Laundry Hell  

MissAnnThrope 56F
11679 posts
8/26/2006 11:49 pm

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Laundry Hell

I've spent the past few days and in some cases evenings doing laundry. Lots of it. All but ready to wash what's in the closet and dresser drawers. Why? Am I feeling that much better? No, my ankle still really hurts, especially after all this laundry and my back feels broken. So why am I doing all of this?

There are signs all over the laundromat saying they're raising prices a quarter per wash on the top loaders and 50c a wash on the large capacity machines. The price hike was supposed to happen this week, but they haven't had time to adapt the washers. So all that's been done so far is dryers are now 25c for 7.5 minutes, instead of 8.5.

So that put me to work. Especially since I have to put things through at least twice to get all the soap out, or in some cases get clean. Cute can tell you about how soap doesn't come out, especially in the large capacity machines.

I've been doing smaller loads the past few days. But as I took yesterday off because of the weather, I felt ambitious this afternoon. All the sweaters that have been sitting in a laundry bag since spring? They got washed. All the blankets that I was going to wait a month to do, which is when I'm going to need them? They got washed. I opened a box that came out of storage in spring that simply said "ironing." Large box. I was wondering where most of my favorite clothes were! They smelled like the cedar they were packed with. They got washed. Well, most of them. The whites I'm waiting to do tomorrow. If I can hobble. I'm actually curious to see if anything still fits.

So I'm in there, with a bunch of other people. We have the Yankees game on. There's this couple who come in at least once a week, with their two very small children. Their two too young to really be out doing something this boring rambunctious boy and girl. Children who need some discipline, as one of their favorite things to do is run over the feet of other patrons with the laundry carts. Not to mention, they think it's funny to run the rest of us down with them.

I call them the odd couple. She's traditional Muslim. He's a proud UFO cultist, er I mean Nation of Islam man. They take up half the washers in there every time they come in. Why they can't use the large capacity, I don't know.

So, this is what I can't stand about men who belong to that UFO cult. Which is what it is, if you look it up. Their sense of entitlement.

First he announces the doors have to be shut, as the children are there and they're too stupid to stay inside close to their parents and will run out and play in traffic or something. Oh, lovely. Did I mention the air conditioning wasn't on in the laundromat as it never got above 73 today and they're trying to save energy? So because they're too lazy to take the laundry down to Laundry Zone on Bloomfield Ave, which has an indoor playground for children and lots of TVs tuned to family programming and all of that stuff, the rest of us have to suffer.

There are four of us in there, watching the Yankees game. He picks up the remote, turns on the WB and leaves with the boy. That is, after giving his wife just enough money to do the wash loads.

Well, she's busy doing all the laundry, pretreating all the shirts and the girl is too young for the adult entertainment. We turn the Yankees game back on. I come home to get the blankets, as I figure the large capacity machines are free, perfect opportunity.

As they're washing, her loads finish. She and the girl sit there. And wait. And wait some more. He didn't bother to leave her money for the dryers. She has to wait until he comes back to start drying anything. Have I mentioned the large capacity washers are a much longer cycle than the top loaders, which are a 20 minute cycle complete? My blankets are out of the washer and into the dryer before he gets back.

The girl, who is only about two years old is getting antsy. I don't blame her. But daddy is still off doing male bonding while the women folk toil.

Finally he comes back. OK, so he helped throw things in the dryer. I will give him that. By this time, my blankies are all dry and warm and cozy and I fold them and take them home and get the towels.

I come back, their Sterlite containers are blocking the door. The door opens in. But they have them in a row, in a way that I had to push them out of the way with the door. That didn't make him happy. But the fact it's getting to be well over 100 degrees in there from the shut doors isn't making me happy. So he can fucking deal.

I manage to get in, start the towels and I look. There is no place for me to sit, nor are they willing to let me sit. Mind you, I'm hobbling around on the cane and I've shown the damned kids who try to kill me every time my aircast, as I asked them to watch my foot and not hurt it, please. Sorry, but proud men do NOT give up their seats to women, as we need to learn our place in the world, as inferior creatures. Um... OK. Mind if I beat you around the head and shoulders with my cane for that remark?

So I stand. And wait. And get the stuff that was washing while I went to get the towels into the dryer. I wait some more. Leaning against a washer and holding my foot up and feeling like I'm going to die. Finally, their dryers, which are most of the bank of dryers, finish their cycles.

