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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26220 on: April 09, 2014, 04:49:03 AM »
The funny thing is, laundry is pretty much a connect-the-dots procedure.  Scoop says how much detergent, put in clothes, set dial, go watch TV.

I'm with you. Water on cold, select amount to wash (small, medium, large), put clothes in machine, put 2 spoons of washing liquid in, close lid, turn on machine. Come back in 20 minutes and hang clothes out to dry.

What is this "sorting" you speak of? Everything is washed together in our house.

20 minutes???? Wow! I'm jealous! Ours take 1.5-2 hours depending on the program.

We sort in white and non-white -- that's about it ;)

My machines, which possibly came with the house (built in late 60s, early 70s), takes a half hour on wash.  Drying takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours, which is why most things are hung, save for underthings.



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26221 on: April 09, 2014, 05:28:49 AM »

Ours is about 30 years old. The advantage of the older machines is there's so little to go wrong. And I prefer my clothes to be practical rather than just looking good. Nothing that requires special treatment exists in my wardrobe.
Mine is about 20 years and I agree with you. No computer chips, so less to fail. It looks a bit bashed about, but it works fine.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26222 on: April 09, 2014, 05:54:35 AM »
Diane, you must be sorting it on automatic pilot! And, of course, you're unconsciously choosing the right water temperatures to choose to avoid shrinkage, or color loss, etc.

Learning the connect-the-dots part is only the first step... How many of us turned our whites pink before we learned not to put something red in with them? (Roo's hand goes up)

I've also learned not to put bleach in with anything green.  :-\

Water temperature?  Bah, set to cold, nothing to sort out.  I've yet to see the tag that says "hot water only".  Cold also doesn't care what color your clothes are.  White towels and a red shirt?  Bring it on.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26223 on: April 09, 2014, 06:15:21 AM »
I only buy cloths that are load and go. all our stuff gets put on a quick wash 40 its done in about 30min. I do split lights and darks. I know non of my stuff bleeds but I have found that lights live longer if separated. (can't stand Grey whites)

At Uni I loved our washers. Top loading and took big loads and the dryers were big too.
they were mostly empty in the week. I think most people took them home to wash. (being in the UK a lot of people in halls went home very weekend.)

The SS in this case were people who would use all the washers (usually a couple of people doing laundry together) who would then go out for the after noon and just leave there clothes in the washing machine. they would then go batty that people had the gall to move their cloths. They usually went off on the person who's stuff was in "their" washer when they got back. I was the victim once and I had waited for 2 other people to finish with the machines before I used it. so that was a minimum if 3 1/2 Hours.(load took about 45mins to 1 Hr) I just told them it was empty when I go there.

a notice was put up by one of the tenants that any clothing left for longer than 30 minuets in a machine that had stopped would get dumped. the culprits stopped doing it on the busiest days at least.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26224 on: April 09, 2014, 06:32:24 AM »
I used to not separate until I got some very dark wash jeans and some white sheets, as well as some shirts from Dressbarn with sparkly bits on the front.  They get washed with like items but everything else? Meh, it gets all tossed in.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26225 on: April 09, 2014, 07:46:24 AM »

Ours is about 30 years old. The advantage of the older machines is there's so little to go wrong. And I prefer my clothes to be practical rather than just looking good. Nothing that requires special treatment exists in my wardrobe.
Mine is about 20 years and I agree with you. No computer chips, so less to fail. It looks a bit bashed about, but it works fine.

Our old machine was about twenty-eight years old when it was finally condemned. It had its quirks (the door could be opened mid-wash, but was hell to open when the wash had finished!), but it did its job admirably. The last time it got serviced (about three years before it finally died), the washing machine repair chap took one look at it and said, with awe, "It's older than I am!"

And on a completely different SS note:
If you absolutely HAVE to use Lynx deodorant (Ax for folks on the other side of the Atlantic), please don't...
a - use it out on the gym floor
b - spray it in the direction of someone actively working out

Yeah, leg extensions and sneezing fits work so well together (not) - and I'm not even someone who's particularly sensitive to scents!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26226 on: April 09, 2014, 08:00:05 AM »
A friend of mine works in a small town pharmacy and she told me one summer when teens were bored they came in and started spraying some Axe around for fun.   :P
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26227 on: April 09, 2014, 08:10:41 AM »
Today during rush hour we were behind this woman who kept doing her makeup when stopped at the traffic lights (she was about 3 cars down from said lights). Which in of itself isn't SS. What made it SS is that when the light went green she didn't move while she continued to do her makeup and when everyone beeped their horn she moved up at a snails pace and stopped at the front of the lights while they were still green and wouldn't budge until the next set of green lights. Usually about 10-12 cars get past the lights before they turn red.
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« Reply #26228 on: April 09, 2014, 08:26:59 AM »
That would annoy me too!

