|Re: Clotheslines & Hanging Out Clothes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: PattyMara (PattyMaraaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 14:27:37 -0600 (MDT)|
In a message dated 8/21/99 5:34:09 PM lilbert [at] earthlink.net writes: << Theory of Relativity:"The more trivial the issue relative to your daily life, the more you will need to discuss it, and the less likely you are to come to consensus", otherwise known as the "Law of Clotheslines". >> As usual, Liz offers priceless words of wisdom. At Tierra Nueva we now have FOUR clotheslines in four different quadrants on the site. In the beginning when the first families moved in during construction we strung ropes from tree to tree in our orchard. We were unable to use our common house laundry room so we shared washers and hung makeshift lines in the south orchard. Later, I put up lines with sunken posts on the western boundry where our home is. When other households moved in and the common house opened for use, and the issue of clotheslines became hotly contested at business meetings (see Liz's Law of Clotheslines above) we went through the rigors of endless discussions about the unsightliness of laundry, the nimby/nimfy arguments and the general discomfort that most folks felt about the prospect of seeing other people's stuff hanging on a line. It baffled me, all this huff and puff. But I am a hanger of clothes (like Sharon) since my childhood (and the tactile memory of walking the length of the interior of a damp sheet tent will never leave me). So I listened patiently to the concerns of my neighbors, and was relieved when the issue of sinking the new clothesline (spiderweb variety) near the laundry room was given a thumbs up, with a proviso of revisiting it in six months. By the way, we got one that doesn't require a concrete base. Easy installation, and the pole can be moved anytime. Forty two bucks at the local hardware store. Well, six months has come and gone and no one has complained. In fact it is becoming familiar to to see clothes filling the lines, and more folks are becoming acquainted with the heavenly aroma of line-dried bedsheets. Recently a fourth clothesline for the north ridge was proposed and passed with the six month proviso. What seems to be happening is that we are slowly becoming less dependent on our gas dryers and more proficient at the fine art of solar drying. It is gratifying to me to see this conversion to this simple low-tech solution. There are households who will never take the time to line dry their clothes, but that's okay too. All that matters to me is that for those of us who do, we are finding a deepening acceptance in the community. This pleases me. My advice about clotheslines. Don't be afraid of them. They add a charming homespun quality to your community. They become a gathering place for casual conversation. And after a short while nobody will care anymore about seeing everyone's underwear. coheartedly, Patty Mara Gourley Tierra Nueva, central CA coast
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