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    Out with the Old

    In with the Not So Old.  As I mentioned before, my old washing machine gave up the ghost over a week ago.  It was filled with dirty clothes and soapy water when it did it's final agitation.  I can't complain.  It lasted about 13 years.  It was the cheapest one available at Circuit City (when there was a Circuit City in Topeka).

    I needed a washer and dryer when I moved into my house.  My sister had a pickup at the time and drove 45 miles to take me to Topeka to go buy them and help get them home.  We went to Best Buy first.  They had a sale.  They had a dryer.  But all they had for the washer I wanted was the floor model.  They would not sell it to me.  Guess it would have been too much trouble for them to unbox a new floor model when their new shipment came in 3 days later.  I had a truck now.  I couldn't come back in 3 days.

    They pissed me off with their attitude.  If they have a policy of not selling floor models, fine.  But don't get short and pissy about it.  And don't try to push a dryer on me and tell me it's no big deal for me to come back in 3 days to pick up a washing machine.  Screw your attitude.  Screw you.  Come on sis.  They didn't sell me anything.

    We drove 3 blocks to Circuit City.  Saw their offerings.  Bought the cheapest thing they had.  I mean really, how fancy of a machine do you need to wash jeans and T-shirts?  They were Roper brand.  After getting them home I saw the metal plates on the back stating Whirlpool Corporation.  Made in Mexico.  Guess Whirlpool bought out Roper and turned it into their foreign made cheapo brand.

    Fine by me.  I paid $188 each.  Exhibit A:  Roper washing machine.  Exhibit A and 1/2:  The edge of the Roper dryer with a laundry basket on it (and a dent in the top from when I was using it like a ladder, but that's a whole other story).



    No various water levels.  No "Delicate" or "Permanent Press" cycle.  You had 2 choices.  Warm wash/cold rinse or cold wash/cold rinse.  You had one knob.  That's it.  So simple my kid could do the laundry...and he did lots of times.

    The only regret I had was that I always bought Cowboy Cut Wrangler jeans from the Farm & Home store.  I always bought the same size.  I never had to try them on.  They always fit great.  They had plenty of ball room (as a trapper friend in Alaska use to say).  Only one problem.  Since they weren't pre washed, or stone washed, or acid washed, or drug behind an electric car by a yuppie texting on an iPhone while drinking a Starbucks, there was one washing requirement.

    That requirement is the same today as it was 13 years ago.  Turn them inside out and wash in HOT water the first 3 times you wash them to set the dye.  Crap!  My washing machine doesn't have a HOT wash setting.  Double crap!!

    However, all was not lost.  As you see in the picture above, the water lines were connected to the side of my mega furnace.  Simple enough...whenever I bought a new pair of Wranglers I'd just reach over the washer and turn off the cold water supply line, resulting in nothing but hot water filling the tub.  That's right.  Uh huh.  I'm bad.  Oh yea.  No wearing Wranglers without the dye set.  No turning my underwear blue.  Oh, no!  Um huh!  High five!

    This story has a happy ending.  My computer guru friend offered me his old washer because he bought a new bigger one.  (He likes to do laundry every month or two...well actually he hates doing laundry, so he bought the biggest, baddest one Sears sells.  That way he can put tons of clothes in it at a time or a circus tent, I suppose.)  He even loaned me his dolly to get his old one in my house.  That's what friends do.  He is a good friend.  I would tell you his name but then you might horn in on the next thing he doesn't want anymore!

    Ta Da!  A vintage Sears Kenmore 60 Series Heavy Duty.  Three water levels:  Low, Medium, High.  Three wash & rinse temperatures:  Cold/Cold, Warm/Cold, Hot/Cold.  Five wash cycles:  Pre-wash, Cotton/Sturdy, Permanent Press, Knit, Delicate.  Ain't she a beauty!



    It took some work to level it because the adjustable legs were kind of seized up.  And I had to modify the drain hose.  My son helped me so it didn't take too long.  I did 5 loads of laundry that night and it worked like a champ.  Nice and quiet.  Just the way I like my slave equipment...and no more turning off the supply line the next time I buy me some Wranglers!


    "Her clothes are old but never are they dirty.  Living just enough, just enough for the hum"    Stevie Wonder


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