October 17, 2012

The Tale of 4 Coins

I had 4 quarters burning a hole in my pocket.  What can I do with these COINS?  I hunted around town for a pay phone, without much luck.  Found a gas station with an air machine - $1 to pump air into your tires and you would need to do it in 4 minutes! - that seemed high to me - and my tires looked okay.

I turned around and espied a laundromat.  It has been years since I have set foot in such a place.  It was an eye opener.  It cost 3 quarters for one pouch of laundry detergent!  Lesson here - bring your own detergent.

The ladies on the right were showing the young girls on the left how to sort laundry.  There was a lot of laughing going on.  As you can see from the sign, it costs many more quarters than I had to wash and dry one load!


They made sure to pack in as many articles of clothing into the washer as possible.  (I wonder if any of it really gets clean jammed in this way.)

I decided not to do laundry, make a phone call or fill the tires with air.  I still have my 4 quarters.  Since I cannot do much with them anyway, I'm going to put them in the bank and save them for a rainy day.


15 comments:

photoadayblog said...

hey those prices are not too bad. my dryer died, so i either need to wash and hang up the clothes or go to the laudromat. i'm thinking the latter, but when?

Paula Wooters said...

Love your bank! I detest the laundromat. I'd rather buy more underwear than go to the laundromat. Which is why I have so much underwear. (Even though I have my own laundry facilities here at the crap shack.)

Danielle said...

This was just fantastic!! I enjoyed your photo journal of the trip with the 4 quarters...very...very...creative.

Kate said...

Fun photo story! Due to a recent washer outage, I had to use a laudromat. I was pretty outraged at the prices, it had been a while since I'd had to use a pay washer.

life in the mom lane said...

those pics were great... I cannot believe how much they had stuffed into that washer!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Love the pics!!
Hugs
SueAnn

nonamedufus said...

My wife won't let me do laundry anymore. Not since that nasty incident involving red panties mixed in with the whites. Brilliant strategy on my part.

laughingmom said...

Very clever photo story! I haven't braved a laundrymat in a long time - don't think I could handle tossing in all of those quarters.

Ziva said...

Oh, I've never used a laundromat! How exciting. And I just LOVE your bank. I need one of those.

Cheryl said...

As much as I lust for your bank, I love your shot of the older women teaching the younger ones how to do their laundry. Also? That photo is a story in itself. (My understanding is you can cram a ton of stuff into frontloaders and they'll get clean. Toploaders, not so much.)

meleah rebeccah said...

BEST POST OF THE DAY! Hands down!

Jamie said...

Yes, a good choice for those coins. I made cupcake topping with mine.

We Work For Cheese said...

This is wonderful! And do you suppose those women would be willing to teach my family how to do laundry?

Katherine said...

You are FREAKING AMAZING! WOW!!!!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

This is a clear violation of the unspoken, unwritten "one photo" rule. But it's also pretty damn clever, including the frames you put around the photo. Also, bonus points for photographing real people.