Saturday, March 19, 2005

Doing the Laundry and Other Strange Experiences

The last pair of clean socks died on wednesday, followed shortly by the last pair of clean underwear. There isn't a coin-op laundry to be found anywhere in Cambridge, so I'm making use of the facilities at the Rob and Toby International Hotel. A few items of note:

Laundry detergent comes in little single-load dissolving cellulose packets which you simply toss into the machine with the clothes. God help you if you handle one of the packets with wet hands, as I did.

All the washing machines I've seen have an extremely small capacity by US standards, but have an astonishing number of wheels, buttons and dials. You can specifically select "socks that were heavily soiled, then forgotten under the bed" and rest assured that the machine knows what it's doing. Unfortunately, the size of the machine only allows for three pairs of socks.

Everything here is small by US standards. There are half-loaves of bread. You can buy six eggs, four-packs of beer, or one third of a television. The streets are small, the houses are small, and the cars are small, and it's all enormously expensive. And cold. And dark. And expensive.


Anonymous Clint said...

wait, a 4 pack? who can drink only four beers?

11:52 AM  
Blogger Logan said...

I should have known better than to give you a link to my blog on a saturday night, Clint. Step away from the keybard.

3:11 PM  
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6:03 PM  
Blogger NotDaryl said...

Based on your grammatical attention, it seems Logan has managed to get drunk on only four beers.

No seriously, I've been to London. "Beer" is not the same as it is in the US, despite the spelling similarity.

"Beer" starts at about 30 proof and that's the kids' version.

They call US beer "tap water" and often brush their teeth with it.

So, 4 UK kids' beers = 12 Milkwakee's Best

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Nicky said...

When you get an apartment you may want to consider getting a Thor washer/dryer. They are very small but wash and dry all in one. They are all the rage in Europe. Doing laundry in your apt is so much easier. I believe they are only $1000.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're not pleased with your move to the UK then? just guessing....

8:28 PM  
Blogger Logan said...

On the contrary, I love it hear. I also love complaining. You'll know I don't like it here when I *stop* complaining.

10:03 AM  

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