If you remember giggle-snorting over my 2018 compilation of Top 20 True Tales from the Laundromat, you are not alone. It has endured as one of my most popular posts, clinging to the top of the list like an acrylic sock to a fleece jacket.
And guess what. I’ve continued to collect these stories since then, and I’m giving you a quarter’s worth more — no scrounging for actual coins required!
One of many “You Do You” facets of RV life is that some folks go for the in-coach washer and dryer, and others don’t. Although we’ve got dedicated hookups for them in our bedroom closet, we opted against installing our own machines, and here’s why: We didn’t want to sacrifice the storage space, weight allowance, or power & water usage, when we can do our laundry elsewhere — in a facility that someone else has to maintain and repair.
Wondering about the cost comparison? Well, we’ve been on the road for 6+ years, paying to do laundry nearly every week. Sometimes a nearby friend offers up their machines, or we get free facilities as part of a workamping gig, but we still probably average about $6/week.
A new RV washer-dryer combo would have paid for itself by now, with enough green left over for new wardrobes for both of us. We do not care. The entertainment value alone is worth it to this girl, and since Tim only does laundry if he absolutely has to (like if I’ve recently given birth, or had cancer surgery, or happen to be located several hundred miles away), he does not get a vote. We like this system. It works for us. End of discussion.
But one more thing before I get to the final spin: you cannot force True Tales from the Laundromat. They must rise organically from the lint trap, and reveal themselves like a stain you forgot to pre-treat on your favorite hoodie.
So are you ready to get sudsy? I’m starting with the one and only heart-warming story, and then you should prepare for the load to become a little more… unbalanced.
Author’s note: Just like last time, these posts came from my personal Facebook account. I don’t think it’s plagiarism if I copy & paste my own work, but I thought I’d better explain myself to those of you who are thinking, “Hmmmm. I’m pretty sure I’ve read this before…”
Snarky, irreverent, occasionally sentimental, viewing the world with head cocked and one eyebrow up. Navy wife (retired), mom to two bigguys, full-time RV traveler with husband. Shit breaks and we make mistakes. Join me anyway?
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13 thoughts on “More True Tales from the Laundromat: 2021 edition”
You are gifted, Erma…
She didn’t swear like I do, but I like to think I’d have made her laugh.
Love your posts!! I am the same way about laundry and wouldn’t trade the experiences (or most of them at least) for an on board w/d. Favorite: Canyon Lake, TX: walked in on a Sunday to find 8 single guys all doing their laundry. When done they go to breakfast. Every week.
Least favorite (or worst experience) Jasper ,TX (which was an experience in itself)going into the bathroom of a not-that-clean laundromat to see No Spitting in Garbage Cans gives a real sense of what the place was like.
Hahaha! Is it wrong that I am now looking to see how far we are from Jasper?
Perfect timing. TLG and I are headed off tomorrow morning to do some loads. Wait, that sounds wrong.
Nope. Sounds perfectly right. Have you met me?
Oh, lordy, we’re on our way to a laundromat tomorrow. While I appreciate your hilarious (and damn finely told) tales, I’m happy our rig came with the washer/dryer. I do love getting everything done at once when I have to clean the big stuff, but I never hang around the washeteria to fold. You’re a brave and crazy woman! And I treasure the memory of sharing the laundry room with you in Gila Bend USAFAF. 😆
My favorite thing here is that you and TBG both commented on this post. Ha!
And hey, how am I to attract the attention of all those “eligible bachelors” without staying in the place to do all the folding? It’s not the undies that catch their eye. It’s fitted sheets. Pretty sure those fellas think I’m practicing witchcraft.
This post was a million percent enjoyable and a great start to a weekend! Thanks for the laughs.
Oh, yay! Your compliment is a great start to *my* weekend, so thanks!
I always say that if you think doing laundry is not funny, you just need to have a dryer sense of humor. (A pleasure to peruse your blog.)
I can’t believe I missed that one!