Minivan in desperate need of Spring cleaning

UPDATE added Friday, April 16th…

VOTING has begun.  Instructions on how to vote can be found by clicking here, or you simply can leave me a comment on this post stating that you’re voting for me (and for my dirty minivan) and maybe include WHY you voted for my van… assuming you are voting for me.  If you aren’t voting for me, you’ll have to figure out where to vote for someone else’s minivan.  One vote per person, and voting is open until April 25th. 🙂

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On Sunday, I mentioned the Dirty Minivan Contest being hosted on Wendy’s Blog. I wrote that I had originally thought she was referring to the outside of the minivans.   Well come to find out, there are some who have included exterior pictures of their vehicles.  So I thought I would, too.

Please note: All pictures may be clicked on to see a larger, more detailed (and messy) version.

Here is Part I of my entry for the DMV Contest:

The Exterior of our Toyota Sienna

(I am so totally excited to find out that our minivan “rules” simply because it’s the same kind that Wendy has!)

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scratches from parking lot mishap in 2004 (Yes, you read that year correctly.)

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Hmmm... I wonder who permanently etched her name with a rock near the gas tank as a "subtle" reminder? (At least she included a smile!)

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The top of the van is supposed to be black, not "spring" green (or pollen green).

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Do you see the fingerprints and chipped paint? If not, click and make this bigger.

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Part II of my entry for the DMV Contest:

The Interior of our Toyota Sienna

I started to label this picture (like Barbie did in some of hers and like reigning champion Mel did in some of hers) but decided I’d let the mess “speak” for itself. 🙂

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sitting in driver's seat looking down between the two front seats

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why this picture doesn’t show up when you click on it. Does anyone know why?

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Not to be outdone by the previous picture, this one screamed... "take me!" -- moving the papertowel ever so slightly reveals the cherry sauce from a leaky Sonic treat.

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Let's take just one more close-up shot. (How far down does this stuff go, anyway?)

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At this point, I’m taking a break to assess the situation.  How many more photos do the judges really need (much less want) to see in order to prove to them that this minivan definitely qualifies to be in improve my chances of winning this contest?  (I haven’t even made it past the area in between the two front seats yet.)

Moving right along…

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space between the two seats right behind the driver and passenger seats -- Not too bad... I've definitely seen this area MUCH worse!

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same area as above -- This is a slightly different angle revealing a hair band, broken plastic cup and part of floor in front of the backseat.

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Opening the hatchback reveals some of the things that were stashed in the back row seat before we had a friend ride with us.

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back row seat (passenger's side)

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back row floorboard (passenger's side)

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back row seat (driver's side)

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back row floorboard (or lack thereof) (driver's side)

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Here’s “only” 14 of the 54 photos I took today of our illustrious minivan.  I may add more later because I didn’t even get to the stuffed pocket on the back of the driver’s seat or the “cubbies” next to the back row seat (including hidden treasures galore) or the…

Oh well… I’m off to “link up“!

Let me know what you think!

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UPDATE added Friday, April 16th…

VOTING has begun.  Instructions on how to vote can be found by clicking here, or you simply can leave me a comment on this post stating that you’re voting for me (and for my dirty minivan)… assuming you are voting for me.  If you aren’t voting for me, you’ll have to figure out where to vote for someone else’s minivan.  One vote per person, and voting is open until April 25th. 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Minivan in desperate need of Spring cleaning”

  1. Love the bottle of hand sanitizer in the mix. My husband says you need it after being *in* your car.

    From one DMVer to another…nice work. Definitely feeling the love.

  2. I’m voting for Anita, my wife, out of loyalty and the fact that I think as dirty as our minivan is, it’s missing that certain something, that joie de vivre, that savoir faire, that well, that rubber chicken. Would go great on the dash. Anywhere else and it would get lost in the pile.

  3. Okay, I didn’t count your husband’s vote so it upped your percentage a bit. But that missing piece he was talking about was a cup-toilet! Thanks for participating. Lovin’ your ride!

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