View Full Version : I learned a little bit about urban laundromats tonight, and other stuff as well!


wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:01 AM
well i was doing 3 loads of laundry in my apt., and then i noticed that the driers were out of order. bummer!!

so i ran down a block to this coin laundry, adn the dude had the door locked, so i banged a few times and he held his hands up. he looked like a homeless guy, so i didn't even know that he was the attendant, but i knocked again so he opend up and told me the last wash was 40 minutes ago. i explained that i just had to dry the clothes, not wash them, and the driers were out of order.

he asked how quickly i could get back there iwth the wet clothes, and i said 2 minutes. he siad ok. i wasn't even sure my clothes were finished washing.. i ran back, 2 of 3 were done, so i slowly unloaded the two, and then the third finished. i threw them in my car (3 loads of wet laundry is heavy!), and then flew in reverse down the alley my garage opens onto for a block then up on the curb, grabbed the clothes, and ran to the door. 5 mins, not bad!

so i loaded the clothes up, and then went back home, wiht promise to return prior to the finish of the dry cycle. that's exactly what i did, and i chatted with my new friend for a bit. first thing i learned is that missing several teeth does not preclude you from being awesome.

second thing of note i learned is that around 6:30 am, when they open, there are usually several homeless people drying their sleeping bags, either for the heat, or literally to dry them out.

then around 7, you get the hookers. gay hookers, straight hookers, all kinds of hookers, talking shop too. i inquired if any were hot, or were they all pretty much nasty. he said nasty. i urged him to rate the hottest one on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the hottest and he said 4 if you're hard up. yeesh. we agreed it's not a very glamorous business.

i also learned that this guy who truly looked homeless has a wife who can 'kick some ass'. he informed me of this when i was departing, after i thanked him for letting me dry the clothes late, i urged him to watch out for the nasty hookers, and he informed me about the wife, who keeps him in line.

one other bit i thought i should pass on is that fire insurance typically does not inclu<shf>de coverage for smoke damage, or for water damage potentially caused by sprinklers. at least that's what the dude told me.

:)

pink_ribbon_scars
03-13-2006, 12:12 AM
thanks man, i will keep all of this in mind

pink_ribbon_scars
03-13-2006, 12:13 AM
here in houston lauromats are called washaterias

i've never been to one

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:14 AM
given the knowledge you've just learned, would you say it's probably for the best that you haven't been there? homeless sleepingbags and hooker pants aren't the kind of things i want my clothes sharing a drier with

FearFactory
03-13-2006, 12:15 AM
one other bit i thought i should pass on is that fire insurance typically does not inclu<shf>de coverage for smoke damage, or for water damage potentially caused by sprinklers. at least that's what the dude told me.


yeah, dude? isn't that fucked. I hate insurance companies.

bornentertainer
03-13-2006, 12:16 AM
here in houston lauromats are called washaterias




:rofl:

Junebug
03-13-2006, 12:16 AM
was the place clean, or did you feel like washing your clothes was a wasted venture after leaving?

FearFactory
03-13-2006, 12:16 AM
here in houston lauromats are called washaterias

i've never been to one

washaterias? lauromats? what the hell are those?

agenda suicide
03-13-2006, 12:16 AM
when you were telling me about this I was thinking it needed to be a thread.
It's even better now with the second half of the story :D

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:16 AM
he also said that hurricane insurance often does not cover wind damage!! wtf

wise words from this man. "insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying money"

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:18 AM
was the place clean, or did you feel like washing your clothes was a wasted venture after leaving?

place was totally clean. the guy was meticulously sweeping and disinfecting as we spoke. he told me of places a few blocks away that have a bad smell that you'll notice as soon as you walk in because they don't properly keep it clean

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:18 AM
when you were telling me about this I was thinking it needed to be a thread.
It's even better now with the second half of the story :D

thanks!

