Saturday, August 3, 2013


Laundry is one of those unavoidable tasks.  It also happens to be one of the largest users of electricity.

Graphic courtesy of NASA
As "the retired guy" I am doing more of the kid laundry and I am seeing some patterns.

One particular item has been showing up in every laundry cycle.  It is a fleece lined hoodie and it must way 2 pounds dry.  It is unusual for a cool weather item to show up so frequently during the middle of the summer.

Looks like a road kill, doesn't it?

What can I say.  Big is comfortable.

Well, it was cool last night and I got chilled.  So I put the hoodie on (hey, the kids are not around to see me wearing their hand-me-ups) and figured out the issue.

At two pounds it sponges up enormous amounts of water and takes forever to dry.

This item is heading to the landfill.  In a perfect world I would sew in a new zipper and my kids would wear it.  But it is not a perfect world.

Oh, I and I am going to have a little talk with the kids about not just dumping problems into the dirty laundry.  That does not solve problems.

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