I thought Chicago was the Windy City, but with all the recent gales in our little burg, I'm beginning to wonder. With
the Dust Bowl-like conditions, are the car-wash people trying to drum up business? - Had Enough
The recent winds confirm what we've suspected all along: That weather is controlled by local car-wash
The evidence is overwhelming. Whenever you wash your vehicle, it will rain or snow. Guaranteed. Can there be any other
Inside the foaming brush, there's a secret sensor that creates soap suds but also alters the jet stream.
Want more proof? Why do car washes offer Rain-X as a rinse option? Why offer Rain-X if it's not supposed to rain?
Of course, the car-wash people deny they have the power to change the weather.
It's been steady at the car wash, but I've not noticed a huge increase," said Jacques Chartier, assistant manager at
Jacques claimed he has zero influence on the weather.
If I did, it would be sunny and 75 all the time," he said with a laugh.
Meanwhile at the Clean Machine, a mobile detailing service, owner Al Librande said he was busy but not swamped.
I'm working it," he said.
That might well be, but we all know Al plays a key role in the recent dusty winds and precipitation.
Even the National Weather Service denies the car wash/ climate link. Forecasters there say the wind and dust is normal
Spring is windy in western Colorado," said Byron Lawrence, a Weather Service hydrologist.
We get strong cold fronts from the Pacific, and the extreme temperature differences produce strong winds. Actually,it's quite typical weather."
A likely story, indeed!
Regardless of science or so-called facts," the only sure way to stop the winds and dust is to not wash your
Judging by the number of truly filthy vehicles in Durango, a lot of people are trying to counterbalance the cabal of
car-wash climate control.
Last Sunday, I noticed some hand-lettered signs (similar to signs for garage sales) claiming that a portion of Goeglein
Gulch Road was closed for an athletic event. Does the Fort Lewis College athletic department have the authority to
close public roads? I also wondered if I could close my street for a block party? - Bob
Last week's event, the 10th annual Squawker Road Classic bike races, was on the up and up, with race organizers filling
out all required city permits to close public streets temporarily.
The hand-lettered signs were just a courtesy to let the motoring public know why and when the closure would be in
It's better than a generic orange Road Closed" sign.
Besides, there are no Road Closed" signs remaining in the Four Corners. The Florida Road construction crew has rented
Anyway, if you want to close a street for a bike race, a block party or other wingding, all you have to do is fill out
a special events permit 45 days before.
Forms are available from the code-enforcement offices at City Hall or at the Transit Center, and the folks there will
help walk you through the process.
You should plan a block party. Block parties are a great idea. There is no better way to foster civic pride and develop
Plus you could have a hand-lettered sign: Street closed today for neighborhood block party so we can be reminded of
what odd ducks and whackadoodles we live next to."
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