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airing the wash

jinx points out that I have posted four times in a row about doing laundry. all I can say in my defense is that my laundry is a really big deal because I own so many socks that I only do it a few times a year and it's this huge production with backpacks and duffel bags and special detergent for the silk underwear--if it helps, I won't write about it again for six weeks or more.

I must get to that syllabus but first I will describe for you how eerie it is to have the BART train stop in the middle the tunnel and all the lights go out save one or two by each door and total silence except for distant rumbles and what I suppose were slamming switches so I don't know if everyone lost power or just us but there we sat, nervously laughing. the operator kept saying she would pass on further information about why we were "holding" when she got it but she never did tell us what the problem was. after about ten minutes the train powered back up and off we went.

I kept thinking how much air is in this car and will we have the presence of mind to open the doors before we suffocate. the fans were off. everything dead still.

yeah. that's my story for the week.

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ticktockmary
Jan. 25th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Once on the Metro here in DC that happened, the lights went out, though I think we were moving. Someone said "it's like riding Amtrak at night!" I said "great, we'll come out of the tunnel in Philadelphia"
eriktrips
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
we were of course in that part of the tunnel that runs through the middle of the hayward fault. the fact that we would have survived the first quake, if that had been the problem, would not have guaranteed our chances during the aftershocks.

riding the subway here is an act of faith.
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eriktrips
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
haha! I used to do that. then I started injecting testosterone. after 24 hours my socks now get a little--how shall we say--crunchy.
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eriktrips
Jan. 26th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
"protective smell" you say?

I suppose it could keep potential attackers at bay.
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eriktrips
Jan. 26th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
I think we've left the realm of sock practicality now.
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