As Brian Douglas approached main street Saturday evening in his 2003 Subaru Forester, he was greeted with a roar of applause and cheers from his neighbors and other community members, congratulating him on his 300th consecutive day without washing his vehicle. Decked out with bedazzled shirts, and hats, the women of Brian’s church group chanted “Hell no, we don’t waste H2o” as he slowly made his way up the street.
Community support began to swell around day 245. Community Watch liaison, Margaret Olsen, first noticed the unprecedented stretch of grim collecting on Brian’s vehicle back in November. “At first we thought it was just a fluke. Brian recently started a new job, so we thought he was maybe just behind on his chores, but around day 260, we started to think, you know, maybe he can go all the way with this.” Margaret quickly reached out to Brian’s friends and family, and soon, there was support all over their small town to keep Brian’s stretch going. “The church organized a sign painting party, and the PTA even organized a bake sale, from there everyone just came together in support of Brian’s cause.”
When asked to comment later that evening, Mr. Douglas was still at a loss for words. “It, it was really nothing,” Brian said, “I kinda just forgot to wash my car one weekend, and one thing lead to another and here I am. I am hoping to make it through the end of spring, God willing.”