posted Sat, 23 Sep 2006
I’m gathering the towels, sheets and other whites to do laundry.
SH: Are you going to do darks?
Me: No. I did them on Thursday.
SH: I might have some.
Me: What do you mean, “might?” Either your clothes are dirty or they’re not. It’s a binary state.
SH: No, it’s not. [SH is “nuanced.”]
Me: Yes, it is. If your clothes are dirty, put them in the dirty clothes hamper.
SH: I have some clothes that I could wear again but if it’s time to do laundry, I wash them.
Me: [deep, impatient sigh] I wash clothes when I have a full load. If the basket is full, that’s when I do laundry. I am not going to go through your clothes to see if there is anything there that needs washing. If you want it washed, put it in the dirty clothes.
SH: You want to reduce every damn thing in life to black and white, right and wrong. [Full disclosure – we are also arguing about whether poor kids raised without fathers in a crime-ridden neighborhood should be held accountable for crimes they commit. Guess which side I’m on.]
Me: I can’t believe you’re the engineer and I’m the English major.
SH: There are more than two states for clothes: there is clean, dirty and can be worn one more time.
Me: If you want it washed, put it in the basket.
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