Sunlit Water

July 12, 2006

I Stand Corrected

Filed under: Urban Living — by teofilo @ 11:19 pm

I do my laundry at a laundromat a few blocks away.  It’s not a bad place, but it tends to be an unpleasant experience for a variety of reasons: for one thing, it’s not air-conditioned, and although they keep a bunch of fans running they don’t do much good.  Also, they have two TVs that they keep at an irritatingly high volume, which wouldn’t be so bad if they had better taste in programming.  The first couple times I went there they were tuned to “My Wife And Kids,” which I had never seen before, and when I saw it I thought, “That has got to be the absolute worst, most grating show ever broadcast on television.”

Today I went in and they were playing Dr. Phil’s show.  Holy shit.  I think I owe Damon Wayans an apology for ever thinking ill of his TV persona.  Sorry, Damon, I didn’t realize how much worse it could get.



  1. I have only seen ads for Dr. Phil, so I think the worst show is The War at Home, which Fox kept airing after canceling the unparalleled Arrested Development and refusing to bring back Futurama. I think the world is full of idiots, but I didn’t think they were dumb enough to enjoy that crap.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 16, 2006 @ 7:46 pm |Reply

  2. I’ve only seen the tiniest bits of The War At Home when I couldn’t get to the remote fast enough after The Simpsons, but I agree with your assessment of it. Trust me, Dr. Phil is worse. It’s like if the obnoxious husband character had his own hour-long show where he yells at people with serious problems while the idiots in the audience applaud.

    Comment by teofilo — July 16, 2006 @ 7:50 pm |Reply

  3. No-o-o-o-o-o-o!

    I think AWB mentioned once how he yelled at an abused wife, “What’s the matter with you?!” I had convinced myself I had imagined that in the promo.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 16, 2006 @ 8:00 pm |Reply

  4. No, he really does stuff like that. The show I saw was about women whose husbands were (or were suspected of being) pedophiles. One of the guests was a woman whose husband was in jail for molesting children over a long period; he asked her if she had seen any warning signs, and when she said no he read her a list of warning signs she should have noticed. Not a general list of things to look out for, but a list of specific things her husband had done that (he implied) should have made her suspicious. He kept reassuring her that he wasn’t blaming her, but seriously. What an asshole.

    Comment by teofilo — July 16, 2006 @ 8:09 pm |Reply

  5. Warning signs:
    1. No air conditioning.
    2. Desecrated television set

    You must find another laundromat or wash your clothing in your tub or a large plastic storage bin.

    Number 1 is enough for me, but then, here is what will one day be my list of Top 7 Greatest Inventions:
    1. Indoor plumbing
    2. HVAC
    3. painkillers

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 17, 2006 @ 7:52 pm |Reply

  6. The main issue is drying rather than washing; I actually have a washer and dryer, but the dryer’s not hooked up and is unlikely to be anytime soon (there’s a problem with the gauge of the connecting hoses or something). So washing at home isn’t really an option, and there aren’t any other laundromats within walking distance.

    It’s not really so bad; I can always go eat or something while the machines are running.

    Comment by teofilo — July 17, 2006 @ 8:03 pm |Reply

  7. I have a box fan that serves quite well when I miscalculate how many quarters I need to do my laundry.

    What you do is simple. Hang your clothes up on the shower rod and point the box fan at the clothes, making sure there is enough separation between each piece to let them flop around a bit. Go away for about eight hours. When you come back you have line-dried clothes!

    I am a sort of extremely low-rent Martha Stewart. Next time I’ll tell about how to clean using only boiling water.

    Comment by winna — July 19, 2006 @ 1:53 am |Reply

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