Do you want hot water, warm, or brr-cold with that?

My washer broke down almost two weeks ago.  That wasn't all that bad.  I washed the clothes at the laundromat and brought them home to dry.

The repairman I called works on Crosley machines.  They are made by Frigidaire.  He couldn't find the problem.  So he said if it happened again, he wouldn't charge me the service fee.

If  I only could sit still and watch the machine run through a cycle, he would would have shown up once.  But NOOOO.  I needed to go do something productive.  Thus, I found water all over the floor....again.  He came back.

But while I was kicking myself, mopping up the water, my leg touched the back of the dryer vent, and it was wet!  So I took some blue tape and wrapped it where the water leaked.  Above that mark it didn't leave any residual water.  It was leaking out the drain pipe.  The repair man said he'd snake it but I don't have one.  I don't like snakes.  They bite.

So I called the best plumber I know.  By all appearances I am having a secret relationship with him, for all my plumbing needs.  It's not the way it sounds...but all the random servicing has made us good buddies.

Ethan is great...he comes to the door with his arms bent at the elbow, wrapped in rubber gloves.  And he wears a rubber apron strapped around him.  Now that's a plumber.   I do think I love him.  How embarrassing to have your plumber think you are unclean.

He sent Martin and Jason over.  I'm sure he had better things to do, like plumb a whole house.  The drain line was fixed in very short order.

Later when I had the a few of the church chicks over for a crab dinner, we all agreed that washers and dryers don't need any of the fancy smanchy controls.  We only need the basics.  How large is the load?  small, Medium, LARGE.  Do you want HOT, Warm, or brrr-cold water.  Do you want it to spin FAST, Medium, or s-l-o-w.  Do want to dry Cool, Kinda Warm, or SUPER HOT?

AND did you know I learned that High Efficiency front loaders only need, at most, a couple of tablespoons of detergent?  Who tells you that?  The manual says to follow the maker's instructions.  And guess what?  They want you to use the stuff so you load it way too high!  We watched, with no soap in the washer, get full of suds for two cycles.  Argh!

I almost wish I had a ringer-washer that I could crank and roll clothes flat out.  I'd get some upper left arm strength too that would help me with my golf game.  But I'm not so sure about hanging the wash out to dry.  My friend Betty does it.  I greatly admire her for it.  But I'm not going to do it.  Well, not until the dryer quits.

Live richly, m


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