My dryer broke. I saw a burned spot on the insides and the start button doesnt go unless you hold it down. I can't use it anymore. So I wash my clothes and then hang them out to dry. In Southern California they dry quickly. I think I need a regular clothes line because the clothes look pretty funny hanging on the railings and the fences.
I worry about spiders in my sheets and underwear. I worry about mold and dirt getting on my clean clothes. I worry they will be too damp when I put them away. I worry that the neighbors will see I have no dryer. I worry that I don't have enough money to buy another dryer. I worry that I kind of like living with no dryer.
Yes, I like it. The clothes smell fresh and real. It is no trouble for one person who doesn't have to look fancy for work. I know if there were small children around having no dryer would be trouble. But I am enjoying it so far.
I am pretending that I live on a tropical island about fifty years ago when there was very little electricity. Or I imagine myself on the prairie in the Wild West of the 1920's. I think of the people in India and other countries who have never heard of a dryer and I remember the clothes spread out on the lakesides in India drying in the hot desert sun.
All the people on the east coast with no electricity are finding ways to make do without it. There is a simple way to live that many of us have forgotten about. It is not necessarily a bad thing. Our modern appliances have made life so easy we are spoiled. We have time to write and rest.
This survival stuff is getting important. Living well is not the point anymore. Just staying alive and taking care of the basics is becoming more vital. I don't want to join the line of folks at the laundermat just to use the dryer. The power outages on the east coast would make even that impossible.
I want a nice easy life for everyone. Electricity for the whole world fueled by cold fusion. We are still very messy and primitive. I feel vulnerable and dependent on our modern way of living. I miss my dryer.