Barefoot & Married

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Wet vs. Dry June 14, 2010

Filed under: Laundry,Quibbles — barefootnmarried @ 6:24 pm

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Our apartment complex has coin-operated dryers. A washer costs $1.50 to run, and dryers are 50 cents per hour, which would normally be a great deal, if it weren’t for the fact that you usually have to run them for around 2 hours to get things dry. If I ever do an extremely large load, it takes 3 hours. Inefficient would be an understatement.

Not to mention, we still have to pay for the electricity and water it takes to run the washer and dryer. The apartments are so old that they lack individual meters for each apartment, so every month the utilities (including the laundry room share) are divided equally among the apartments. The whole thing strikes me as some kind of Communist plot. Basically, conserving energy isn’t terribly beneficial for each individual, so of course everyone runs their heater on high all winter, and doesn’t worry about leaving lights on. It doesn’t directly affect me! The whole concept just seems wrong somehow. Morally? Ethically? Legally? I don’t know.

But I digress. I had just enough quarters to run the washer and then the dryer for its obligatory two hours when the washer ate my change. I then made the executive decision that * slightly damp * clothes were preferable to actually trekking the 2 or 3 blocks to the bank and snagging some more quarters. I checked my wallet but the darn meters keep me pretty dry change-wise.

So I hauled the clothes back upstairs and folded them and put them away like the sweet, loving wife I tell my husband I am. The next morning, however, when he went to pull out a shirt, it was still * slightly damp *, and Mr. Barefoot wasn’t as impressed with my quarter-saving tricks as I was. He was convinced not only that my version of damp was skewed, but that also, either way, that it would cause the clothing to mold.

I firmly believe that it was mostly dry, and the tiny little damp parts of the fold didn’t matter so much. As a wise woman once said, it’s about “affect” not “perfect”.

Be our Marriage Ref. What do you think?

Also, what’s the dumbest argument you’ve ever had with your spouse?

Edited to add: Ok, ok, I give! You wouldn’t believe the amount of people who emailed about the damp laundry! I will never ever do it again! I did not properly adhere to the Laundry Code of Conduct, and I’ve learned my lesson! 😀

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3 Responses to “Wet vs. Dry”

  1. Laura Says:

    Hey there, I also am young and married (21). I found your blog through the Boundless blog.
    Two things: 🙂
    I agree it’s insane to have to share the utility bill with everyone. That is totally communist.
    I also agree with your husband, that moist clothes are disgusting and, even if they don’t grow mold, they smell mildewy and sour if they don’t get to dry completely. And I’m from Colorado, where we have really dry air. That being said, have you ever just hung up clothes to air dry? I do it all the time. If you don’t have a clothes line, just put things on hangers and stick them around the house in random places. 🙂
    I wish I had a blog! I should get one so I’m cool too.

    • I guess I should have clarified – they were barely moist … but then again that’s my view and my housekeeping skills no doubt leave something to be desired 🙂

      I like the hanger idea – and you should get a blog! – I’d read it! – If you do get one, stop back by and let me know about it!

  2. […] in the world do two people have so many more dirty clothes than one?) down to the laundry room, flush with quarters, and stopped short, as just over the tip-top of the laundry load, I saw a number of […]


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