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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-21 05:38:07 PM
By Krystal D'Costa... I was fourteen; I didn't want anyone to see my underwear

She picked the wrong name to be shy about her undergarments.
 
2013-01-21 05:43:09 PM
Wow, what a waste of bytes to store & transmit that article. And in "Scientific" American, no less.
 
2013-01-21 06:14:42 PM

dj_bigbird: Wow, what a waste of bytes to store & transmit that article. And in "Scientific" American, no less.


I agree.  That was a non-article.  I guess she forgot a deadline and had to find something to fill 3,000 words.
 
2013-01-21 06:24:17 PM

ZAZ: By Krystal D'Costa... I was fourteen; I didn't want anyone to see my underwear

She picked the wrong name to be shy about her undergarments.


She eventually loosened up.

todamnfunny.com
 
2013-01-21 06:25:39 PM
I thought this was another Lance Armstrong thread.
 
2013-01-21 06:27:03 PM
I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.
 
2013-01-21 06:28:39 PM
I actually like going to the laundromat. I'm friends with the guy who works there and lately he's let me have free washes for bringing him Halo 4 codes from Mountain Dew. I always go on Sunday around noon and it's never really crowded, and this place is across the street from a university. I've also met two of my girlfriends there.
 
2013-01-21 06:30:18 PM
español hablado

There, that concludes the study.
 
2013-01-21 06:30:25 PM
Man, laundry is never so difficult as the writer made it to be, and I'm also pissed that the writer made easy money off a silly article.

My only gripe about sharing a laundry room/going to a laundrymat is people who leave their clothes in the machines for a long time. I don't know how many times I've dreamt about just pouring melted chocolate in some clothes that the person is too lazy to take from the machines.
 
2013-01-21 06:30:55 PM
CSB time...

I once directed an original musical (and I'm not a fan of musicals), and it was set in a laundromat.  Very funny show that parodied musicals.  One of the songs was called "Spin Cycle" and one of the lyrics was "spin cycle, I'm coming clean..." and it was about a girl enjoying herself while riding a washer with an unbalanced load on its spin cycle.  Hence the headline.

/CSB
//submitter
 
2013-01-21 06:31:14 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.


Being poor is expensive.
 
2013-01-21 06:33:42 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.


Believe me, you don't have to be lower-middle class to not have laundry. I'm lucky enough to have laundry in my building but most of the buildings on my street don't.

I wouldn't pay $2k/month for a one bedroom and have to use a laundromat, but apparently a lot of folks would.
 
2013-01-21 06:34:32 PM

Chariset: dj_bigbird: Wow, what a waste of bytes to store & transmit that article. And in "Scientific" American, no less.

I agree.  That was a non-article.  I guess she forgot a deadline and had to find something to fill 3,000 words.


Thats what happens when you get a degree in anthro. Your career is filling 3000 words at a time.
 
2013-01-21 06:36:45 PM
I only go to laundromats for the free clothes....
 
2013-01-21 06:40:53 PM
Scientific American? Good grief.

<i>Krystal D'Costa is an <strike>anthropologist working in digital media</strike> unemployed arts graduate in New York </i>

Decoded that for them.
 
2013-01-21 06:43:21 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.


My current apartment doesn't have washer/dryer hookups, but it does have mini-laundromats. They are a little more expensive, but I make up the money in other ways.
 
2013-01-21 06:45:58 PM
When I was a young and poor renter (as opposed to old and poor homeowner), laundry day was kinda fun. The laundromat was only a few blocks away, and was next to a Circle-K and I'd grab a 12 pack and sit in my car while the machine did it's thing. The Circle-K was central to my neighborhood, so it was a given that one or more of my friends would happen by. They would see my car and stop to party. Good times.
 
2013-01-21 06:46:12 PM

MrEricSir: AverageAmericanGuy: I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.

Believe me, you don't have to be lower-middle class to not have laundry. I'm lucky enough to have laundry in my building but most of the buildings on my street don't.

I wouldn't pay $2k/month for a one bedroom and have to use a laundromat, but apparently a lot of folks would.


I do. Farkin' Landlord. Key is to not forget your hangers. Dang hangers are the Fo' Shizzle.
 
2013-01-21 06:46:21 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7548090/82035151#c82035151" target="_blank">AverageAmericanGuy</a>:</b> <i>I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.</i>

I have a washer and a dryer in my condo, but I have a quilt that doesn't fit in the washer... So yeah, sometimes I need to venture out to the unwashed masses, and use a laundromat.
 
2013-01-21 06:46:53 PM
This seems a bit overdramatic to me. Until I bought my house in May, I had the same every-other-Saturday morning routine: Load clothes in car, drive to laundromat, put clothes in washer and start, go to bakery down the street for breakfast, come back and put clothes in dryer, hang out and read/surf internet on iphone/angry birds until dryer done, fold clothes and go home.

I'd maybe see 10 people the entire time.
 
2013-01-21 06:46:56 PM
uh the milkmen?
 
2013-01-21 06:47:39 PM
The laundry machines offered in my apartment amounted to $100/month and could wash/dry one small load every 2.5 hours.

