May 042015
 
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Not everyone has a pickup truck.  Those who do will, sooner or later, pay the price of “temporary friends.”  That is, someone you barely know will call you up and say, “Hi, Joe, this is Fred, you know, I met you seven years ago at Susan’s party.  Susan?  Yeah, Susan.  Your second ex-wife’s girlfriend’s friend.  Well, anyway, you’ve got a pickup truck, and  my wife picked out a sofa that’s incredibly priced but the store charges $75 for deliveries, and…”

That’s just one reason I don’t have a pickup truck.

Still, those of us without trucks often have to carry something long or bulky.  And that item is likely to have to rest on your dashboard, upholstery or both.  For that reason I carry three bath towels in my van.

These are nice, thick towels to provide plenty of cushioning protection. When I need to carry a long board in my car I don’t want the dash scratched or treated-pine juice soaking into the upholstery. At the discount store they are only a few dollars each, but provide invaluable protection.

These are nice, thick towels to provide plenty of cushioning protection. When I need to carry a long board in my car I don’t want the dash scratched or treated-pine juice soaking into the upholstery. At the discount store they are only a few dollars each, but provide invaluable protection.

The cheapest bath towel at the dollar store works just fine.  Tuck them into out-of-the-way spaces like the spare tire well.

For my car, three towels are sufficient: dash, front seat, rear seat.

For my car, three towels are sufficient: dash, front seat, rear seat.

Not only will they cushion your load and protect your vehicle from scratches, they are terrific seat covers when you’re dirty or sweaty or both.

The only thing worse than being unable to clean the dirt out of your car’s upholstery is putting up with the sour smell because you sweated right down to the core of the driver’s seat. Protect the seat with one, or two or all three of your transport towels, depending on how sweaty you get.

The only thing worse than being unable to clean the dirt out of your car’s upholstery is putting up with the sour smell because you sweated right down to the core of the driver’s seat. Protect the seat with one, or two or all three of your transport towels, depending on how sweaty you get.


Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

 

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