Laundry Okay, Monday Night Football Bad

I have disliked Miami my whole life. I was disappointed that my beloved New York Jets lost a game I thought that they’d win against the Miami Dolphins but was glad that I didn’t stay up late to watch them lose in the final seconds of the game. Even worse, lasts night’s game did nothing to help my East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads so it added insult on top of insult.

I Suppose My Idea Was Not Unique
For the first time since I started doing laundry at the laundromat neighboring Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway the place was packed. Normally one of the benefits of doing laundry at this particular laundromat, in addition to reasonable pricing, cleanliness, wacky Hispanic television, and location, is the fact that I usually get all of the machines that I need.

Since returning to laundromats earlier this year I’ve noticed what I call “Laundromat Economics.” Let me explain using this laundromat as an example:

This laundromat has washing machines of three sizes:

  1. Small – seven quarters ($1.75) per load
  2. Medium – eleven quarters ($2.75) per load
  3. Large – twenty quarters ($5.00) per load

Oftentimes if you separate your laundry correctly you can save money. Because of my recent travels I had an abnormally large amount of laundry to do last night. I had planned to use four small washing machines even though I knew that I could get by using three medium washing machines, or probably one large and one medium washing machine. Due to the crowded conditions at the laundromat last night I was forced to use three medium washing machines.

Let’s do some math:
4 small machines * $1.75 per load = $7.00
3 medium machines * $2.75 per load = $8.25
(1 large machine * $5.00 per load) + (1 medium machine * $2.75 per load) = $7.75

So we can see that last night’s forced combination cost me the most amount of money. Dangen!

I wasn’t in the mood to read last night so for the first time I wandered about the small shopping center in which the laundromat is located. I may have located a convenient source of Hispanic groceries, now I just have to brush up on my Spanish so that I know exactly what I will be buying. Stay tuned! Or should I say “¡Estancia afinó!”?

ITP Flickr Pic
My camera was in the car. I wish that there had been something so intriguing to force me to get it while doing laundry last night. There wasn’t, so I didn’t. Hence, there is nothing to see here.

Slow Snow Migration
This past weekend I finally installed Mac OS X v10.6 (aka “Snow Leopard”) onto my MacBook. I’d purchased the operating system upon release about a month ago but had been hesitant to deploy it based on reports of incompatible software.

In the two days of use I’m still somewhat reticent to say that I’m pleased. All of the “improvements” in disk-space saving and snappier applications have not appeared to my eyes. Further, things have been changed or tweaked by Apple causing me some consternation.

For example in QuickTime I had changed its default behavior to immediately start playing any video I drop on to its application icon. This morning I dragged a video in top of QuickTime 10’s icon and no playing occurred. Undaunted I thought “Oh yeah, I had to change that preference setting in QuickTime 7 let me change it in QuickTime 10.” Except, I was daunted when I discovered that there are no preferences in QuickTime 10? WTF? Upon Googling for an answer to the problem I’ve found that one can use a terminal command in order to force QuickTime 10 to auto-play. A terminal command? Really? Is this Mac OS X or Linux?

RealiTV Pre-Update (Sorta)
Tonight is the two-hour finale of Hell’s Kitchen. That’s right, another season of donkeys in ending up in the history books (probably filed under “What were we thinking?”). Tonight I hope to be spending the time with ITP-Reader Betsy (and Reese of course) with some Burger Win chicken wings and wine. Look, if the cooks on Hell’s Kitchen can create culinary abominations why can’t I?

There is no doubt in my mind that Kevin (“Mistaaaaah Clean”) will win it all tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – confused by everything
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – If you get some free time today you must Some E-cards. That is some of the funniest shit I’ve seen in some time.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 8 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 3, Carnivorous Days – 9
Marta Rides – 0

October Goals
– Not get fired from my job
– Take at least one photo every day
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time (note: not successful during August)

2009 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Laundry Okay, Monday Night Football Bad

  1. Barb says:

    I just bought a hands free bluetooth thing for my car from your Amazon thing – ho wmuch money do you make off of me?
    I don’t like the ear thingy thing I have – so we will see if this works better.
    I’m sure one day soon they will outlaw talking on the actual phone in the car.

  2. Ha, I’m not sure how much I’ll make. I only get monthly, or perhaps quarterly reports. I might not even make anything with my account still being frozen. I just tried to log on to complain about the packaging for an order I received this morning (the order was placed prior to my account’s freezing) and I am unable to log on. The product I purchased was in a plastic shell casing (like those hung on store peg-hook displays) and the bottom quarter has been ripped in half. I’m not sure if the product works because I’m afraid to open the packaging the rest of the way before first notifying Amazon of their crappy packing job.

    I’ve considered getting a bluetooth thing as well because I’m guessing Georgia will follow the other states and outlaw handheld cellphone usage soon. Now if they would only follow other states and allow us to buy alcohol on Sundays.

  3. npts says:

    hey Paul get a washer & dryer! Just sayin.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I have one of each, both which work; it’s the plumbing that’s the issue. With the price of Atlanta’s water going up it may be cheaper to use laundromats.

  5. npts says:

    ok let me amend that: get your plumbing fixed! You need plumbing. Fix it now, and enjoy one of the great benefits of living in the 19th, I mean 21st century. Or leave it screwed, constantly scramble to compensate for it, and take it in the heiny when you sell your house.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hehe, everything happens on a schedule, a rather slow schedule I admit. There is a benefit of doing laundromat time, I completed three loads of laundry at once.

  7. Npts says:

    Cmon man! Carpe diem! If you’re not doing laundry at home, you are dying! There is no sane benefit to hauling your laundry to Buford hwy. Plus with plumbing you can cook your own damn bahn mi

  8. Tasty Pie says:

    I don’t know why I thought of you, but I did. Maybe it’s all the Amazing Race blogging, social quiz taking and following trail to unknown destinations? Comes to Atlanta in 2010.

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