I chose to pay a little more (apartment is cheaper with no unit) to have my laundry picked up/washed/dryed/folded/dropped off weekly. It's not much more expensive (maybe $40) than the unit would have been per month, and I don't have to spend time thinking about or doing laundry.

Money well spent.
 
2013-01-21 06:49:18 PM
Letting your kid ride in the dryer is frowned upon.
 
2013-01-21 06:51:14 PM
Friday night after work is the best night to do laundry. The laundromat is usually empty. Also, she didn't even mention it's one of the best places to meet girls. And don't forget to clean out the lint trap before dropping in a bunch of quarters. Oh yeah, and make sure you fill the washer up with water some before throwing your clothes in as some morons use too much bleach and you don't want to ruin your shirts... Wait a minute, I could write this article way better.
 
2013-01-21 06:51:34 PM
If I take the article at face value, people without the means to have their own laundry are judgmental apes that will steal anything and everything not carefully watched by their owner. One exception to the theft issue is children.
 
2013-01-21 06:52:27 PM
Laundry day is fine as long as you remember your frozen yogurt.

<img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UCA5onMwOgs/UOkZINieYVI/AAAAAAAAAHg/dWA UkO_-zGI/s1600/Laundry+day+Dr+Horrible2.jpg">

<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7548090/82035151#c82035151" target="_blank">AverageAmericanGuy</a>:</b> <i>I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.</i>

Being single an a renter, trust me for lots of us laundromats are way cheaper than the alternative of buying a washer and/or dryer, Given I do an average of one load a week, THAT would be a huge waste of money.
 
2013-01-21 06:53:16 PM
Sigh, what an HTML fail....
 
2013-01-21 06:53:32 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7548090/82035000#c82035000" target="_blank">Chariset</a>:</b> <i>dj_bigbird: Wow, what a waste of bytes to store & transmit that article. And in "Scientific" American, no less.

I agree.  That was a non-article.  I guess she forgot a deadline and had to find something to fill 3,000 words.</i>

But she lives in New York! She's a special snowflake with insite into the existentialism of man because of it! She has to use PUBLIC LAUNDRY!! She can't pay someone to fix a !@#$% washer or the washer drain and instead gets paid to write a shiat article in 'scientific' american about some bullshiat.

Am I the only one who honestly went 'lives in NYC' by the second sentence?
 
2013-01-21 06:53:48 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7548090/82035454#c82035454" target="_blank">Mister Green</a>:</b> <i>Friday night after work is the best night to do laundry. The laundromat is usually empty. Also, she didn't even mention it's one of the best places to meet girls. And don't forget to clean out the lint trap before dropping in a bunch of quarters. Oh yeah, and make sure you fill the washer up with water some before throwing your clothes in as some morons use too much bleach and you don't want to ruin your shirts... Wait a minute, I could write this article way better.</i>

Don't pick up girls at the laundromat. If they cannot afford to have their own laundry, they cannot afford to support you either.
 
2013-01-21 06:56:09 PM
It looks like html is turned off or something... I just used the quote button (instead of my lame html skills) and it didn't work.
 
2013-01-21 06:57:17 PM

Fish in a Barrel: AverageAmericanGuy: I haven't been to a laundromat since we moved out of the lower-middle class back when I was a kid. I'm taken aback that people still use them. They are terrible money-sinks.

Being poor is expensive.


This is unfortunately true.
 
2013-01-21 07:03:17 PM
The only reason I ever go to laundromats is to use the giant washers to wash my comforters and sleeping bags. Yeah it's five buck in quarters to use one, but it's worth it.
 
2013-01-21 07:05:21 PM
Who the hell doesn't have laundry? Seriously, I imagine a few bachelors and what have you, but you can buy the machines for cheap! shiat I have a working pair in the garage I'm going to put in the classifieds for 150 bucks.

I grew up in an apartment with a laundry room and I only once lived in a place that didn't have in-suite laundry. fark that!
 
2013-01-21 07:05:21 PM
As a big bearded bastard, I've found that if you go to a laundromat wearing dark sunglasses,
reeking of liquor, and growling every 30 seconds, or so, people tend to leave you alone.
 
2013-01-21 07:06:15 PM
wow that was a painfully stupid read. written like an 8th grade sociology report on a "place or thing".
 
2013-01-21 07:37:40 PM
having a

bronyaur1: Being poor is expensive.

This is unfortunately true.


narcotics addicted family members will make you poor. just say no
to family.
 
2013-01-21 07:56:59 PM
Been using laundromats for the last 15 years, had my clothes stolen exactly once. Turned out to be the manager of the place too.
 
2013-01-21 07:57:17 PM
When I was younger I offered to help the young women fold their bed sheets at the laundromat. There is a reason they were washing their sheets.
 
2013-01-21 08:08:53 PM

wagnerism: It looks like html is turned off or something... I just used the quote button (instead of my lame html skills) and it didn't work.


Yeah, I noticed that too.
 
