Monday, January 22, 2018

Mentionables: An Allegory, Maybe

I estimate I've been doing laundry for about a quarter century. The last decade of that stretch has involved a stacked Kenmore washer-dryer wedged into a closet. It's a fairly rote operation with minimal variation. At least, it had been until Monday night when I noticed something new:
There, in the top left, a clothes-hanger icon below a triangular plastic nose, the nose practically begging to be pulled on, so I did. And voila:
An unexpectedly sturdy metal arm now protruded at my disposal. I paused to muse, "Might my mundane chore hang [pun probably intended] on the verge of some quantum leap?" I glanced from dryer unit to laundry basket and back again. My eyes took in the limited room for folding and stacking clean clothes -- few of which actually required any hangers. Clearly, the fine engineers at Kenmore had aimed too low in labeling their space-saving innovation.

"Eureka!" I should've shouted for what was it really but a strategic sock sorting rod.

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  1. Sock sorting rod indeed. What an innovative mind you have!

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  2. Your picture of the socks adds so much here. You gave me a laugh to start the day. Thank you.

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  3. Your post makes me wonder what features I've been missing on my appliances. I'm going to be far more observant when next I load the dryer! You almost have me looking forward to it! On a side note, we gave up on sock sorting ages ago. Unless there's an obvious, easily-located match, we throw them all into the infamous sock basket. Mismatched socks are de rigueur around here!

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    1. Intuitively, I like the idea of a basket home for mismatched socks. Cognitively, I'm not ready to go there yet ;)

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  4. Ah, the fun little surprises in life! I checked my dryer, but it has no such sorting rod!

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  5. Ha! Don't you love when you notice something that has been there all along!? One of my students noticed a poster we created in the first days of school today, that has been up ever since and swore I had just put it up. Great use for the arm!

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    1. Nothing quite like the tiny delight in that new-to-you feeling.

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  6. That could be a handy little gadget! I wish I had one on my washer!

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  7. Having read your post, I walked over to my dryer to see if I had a hidden, amazing tool. Alas, I did not, and wish I cold have asked last week's repair man to install one.

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    1. DIY may be more trouble than it's worth in this instance!

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  8. Sock it to me... you've put your best foot forward... what a ringer! Im"press"ive. Nice slice. !gnilims peeK

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  9. What would be really amazing would be if it could find all the partners of the new singletons that emerge....

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  10. This gave me a much-needed chuckle today....especially the "Eureka!" I love the pictures too. Sock sorting is my LEAST favorite aspect of laundry, and if I'm being honest, I hate every aspect of laundry, save the clean clothes.

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  11. Brain,

    Live & learn, ya?

    Now I want to go and check my washer & dryer to see if there are any hidden sock dryer.

    Thanks for sharing the chuckle *as well as your recent reads on my blog post).

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