On the Wash Front - December 2007

Sharpen the Saw —
One Way to Relax, Reenergize, Recharge

By Anthony Analetto

Have you ever heard the Steven Covey story about the two lumberjacks who went into the woods for a day to see who could cut down more trees? The first lumberjack cut non-stop without break. He laughed to himself as he heard the other lumberjack taking a break after every couple of trees. Marching out of the woods with confidence in his victory, the first lumberjack was stunned to realize that the other lumberjack cut down nearly 50 percent more trees than he had. Angrily, the first lumberjack yelled that it was impossible, since he heard periods of silence when the second lumberjack was resting. To this the second lumberjack smiled, and said “That was when I was sharpening my saw.”

What each of us does to “sharpen our saw” varies. For me, it means spending time with my family. In my house, that normally involves cooking. I hope you don’t mind my taking a month off from writing about conveyorized car washing. My daughter just started college and this was her first weekend home. She sent her menu requests ahead, which in addition to homemade pasta, chicken cutlets, meatballs, sauce, and fried broccoli, included roasted peppers. I’ve included the recipe for my “famous” roasted peppers below.

Cooking may not be what you use to relax, reenergize, or recharge, but don’t underestimate the importance of taking time away from the race of your daily work to “sharpen your saw.” For those of you who do like to cook, I set up a website, www.carwashcooks.com. I’ll place recipes from time to time and invite anyone in the car wash industry to send their favorites to recipes@SonnysDirect.com to be posted on the site. Good luck, good washing — and good cooking!

Take a dozen or so of the heaviest red peppers you can find. These have the thickest skin and best flavor. You can also add some yellow and orange peppers for nice color. Evenly burn all sides of each pepper on a very hot grill. Once completely burned, put the peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This traps in the moisture and helps separate the skins from the flesh.
Let the peppers cool until you can comfortably handle them. Never rinse the peppers! Break open each pepper and let the juice run into a bowl to use later. Once drained, using your hands, peel the pepper open in half, remove the seeds and stem. Do not rinse. Peel off the skin from the flesh of the pepper and discard the skin. Tear the peppers into smaller strips for serving. Do not rinse.
In a pan, heat some extra virgin olive oil and some of the pepper juice. Add 5 to 10 whole cloves of garlic and sauté until garlic is browned. Poor the sautéed garlic across the top of the peppers. Let them marinate until they get “happy,” or as long as you can wait to eat them.
Serve with some cheese, Provolone works great, fresh bread, and your favorite wine. Monitor your car wash on the computer from the comfort of your own home.

Anthony Analetto has over 26 years experience in the car wash business and is the president of SONNY’S The Car Wash Factory’s Equipment Division. Before coming to SONNY’S, Anthony was the Director of Operations for a 74-location national car wash chain. Anthony can be reached at (800) 327-8723 x 104 or at AAnaletto@SonnysDirect.com.

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