Division of Labor

Jan washes our car on rallies. She says it’s only fair since I do the maintenance. I feel slightly guilty but not guilty enough to help unless Jan asks and she seems to do alright; she gets help elsewhere. One guy come over when Jan was washing and said his chamois would do a better job and he’d show her just how to do it.  I quickly disappeared and he finished the job with Jan “watching and learning”. If he wants to wash our car, it’s fine with me. Other racers give me a hard time because we know of only one other wife who washes their car, but I think they’re just jealous. What’s your opinion; is this a fair division of labor?

No other questions today because I’m sure I will get enough comments and probably Jan will too!

See you on the road to Paris,


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to Division of Labor

  1. TBC says:

    Forget the whether-it’s-a-fair-division-of-labor question. FORGET the chamois. The guy, while well meaning, doesn’t know car finishes. Chamois cloth can suck the oils out of the paint and make it dull. no, No, NO!!! Poor Stewball. He’ll be lackluster by the time you reach the Gobi Desert!

    Take a look at CarCareOnline.com. Arnie has used them for years. Their help is fantastic.

    For wax, Arnie uses Zymol and very-well-and-oft-washed cotton diapers. Don’t laugh! They’re the softest thing you can use.

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