FearFactory
03-13-2006, 12:21 AM
he also said that hurricane insurance often does not cover wind damage!! wtf

wise words from this man. "insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying money"

I don't know about that first part, but I know they'll try like hell to say that the damage was caused by flooding from the hurricane and not the wind itself.

insurance companies will fight you tooth and nail about shit. I had my car stolen and it was recovered a couple months back with some body damage and the adjuster goes "when did this happen? November?" fuckin' a, man. goddamn sharks. he gave me an estimate and as soon as I get it taken in, I'm anticipating them going "we're not gonna pay for that.. we're not gonna pay for that".

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:21 AM
oh, also.. if you're drying your clothes in the bottom row of a two rowed drier configuration, and if the drier above yours is unoccupied, it is usually a good idea to open the door to that one, as they are on the same vent, and better ventilation means better drying

pink_ribbon_scars
03-13-2006, 12:25 AM
given the knowledge you've just learned, would you say it's probably for the best that you haven't been there? homeless sleepingbags and hooker pants aren't the kind of things i want my clothes sharing a drier with

yeah, it's probably best that i have not been to one here. my apartment complex had 4 laundry rooms, so i think i will probably never have to go to one as long as i keep living here.

i used to go to one in chicago and i'm not saying that no hooker miniskirts or homeless blankets ever graced those machines, but i can say with confidence that there were mostly fabulous gay pants in the machines in my neighborhood. it was the nicest one i have ever been to.


laundromats are pretty sketchy places in general.

pink_ribbon_scars
03-13-2006, 12:26 AM
oh, also.. if you're drying your clothes in the bottom row of a two rowed drier configuration, and if the drier above yours is unoccupied, it is usually a good idea to open the door to that one, as they are on the same vent, and better ventilation means better drying

nice tip! i'll do that in my laundry room.

agenda suicide
03-13-2006, 12:43 AM
insurance companies will fight you tooth and nail about shit.
yeah.. this guy in a massive truck ran a stop sign and broad sided my sister.
<img src="http://img.buzznet.com/assets/users10/linder/default/large-msg-114062933356-2.jpg">
She was headed in the direction her bumper is facing, and the truck came from the side where the school bus was. You can't tell from the pic, but he was coming up an incline. He didn't file a claim with his insurance company for at least two weeks. When they finally started investigating, the insurance company decided it was her fault. I don't remember the exact wording, but they said due to the distance traveled or some shit that is was her fault. WELL DUH, if a truck is barreling through an intersection and hits a little civic, it's gonna flip around and fly up onto the curb.
Needless to say, the car was totalled and we got more money back than we owed on it. She just got a new 2006 civic exact same color two days ago.

spa ced
03-13-2006, 12:44 AM
public laundromats scare the shit out of me.

PkPhuoko
03-13-2006, 12:46 AM
here in houston lauromats are called washaterias

i've never been to one


they're called that in DFW too... they're also where you can buy boy/girl/yay and are usually next to a liquor store

so you get fucked up while you wait for your clothes :)

agenda suicide
03-13-2006, 12:49 AM
I would say the best thing to drink while having a laundry party are mad dog 20/20's. really puts you in the spirit.

Junebug
03-13-2006, 01:47 AM
come to think of it, i've never been to a laundromat/washateria. They're always in movies though. maybe it's because they are places where stories like big white horse hung's occur. I wonder if there are any laundromats in this area....

Esty
03-13-2006, 01:50 AM
I have one right across the street from my house. Its not as bad as some in the hood. They close at 10pm so that may be why.

Junebug
03-13-2006, 01:52 AM
do you go to the laundromat often, esty?

Esty
03-13-2006, 01:53 AM
No, I have everything I need at home. I only go to wash and dry the winter blankets because its easier and faster there.

Junebug
03-13-2006, 02:12 AM
winter blankets?

if you have blankets labeled as winter blankets, you are living in an area that is too cold. you need to move down SOUTH, man!

dean moriaty
03-13-2006, 02:41 AM
they're called laundrettes here

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 02:43 AM
looking back on this all, i think the best part of the story was when i was flying down the alley in reverse, that was pretty fun

Junebug
03-13-2006, 02:44 AM
did you feel like a total sense of urgency??! like this was the most important thing in your life right now?!

