Dr. Ruth weighs in on how to keep your husband from being too obsessed with his "hard body".

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Sep 01, 1995

Dear Tom and Ray:

My husband has a 1989 Nissan Hard body truck (I don't know what a hard body is, but he likes talking about it). The truck has been great with only one problem--the red paint oxidizes terribly. Therefore, my husband spends hours rubbing some kind of creme all over the truck to get it to shine beautifully so he can admire it. Then, after a couple of weeks, it oxidizes again. Any help you can give me so that my husband can spend more time admiring me and less time on his truck would be greatly appreciated.

TOM: Wow, Susan! My fingers are still burning from reading your letter!

RAY: We felt like the nuances of this were too hot for us to handle, Susan. So we faxed a copy of your question over to America's foremost sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer And Dr. Ruth was kind enough to give us her suggestion. (Really! We're not kidding).

DR RUTH: Dear Susan:
I'm not an expert on the bodies of cars. I had to giggle at your question. I have a suggestion. Take another car--not the car in question with which your husband is having a "love affair." Then, put a basket for a picnic hidden in the trunk. Include champaign. If it's evening, bring some candle light and some mosquito repellant, and drive to a secluded place. Have a blanket in the car, and provide him with the best sexual experience he has ever had. I leave the position up to you. Let me know if it works. Sincerely,
Dr. Ruth.

TOM: Wow. It really pays to go to an expert. We never would have come up with an answer like that!

RAY: Yeah. We were going to suggest something boring like taking the truck to an autobody shop and have it "compounded."

TOM: Compound is a mild abrasive that actually removes the oxidized outer layer of paint and gives you a new surface from which to start. If the oxidation is too deep and compounding doesn't help, AND he's still interested in the truck after your picnic, you'll have to get it repainted.

RAY: But pick a color other than red next time. Red paint, as you know all too well, Susan, requires a lot of attention to keep it looking good.

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