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Subject: Working at the Car Wash

Bill Bellinger
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Date Posted: 06:29:58 02/09/05 Wed

Most Vietnamese, particularly the peasant farmers are very hard working, industrious people. Anyone who has ever watched the rice farmers drain or flood their fields can vouch for that. Someone at USAID got the bright idea of furnishing gasoline powered water pumps to the rice farmers to make their jobs easier. Well, most preferred doing it the old fashioned way. That doesn’t mean that the pumps weren’t put to good use. In 1966, one entrepreneurial soul started a carwash on the road between Qui Nhon and Phu Tai. The GIs would take our mud and crud encrusted vehicles down to the carwash to get them washed. It was a very popular place. Everyone wanted to go to the carwash. It wasn’t until later that I discovered why. There was a lot more going on at the carwash than just the Army vehicles getting washed. I guess we would call that multi-tasking today.

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