10 am on a Monday at the Wash N’ Go


  • Twenty dollars worth of quarters in your wallet feels like you’re carrying a brick
  • You could ditch the laundromat and go to Chuck E. Cheese.
  • Clean out the construction worker’s pockets: nuts and bolts, screw drivers, things you have no idea what they are, and sometimes, a box cutter, which is awkward in public. You stuff it down your pants until you can smuggle it to the car.
  • Clean out the smoker’s pockets: Lighters. And yet, he can never find one when he needs it.
  • Clean out the man’s pockets: Change. Dollar bills.
  • Claim anything useful.
  • Plot your course: The empty row of smaller washers or the three bigger washers spread around the laundromat.
  • Scout the competition: one Hispanic lady, one Hispanic lady and her daughter and a baby in a stroller, one white lady
  • Wonder why they’re not working
  • Wonder if they’re wondering why you’re not working
  • Wonder if you’ll ever find a job

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