Laundry Room Hours


The laundry room in my building’s basement is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. A couple of years ago, we added an hour to the evening closing time so people who got home late from work could still do a load or two if needed. The problem is that the sign down there (with the laundry room rules and all that stuff) still lists the hours as 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. This little inconsistency has been bothering me for a while now — like basically since we changed the hours. Not really bothering me, but just enough to cause a little persistent buzzing in the back of my brain. I mean, what if a new resident went down there and got the wrong impression? Or someone forgot the real hours and became panicked by the misinformation? All hell could break loose: TV shows could be missed, socks could disappear!!!

Today I finally did something about it. I took a ruler to the sign and measured the numbers (1-1/2″ high), as well as trying to identify the font used (Gill Sans Extended). Then I marched back upstairs, created a 1-1/2″-high-Gill Sans Extended “10” on my computer and printed it out. I carefully cut out the “10”, headed back downstairs, and rubber cemented it over the offending “9”. Unless you’re specifically looking for it, the patch is undetectable.

There had been a disconnect between reality — truth — and the sign — a lie. Now there is agreement; all is right with the world.

P.S. It’s not like I’ve got too much time on my hands. I’m busy with a bunch of deadlines. It was just that buzzing in the back of my brain. 20 minutes is a small price to get things purring along smoothly again, don’t you think?

0 thoughts on “Laundry Room Hours

  1. Hey, yeah, and of that’s all it takes to get things running again, great.
    But you know, there IS no direct connection between reality and truth, though, right? I mean, that little universal corpus-collosum got severed a long time ago.
    “Unless you’re specifically looking for it, the patch is undetectable.”
    This is my favorite quote today. That’s applied philosophy, man.

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