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My washer has ambtions...

(This entry is short, so I apologize for the cut, but there's also a picture in the post.)

I'm doing laundry this morning. 

The washer sings a happy little song when it's done with the wash, and I swear it's a piece of classical music I've heard before.  I know someone didn't write this complicated little end song for any washer, let alone mine.  My washer is of a rather squat and unclassical design, and if left to its own devices, I think it would prefer a simple beepbeepbeepbeepBEEP when it's done.  I sometimes get a taste of its Bauhaus-style leanings - if I do all the right things and push all the right buttons, the washer makes bright cheerful burbles, but if I do something like attempt to open the top during a wash cycle, it beeps imperiously at me, and refuses to do anything until I reset it.

I imagine that when I'm not there, the washer beeps in a soft monotone, and dreams of being the star instrument in a Philip Glass symphony.

My dryer is a little more postmodern - it hasn't changed significantly since the 1970s (oh, sure, it has a lot more settings, but they basically boil down to "hot/less hot/not hot at all".  I like to think it hums "Boogie Nights" at 3am, just to annoy the washer.

All my appliances have personalities - alas, since I'm in a rented apartment, most of them are surly and uncooperative at times.

My coffee maker in particular has gone all the way into activism - in protest to the coffee workers' terrible working conditions and low pay in South America, it regularly dumps horrible brown water all over my counter.  The red toaster just giggles, the little bastard.

In other news, I've been cutting my bangs again:

I cut them long so I could style them at 12th Night, but I don't have another big dress-up thing until May, so I cut them a bit shorter a couple of days ago.  I hated that length (it did funny things while I slept, and looked ghastly in the morning), so I just went all the way and cut it in the style I had about 4 years ago.  I love this look.


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Feb. 6th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
"in protest to the coffee workers' terrible working conditions and low pay in South America, it regularly dumps horrible brown water all over my counter."

Funny, mine did the same thing today. Maybe it's a conspriracy...
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
That is why I use a French Press - a technology so old, it doesn't care what the Proletariat is up to. It just makes the overseer coffee…damnit! *grin*

Now...where was that coffee...?
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Feb. 7th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: I'm glad it's your coffee maker that's the activist...
I don't know which idiot thought a one-cup-at-a-time coffee maker was a good idea but they didn't live in my house either.
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Cute! As always.

I think I'm kinda happy that our appliances seem to have had lobotomies.
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's a shameless anythropomorphizer.
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I think my fridge from my old apartment would love to meet your appliances. There were days when it would make a few weird sounds just to make me think it was finally dying (it was a rented apartment and I swear the machine was a good 40 years old), but would eventually laugh at my gullibility and keep working. Then there were the times that the freezer would decide to grow ice at an alarming rate just for the fun of it; though it was handy during the big blackout a few years back- I didn't lose a thing from the freezer. My sister-in-law used to offer to help it die a 'seemingly natural death,' though I never took her up on the offer (she used to be a trained Sears technician). ;)
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Speaking of washer, dryers, and other home appliances... if you find that you have problems with your appliance, you can get fast help from Fix It Now run by the Samurai Appliance Repairman. He gives free repair advice on how to fix your stuff yourself. He's a fun, kooky guy, and is not wholly unfamiliar with the SCA (in concept).
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
My appliances rather lack personality, unless you count the fridge, it snores...

wow, the bangs look so different but really really cute

had to enlarge the photo, freaky cat head in the bkg, love it :P
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Some of my appliances are of the type that require complicated voodoo rituals before they will work. Others seem to have a vested interest in keeping up appearances, and I can feel them disapproving of my slovenly ways.

Also, I give them names.
Feb. 6th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing it's Die Forelle (the trout) by Schubert, since that's what yarnharlot's washing machine plays. (See http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2009_01.html entry 3 January, 2009).
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
My microwave has given me entirely reliable service since I bought it (my first major purchase with my first major paycheck!) in the early 90s.

But for the 3 or 4 months we lived at our friend Karen's house, it would periodically make random beeping noises, much like it was having a conversation with the ancient fridge and stove that were it's only appliance companions.

It only did this when we were all asleep, and my ex's best friend was over spending the night with Karen. No one ever saw it happen, or heard it except on being woken by it. And not a peep out of it since.


(the friend that inspired it's chattering wouldn't use it at all. wouldn't even get something out of it if one of us started it for him, lol)
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