Esty
03-13-2006, 02:46 AM
you need to move down SOUTH, man!


One day. We'll see.

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 02:46 AM
no, that's not quite right. it wasn't like i HAD to do it, it was like i WANTED to get it done.. there was a fixed timeframe in which it would happen or not happen, and i had to get in the zone and focus to make it happen, and i did, but the whole while it was sort of like a game and wasn't very dire or even urgent, just like.. focused

Junebug
03-13-2006, 02:47 AM
no, that's not quite right. it wasn't like i HAD to do it, it was like i WANTED to get it done.. there was a fixed timeframe in which it would happen or not happen, and i had to get in the zone and focus to make it happen, and i did, but the whole while it was sort of like a game and wasn't very dire or even urgent, just like.. focused


that is so wonderful. i'm so glad you had this experience :)

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 02:49 AM
haha thanks. i have them all the time, i seem to either create, or end up in, situations where i feel some pressure, and sometimes that's the only way i get things done

FearFactory
03-13-2006, 02:53 AM
hey J, what's with the good mood? did that guy wrap his toothless grin around your fleshpipe?

DeviousJ
03-13-2006, 06:52 AM
yeah.. this guy in a massive truck ran a stop sign and broad sided my sister.
<img src="http://img.buzznet.com/assets/users10/linder/default/large-msg-114062933356-2.jpg">
She was headed in the direction her bumper is facing, and the truck came from the side where the school bus was. You can't tell from the pic, but he was coming up an incline. He didn't file a claim with his insurance company for at least two weeks. When they finally started investigating, the insurance company decided it was her fault. I don't remember the exact wording, but they said due to the distance traveled or some shit that is was her fault. WELL DUH, if a truck is barreling through an intersection and hits a little civic, it's gonna flip around and fly up onto the curb.
Needless to say, the car was totalled and we got more money back than we owed on it. She just got a new 2006 civic exact same color two days ago.

If it came from where the school bus is and your sister was facing that way, why's the impact on the other side of the car? FRAUDULENT CLAIMANT!!!

dean moriaty
03-13-2006, 07:01 AM
she said she was travelling in the direction her bumper was facing, no mention of it being the front bumper though

DeviousJ
03-13-2006, 07:08 AM
she said she was travelling in the direction her bumper was facing, no mention of it being the front bumper though

She also didn't say whether she was driving fowards or backwards. Hmm!

I guess this is why insurance guys are trained professionals

mirrar
03-13-2006, 08:56 AM
last week the ONE dryer in our apt bit the dust in the middle of three loads of washing. i hung all my crap around the apartment to dry, but only because i had no car and no public laundromat nearby. when i was little i used to go with my dad to this place called "duds n suds". it was appropriate, there were a lot of duds there. i liked it though because i got to peoplewatch. it's an interesting opportunity for social observation.

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 11:58 AM
hey J, what's with the good mood? did that guy wrap his toothless grin around your fleshpipe?


how dare you

RopeyLopey
03-13-2006, 12:10 PM
My laundromat guy is awesome, too. He's over 60 and he's Greek. We always chat about Greece and his early days in Canada. he's actually on this pic:
http://dusanjede.bloguje.cz//laudfromat_harbord.JPG

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:17 PM
My laundromat guy is awesome, too. He's over 60 and he's Greek. We always chat about Greece and his early days in Canada. he's actually on this pic:
IMG


awesome. ask him about the hookers next time, scale of 1-10, 10 being the hottest

dean moriaty
03-13-2006, 12:18 PM
you need to start updating your blog again. it's been that same photo at the top for ages and i'd love to see some more of your stuff

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:20 PM
well my camera is broken, so that's goign to be a problem my man

wHATcOLOR
03-13-2006, 12:20 PM
also, i suppose i'll need to start a blog..

dean moriaty
03-13-2006, 12:21 PM
you have a blog with pictures too? well you should link me!

