Risks of Vacuuming a Car
Miss Sugar was concerned about the untidiness of our car. She directed me to go to the vacuum by the automatic car wash where we had just purchased gasoline. There are no attendants. Customers punch in a code after purchasing a car wash at the convenience store/gas station/car wash. You can even pay at the pump. That is, as I said, for a car wash. You can’t pay for using the vacuum that way.
The vacuum operates on quarters. We needed six of them to pay the $1.50 minimum amount of time on the vacuum.
Sugar searched her purse for quarters as she stood outside the car by the vacuum. She was successful. She inserted the quarters and we each vacuumed a side of the interior of the car. Then we left.
We had not gone far when Sugar shrieked, “Go back. Go back. I left my purse by the vacuum.”
No woman wants to lose her purse, but Sugar especially treasures this particular purse. It was a Valentine Day present from me a few years ago. I designed it and then had a saddle-maker actually make it. It looks like half of a saddlebag. It has our ranch brand on it as well as a Texas star. Sugar gets lots of compliments on it.
I made a quick U-turn and headed back toward the car wash.
On the way, Sugar lamented.
“Everything I have is in it. Hurry! I saw a woman standing outside the store. She probably took it.”
I tried to reassure Sugar. “Maybe that lady or someone else will turn it in at the counter.”
We got back to the vacuum and, to our relief, the purse was still there, right where it was left.
All’s well that ends well. Plus, we have a cleaner car.