Tuesday, September 8, 2009


LaundryView image from here

In the two weeks since my daughter started college I’ve learned to be nearby the computer whenever we talk. She’ll say: “Mom, remember that ruffled silk top you loved at J Crew but wouldn’t pay $88 for? It’s now on sale for sixty bucks. Here, I’ll send you the link.”

Or: “Did Dad add money to my debit account? I wanna do my laundry today and the machines use the university’s debit cards. Here’s the link where he can transfer money.” How convenient.

And then my favorite: “Did you know that our laundry facilities are hooked up to LaundryView?”

“What’s LaundryView?”

Ping, here comes another link. I cracked up when I clicked the link. My daughter can view an animated graphic of any laundry room on campus and see which machines are busy. Busy machines are red and quake in a happy cartoonish way. Never mind the eerie resemblance to Sims graphics, this is truly useful.

She can view the progress of each machine:

LaundryView image from here

If all machines are busy, she can opt to receive a text at first availability.

“It also reports on how much water we’ve saved so far. We’ve already saved two million gallons of water!” I like hearing the “we”; she's bonded with her university.

I haven’t gotten the report on the reality versus LaundryView correlation, but I’m sure I’ll hear about it.


Yoli said...

Oh this is very funny!

beth said...


Pretty Zesty said...

haha wow, every laundromat needs that! cool!

A Cuban In London said...

It cracked me up so much. Fun tale. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Ruth said...

Are you kidding me?? That is funny, amazing, cute and almost disturbing in a I'm-not-sure-I'm-ready-for-that-much-technology way. :D

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Yoli,
Astounding isn't it?

Dear beth,
Does your son have this same feature at his college?

Dear Kris,
I wish I had this when I used to do laundry at a laundromat.

Dear Cuban,
I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Dear Ruth,
I know what you mean about the invasive technology. What's next? Will it report about my unmentionables or the number of unpaired socks I have tumbling in the dryer?

Relyn Lawson said...

How marvelous. Now if I could just get my own washing machine to ping me when I need to switch out the loads!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
I would like a machine to put the folded laundry back into the closets and drawers.

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