Jon (j_b) wrote,
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My karma ran over my dogma ...

Usul, this is a level of banality the likes of which even God has never seen.
—Stilgar, on the weblog of Muad'Dib , 10193
...now I am become Death, destroyer of dryers.
— Robert Oppenheimer, attempting to do laundry
So ... There are six clothes dryers in the laundry room at my apartment complex. Three are quite old, kind of avocado green-yellow, and cost $0.50, three are white, shiny, and new, probably the least expensive from the current Maytag industrial lineup. The new ones cost $0.75.

One of the older ones had an "Out of order" slip on it, with "Dryer does not heat" checked. Again, that's one (1) dryer out of order.

I had four loads of washing to dry, so I loaded them up, three into the new ones, one into one of the old ones. The new ones started up fine, but the old one took my 50 cents and did nothing when I hit the button. So, I moved my clothes over into the last one, which started. We are now at two (2) dryers out of order.

I just came back to the dryers (which I thought I had loaded reasonably), and only one of the four loads was dry. So, I bag my dry laundry, put another $0.75 into the first white dryer, and fire it up. No problems. I start depositing coins into the next dryer, and the display behaves as follows:

PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.75
(clink)
PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.50
(clink)
PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.75
(clink)
PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.75

So ... I'm out three quarters, and up to three (3) dryers out of order. I take my wet laundry out, and move it into the last shiny-new white dryer, the one which had successfully dried the one load of dry laundry. I proceed to deposit money.

PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.75
(clink)
PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.50
(clink)
PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.75
(clink)
PLEASE DEPOSIT $0.75

Yes, it flaked out the same way as its neighbor. And I was now down $1.50. And with four (4) dryers out of order, I, and the two ladies who had just finished their wash at this time, have two (2) dryers to share amongst. Mercifully the avocado-yellow one took my $0.50 and plugged away. I get to go back in about 10 minutes here and see how damp my clothes remain.

This thrilling slice of Real Life was *not* brought to you by http://dailykos.com , http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/ , nor http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theblog/ -- you can only get nail-biting riveting drama like this from http://lj.jb.org .

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you. And good night.

UPDATE -- 18:45
As I was unloading the dryer, the apartment complex manager stopped by. (I had left a phone message). She refunded my lost money, and tried all three of the machines (avocado and white) that had failed. As the reading audience can probably guess -- all three worked perfectly.

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