Today I learned that washing windows on cars is much more of an art than a science. Cleaning windows and windshields is one of the first tasks taught to new employees. The goals are simple – clean it well, clean it quickly and leave no streaks.
While a useful tool, I never viewed the squeegee as something called upon for perfection. A mere inch of rubber stands between the side sopping wet with washer fluid and the side that is meant to dry. (Don’t blame the carpenter, blame the tool, right?) And as I learned today, if the squeegee had a bright red light that flashed when there was a “user error,” mine would have flashed wildly at my every move.
Though it took many hours, I was finally satisfied with one sparkling, streak-free set of windows I had just skillfully cleaned on blue sedan. Ecstatic with my achievement I boasted to the manager about my success. I was treated with a prompt and kind, “Good job! But streak-free also means you can’t let the washer fluid drip down the side of the car either.”
Looks like I’ll have to wait another day to graduate from window washing.