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I’m workin’ at the carwash man, in Afghanistan…

November 8, 2009

Blog Guy, I’m about to graduate from college in December, and I could use some career advice. I know you’re great at that.

Well, it depends on what you studied, of course. We need doctors, teachers, engineers….

I majored in creative writing and film studies.

Oh. Have you considered the carwash?

Yeah, but I have only a B-minus average, so the better carwashes won’t even look at me.

Not to worry. There’s always the carwash in Afghanistan, as you can see in these photos. Plenty of new business, too, since the average car in Kabul lasts four and a half minutes.

Awesome! Thanks for the advice! Say, why are these pictures in black and white, anyway?

I believe they ARE in color, but that’s just how color looks in Afghanistan.

Thanks, I can’t wait… You want rust-proofing too, sir?

Afghan carwash slideshow

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Above: Workers clean a car along Qabri Gora Road in Kabul, November 2, 2009. With Kabul’s busy and dusty roads, business is always assured at the carwash.

Below: A customer (R) waits while his car is being washed.

REUTERS photos by Jerry Lampen

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Comments

Hey Blog Guy, you’ve only got pictures of the upscale carwash. After all, Kabul is a cosmopolitan capital and such. The normal folks usually just pull their car into any available stream, river, or other body of water.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive
 

Dave, whereabouts are you in Afghanistan?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Shra,

I hang my hat in Kabul.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive
 

Well I had just got out of the county prison,
Doin’ 90 days for non support.
Tried to find me an executive position,
But no matter how smooth I talked,
They wouldn’t listen to the fact,
That I was genius,
The man said we got all that we can use,
“Now I got them steadily depressin’,
Low-down mind messin’,
Working at the car wash blues”
–Jim Croce

Posted by Mookey | Report as abusive
 

Armor All, anyone?

Posted by CAM | Report as abusive
 

Ah!! Dave, you seem to know quite a bit about upscale carwashes… do you own one in Kabul?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Why no Shra, as a matter of fact, I’m a fashion critic here. That’s why I hang out on this Blog.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive
 

Really Dave! A fashion critic in Kabul? What’s there to find in burquas??
Maybe we should talk…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

I actually offered to send Robert some of my best “Blueberry” photos, but he never took me up on it. I tell you, it’s the greatest!

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive
 

Tut tut, Bob!! That’s not very nice! You writing so much about latest fashion and not even listening to a critic in Kabul!!

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