I can't tell you how fast I was sitting once they were standing. I also know I'm getting a nice, long rest. The laundromat is long and by the dryers and folding counter, skinny. They have more clothes to fold than I own and well, these are people who fold their dirty laundry as if it's about to go into the dresser. Not to mention, they've got the entire passageway blocked. No one can get by. Nor do they allow anyone to. If you want to go from one end to the other, you'd best go around outside. So I sit and continue to watch the Yankees lose and realize I really want a cigarette. But the chairs are out back, not out front. So screw it. I decided to be a bitch and make him move so I could get to my stuff sitting in the dryer, cooling off. It's my turn to be annoying, by blocking anyone else's access to the chairs where they really want their kids and folding my laundry while sitting. Which is what I really have to do. Holding a cane and folding doesn't work.

Heh. I also notice since they have the kids on the folding counter, even though there are big signs saying no sitting on the counter, I go and open the door. All the way. Yes, I did get scowled at. But don't give me that shit about women being second class citizens. I might not go off on you while I'm tired and in pain, but I will do my best to piss you off. Including yelling, "MOTHERFUCKER!" at the TV with you kids in earshot. Then again, when the Yankees are losing a game in such spectacular fashion, I can teach your children lots of interesting phrases.

They finally work their way down a few dryers, so I get my towels in and go to get the stuff that had been in storage. Of course when I get back, the door is closed again. Oh, it's also the ninth inning and I get back just in time for them to turn on "Wheel of Fortune" and then ignore the TV. I mean, you can't even see it from the folding counter. By this point, it's 100 degrees in there from the heat of the dryers and I'm really ready to not just ask them about taking the kids to Laundry Zone, but drawing them a map. A very detailed map. Especially since the children are bored again and are trying to run me down with carts. Again. In spite of the fact I seem to be the girl's special friend, as every time they come in, she makes a beeline to me, to either touch my hand or hug my leg. Which I so don't get given my attitude towards children.

They finally get done and leave. But not before Mr. All-Women-Should-Bow-Down-Before-Me decides to put all the laundry carts they were using back up front, making sure he blocks the washers I'm using. Oooh, a statement. I wonder how he'd feel if someone treated his mother that way.

As I'm waiting for the last of things to dry, the owners come in to clean, which they do most nights at closing. I told them about it, they gave me full permission to give these people directions to Laundry Zone. Woo-hoo!

As they were leaving, I made a comment about how I was calling 15 people to come party in there all night. She told me, "that's fine. As long as they do laundry."

So, who's up for a rowdy midnight laundry party?

Note: Anyone who disagrees that Nation of Islam is a UFO cult should look up the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Who said, "We belong to the Tribe of Shabazz. This tribe is the first of the human family on the planet earth. It came with the earth when we departed the moon 66 trillion years ago. We settled on the best part of the planet in the heart of Asia at the holy city Mecca in Arabia." Gee, where's Xenu?

abitcrazy4sex 44M
1335 posts
8/27/2006 12:34 am

i like laundry

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 10:21 am:
Sometimes I do too. When it's quiet and I can think and children aren't trying to kill me.

LadytoPleaseYou 64F
5447 posts
8/27/2006 12:40 am

I don't think I would have had your patience.

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 10:22 am:
I was too tired to tell him off. But next time, I am mentioning the place with the playground.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11238 posts
8/27/2006 12:53 am

.... laundry party .... now there's an idea

that includes washing what peepz are wearing? ~innocent smile~

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 10:23 am:
hmmmm... I suppose we might get permission to put up curtains in the front window. So the cops don't see.

elysianpleasure 47M

8/27/2006 6:15 am

I don't know about the whole UFO thing... but male chauvinist idiots are not isolated to any single religion.

But hey... I am up for a laundry party... if that is the only way I can get invited to a blogging party Party on... Is it BYOB (Bring your own Bleech

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 10:25 am:
Yes, but many of them use religion as a crutch, to put forward their misogyny.

Hey, the party isn't just BYOB, but BYOQ. (Bring your own quarters.)

TechSteve 49M

8/27/2006 7:11 am

I am spoiled rotten.

Most of my life, I have always had my own washing machine and dryer. I have a front loader now. Dont you just hate me ? haha

For a brief period, I used to do laundry at a place that was open 7 / 24 and it was great. My ex and I used to do our laundry late at night. It was peaceful.


MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 10:27 am:
Living here is the first I haven't had a washer and dryer in my life. My washer is in storage, I need big, strong men who will get it and take it down and take out the one in my cellar space that leaked all over the floor and install it and all of that. I can't seem to find that.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/27/2006 9:00 am

I remembe the laundry at nite thing. It was kinda fun.

He's lucky it ws you instead of me, because I would have jacked his ass up most rikki tik. And Islam is a civilized religion? This guy could actually create Bush supporters. Assholes abound Ann. Hop eyour weekend is going good. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 10:31 am:
Um, the actual Islamic religion and Nation of Islam are very different animals. The latter is listed as an actual hate group. Not to mention, they don't follow the Koran at all. According to the Koran, a man's piety is shown by his beard. NOI members must be clean shaven. Technically, they are infidels, going by the definition of infidel in the Koran, which is, those who claim to be Islamic, but but technically aren't.

