I just rinsed, washed, dried and waxed the car, lovingly, by hand.
Of course, there are three reasons to wax a car:
- To make it easier to clean later.
- To help protect it from acid rain, chemicals in puddles, and other hazards of fall driving.
- To make it really, really shiny.
At least two of these seem to be legitimate reasons to spend time waxing a big metal toy, if one is about to drive several thousand miles in it.
On an unrelated note, one of the things I hate most about moving is having to throw things away. Not junk things; those are good to get rid of. I mean perfectly good things, like the bottle of peanut sauce I bought a couple of months ago.
I keep having to remind myself that in the grand scheme of relocation, $40 of assorted groceries and household cleaning materials is not that big of a deal. However, my parents were apparently successful beyond their wildest dreams at programming me to hate waste.