Saturday, November 04, 2006

Panty day

Once again it's panty day. Ugh. You'd think I'd be happy about this. I am after all a healthy straight male. Unfortunately the panties on display remind me of my grandma.

Friday, November 03, 2006


The onslaught continues. No sunshine? Not a problem. Rain in the forecast? Doesn't matter. They have laundry to hang and by God they are going to hang it.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Monday, October 23, 2006

Intelligent Design

The most amazing thing about this chronicle of laundry isn't even the validation that our neighbors do indeed do laundry every day of the year.

What is most astonishing is that patterns seem to be emerging from what seemed pure random disorder.

A few days ago for instance, there were a lot of socks drying.

Today, all the rugs in the house are drying, relegating all the floors to their natural state, which I assume is tile or hardwood floors. Not many people put this many rugs on top of carpet.

So was it planned to have lots of warm socks ready in the face of impending cold feet on rugless flooring?

And if there is sort of method to the madness, what does it mean when there is nothing but underwear hanging on the line?

It boggles the mind.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Happy (Belated) National Towels and Sheets Day

Federal holidays are so confusing, especially in San Francisco. Is Columbus Day bad, Cesar Chavez day good? What exactly are we supposed to do on Labor Day? Are we celebrating working by taking the day off?

Flag Day and President's Day used to be holidays when I was a kid, but here on the west coast I never hear about them anymore.

Well blogger was down yesterday, so it's a belated well wishes to everyone on Towels and Sheets day.

What would we do without them? Yes it's difficult to imagine a world where we would have to air dry after a shower, or shake ourselves furiously like dogs do...a world where on warm nights you'd probably have to kick at least one leg out from under the heavy blanket at all times because there was no such option as "sheet only." Let's give thanks to our wonderful blessings.

What a country!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Nice sheets

Nice sheets. I personally wouldn't want them on my bed, but they look nice enough. I respect them for taking the time to wash their sheets. I don't wash my sheets enough. And I'm a drooler.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mysterious Fancy Garments

So as Mike pointed out earlier, there are some garments that look like robes or dresses. Something not for your normal Monday (yesterday) afternoon hanging-out and doing laundry time. Something for a special event, perhaps an age-old tradition, a meaningful, memorable time whose garb gives insight into the import of the occasion.

It got me to thinking...I wonder what these clothes actually look like on the people who own them? All that we know is that they are Chinese, as we see them once in a while out on the balcony (note: I am Korean so yes I can tell the difference.) The possiblities are endless - my imagination ran wild...

What if, all this time, there were really important things happening across the yard in these two buildings, and we had no idea? Perhaps really important people only wear their clothes once (even jeans!) and then their servants wash them by hand.

It's all starting to make sense.

Yes that is Chairman Mao hangin wit Madame Kai Shek.

The symmetry continues

It looks like the symmetry I noticed last week wasn't just a random thing. Today's load is nice and even too. Notice the two socks placed dead center on the top line. That's definitely intentional.
Hey, anyone know what the deal is with the two black garments with the white shoulders? They look kind of religious.

I just noticed that the pink building blocks the sun from hitting the blue building's laundry balcony. Those blue building neighbors must really despise those pink building neighbors.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Public Responses Thus Far

Boy oh boy is it cool to get feedback on this here blog. We have been verbally lambasted (called selfish, probably wealthy and don't know how to save a buck, immature) and lauded (called hilarious, genious, inspiring, thoughtful) and to top it all off (we still can't believe it): We actually connected with someone who collects laundry photos and who wants prints!

Well suffice it to say that even though being called selfish is never pleasant, (especially by someone whom, if s/he knew how wrong s/he was about us, would probably not make such rash judgements ever again), there are lessons to be learned from everything. Every reaction, every emotion, every thoughtful comment.

So thanks for writing (and reading). Keep it coming.

And Kathy, I'm putting together a way for you to order prints online through a 3rd party photo sharing service (we don't make or keep prints here), quite easily and cost effectively. Will keep you posted.

Missed opportunity

Today there was a nice big fresh load of colorful clothing, but when I went to take the photo the sun was shining right at me. Too bad. Can't really see the clothes, but it does make for a kind of artsy shot I suppose.

Makes one consider procrastination and its ill effects. Everyone remembers the time he wished he would've asked the girl out (and now she's married), or decided to impetuously hop on that train like a young Kerouac (now you're too old to run and jump). There is a certain nostalgia that accompanies missed opportunities - that age old question of "What if?" will haunt you if you allow it.

Take a lesson. Go for it. Do it now. Whatever it is. You might as well...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Lonely Lingering Lingerie

Poetry of Panty.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

It's all about presentation

I think our neighbors are starting to get a little artistic with their laundry hanging. Note the symmetry on today's load. Very nice. Their use of color is somewhat haphazard, but maybe that's intentional. It's always hard to tell when you're dealing with art. It's so subjective.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Back to normal

Back to a normal spread of laundry today that covers the entire balcony. A true eyesore.

