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Woo Hoo!

I beat my competition showering time by 10 seconds this morning. Down to 44 seconds now and off to the semi Finals. I'm well in line to beat my 38 second record at this point. As I explained to someone on my FL this morning. These skills were honed when I lived in a box car in NM with no running water. The choices for bathing were ice cold well water dumped over my head, jumping into the nearly freezing Cimarron River or the occasional sweat lodge which was usually followed up with the cold water treatment anyway. You learn to get clean quickly.

W

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prairiesong
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind me asking (and even if you do), why were you living in a boxcar?
wander
Aug. 21st, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
It was available and didn't cost much to rent. I was making about $95 a month plus tips as a waiter. It cost me $65 a month to rent this box car that someone had parked up on the side of this hill behind the water tower in town. There was a wooden shed outside with a lock for storage. And a hand pump well. Inside it had been roughly partitioned off into 3 rooms. A kitchen, a living/bedroom and another room that had a very warped an old pool table in it. The floor was rough sawmill lumber so you didn't want to go barefoot because of the splinters. There was a small room off the kitchen that had a big wash basin in it. Big enough to stand in and pour water over yourself. It had a coal burning stove in the living/bedroom and we stole/borrowed a twin mattress from an abandoned house (we put it back later when I moved). I built a frame for it from slabs from the sawmill. Outside there was an exposed coal vein so I had to dig my own coal for my stove. You had to watch how much coal you put in at night because gas would build up and the whole thing would explode in a shower of sparks. Not so good when you have rough wood floors and it made a horrible noise. It happened twice and I learned the fine art of banking a fire and using the right amount of draft. The kitchen was basically a long workbench with shelves underneath for food storage. I just kept dry goods that I could keep in glass containers so the rodents wouldn't get them. Packrats and ground squirells mostly. I ate as much as I could at the hotel where I worked. In the "pool room" we found a bunch of Santana albums on vinyl which I still have 23 years later. I didn't have a car then and walked the mile or so to work in the mountains of NM in February. It was shorter if I took my shoes of and forded the Cimarron River but it often had thin ice and wasn't really safe. I was constantly harrassed by the local cops because I was white and had long hair. I got arrested a couple times on suspicion of dealing drugs but they never could find anything on me to help their case. But if I was in a car with someone they would always pull us over. I was about the only Anglo in a Mexican neighborhood so I must have been a criminal right? Nope, just poor. My favorite day of the month was Government Commodities day. Mmmmmm butter, flour, honey, peanut butter and cheese. Couldn't want for more.

W
jelly_fish
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
I take quick showers ( for a girl). Living in the country when the water goes out kind of sticks with you for years. I do not recomment icy pond water for bathing unless you have no other choice.
wander
Aug. 21st, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. I once stuck my head under a rest area hydrant in the winter and was treated to a big tube of ice to wash my hair with.

W
jelly_fish
Aug. 24th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Well... I will bet it woke you up! But, there are nicer ways to do that. ;)
wander
Aug. 25th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Much nice ways.

W
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