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Machine control

by ✍ April 23rd, 2015

The washing machine’s maw gapes wide in invitation: it’s laundry day. Some jerk keeps dirtying my clothes, and surely, as soon as I empty the dirty clothing bag, next morning, there’ll be another deposit. If I catch that chump…probably same so-and-so keeps leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen and farting behind me.

Ah, well, the hose for laundry escape water is lined up under Junior Tree: ready for a long, tall drink. Junior’s spring buds are browning off, and green summer leaves are popping out. Hummingbirds have returned from down south. And soon enough, ye olde summer heat. But we won’t go into that right now. “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” as the saying goes. (Get it? May? Bwahahaha…)

I thought long and hard about a Wall Street Journal article I saw today. A main point was that, when offered the internet, many folks in some parts of the world deferred, with the simple response, “Why?” Some commenters typecast such folk as sub–90 IQ and “below average”. (Keep in mind that half of all folks, including commenters, are “below average”.)

But the “why” of internet obsession may be hard. It can get in the way of old-time face-to-face and hands-on and the real world. One may even see folk texting each other across the same room instead of speaking up close, or phone-watching instead of making eye contact while sharing meals.

I thought twice also, about another article I saw, this one from BBC. It said, Old kitchen, bathroom and laundry equipment made up 60% of the 41.8 million tonnes of electronic waste thrown away in 2014…

Oops, gotta stop typing this story on my tablet: I hear the beeping. It’s time to pull the laundry out of the washing machine and put it in the dryer.