Our blue building is also going strong with a full load. I've included a picture that shows both balconies. Imagine the pain the blue building neighbors must feel whenever they look up at all that laundry space the pink building neighbors have. Such pain, such envy. Oh well, we all have our own set of challenging circumstances to deal with.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The sun returns...

The sun returns...and so does the laundry. Looks like a very light load today. Strange.

But the neighbors in the blue building on the right have a big load for their little balcony. They must seethe with envy everytime they look at all that laundry space the pink building neighbors have.

Hey wait, what's that on the left? Do we have a new eyesore on our hands? What the hell is that thing? The roof looks like it's made out of some kind of fabric. That surely can't protect the structure from the rain.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Day five, part II, HAHAHAHAHA

Look closely and you will see that it is raining. Note to neighbors: If it looks like it's going to rain, and the news is predicting rain, it might be a good idea to take a day off from doing your laundry. There must be other cool things you could do. Maybe go bowling, or rent a dvd. Just a couple ideas.

Day five, the coming storm

It looks like we have a light load of laundry today. Maybe things are tapering off. It only makes sense after four heavy days. Or maybe they didn’t put many clothes out because rain is in the forecast. Wouldn’t that be a shame if it rained all over those nice clothes. I would feel really bad for my neighbors if that happened. What would they do? Oh yea, maybe they could stick their laundry in a dryer like 99.99% of people here in civilized San Francisco do. Silly me. Woh, I just glanced out my window and if I didn’t know better, I’d say more clothes have magically appeared. Is David Blaine living over there or something?

On a side note, I just want to send out a thank you to the neighbors on the right side. I find today’s light pastel color arrangement very pleasing to the eye. But I’m curious, are those pajamas? Or is that what old ladies wear underneath their pants?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Day Four

Ok we are on a roll. Today's load is quite colorful and there is an abundance of underwear, especially at the house on the right. What do these people do in their clothes every day? Do they have a mandatory mud-football game each evening, after which they must retire their garb to the multiple washbasins?

How many washbasins must there be?

The house next door seems to be using all available space most efficiently, even hanging some stuff on the balcony railing itself. They probably think that they can continue indefinitely to improve efficiency by finding more and more ways to hang clothing in a small space, but they probably haven't heard of Moore's Law, and the oft-times overlooked Maytag law, which says that there is a finite improvement for laundry efficiency per year.

It's actually sunny today, for a change. Perhaps it will all dry soon...

Monday, October 02, 2006

Day three

It is day three since my housemate John started this blog. I woke up early this morning, raised my blinds and looked out my window. There was no laundry! I took a moment to enjoy our nice view. Then I thought maybe this blog was a big mistake. Maybe they don’t really hang laundry everyday. Maybe we just ignore the days that it’s not there and focus on the days that it is. I’m off work today so I went back to bed and read for a while. When I got up a short time later and looked out my window, can you guess what had magically appeared in my view? Yep, a new set of clothes. Look close, they're all different from the previous two days.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

01 October, 2006, Another Cloudy Day

Sunday morning. Wake up, rub the sleep out of your eyes, start a fresh pot of coffee and sit down the with the Sunday paper. Look out the window at the beautiful greenery...

But wait, what is that over to the left I see?

Oh yes, it seems two neighbors are drying their laundry today. Oh wait, that's quite similar to yesterday. And the day before. And the day before. And every damn day of the year.

And wait, is that underwear I see?

And yes, of course, next door at the pink house there is a fresh batch of clothing...
This may look like the same clothing as yesterday, but look closer. No, it's another fresh batch of outfits drying in the sun.

Wait, it's cloudy today. There is no sun. So we can bank on the fact that this laundry will be hanging, to our delight, ALL DAY LONG.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

We Live in San Francisco

We love our apartment. It's not huge, but we have vaulted ceilings which allows us enormous windows facing out behind our building. We don't have a backyard (the space is a parking garage instead, which I can't really complain about because parking is a godsend in this town), but we can look into other people's backyards.

There is a huge majestic tree (pine, I think?) in one yard that's great to look at. We all know that trees are good for our environment because they take in CO2 and help us to regenerate clean air to breathe. Trees are also great for psychological health, as they also seem to clean out our field of view - too many buildings with no nature makes for a "polluted" view, in my opinion.

Above the trees, and slightly to the left, we have the reason for this site:

As you can see in Exhibit A above, there is a family (or group of families that lives in the same small dwelling) that likes to dry their laundry outside which, in and of itself, is not such an egregious thing.

But imagine if you will, that there is laundry drying outside, in plain view, EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR. Notice in this photo, which was taken today, that there is no sunshine. Thus, it probably takes quite a number of hours for this laundry to actually dry. No matter! When you dry laundry irrespective of the weather, day of the year, national holidays, atomic fallout, you do not care about these petty details.

Also, note that, if you look closer at Exhibit A, there is a lot of granny-panty going on here: