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Aug 13, 2020 - 4:55:46 PM

mander

USA

4346 posts since 10/7/2007

Today, for the first time since August 14th 1986 when our friend LW moved to Hawaii and bequeathed us her washer and dryer, I went to a laundromat. As I watched the laundry go round and round in the wash, I had thoughts of "Rainman," and "Bones," and my personal favorite, Nick Nolte in "A Walk in the Woods." Which got me wondering... just what is the correct way to pick up a lover in a laundromat? "Excuse me, but do you know how to remove motor oil from a banjo strap?" Hmmm. I suppose it would be the tone inflection that would make or break that one. Which got me wondering, how does one flirt in a Covid 19 world, from six feet apart? Anyone here meet their spouse in a laundromat?

I also got to wondering, is there such a thing as laundromat machine etiquette? Does using side by side washers cause gyration problems? Is there a "butterfly in Asia" effect going on with said machines? It's amazing how the mind wanders when one forgets to bring a book to read.

Aug 13, 2020 - 6:13:25 PM
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rinemb

USA

12475 posts since 5/24/2005

It had been since college days that I spent time routinely in the laundrymat. Until we began going to my MIL home out of town, to visit her in care home. Her washing machine was out, and she did not use a dryer. So , on last day, I would drop wife off at care home and I would go to the laundry mat. Seems most of the rules and ettiquetes were taped up all over the walls. Mostly ignored. One consideration I would like to see is... Do not sit your toddler with the poopy diaper on the folding tables. Brad

Aug 13, 2020 - 7:17:15 PM

225 posts since 6/24/2019

Aug 14, 2020 - 4:28:58 AM

5703 posts since 9/5/2006

haven't been to a laundrymat since the early 70s... but i remember the dime slots and hearing the click click click of the dryers and the smell of detergent and walking across the street to get a hotdog while we waited ..... simple good things.     thanks mander 

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/14/2020 04:29:36

Aug 14, 2020 - 4:38:49 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24839 posts since 8/3/2003

I really dislike laundromats and will let clothes stack up before I'll go to one. Luckily, I've had both washer and dryer for most of my life, but when the washer breaks down and you can't get a repairman for a couple of days and the laundry is piling up.... I will venture forth with laundry and book in hand.

Most laundromats are not sparkling clean and usually have a few unsavory characters sitting around waiting. I do my best to ignore them while watching my purse closely. I always wonder who has washed their clothes before me and what kind of people they are and what kind of stuff went in the washer and/or dryer.

Give me my home washer and dryer, please!!

Aug 14, 2020 - 8:19:41 PM

DRH

USA

535 posts since 5/29/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

I always wonder who has washed their clothes before me and what kind of people they are and what kind of stuff went in the washer and/or dryer.


I've met people who take their husband's greasy work clothes to the laundromat so as to avoid contaminating the home washer.  Your suspicions are confirmed.

Aug 15, 2020 - 3:49:14 AM
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OM45GE

USA

100059 posts since 11/7/2007

I had to use a laundromat a couple of years ago when our home machine broke down. It was actually a pleasant experience. The machines used a special card for payment that you preloaded at an ATM like machine. The place was spotlessly clean and I saw the attendant checking and cleaning machines.all the folks in there were friendly. 

This was the closest laundromat to me. It is in a low income part of a nearby small city. The city has been very hard hit by the Covid virus. It makes me wonder how the folks who have to use the laundromat are making out.

Edited by - OM45GE on 08/15/2020 03:50:06

Aug 15, 2020 - 4:29:41 AM

5703 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by OM45GE

I had to use a laundromat a couple of years ago when our home machine broke down. It was actually a pleasant experience. The machines used a special card for payment that you preloaded at an ATM like machine. The place was spotlessly clean and I saw the attendant checking and cleaning machines.all the folks in there were friendly. 

This was the closest laundromat to me. It is in a low income part of a nearby small city. The city has been very hard hit by the Covid virus. It makes me wonder how the folks who have to use the laundromat are making out.


boy things have really changed,,, i remember mom fussing about it costing 70 cents to wash and dry 2 loads of clothes ,,,  25 cents each for 2 washing machine loads,, she would do 2 loads side by side at once  and then 2 dimes to dry them

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