2013-01-21 08:18:48 PM

Delay: When I was younger I offered to help the young women fold their bed sheets at the laundromat. There is a reason they were washing their sheets.


Incontinence?
 
2013-01-21 08:22:03 PM

daveinsurgent: Who the hell doesn't have laundry? Seriously, I imagine a few bachelors and what have you, but you can buy the machines for cheap! shiat I have a working pair in the garage I'm going to put in the classifieds for 150 bucks.

I grew up in an apartment with a laundry room and I only once lived in a place that didn't have in-suite laundry. fark that!


Dude, my apartments for the past, oh, 5+ years, haven't had laundry hookups. But I live in efficiencies because I like small spaces and they're cheaper. DFW and Houston.

In fact, it's usually only the bigger or family size apartments (or ones deliberately focused at adult singles, but that's another niche entirely) that have hookups. Depending on pure amount of laundry, you can break even. Most on-site laundry facilities just cost enough to pay the water and electric and upkeep on the machines. Granted, they also tend to beat the piss out of your clothes if that matters to you.

And, again, if the chick has a basement, and a washer-dryer in there, she needs to shut the fark up, and force the landlord to fix it, or fork over the cash herself.
 
2013-01-21 08:31:44 PM

Ed Finnerty: Delay: When I was younger I offered to help the young women fold their bed sheets at the laundromat. There is a reason they were washing their sheets.

Incontinence?


Prurience.
 
2013-01-21 09:03:22 PM
Liberal arts trust fund kid at a public laundromat - "Oh no, there's other.... people....at the laundromat. Low class people. I don't want them near me. They might touch my clothes."

Let me guess you went to a trendy private school paid for by daddy right?
 
2013-01-21 10:14:57 PM
Laundry day is a very dangerous day.
 
2013-01-21 11:45:04 PM

Creoena: This seems a bit overdramatic to me. Until I bought my house in May, I had the same every-other-Saturday morning routine: Load clothes in car, drive to laundromat, put clothes in washer and start, go to bakery down the street for breakfast, come back and put clothes in dryer, hang out and read/surf internet on iphone/angry birds until dryer done, fold clothes and go home.

I'd maybe see 10 people the entire time.


I didn't guess New York specifically but I was not surprised by the end. She was obviously in a place with a lot of very highly competitive, neurotic people. And that pretty much narrows it down to New York, LA and a few other places.

Also, this lady has some serious issues revolving around worrying WAY too much about what other people think about each other and her. Or she's just getting paid by the word.

I used laundromats during my 20s off and on when I lived the apartment life. I didn't have any of the problems described, but then it wasn't in NYC. It was in suburban Silicon Valley. It's the same parade of weird people who live in run down apartments. People on the fringes of society just getting by, and that occasional upper class house mom who drops in to wash oversize items in the big washers.

Most people very much kept to themselves and did their thing, and I got a lot of reading done. I never had anything swiped, but I'm pretty good at keeping an eye on my stuff. I think maybe once I saw a creepy old dude try to pick up on a girl, other than that no weird behavior, but then the neighborhoods weren't that bad. Just lower middle class.

I was also good about picking times that were quiet, if a place was too crowded, I would just leave and come back later.

The biggest upside to laundromats is being able to do ALL your loads all at once. You're in and out in under two hours if the washers are available.

The biggest downside is that you are not free to do other things around the house while your laundry churns.

Later on I lived in a very small poor desert town, and before I got a house and bought some machines, I used the one local laundromat for a few years. There was really interesting welfare trash. It was good entertainment. Fortunately I knew the owners and if something was broken they'd fix it right away.
 
2013-01-22 03:52:03 AM
My laundromat rules 1987...Burned by it all:

1. Smell the washer drum and run your hands along the bottom.

You are smelling for either biological aromas and feeling for grit which means the previous user overloaded it with soiled baby shiat or the washer isn't draining fully...Or you are smelling for petroleum aromatics like axle grease from mechanics throwing their shirts/overalls in the washer without enough detergent and axle grease will stick to the drum.

2. Look, feel and smell inside the dryers for raised vent holes.

People will wash and tumble dry shoes, boots and other things that will stick in the vent holes...Bend the metal out over time...And turn the dryer into a clothes shredder.

Additionally, the previously mentioned mechanics too cheap to wash their clothes thoroughly will leave a film of axle grease in the dryer drum as well.
 
2013-01-22 04:49:05 AM

Delay: When I was younger I offered to help the young women fold their bed sheets at the laundromat. There is a reason they were washing their sheets.


They poop the bed?
 
2013-01-22 09:13:33 AM

Gunny Walker: Delay: When I was younger I offered to help the young women fold their bed sheets at the laundromat. There is a reason they were washing their sheets.

They poop the bed?


Not on purpose. They missed the cup.
 
2013-01-22 11:18:58 AM
I like seeing hot chicks at the laundromat.

I get to see their underwear, and if left alone in there, I will check out their bra size.
 
2013-01-22 01:42:42 PM
bleach and quarters and soap and laundry
are the words i use at the laundromat

/last post?
 
2013-01-22 05:00:16 PM

canavar: /last post?


No.
 
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