Washing Cars & Wasting Time by John C. Oliva

Title: Washing Cars & Wasting Time
Author: John C. Oliva
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
Released: March 18, 2013
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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.

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 spouse, 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.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

John was kind enough to mail me two extra autographed copies of his book for a giveaway! This contest will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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