World, meet Jan (pronouned Yahn), my beloved automobile.
In just the last year and a half, he has carried me home several times from Mississippi. He was the vehicle that took Erica and I on our awesome graduation celebration roadtrip . He carried me, my kayak, my bike, all of my books, my kitchen appliances, and belongings from MS to North Carolina and Virginia, and then to my new place in Indiana. He carried me to Tennessee before my first backpacking trip, and waited patiently in Davenport Springs until we came back.
Sadly, I must say, in all of that time, I have yet to give him a bath (besides a couple runs through the carwash) and most assuredly have never waxed him.
So, in a rare fit of ambition yesterday, Jan got the royal treatment. I headed to the store to pick up the necessary supplies, and set to work. But not until I took some before pictures.
Before and after:
Beautiful! The inside even got a little TLC.
In addition to all the love, Jan is now outfitted with a new brake light, a repaired coolant reservoir, and a de-greased engine. Thanks, Dad! All of that is probably actually more important than a mere bath; I understand that. It just seems so much more boring….