It what seems like a long time ago and many light years away, I ran a Car Wash business with my family. We built, serviced, sold parts, really just did it all in the self serve car wash industry. It was a good job and we had a lot of fun doing it during the Roaring Nineties.
Owning your own business is hard work, a lot of hard work. Long hours, little to no vacation time and the constant go go go of doing. I can only imagine trying to do this kind of work in the era of everyone has a cell phone. It would drive me nuts. It was bad enough getting the Saturday night calls that could have waited until Monday.
But we had fun building them and doing the work. We didn't make a ton of money but there was always the fringe benefits. The going out to eat in a 'business meeting' and saying, someone say car wash and having the company pick up the tab, that was cool. Or the ability to schedule stuff around the kids activities, that was cool too.
We also got to go to conventions, like the one in Chicago that was so much fun. Heck we did the con and went to the aquarium and the museum and shopped downtown. I think that trip sold us on Chicago and we, as a family, love going there to this day whenever we can. You want to see traffic, go downtown on a Friday afternoon and dodge all the crazy sheeple heading home from work. Makes you think twice about that old saw, rubbin's racin'.
It was a good time that passed into other things, like the game store and now beyond. Hey, I learned a lot about a lot and that's what counts. And no, I have no idea why the picture turned out that way, we were just shooting for a pic showing our ability to build washes. There it is, sometimes the strangest things happen while your busy being all serious and such.
On that note, next time your washing your car in the Mid-Mitten area, chances are, we built that wash. So go clean that car and make it sparkle, gotta look good as you wander you know...