In the Car Wash

In the Car Wash | East Wenatchee, WA | 2018

The automatic car wash seems to me a technological miracle on par with intermittent windshield wipers. It’s a melding of chemistry, hydraulics and robotics that is largely overlooked and under-appreciated. Really. Crowds should gather to applaud the human-less spraying, scrubbing, soaping, rinsing and waxing that make our vehicles so spiffy. The auto wash also ranks high on my list of low-intensity thrills, right behind our town’s nine-story glass elevator but ahead of our only escalator.