counter create hit Washing Cars & Wasting Time - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Washing Cars & Wasting Time

Availability: Ready to download

Have you ever been given the impromptu offer to buy a crossbow from a random stranger? Has your life ever been threatened over $1.75 in quarters? Can you say that you have ever been so bored that sifting through broken glass and cigarette butts constituted an accepted pastime? Those are just a sampling of the many adventures that I had while working as an attendant at Spee Have you ever been given the impromptu offer to buy a crossbow from a random stranger? Has your life ever been threatened over $1.75 in quarters? Can you say that you have ever been so bored that sifting through broken glass and cigarette butts constituted an accepted pastime? Those are just a sampling of the many adventures that I had while working as an attendant at Speedee Car Wash in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I also learned to never untie a plastic grocery bag that you find in the trash. I was taught that there is not as great of a distinction between a car wash and a pawnshop as most people may think and that there are fewer bikini-clad girls washing cars than Hollywood would have people believe. Despite all of the abrasive customers; cold, tiring winter hours; hot, boredom-filled, and even longer summer hours, I got some great stories to tell out of those years. And they are compiled here in Washing Cars & Wasting Time. Oh yeah...and we managed to wash a couple of cars amidst all of the chaos as well.


Compare
Ads Banner

Have you ever been given the impromptu offer to buy a crossbow from a random stranger? Has your life ever been threatened over $1.75 in quarters? Can you say that you have ever been so bored that sifting through broken glass and cigarette butts constituted an accepted pastime? Those are just a sampling of the many adventures that I had while working as an attendant at Spee Have you ever been given the impromptu offer to buy a crossbow from a random stranger? Has your life ever been threatened over $1.75 in quarters? Can you say that you have ever been so bored that sifting through broken glass and cigarette butts constituted an accepted pastime? Those are just a sampling of the many adventures that I had while working as an attendant at Speedee Car Wash in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I also learned to never untie a plastic grocery bag that you find in the trash. I was taught that there is not as great of a distinction between a car wash and a pawnshop as most people may think and that there are fewer bikini-clad girls washing cars than Hollywood would have people believe. Despite all of the abrasive customers; cold, tiring winter hours; hot, boredom-filled, and even longer summer hours, I got some great stories to tell out of those years. And they are compiled here in Washing Cars & Wasting Time. Oh yeah...and we managed to wash a couple of cars amidst all of the chaos as well.

30 review for Washing Cars & Wasting Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lee

    I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really enjoyed Washing Cars & Wasting Time: Misadventures at a Family-Run Car Wash. John C. Oliva's down-to-earth and relatable experiences at a family-run business in the Midwest echo many people's own "organized chaos" days as minimum-wage helper monkeys in family-owned or mom-and-pop establishments. Certain catchphrases from the Speedee Car Wash like, "Even when I'm scrubbin'?" and "Oh, my I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a fair and honest review. I really enjoyed Washing Cars & Wasting Time: Misadventures at a Family-Run Car Wash. John C. Oliva's down-to-earth and relatable experiences at a family-run business in the Midwest echo many people's own "organized chaos" days as minimum-wage helper monkeys in family-owned or mom-and-pop establishments. Certain catchphrases from the Speedee Car Wash like, "Even when I'm scrubbin'?" and "Oh, my achin' ass" made me laugh so hard I scared my cat, who looked at me guffawing on the couch like I had sprouted a third head. As it were, this book is written by someone who seems like a real person talking TO his readership instead of AT us. My only qualms were some minor editing errors, such as "role of the dice" instead of "roll of the dice." Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable, quick read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shanna Horne

    Well done John Oliva! This book not only kept me laughing, but also reminded me of the life lessons we should all remember on a daily basis.. When's the next book coming out?! ;)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee-Ann

    I enjoyed this. I did not realise there was so much that could happen at a carwash ... I eye the one near our house (which is just an automatic one) with suspicion even. John's dad sounds like a few bosses that I have had, and in a strange way they are the ones you remember the most with respect. The thing that took my breath away, was what happened to Scott ... all we are left with was one line. What, why ???