ErikSarcasm77 39M

8/27/2006 11:09 am

I've actually come close to blows telling off guys like that. It's bad enough that they think they own the place, be it a restaurant, a bus (or a bus stop) or my favorite, the laundromat. Actually both genders annoy me at times, but believe it or not (and I know you don't) I do have some sense of chivalry, so when I get up to go smoke or move clothes to the dryer, and a woman steals my seat, I keep quiet. Oh, she'll get a look, but I ain't fightin over a seat. But then these guys... I mean, why do they assume the newspaper is a community paper, and they can pick it up if i set it down fer a sec? And when ya leave your property on the seat to go to the bathroom, doesn't that mean "I'm coming back?" Apparently not, it means "here's read my paper, drink my soda (or throw it away) and enjoy listening to my music." MissAnn, it's not so much a lack of chivalry that's the problem, it's a total lack of manners. People are just dicks.

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 11:48 pm:
Nah, I don't believe for a second you have any sense of chivalry.

You do know most newspapers in laundromats are considered community property, right? But throwing away your soda and stuff like that is just rude. As far as using the bathroom at this place, it's a good thing it's all but across the street. They don't have one. I have to come home for that.

But I do agree, some people have no manners.

rm_wetfingeraz 53F
3012 posts
8/27/2006 11:18 am

You were a hell of a lot more patient than I would have been. If I'd come back to find their boxes of clean clothes blocking the door, they would have found their clean clothes dumped, boxless, in the middle of the street.

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 11:52 pm:
Oh, that's the thing. All their clothes were in the dryers at that point. They just left the containers in which they use in front of the door, as I guess they were blocking their way to the dryers. Trust me, if their clean clothes were in them and the top was open, I would have been tempted to spill soda into them.

Oh, who am I kidding? That would mean that they would have been there even longer.

NickRules999 39M
9462 posts
8/27/2006 11:35 am

Laundry party? Cool!

I think if I were there, and those assholes were thinking they ran the place, I'd do my damnedest to piss them off.

I get enough practice pissing off Mormons. They're easy. LOL

Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 11:53 pm:
Heh. Come to NJ.

cuteNEway 41F

8/27/2006 1:56 pm

People like that need to be shot up into space somewhere. I can't stand them. They lord over the laundromat and then give you a look like, "I dare you to say something" But you can't. And in my neighborhood the laundromat owners are all asians that either don't speak english or act like they don't!


MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 11:55 pm:
Oh, they can speak English. Like the guys at the corner store here. If a stranger comes in and asks for directions, they suddenly forget how to speak English. It isn't they don't know how to get there. I've seen them some of the places that people ask how to get to. They're just being dicks and not about to talk to anyone not buying something.

Trust me, when that guy went to close the door, I said something. I told him the air wasn't on and that it was going to get really hot. It amazed me his wife, who was wearing heavy silks never broke a sweat. The rest of us were dying and starting to smell ripe.

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

8/27/2006 2:04 pm

Damn I wish I had been there with you I LOVE nothing more than a good round of male posturing...What pissed off the knuckle dragger's at work the most is I SO could do it better than THEM..LOL...Ready


MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 11:56 pm:
Come on out for a laundry party! We can really be annoying!

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/27/2006 4:45 pm

Actually I knew that. I wrote the last comment under somewhat altered conditions, and in a fairly crappy mood. I STILL would have jacked his ass up tho'. No excuse for poor manners. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/27/2006 11:57 pm:
Heh. You could have gone into a diatribe on how you think people who believe in UFOs are all whack jobs.

popmuse01 35F

8/27/2006 4:55 pm

OOh, my boyfriend would have LOVED to just piss him off

As it have about a ton more patience than I would have had. The first thing I would have done is glared at him and opened the door. He's NOT the owner/propritor (can't spell that for crap lol ) and doesn't have the right to make other patrons suffer cuz he thinks that he's closer to God (Or Allah or whatever he 'believes' in.) Course he couldn't even be respectful of you with the cane and the aircast, so obviously he's not worth the shit he creates

Kudos for talking to the actual owners about making them go to another laundry place. They have no right to impose themselves (and their bratty children) on other people because they (he) can.

I'm going to be evil a second and say this also....they come to our country and take our freaking free government help (at the expense of the taxpayers) and still impose their religion/and or way of life and customs on us, when we try our hardest not to do it to them. Of course that's for the evil ones who think their the better religion! More good people of Islam faith are being stereotyped for the kind of crap that ass is doing!

