On the Road Again Cruising the Gut

Mike Morris loved cars long before he and his wife, Kim, started Morris Carpet Cleaning. As a child, Mike sat outside of the restaurant his parents owned in McMinnville to watch cars drive by and point out the ones he wanted.

Mike has owned up to eight Porsches at once but currently owns three. His gray 1970 911T Porsche is the most valuable to him, but not just in a monetary sense. This particular car has had two owners before him, all friends near nad dear to the Morris Family.

Delane and Sandy Smith, longtime McMinnville residents and original owners of Smith & Co. Painting, bought the 911T Porsche when it was brand new in 1970 for $7,800. In the early 1980s, Mike was working for a fire restoration company that contracted with what was then called Smith Painting. His friendship with Delane and Sandy began there, as did his appreciation for their Porsche when he first saw it in their garage.

In 1981, the Smiths sold the Porsche with 70,000 miles on the odometer for $10,500 to David Yamasaki, a friend living in Portland. Mike and David were also good friends because the two often ran together and participated in the Hood to Coast race. Although David owned the car for about 20 years, he didn’t drive it a lot and decided to sell it back to the Smiths in 2001 with only 75,000 miles.

In 2006, after more than two decades of admiring from afar, it was finally Mike’s chance to buy the Porsche with 76,400 miles for $22,000. Mike drove the car occasionally, careful to never to do so while it was raining. However, in the last five years, the value of the care has skyrocketed, deterring Mike from driving it as often.

“I love owning it but hate driving it because it makes me nervous,” Mike said. “partly because of the nostalgic element and the friendship I have with those guys [the previous owners].” The other reason Mike hesitates to drive the Porsche is because it is entirely original. From the seats to the radio, nothing in the car has ever been restored. It also has an air-cooled engine, a part Porsche stopped installing on its cars in 1999.

However, Mike usually takes his Porsche out of the garage once a year. Every August, during the annual Drag the Gut celebration in downtown McMinnville, Mike drives his Porsche on Third Street with his grandkids and other family members in the seats beside him. Drag the Gut has become a sort of reunion for Mike’s friends and family, and this year they had their biggest party yet.

Back to School: Studying Students Need Clean Carpets

You know that nagging feeling that keeps you from getting anything done when you’re surrounded by a mess? Well, kids can get that feeling, too! Good study habits aren’t just about getting homework done on time. They also involve having the perfect study space to stimulate productivity. Here’s how clean carpets can actually help your young scholars do better in school:

Cleaner carpets, fewer distractions

A good study spot helps someone concentrate better. Of course, what this area looks like may differ from student to student. For example, one child may want an iPod and headphones for background music. Another child may need complete silence to think. On thing is constant, though, all studying students benefit from a clean space. Clean carpets eliminate the distraction of noticing a spot or stain in the middle of a tough math equation.

Spread that project out

No matter how big a study spot is, desk space will always be limited. You’d be amazed by how fast a major project can take over every surface! Sometimes, the carpet is just a better place to dive in and complete a project or get comfy with a reading assignment. But this can only happen if your carpets and floors are clean. After all, you don’t want your child to turn in dirty homework! It’s also important to protect the carpet so remind your young Picasso to put down some newspaper before starting anything with paint or glue.

There’s no time for sneezing

Back-to-school season is often back-to-extracurriculars season as well. That means soccer practice, football games and band rehearsals are in full swing again. All this activity means your family is tracking more inside the house, bring outside allergens in with them. Dust mites and ragweed are common allergens in the fall that can often get trapped in carpet fibers. In this busy season, your student-athlete-musician can’t afford to start sneezing! Makes sure to get your carpet deep cleaned to get rid of all distracting allergens.

A clean carpet can’t guarantee straight a’s, but it can help your students get on the right track! Call us today for a thorough professional carpet cleaning so your kids can start hitting the books!