Tuesday, May 11, 2010

7 Pet Peevery Lane

It's been awhile since we've taken a stroll down the Lane of Pet Peevery, yes?

But tonight! Tonight we have a little something special on this Lane. Something to which, I'm sure, anyone who's ever lived in an apartment building can relate.

Tonight we shall talk about laundry room etiquette.

In my apartment building there are 13 apartments.

And those 13 apartments share 1 washer and 1 dryer.

That's right. One. Uno. Singular.

So when it's time to do laundry, catching the washer and dryer free can be a bit of a challenge.

Especially because some people believe that no one would possibly be inconvenienced if they left their laundry in the machine for hours...occasionally days...before removing their clothing.

Now, I am a conscientious launderer.

I do not start my laundry unless I know I will be available to attend to it immediately following its last spin cycle. And I am fortunate to live right across the hall from the laundry room and can hear the washer spin from my foyer. So I'm pretty much on top of it.

Thus, the idea that someone would come along and remove my clothes and toss them aside willy nilly so that they can get to the machine is extraordinarily rude in my mind.

It's only happened once.

Keeping that in mind though, I'm hesitant to remove anyone else's clothes for the same reason...because it's rude.

Unless, of course, those clothes have been sitting in the washing machine for more than 30 minutes after the wash is finished.

And then? Then I get pissed.

And I do remove clothes from the machine. Especially ESPECIALLY if I'm pressed for time and need freshly laundered underpants because I'm going on vacation!

So if you live in an apartment - or share a washer and dryer with a roommate whereby laundry is not a communal project - do not leave your clothes unattended.

I and your loved ones thank you.

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