dean moriaty
03-13-2006, 12:21 PM
damn. :(

Junebug
03-13-2006, 12:27 PM
My laundromat guy is awesome, too. He's over 60 and he's Greek. We always chat about Greece and his early days in Canada. he's actually on this pic:

aw heh that man looks cute. and the place looks so nice and clean! you guys are making me want to go to a laundromat :erm:

RopeyLopey
03-13-2006, 12:34 PM
awesome. ask him about the hookers next time, scale of 1-10, 10 being the hottestI will do, i will do!

you need to start updating your blog again. it's been that same photo at the top for ages and i'd love to see some more of your stuff
I fell on my camera back home and it's broken - I don't have money to fix it :(. I should probably put there some note, though.


aw heh that man looks cute. and the place looks so nice and clean! you guys are making me want to go to a laundromat :erm:yeah, he reallly cares about the place. It's nothing fancy, but it's always clean.

dean moriaty
03-13-2006, 12:36 PM
I fell on my camera back home and it's broken - I don't have money to fix it :(. I should probably put there some note, though.

i'm sorry to hear that :(

RopeyLopey
03-13-2006, 12:48 PM
i'm sorry to hear that :(that I am poor? haha

the very last shots I could take, airports of Prague and Frankfurt:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/pisekdusan/airports.jpg
those places look the same. I was just surprised to see this huge old-fashioned info table in Frankfurt, you know that it's not digital. It's like those old tables at railway stations, turning the plates with letters, that make up the words together, with the occasional fuck-ups. It was awesome to see something like that in the ultra-modern Frankfurt.

agenda suicide
03-13-2006, 01:14 PM
She also didn't say whether she was driving fowards or backwards. Hmm!

I guess this is why insurance guys are trained professionals
ok excuuuse me, I thought bumper would come off clear as the back. I never even think about a front bumper. Anyway, she was driving in the opposite direction her car is facing in the picture. When the man hit her, her car did a 180 and she ended up on the curb.
Clearly she needs to take this to court.

spring
03-13-2006, 08:01 PM
that I am poor? haha

the very last shots I could take, airports of Prague and Frankfurt:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/pisekdusan/airports.jpg
those places look the same. I was just surprised to see this huge old-fashioned info table in Frankfurt, you know that it's not digital. It's like those old tables at railway stations, turning the plates with letters, that make up the words together, with the occasional fuck-ups. It was awesome to see something like that in the ultra-modern Frankfurt.


ultra-modern Frankfurt my ass! all the construction and the smoking and the 8am beer drinking going on there make it totally not ultra anything.



but i remember passing by those info tables too and thinking they were really awesome :D reminded me of old train stations back home.

wally
03-13-2006, 08:10 PM
I used to go to a laundromat next to a lot of strip clubs. they "ladies" used to do their laundry too. it was awesome

agenda suicide
03-13-2006, 08:28 PM
is it just me or does downtown Frankfurt look exactly like downtown Houston

Fonzie
03-13-2006, 08:48 PM
that I am poor? haha

the very last shots I could take, airports of Prague and Frankfurt:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/pisekdusan/airports.jpg
those places look the same. I was just surprised to see this huge old-fashioned info table in Frankfurt, you know that it's not digital. It's like those old tables at railway stations, turning the plates with letters, that make up the words together, with the occasional fuck-ups. It was awesome to see something like that in the ultra-modern Frankfurt.


I've been to both of those airports too!

Frankfurt 1997
Pragut 2003

Fonzie
03-13-2006, 08:49 PM
is it just me or does downtown Frankfurt look exactly like downtown Houston


Um...the phoneboxes in Houston have blood all over the inside of them too?

agenda suicide
03-13-2006, 08:59 PM
I wouldn't be surprised

Fattening Ass
03-14-2006, 12:44 AM
erm

RopeyLopey
03-14-2006, 10:54 AM
I've been to both of those airports too!

Frankfurt 1997
Pragut 2003
I was a bit disappointed by Frankfurt. I thought it's way bigger.
Is Heathrow bigger than Frankfurt or is Frankfurt the biggest airport in Europe?
(I don't think Amsterdam matches those two)