Sunday, April 17, 2005

Oh, Those New Yorkers

Verlyn Klinkenborg writes (Saturday, April 16, 2005) in the New York Times about the rites of the Los Angeles carwash, explaining them to car-bereft New Yorkers as if we were Trobriand Islanders:
For weeks, I drove past our local carwash without turning in, certain, as only a New Yorker can be, that I would be ignorant of some secret protocol and make a fool of myself. But the secret of Southern California is that, except in a few circles, there are no secret protocols.
Of course there are secret protocols. Real Angelenos always get a hand wash. Those brushes wreck your paint job. And the answer to "Armor All on the tires?" is "no."

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