I'm leaving the site end of March. To those who want to keep in touch, see blog for details.

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/28/2006 12:13 am:
He believes the Great Mother Wheel (aka mother ship) is going to come down and destroy all the white devils. Honest. That is what they preach. That UFOs will be their salvation. It wasn't just the preachings of Elijah Muhammad or the fact Louis Farrakhan claims he was in the mother ship and spoke to Muhammad after his death. Even Malcolm X did the UFO thing, saying as soon as Eliijah Muhammad gave the word, the UFOs would swoop down, kill the white devils and leave only the good Muslims. Now, they can't even be considered good Muslims, as they don't follow the prophet Muhammad's grooming code for piety.

But he was American. NOI is an American thing. Remember the Million Man March? That was them. His wife is foreign, but he's not. But if he was such a proud man, why hasn't he bought his wife a washer and dryer? Hell, if I could afford it right now, I'd just get one of the two in one combos that washes and dries all in one machine and sell the washer in storage.

sexyariesgirl 57F

8/27/2006 8:10 pm

Bless your heart! I am SOOOOOOOOOO thankful I have always had my own washer and dryer. For a short time very early in my marriage I had to use the laundromat...and it was awful. I can't imagine having to do that on a regular basis. Here's hoping you can find some nice strong men to move your washer for you! And I applaud your patience...I'm afraid I wouldn't have been so nice.

Power To FOK

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/28/2006 12:16 am:
I'm getting so sick of the laundromat. But strong volunteers to get the washer out of storage aren't exactly lining up to help. Those things weight a few hundred pounds each.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/28/2006 3:06 pm

Damn, Darlin', it's a shame y'all live so far away. Moving a washer is a piece of cake for us. As for the UFOs, Hell, I believe in them. Just not the same ones. But there are those here who will say I'm a whack job anyways. NOI is just a bunch of racists, no better than the Klan. As a matter of fact, worse, because of their attitude toward women. At least TPT don't formally state that women are property. And Farrakhan probably just talked with George Clinton aboard the mothership. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 9/9/2006 3:22 am:
TPT? I have no idea what that is.

shylena256 42F
1967 posts
8/29/2006 1:58 am

NOI are scary mothas that's for sure.
Back to the kitchen women, which is why laundry boy got himself a real foreigner, mail-order-Islamic bride.

Joe thinks Farrakhan got the spaceship Idea from George Clinton, but I want to point out that Sun-Ra was the first modern black american musician to say we came from space, he started that in the 40s with "Space is the place" and although Sun-Ra himself is dead, his band the"Arc-estra" still plays. Now I don't know of any NOI sun-ra connections and I would love to see Farakhan and George Clinton talking, after all I have this great Funkadelic track that starts out "Hey lady won't you be my dog and I can be your tree and you can pee on me -we will do you no harm except to pee in your afro" Which may be sexy to some around here, but I don't see it as being an NOI-approved practice.
NOI scares me, they are more msyoginistic than the rastafarians.
Maybe you could get one of those "man with van" outfits to do your washing machine- I know it's expensive, but with the new prices at the laundrette it could be the cost of a mere 50 loads or so. I wish for you that something like that works out.

MissAnnThrope replies on 9/9/2006 3:27 am:
I so don't get the women who join NOI and claim it empowers them. How is barefoot and pregnant empowering? I never knew Rastafarians were misogynistic, I just thought they were too stoned to do much of anything.

I don't think Sun-Ra was involved with NOI, from the interviews I read with him, I was amazed he wasn't a Raelean, Urantian or Scientologist.
Farakhan and George Clinton... I would want to watch that on acid, to truly get into the experience.

SensuousWoman3 55F
3106 posts
8/30/2006 4:54 am

    Quoting rm_LoveSpell11:
    There is nothing more civilized than having one's own washer and dryer. There are few things worse than laundromat hogs, except of course people who think the entire world revolves around their children.

    And a healthy man who won't give up his seat to an injured woman? GRRRRRR.....
LoveSpell sized up my thoughts perfectly! If the damn man wouldn't stand up, it would not have hurt the children to be seated on the floor! Pigs.

MissAnn you have my total sympathy on the inability to get your washer home. The good thing about the laundrymat---most times--is you can get so much laundry done in such a short time. But you've certainly described all the downfalls.

About all this laundry---your not, er, uh, "nesting" perhaps? LMAO!

MissAnnThrope replies on 9/9/2006 3:30 am:
No, I'm not nesting. I wanted to get the bulk of the stuff done before the prices went up. But yes, the good thing is, I can get much more done in a shorter amount of time. The bad thing is, the cycles are so short, I have to put things through at least twice, as the soap never comes out the first time.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
9/9/2006 8:53 am

Trailer Park Trash Darlin' Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

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