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Nov 9, 2018 - 11:24:31 AM
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mander

USA

2548 posts since 10/7/2007

As you may remember...
We have globe trotting friends who are in the habit of leaving their truck, "Don Quixote," with us when they leave the country. I believe they are in Saudi Arabia, but don't quote me. I stopped paying attention a while ago.

These are people who actually take care of their things. (And they left their truck with us??) Don Quixote runs like a new car, but isn't. The last thing they said the last time they left DQ here was, "Don't worry about it, it's an old car. You can't hurt it." Want to bet?

I avoid this car. I take it out for a spin once in a while because they asked that we do so, so the oil doesn't sit and the gas doesn't spoil. Okay, fine, about once a week I take it out.

Don Quixote is a truck who has never hauled anything inside it heavier than the dog's bed, toys and dog food. (The dog stays inside the cab with them.) I thought, dang it, it's time to break this truck in, I'm going to load it up! I open up the canopy, and what do I see? Moss growing on the fabric on the inside of the canopy. Moss!

This actually is a moral dilemma for me. I love moss. Moss is a sacred plant. I "rescue" moss from parking lots and fire wood. Yes, I will scrap it off of stairs because safety is more sacred than moss, but otherwise, I worship the stuff.

Our friends are coming home in a month. Do I pretend it isn't there? Do I de-moss it? (How?) Do I cut the carpet out and lay the moss in the forest and tell them to get new carpet? The moss is thick. It currently runs about a 15 inches on one side and about five inches on the other. I mean, I feel like I'm babysitting someone's puppy and they are about to come home and ask, "How did the dog get a tattoo?"

Nov 9, 2018 - 5:59:08 PM
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WesB

USA

88 posts since 12/17/2014

Just driving it doesn't help the stale gas problem. Hopefully, they put something such as Stabil in it the last time they filled the tank.

Moss and the fact that Northwesterners don't tan, they rust, is a way of life up there.

Down here we look for moisture but seldom see it. I had a pet frog for several years, until a sudden monsoon storm came through and he drowned. He had never learned to swim.

I still miss him.

Nov 10, 2018 - 3:38:40 PM
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oly

USA

1228 posts since 5/27/2006

It's all your fault by not driving it, remember a rolling stone gathers no moss! But since moss only grows on the north side, how about you turn the truck around? Seriously, you may be able to scrape it off and lay it in a cool,shaded area, where it may grow, or just leave the cover open and let the sunlight do it's job.

Edited by - oly on 11/10/2018 15:43:25

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:12:50 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

11354 posts since 9/27/2007

Moss grows on everything here.  We have it growing on our cars. 

I had a lot growing on the cap of a truck I owned.

There was a guy I was good naturedly ribbing about the moss growing on his car at the hardware store. He said it dies every summer & comes back in the winter.

I kinda remember a John Candy skit where he drove a "Carden" .

He took the trunk lid off a big old Caddy, filled it with dirt & planted flowers & vegetables in it.

Our lawn is the greenest in the winter because it's 50% moss!

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:19:29 AM

mander

USA

2548 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by WesB

Just driving it doesn't help the stale gas problem. Hopefully, they put something such as Stabil in it the last time they filled the tank.

Moss and the fact that Northwesterners don't tan, they rust, is a way of life up there.

Down here we look for moisture but seldom see it. I had a pet frog for several years, until a sudden monsoon storm came through and he drowned. He had never learned to swim.

I still miss him.


Oh my gosh, now I miss him, too. I love frogs. That is so sad. 

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