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Editor Phillip Lawless isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and give you the straight soap on what he sees and hears in the world of carwashing.

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Blog: I need winter weather inspiration

January 30, 2013
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Winter Storm 2013 roared through Alabama, and many felt the wild beast’s wrath! Okay, so maybe that’s overly dramatic. But, during the day yesterday, most of North and Central Alabama received 2 to 3 inches of snow.

Yeah, we know, that’s nothing to seasoned snow bunnies. Still, this one-day storm has been quite a bugger for many. After making it home safely and slowly over some iced bridges, my winter fun began. As I walked through my yard enjoying the rare sight of snow, my wife came outside and slammed the door. “What do you have this heater set on? It’s freezing in here.” To make a long story short, the furnace is currently kaput.

Today, instead of typing in my comfortable cubicle, I’m writing this in my home study that is heated only by a fireplace. As I fret through this seemingly endless wait for the furnace repair man, I need cold weather inspiration … a shining light to guide me during this shivering, 41-degree nightmare.

Enter an article printed by The Star Press. Yesterday, the newspaper profiled Destry Lee, a carwash manager who regularly runs the operation in dead-cold Muncie, IN. How does Lee feel about working in a carwash in the dead of winter?

“I’ve done it so long, it doesn’t really bother me,” 26-year-old Lee said in the story. He started working for the carwash at 17 years old, and he said it’s actually easier to clean cars in the winter. “It’s tougher to clean them in the summer because of the bugs.”

Motorists come to the wash in winter because they want to remove the dried-on spray of snow, slush and road salt that covers their cars. On the day the reporter visited the site, there was a constant flow of dirty vehicles.

Still, I wondered, what protective gear keeps Lee and his crew warm during the coldest days? The article noted that Toboggan caps are standard gear, and Lee has also been issued a heavy Carhartt outfit. As a rule, he can’t wear gloves because he normally collects the money. His feet are a different matter. “I like my rubber boots because they keep my feet dry,” Lee said in the story. “That’s a no-no in the winter, wet feet. I’ve had to learn my lesson.”

Even with all the weather considerations, Lee prefers working outside. “I take pride in my work,” he said in the article. Like many owners, managers and employees across the car care industry, Lee does his best day-in, day-out to make customers happy regardless of weather conditions. That is inspiration that anyone — in any industry ­­— can definitely take to the bank. Regardless of uncomfortable situations or small problems, there is no excuse for not trying our hardest or giving our best. That idea should warm any reader on a frigid winter’s day.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to throw another log on the fire. I think it’s below 70 degrees in here.