It is Pine Pollen Season™ here in my Fair City and the poor Emperor was literally freckled with yellow dots. Dots form because it rained yesterday on the evenly dusted surfaces of the car and that makes the water bead up. I used the California Duster® this morning in the garage this morning, the lose pollen came off, but the dots remained. Along with both our finger prints on the doors and trunk.1 At the end of the day there was another fine layer of pollen all over the car. Seeing as tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day and we’ll take the Sonata to work, with the Miata staying in the garage, when we got home tonight, I decided to wash it.
Because I wash the cars under the metal carport the Sonata normally lives under, to wash the Miata, the Sonata has to be backed to the end of the driveway. Even thought I can count the pine trees in our neighborhood on one hand2 the blueish hued Purple Whale was nearly green from its thick coating of pollen too making it hard to see where the end of the driveway is.
So after washing the Emperor, I went ahead and washed the Purple Whale even though I know it is kind of a waste of time.3 Sure it needed it, but right now as I sit inside typing this, the car is slowing being re-covered with a dusting of yellow pollen. Plus with tomorrow’s rain by the end of the work day the Sonata will be covered in yellow freckles just like I removed from the Miata.
Started down, went up, went down, back up, still up.
Miata Top Transitions since 10/24/08: 1471
1 This time of year CSI:Aiken techs are out collecting this stuff for fingerprinting on dark surfaces at later crime scenes.
2 And I did just that while rollerblading around the neighborhood this afternoon, there were 5.
3 Technically washing the Miata was a waste too, because even though it is inside in the garage the pollen is so tenacious it’ll find its way in anyway. Doesn’t help that we typically open and close the garage door to exit and enter the house either.