dressing. Drivers who don’t want those extras must press “No Thanks” before the gate will open.
And now I saw that they are really prominent buttons! Duh. The Delta Sonic employee pushed the “No Thanks” button for me, the gate lifted, and I was on my way into the bowels of the car wash itself.
After going through the drying lane, I drove to work and parked my nice clean vehicle in the lot behind the building.
And then it started to rain.
Followed by snow.
But that’s all right – I have UNLIMITED car washes! I can go back again tomorrow!
Images by Cordelia’s Mom