Power washers should come with a warning

- about their highly addictive nature.

I have this group of friends who are helping me prepare my house for sale, and they recently pointed out that I had cobwebs on my front porch so I borrowed a power washer to clean them off. That's where it started yesterday at 4:30pm. But when I saw how quickly the washer gets rid of dirt and cobwebs I couldn't resist cleaning the front door, then the front wall of the house, then the floor of the front porch, the sidewalk, the street gutter and finally I was washing the street itself and believe me I would have started washing the neighbors' houses if my daughter wasn't about to die of starvation because it was already 7pm.

The thing about power washing is that you just stand there holding this wand and the water does the rest. It cleans off dirt you hardly notice because it's built up over such a long time and the dirt flows away from you in beautiful gray rivers.

When I finally took a break to take my daughter for dinner at Ikea, my neighbor Radu asked if he could use the washer for a few minutes to wash his upstairs windows. We got back from Ikea 2 hours later and every cement surface on Radu's property was wet and clean. And he had that same dazed look in his eyes that I had before. I practically had to pull the washer out of his hands to get it back but it was for the best.

What other activity offers a combination of power tools, personal satisfaction and instant gratification with almost zero physical effort?

Comments:

Yeeeees, I know all about the power of the power washer. :-D

Posted by skrocki on July 24, 2007 at 05:09 PM CST #

I understand everything. But dinner at Ikea???

Posted by Amiram on July 25, 2007 at 01:36 AM CST #

Don't start golf, Mel.
I believe human beings are genetically wired on the satisfaction of seeing things fly away. It is, therefore, the water jet that you were addicted to. To prove my theory, go to a water side and throw only one stone far into the water. Explain to yourself the urge to throw one more, and one more, and one more...

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on July 25, 2007 at 07:15 AM CST #

WOW. I have never experienced this, but I'm already sold. and yes - dinner at IKEA? I've never heard of a person doing such a thing, unless it was mid-shopping-trip due to extreme fatigue/starvation from shopping allllll day long.

Posted by christin on July 25, 2007 at 03:18 PM CST #

tools=good, 'nuff said. oh, come back soon, darnit.

Posted by robs on July 27, 2007 at 11:50 AM CST #

Apparently that dinner at Ikea thing threw a lot of people. Ikea is really close to my house in East Palo Alto and it's usually empty on weeknights. I love to go there and eat at their cafe and then wander around the showroom and pretend like I live in those displays they set up.

Posted by melanie gao on August 16, 2007 at 02:11 PM CST #

I love to pretend I live at Ikea too! Wish I could have been there to see you pressure washing...I bet the person who loaned it to you is popular!

Posted by Caro on June 25, 2010 at 09:14 PM CST #

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