There's a three way lighted intersection where one light allows you to go straight after stopping at a red, but the other two directions are not like this.  Yet if you stop on a red and wait, you'll get people blaring on their horns.

Unfortunately the cycle for this light is VERY short.  Once the light turns green you have maybe enough time to get two cars through before it turns yellow, if the first person's alert and goes through quickly.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26229 on: April 09, 2014, 11:14:56 AM »
When my husband was living in his first apartment as a 20-something, his roommate was his sister.  He did his laundry, noticed that some of his shirts needed ironing, and looked expectedly at Sis (since his mother always did all his ironing when he lived at home).  Sis looked right back at him and said "Don't even think about it."  He learned to iron that day.   :D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26230 on: April 09, 2014, 12:04:59 PM »
I would love to know the thought process of bicyclists who consciously ignore traffic signals and then get all indignant and angry at the motorist who IS following traffic signals when they nearly collide.

We were 2nd to go at a 4-way this morning.  The first car (to our left) went.  We started go and as we did, a bicyclist came whizzing through after the car on the left.  Screaming and gesturing the whole time.

I'm all for sharing the road but this infuriates me.  DH also encountered someone on a skateboard (I'm unsure if they're street legal here) last week who decided to make a left turn from the right lane and against the light in rush hour traffic.  I'm thinking that was also trying REALLY hard to become a Darwin Award candidate.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26231 on: April 09, 2014, 12:20:21 PM »
A vacuum cleaner hose to remove what you can from the lint filter opening and the exhaust will speed drying.  Excess lint blocks air intake & exhaust to slow drying AND can be a fire hazard - cleaning is a good idea.  Taking less time means less power used when running the dryer.  So - an all around GOOD idea - but I will admit that it is only slightly more fun than a root canal....

I try to do it every year...or so...because Houston in the summer is hot enough without having to run the dryer even an extra ten minutes with each load of wash...and drying clothes without a dryer takes too long without a clothesline - the Home Owners' Association does NOT approve them. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26232 on: April 09, 2014, 12:27:53 PM »
Also, you can put a dry beach towel in with a wet load of washing to speed drying.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26233 on: April 09, 2014, 12:33:57 PM »
Okay, yeah, this one is a bit of a doozy, so you might want to be sitting down . . .

FIL has joined a local chapter of a large organization.  The kind mostly populated by old white guys who like to show off how rich they are.  (FIL and MIL aren't, not really, but FIL can keep up appearances well enough and he likes rubbing shoulders with this crowd.)  MIL absolutely hates being forced to socialize with them, but they have pretty frequent events for which bringing your spouse is strongly encouraged, so she's gone to quite a few.  There's a fancy dinner coming up, and she wants to skip it, but FIL got really grumpy because she skipped the last one.  He said she "wasn't being supportive."

The reason she skipped was because SIL1 was in the hospital having emergency surgery, having come home after living in a homeless camp a thousand miles away for the last year or so, and someone had to make sure SIL1 didn't up and walk out of the hospital as soon as she was mobile and SIL's kids aren't speaking to her at the moment.

But no, MIL is "not supportive."  Not at all.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26234 on: April 09, 2014, 02:22:49 PM »
I know I've mentioned this but I don't remember where:

A co-worker of mine told me that when she had her wisdom teeth pulled her husband woke her up and made her cook dinner for him, which she did.  She asked me if my husband did that; she and I had each gotten married at about the same time and we'd often compare notes as to what it was like being a newlywed in our respective decades, as I was about 20 years older than her.  I told her, "My husband would either make his own dinner or bring home takeout, and then he'd leave me some."  She couldn't believe that I wouldn't just hop out of bed when I was sick and cook for my husband.  I see her husband as the SS in this situation, because I felt that it was appalling that he made her get up when she was high on pain meds and cook dinner for him.  I asked her why he didn't just make himself a sandwich, and she told me, "He says that's my job."

I had a co-worker who had a major surgery scheduled.
She spent every evening for a week cooking and cleaning so that she would not have to do so during her recovery....because her husband was the same. No way would he have "lowered" himself to make a sandwich or pick up take-out.
Oh...their 10-year-old daughter was responsible for the heating, serving and cleaning up of the meals my co-worker prepared.

The worst (in my view) was the husband worked with us as well. He was proud of the fact he never lifted a finger for household chores.