The Little Dryer That Could, But Then Didn’t
Last week Camille and Raji dealt with rebellious and ailing appliances. This brought to mind my one time dryer which has since gone to the great appliance warehouse in the sky.
It all started with a simple load of laundry…
I put the clothes in the dryer and pushed the start button…
So I pushed the button again...
This can’t be happening. I’ve got a mountain of wet clothes and no clothesline to dry them on. I didn’t even know where the nearest laundromat was! *panic*
Details fade with time. I don’t remember exactly how each and every event unfolded. I do remember going to my friend Meena’s house where she graciously let me use her dryer. And there are some additional details *pregnant pause* that are etched into my brain.
I remember searching the Yellow Pages of the phone book and calling repairmen. AAA Repair, AAAA Repair, Almost New Appliance Repair… you get the idea. Skip forward a few letters in the alphabet and no one would give a free estimate. I was assured, however, that the $20 estimate fee would go towards the cost of the actual repair. So I waited anxiously. When the repairman arrived, the dryer was empty and waiting for him. He put down his tool box and stared the errant appliance in it’s giant eye. Then he did the unthinkable…
He pushed the start button…
It started?! Why that conniving little…!
He opened the door and it stopped.
He closed the door.
He pressed start again…
The dryer started rotating and making that familiar dryer in operation sound. You know, that lulling hum (minus the clicks of a metal zipper or button hitting the sides as it tumbles and rolls).
Of course I was feeling pretty silly. He looked at me and said “I’m still gonna have to charge you for the service call”.
I hand over the 20 bucks and roll my eyes as he leaves. Well, at least the dryer is working again.
I walk over to the laundry area and transfer some wet clothes from the washing machine into the dryer (with the repairman coming I had started a load).
I push the start button…
So I push the button again…
That was the last day that dryer spent in my house. May it rest in peace … or tumble on extra dry into eternity.
Check out Camile’s Machine Uprising. It’s entertaining and I think most of us can relate.
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