January 12th, 2012

beartato phd

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It happened once that I put my laundry in the washing machine, and forgot about it and left it for a quite while unattended. This inconvenienced my upstairs neighbors, who wanted to do a load, yet didn't want to be rude and immediately put a load in the pipeline, because then it could reach a state where they had a load in the dryer, and my wet clothes would be sitting on top and I'd find them with no dryer to put them in. So they waited for a couple of hours, and gave up and put theirs in the washer anyway, and left me an entirely tactful explanatory note.

And, me being the conflict-avoidy wanna-be-a-good-person kind of person that I am, I returned it with an apologetic note promising to try not to leave my laundry unattended for hours in the future.

BUT, even better, today the upstairs neighbors did a really simple but profoundly clever thing, which was they put a load in the washer and LEFT ALL THE NECESSARY QUARTERS sitting in the dryer quarter tray. Which meant that when I came by and found their wet clothes in the washer, it was the most natural thing in the world for me to put them in the dryer and start it before putting mine in the washer. (They even left me a thank-you note later.) I guess I never thought of this trick because I never had shared coin-op laundry in a building before. I've had coin-op not-shared, and shared not-coin-op, but only shared with people that lived in the same unit, so I could actually have conversations with them.

Anyway, hooray for indirect human-human interactions not breaking down into a morass of passive-aggressive terribleness as one might fear, and instead doing quite the opposite.