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I enjoyed this book. I liked the dad's attitude. I never had the opportunity to to a "manned" car wash. Would have been interesting. Some good tips at the end. I'd recommend this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I cannot wait to read this book! Anticipating good things!!! I will update this review once I have been able to purchase and read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abby Kavalow

    I laughed, I cried... But mostly I laughed. This book is a great read, I finished it in one sitting! If you're looking for something funny, definitely check this book out!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Most of us have a friend or family member who has a knack for storytelling. No matter how mundane the topic, their stories are always interesting and funny. Everyone listens. You may have said to this person, "you should write a book!" and really meant it. John C. Oliva did just that with Washing Cars & Wasting Time. These stories are easy to relate to; the car wash itself merely the setting. I laughed out loud many times. I shared with my husband, which prompted reminiscing of our own adventures Most of us have a friend or family member who has a knack for storytelling. No matter how mundane the topic, their stories are always interesting and funny. Everyone listens. You may have said to this person, "you should write a book!" and really meant it. John C. Oliva did just that with Washing Cars & Wasting Time. These stories are easy to relate to; the car wash itself merely the setting. I laughed out loud many times. I shared with my husband, which prompted reminiscing of our own adventures in retail. Oliva tells his stories with a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic tone and a touch of off-color humor. The perfect tone for retail horror stories! I love his dad! He is my hero, with his nonchalant "customer is usually wrong" attitude. This book is a therapeutic kind of poetic justice for anyone who has had to adhere to the "customer is always right" motto. We find that boredom can lead to some pretty stupid (albeit hilarious) shenanigans on the part of the employees, too. This is a light, fast read. If you enjoy humorous memoirs, you will love Washing Cars & Wasting Time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    werejumpinbooks

    Humorous! John did an amazing job, and has a natural talent for writing. Every story he told you could totally see it happening with someone you may know. He brought his Dad, and his whole family to life through his words. His writing had me smiling and laughing as I was reading along. Even in the beginning of the book his Dad had me laughing. The neighbor across the street left his truck in front of the wrecker service doors, and the Dad insisted on “lesson-learned” motto, haha! (hey, I can’t jus Humorous! John did an amazing job, and has a natural talent for writing. Every story he told you could totally see it happening with someone you may know. He brought his Dad, and his whole family to life through his words. His writing had me smiling and laughing as I was reading along. Even in the beginning of the book his Dad had me laughing. The neighbor across the street left his truck in front of the wrecker service doors, and the Dad insisted on “lesson-learned” motto, haha! (hey, I can’t just tell you what happens, you will need to read this book to find out!) The smart-ass tone reminded me a lot of my Dad, and I could so just picture what it was like to be face-to-face with him while this scene played out. This is a short, but fun read! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good laugh, or three. We're Jumpin' Books

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Merritt

    I absolutely LOVED this book!! There were so many "LOL" moments ( I literally laughed out loud!) that made this book so entertaining, and kept me interested from beginning to end.. I loved the writing, humor, tips, family values, and even the parts that sometimes made me cringe! (Dumpster diving!) The "Diapers" story was my favorite!! :) I was so crushed to read about Scott in the end.. All in all this book was a great read! I would recommend "Washing Cars & Wasting Time" to anyone who needs a g I absolutely LOVED this book!! There were so many "LOL" moments ( I literally laughed out loud!) that made this book so entertaining, and kept me interested from beginning to end.. I loved the writing, humor, tips, family values, and even the parts that sometimes made me cringe! (Dumpster diving!) The "Diapers" story was my favorite!! :) I was so crushed to read about Scott in the end.. All in all this book was a great read! I would recommend "Washing Cars & Wasting Time" to anyone who needs a good laugh! Well done John C. Oliva!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    I liked the book. The beginning talks about what a great story teller the father was. It may have been funnier if he had written the book. The stories were interesting but most were not that funny. I think the first story in the book was the best. It was enjoyable to read about the people who don't think before they do something, and of course those who are always trying to get away with something.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Fun read, but sometimes reads more like a blog. I didn't need to know all the technical stuff either. Full review plus giveaway will be up on my book blog starting 6/9/13: http://booksithinkyoushouldread.blogs... Fun read, but sometimes reads more like a blog. I didn't need to know all the technical stuff either. Full review plus giveaway will be up on my book blog starting 6/9/13: http://booksithinkyoushouldread.blogs...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    http://www.therelentlessreader.com/20... http://www.therelentlessreader.com/20...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Great and humorous read. Check out my review at The Book Wheel. Great and humorous read. Check out my review at The Book Wheel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Maples

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Blackwood

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    DNF.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joachim

  19. 5 out of 5

    Words for Worms Katie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Care

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayt

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 4 out of 5

    Princess Amber

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Klapka

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan Muething

  27. 4 out of 5

    Troy Wolfe

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Jeanine Ibarguen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.