Review: Washing Cars & Wasting Time

washingcarsPublisher: Orange Hat Publishing
Author: John Oliva
Genre: Memoir
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

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.

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.

About the Author:
John Oliva has found relative success for himself despite working seven years during high school and college at his family’s self-service car wash. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and has had his engineering research published in peer-reviewed engineering journals and conference proceedings. John spent the first half of his career as an engineering professor. He has since held several different engineering positions in the fields of defense, nuclear physics research, and currently the solar industry. At each step of the way, he manages to attract strange characters, unlikely circumstances, and hard-to-believe occurrences while just trying to live his life. John resides in mid-Michigan with his wife and daughter…both of whom think he’s nuts.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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