Yesterday, BV and I were on our way to pick up his mom for lunch, when we heard something very curious on the radio. I was zoning out, staring at joggers on the canal, and all I really heard the DJ say was something about “böse, böse, böse.” ‘Böse‘ can be translated to bad, wicked, evil, or anything you prefer along those lines. BV gave a little laugh, and asked me if I had caught the story. Since I hadn’t, he clarified.
The DJ had said that at least once a year, everyone should hang their laundry outside, to show solidarity against the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad* invention of…
So yes, everyone in Germany should be hanging their laundry outside to protest against the devilish, environment-killing dryer.
As an American who has been living abroad for six years now, I have learned to live without a dryer. And it still sucks. It sucks, hard.
You know what else is terrible and horrible?
Washing jeans and not being able to wear them for four days, even though you had them hung outside in spring, or directly in front of a roaring fire in winter. As a poor English teacher who only has two pairs of jeans available for daily wear (both of which are in desperate need of replacement at the moment), I really, really loathe having to plan out my washing sequence in order to have jeans ready to wear to work.
Guess what else isn’t environmentally-friendly? Trying desperately to dry the last damp spots on jeans that have been “drying” for three days with a hair dryer before I have to leave in the morning.
So Mr. DJ, please shut up. I’m trying to convince my boyfriend that dryers are not the devil, and that if, at some point in the future we should decide to spawn rugrats of our own, we will be needing a dryer. And if this is going to become some sort of anti-dryer campaign, nationwide… I’m going to retaliate by leaving all the lights on. All the time. So there.
To wit, this is not a protest. I just need to wear my jeans tomorrow and I’m hoping fresh spring air makes it possible. Better keep the hair dryer nearby though…
*apologies if that particular word sequence is trademarked by a publishing company.