‘Tis the season for muddy parking lots

My wife works at an office that’s leased by a landlord, and recently that landlord sent out a message that made me laugh. He asked that muddy vehicles not be parked in their parking lot. Good luck with that!

My wife recently got an email at her office from the landlord of the building. The owner sent out a note to the employees working in the building that said they should refrain from parking vehicles that have been used for, and I quote, mud-bogging, in the parking lot. He said the mud falls off those vehicles and makes it hard to clean the parking lot.

Seriously? Give me a break, man! It’s springtime in Wyoming. About four out of every five vehicles you see look like they’ve been out mud-bogging.

The thing that really got to me was that he’s probably talking specifically to my wife. We live at the end of about six miles of dirt road, and the last mile of it is more of a mud road this time of year. She hasn’t been mud-bogging – she’s just been driving from home to the office and back again.

My wife’s too nice to take issue with that request. She’s just been parking on the street instead of in the parking lot when her 4Runner has been covered with mud – which has been every single day since that email went out. I suggested she ask the landlord for a pre-paid car wash gift card so she could wash her car each morning before she goes to work. Or better yet, let me take the 4Runner out for some actual mud-bogging, then go park that sucker right square in the middle of the lot. If the guy’s concerned about a little bit of dirt on the pavement, he should see what a truly muddy vehicle actually looks like.

It seemed like a pretty silly request to me, because this time of year, if your parking lot’s a little dirty, just wait a day or two, and the spring rains or snow storms will come through and wash it clean again. Of course, that just makes more mud, so it won’t last long.

I’d still like to show him the difference between mud-bogging mud and commuting mud, though.