Thursday, April 3, 2008

Clotheslines Part Deux

Oho! There she goes with that fancy, show-offy French stuff again...

Fascinating comments yesterday on clotheslines...a lot of love out there for that fresh-air smell...yet many of you live in places where clotheslines are prohibited. Amazing that this Major Energy Saver and traditional household applicance still used by most people on our planet is considered an embarrassing eyesore and actually against the law in neighborhoods and cities across America. How did that happen? A conspiracy by Maytag and GE to bolster sales? The patriarchy condemning housework as part of an anti-feminist agenda? Middle-class families pretending that they don't "do" laundry by hiding the chore indoors so they can seem part of the upper-class? It's a post or two and a length of rope. It's practical, prescribed by Al Gore to help stop climate change, and it saves households money. Who demonized the poor clothesline and why? Readers, what are your theories?

For those of you revving up to take your housing authority or covenant to task on this grave matter, here are some fun facts to bolster your pro-clothesline arguments:

From the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics.

  • $ Long-Term Savings Tip: ENERGY STAR does not label clothes dryers because most of them use similar amounts of energy, which means there is little difference in energy use between models.
In a less shocking discovery, I came across a website dedicated to this issue. Project Laundry List has links to legislative initiatives all over America and you can register your community on their website to restore your "right to dry." There's even a national holiday, April 19th is deemed National Hanging Out Day. I'm planning to participate if it's not raining. Check it out!

Finally, Jen on the Edge had a question that may have burned in minds besides hers:
What inquiring minds really want to know is the story about the tent city in your backyard.

Oh. That.

Some of you probably guessed it was some of my long-lost gypsy relatives swinging through for a visit. Others of you might have thought it was the sideshow tent for Team Testosterone and Their Feats of Derring-Do. Let's take a closer look...

That, friends, is a partially dismantled Rainbow Play Set (the yellow bit to the left is the slide laying on its side). The two pallets (wrapped in brown and blue tarp, respectively) are lightweight concrete and the liner for a swimming pool, which also explains the huge swath of mud running through the yard.

Looking at a high of 51 degrees today here, so I'm off to get some clothes hung on the line and take advantage of the weather and my Freedom to Hang Out!


  1. Ive put April 19th in my diary!

  2. You embody the spirit of "be the change you wish to see". And I can't remember who said that.


  3. Whoa, whoa, whoa! You didn't explain everything. Why is the playset dismantled? Do your boys not use it anymore or is it being moved? What's up with the pool supplies? Are you getting a pool? If so, when does swim season begin and will your insurance cover guests?

  4. Hmmm...can't wait to check out that Laundry List site...

  5. GG, 51 degrees must be making your poor snowbound heart sing! One day that clotheline will be a gen-u-ine antique artifact.

    As far a Silver Foxes go, Cary Grant is still the A-Number One recipient of that award. Although I like your other choices, too. Add Tom Selleck and Pierce Brosnan to your list.

  6. I think it's shocking that air drying is banned...bonkers!

    On the playset - let me guess - you moved, and then after unpacking 100's of boxes no-one could face putting the playset back together again!

    Have a super weekend

  7. My tulips are up. The crocus still don't have buds, but the daffodils do. Oh thank gawd.

  8. I used to have a clothesline. Then we got a dog who likes to grab stuff off of it.

  9. I think it is great that you use a clothes line. I have very fond memories of talking to my Grandmother and Aunt while they hung the clothes to dry. They had a set up where you could stand on the back porch and a pulley would move the line out to the pole in the yard.

    I live in a part of the country where that would get you a ticket from code compliance. But times they are a changing. I have been to 2 talks here lately trying to get people to replace their lawns with xeriscaping. Last year 9 houses got tickets for having "weeds" instead of grass. It turns out they were all master gardeners. It is a movement here. I know it can work too because it worked in Albuquerque. They are now celebrating 20 years that they have been xeriscaping and not growing lawns.

  10. Not allowed to hang stuff out?? Huh?? What weirdo thought that one up?

    We have a little line in the laundry room for "smalls", and a big wooden horse with rungs for outside: it can be picked up and brought in if it rains.

    I prefer to tumble towels and jeans, though! They are softer that way!

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